Sphere

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Overview

Barry Levinson directed this $100+ million adaptation of Michael Crichton's science fiction novel about the investigation of a half-mile-long spacecraft sitting on the South Pacific ocean floor. Government functionary Barnes Peter Coyote assembles a crack scientific team -- psychologist Dr. Norman Goodman Dustin Hoffman, who wrote a presidential report on alien contact; biochemist Beth Halperin Sharon Stone, once involved romantically with Goodman; mathematician Harry Adams Samuel L. Jackson; and astrophysicist ...
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Overview

Barry Levinson directed this $100+ million adaptation of Michael Crichton's science fiction novel about the investigation of a half-mile-long spacecraft sitting on the South Pacific ocean floor. Government functionary Barnes Peter Coyote assembles a crack scientific team -- psychologist Dr. Norman Goodman Dustin Hoffman, who wrote a presidential report on alien contact; biochemist Beth Halperin Sharon Stone, once involved romantically with Goodman; mathematician Harry Adams Samuel L. Jackson; and astrophysicist Ted Fielding Liev Schreiber. After descending a thousand feet, they set up housekeeping at their underwater Habitat base, suit up, and enter the craft, finding evidence that it's a U.S. ship from the future. However, the craft's cargo of a shimmering, golden sphere is definitely alien. After Harry contrives to enter the sphere, Norman notes his odd behavior. When the Habitat computer system receives an email message from the sphere "I am happy", it's not long before the messages from this entity take a threatening turn "I will kill you all", triggering fears to surface along with violent attacks to the Habitat. The film is divided into chapters, such as "The Ride Down," "The First Exchange," and "The Monster." Shot on soundstages at the abandoned Mare Island Naval Shipyard Vallejo, California, the effects combine animation, miniatures, prosthetics, animatronics, and digital images. Ed Asner reads the Sphere audiobook.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Behind-the-Scenes "Making Of" Documentary Shaping The Sphere: The Art of the Visual Effects Supervisor; Audio Commentary by Dustin Hoffman and Samuel L. Jackson; Production Notes; Theatrical Trailer; 3 TV Spots
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/8/2009
  • UPC: 883929077373
  • Original Release: 1998
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Repackaged
  • Time: 2:15:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 43,908

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

Disc #1 -- Sphere
1. Spherical Credits [2:52]
2. All for a Crash? [1:54]
3. All in his report [2:33]
4. Human contact team [2:47]
5. Sounded good [3:16]
6. Away from home [5:02]
7. Shouldn't open? [1:46]
8. Heart of darkness [4:17]
9. Invited inside [2:31]
10. Human remains [3:19]
11. Unknown entry [2:16]
12. The Sphere [1:58]
13. Storm warning [2:46]
14. Logically we died [2:23]
15. Harry's journey [2:44]
16. Norman's pursuit [3:40]
17. Jellyfish attack [4:30]
18. Not God's creation [1:44]
19. Really awake [4:39]
20. Competitors [1:19]
21. Not alone [5:42]
22. His whereabouts [3:18]
23. Approaching danger [2:15]
24. Jerry's talking [2:05]
25. Under pressure [3:50]
26. 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 [3:00]
34. Dreams made real? [3:00]
35. Deep sleep [2:08]
36. Snake encounter [2:06]
37. Deadly fears [6:30]
38. Repeating the past [4:45]
39. The hidden button [3:56]
40. Detonation [1:41]
41. Power to forget [4:14]
42. Return to cosmos [3:16]
43. End Credits [3:42]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Sphere
   Jump To A Scene
      Start Movie
   Special Features
      Cast & Crew
         Dustin Hoffman - Dr. Norman Goodman
         Sharon Stone - Beth Halperin
         Samuel L. Jackson - Harry Adams
         Peter Coyote - Barnes
         Liev Schreiber - Ted Fielding
         Adaptation by Kurt Wimmer
         Screenplay by Stephen Hauser and Paul Attanasio
         Based on the Novel by Michael Crichton
         Produced by Michael Crichton/Andrew Wald
         Produced and Directed by Barry Levinson
      Science-Fiction Films
      Alien Encounters
         Shaping the Sphere: Art of the Special Effects Suprvisor
         Audio Commentary by Dustin Hoffman and Samuel L. Jackson
         TV Spots
            Terror
            One Review
            Taking Shape
         Theatrical Trailer
   Reel Recommendations
      Actor
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         True Romance - The Director's Cut (1993)
      Director
         Barry Levinson
            Disclosure - 1994
            Sleepers - 1996
      Genre
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            Contact - Special Edition (1997)
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   Languages
      Soundtracks
         English
         Français
         Audio Commentary by Dustin Hoffman and Samuel L. Jackson
      Subtitles
         English
         Français
         Español
         Subtitles: Off
   Play Movie
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Interesting....

    I actually enjoyed this movie more than the book (and i love Michael Crichton books, mind you.)It followed the book very close. I watch this movie a lot and it's very entertaining. The star-studded cast acts the parts very well and is just what i expected the characters to look like.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    weird blend of sci fi and horror

    Take my word for it,the book is better than the movie. Three civilian experets are flown to a supposedly downed ship near Fiji. What was once an ordinary salvage mission turns into their worst nightmare upon discovery of a mysterious golden sphere. Dustin Hoffman,Sharon Stone and Samuel L Jacksno do the best they can with this conuluted and mind bending sci fi/horror material. For a better bet,go read Solaris.

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