Sphere

Sphere

3.8 5
Director: Barry Levinson

Cast: Barry Levinson, Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson

     
 

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One of Michael Crichton's worst screen adaptations, the DVD makes up for the film's shortcomings by focusing more on science fiction than on the film itself. The best thing about this disc is a 14-minute "making of" featurette entitled "Shaping the Sphere." It's a study on the art of the visual effects supervisor. He explains more than the effects he created in the… See more details below

Overview

One of Michael Crichton's worst screen adaptations, the DVD makes up for the film's shortcomings by focusing more on science fiction than on the film itself. The best thing about this disc is a 14-minute "making of" featurette entitled "Shaping the Sphere." It's a study on the art of the visual effects supervisor. He explains more than the effects he created in the film; he explains his craft. It's filled with lots of production design drawings and storyboards that show exactly what his job entails. The disc also has an informative textual history of sci-fi films, starting with 1902's A Trip to the Moon and going up through Sphere, touching on every important science fiction film in between. The audio commentary on the track would seem like a home run, with actors Samuel L. Jackson and Dustin Hoffman doing the play-by-play, but it couldn't be more boring. The old adage that actors need a script is proven here because these actors have nothing interesting to say, except to comment on how good they look in their close-ups. The scope transfer is excellent. Director of photography Adam Greenberg supplies the perfect eerie brilliance and deserves a special mention. Other extras include three TV spots, the theatrical trailer, production notes, cast and crew bios, and French and Spanish subtitles.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/14/1998
UPC:
0085391533122
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:15:00

Special Features

Behind-the-scenes making-of documentary; Audio commentary by Dustin Hoffman and Samuel L. Jackson; Interactive menus; Production notes; Theatrical trailer; 3 TV spots; Scene access; Languages: English, Français; Subtitles: English, Français, Español

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dustin Hoffman Dr. Norman Goodman
Sharon Stone Beth Halperin
Samuel L. Jackson Harry Adams
Peter Coyote Barnes
Liev Schreiber Ted Fielding
Queen Latifah Fletcher
Marga Gomez Jane Edmunds
Michael Keys Hall Government Official

Technical Credits
Barry Levinson Director,Producer
Adam Greenberg Cinematographer
Paul Attanasio Screenwriter
Bill Beck Set Decoration/Design
Richard Beggs Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Cantamessa Sound/Sound Designer
Ellen Chenoweth Casting
Patricia Churchill Associate Producer
R. Gilbert Clayton Set Decoration/Design
Michael Crichton Producer
Katterli A. Frauenfelder Asst. Director
Cara Giallanza Asst. Director
Peter Giuliano Executive Producer
Elliot Goldenthal Score Composer
Michael Goldman Set Decoration/Design
Gloria Gresham Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephen Hauser Screenwriter
Robert Huberman Asst. Director
Erin Kemp Set Decoration/Design
Anne Kuljian Set Decoration/Design
Stu Linder Editor
Mark Mansbridge Art Director
Jonathan McKinstry Art Director
Nancy Mickelberry Set Decoration/Design
Nick Navarro Set Decoration/Design
Jeffrey A. Okun Special Effects Supervisor
Norman Reynolds Production Designer
Dawn Swiderski Set Decoration/Design
Andrew Wald Producer
Kurt Wimmer Screenwriter

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Scene Index

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0. Jump to a Scene
1. Spherical Credits. [2:52]
2. All for a crash? The Surface. [1:54]
3. All in his report. [2:33]
4. Human contact team. [2:47]
5. Sounded good. The Deep. [3:16]
6. Home away from home. [5:02]
7. A door we shouldn't open? The Spacecraft. [1:46]
8. Heart of darkness. [4:17]
9. Invited inside. [2:31]
10. Human words and remains. [3:19]
11. Unknown Entry Event. [2:16]
12. The sphere. The Anaylsis. [1:58]
13. Storm warning. [2:46]
14. Logically we died. The Sphere. [2:23]
15. Harry's journey. [2:44]
16. Norman's pursuit. The Power. [3:40]
17. Jellyfish attack. [4:30]
18. Not God's creation. [1:44]
19. Really awake. [4:39]
20. Cometitors. The First Exchange. [1:19]
21. Definitely not alone. The Monster. [5:42]
22. Edmund's whereabouts. [3:18]
23. Approaching danger. Battle Stations. [2:15]
24. Jerry wants to talk. [2:05]
25. Under pressure. [3:50]
26. High-voltage decision. [1:50]
27. Fire! [3:23]
28. The power to stop. [2:31]
29. Minisub mission. [3:14]
30. Norman's terror. [1:56]
31. A danger to all. [5:39]
32. Fully booked. [1:31]
33. Jerry's real name. Further Analysis. [3:00]
34. Dreams made real? [3:00]
35. Deep sleep, good news. [2:08]
36. Sea snake close encounter. [2:06]
37. Deadly fears. [6:30]
38. Repeating the past. [4:45]
39. The hidden botton. [3:56]
40. Detonation. Decompression Chamber. [1:41]
41. The power to forget. [4:14]
42. Back to the cosmos. [3:16]
43. End Credits. [3:42]

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