What Lies Beneath
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What Lies Beneath

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Director: Robert Zemeckis

Cast: Harrison Ford, Michelle Pfeiffer, Diana Scarwid


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Director Robert Zemeckis turned this tip of the hat to Hitchcock to gold at the box office in summer 2000. Now Dreamworks has released it on DVD in a fairly solid package. The film itself is presented in a beautiful, anamorphic widescreen presentation, which preserves its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The sound is Dolby Digital 5.1 -- good for causing viewers to leap… See more details below


Director Robert Zemeckis turned this tip of the hat to Hitchcock to gold at the box office in summer 2000. Now Dreamworks has released it on DVD in a fairly solid package. The film itself is presented in a beautiful, anamorphic widescreen presentation, which preserves its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The sound is Dolby Digital 5.1 -- good for causing viewers to leap from their chairs at the many sudden scares that pop up throughout. Among the extras are a commentary by Zemeckis, Steve Starkey, and Jack Rapke -- two of the film's producers -- and a "making of" special, which first aired on HBO. There is also a theatrical trailer, which viewers are advised to watch only after viewing the film, as it completely ruins the myriad surprises within. There are also the usual production notes and cast and crew bios. What Lies Beneath is worth owning on DVD for the superb picture and sound quality, but the skimpiness of the extras might put off casual viewers.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Joe Nigro
Whereas Alfred Hitchcock defined the shower as the focus of horror in the home, director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump) makes the case for avoiding the bath in his suspense thriller What Lies Beneath. Taking a chilling and macabre dive into rustic Vermont, the story follows Claire (Michelle Pfeiffer), a lonely, high-strung housewife, whose struggles with inexplicable supernatural occurrences in her home eventually reveal frightening secrets both about her busy husband (Harrison Ford) and herself. In a movie with only occasional glimpses of predictability, thanks in part to Clark Greg's twisty script, Zemeckis provides well-timed shocks amid deft references to Hitchcock classics, ranging from Psycho to Vertigo to Rear Window. Ford and Pfeiffer both deliver taut and credible performances in what is a refreshing return to pure cinematic suspense, proving that the hack-and-slash excesses of horror in the '90s need not be the norm.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Much as it did to the freshman efforts of Brian De Palma two decades earlier, the spirit of legendary director Alfred Hitchcock seems to be guiding the path of this thriller from Robert Zemeckis that's overlong and too derivative but which does contain some effective chills. Genuine shocks and effective plot twists are to be found in the second half of What Lies Beneath, but the film suffers greatly from its elaborate red herring of a first act. While clever and reminiscent of Hitchcock's awe-inspiring, brief use of Janet Leigh in Psycho (1960), the film's intentionally misleading side road stretches on interminably, testing viewer patience once the equally complicated "real" ghost story gets underway. There is much to like in What Lies Beneath, however, including an excellent performance from the luminous Michelle Pfeiffer and a risk-taking, against-type role filled ably by Harrison Ford that's unmistakably reminiscent of some similar rolls of the dice performed during the career of another all-American icon, James Stewart. If What Lies Beneath feels rushed at times (a particular establishing shot of the film's main location is repeated endlessly from exactly the same angle and position), perhaps it's because Zemeckis filmed it while on hiatus from another production, Cast Away.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Dreamworks Video
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital, stereo]

Special Features

Commentary from award-winning director Robert Zemeckis; HBO's "First Look" behind-the-scenes featurette; Production notes; Cast and filmmaker bios; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Harrison Ford Norman Spencer
Michelle Pfeiffer Claire Spencer
Diana Scarwid Jody
Miranda Otto Mary Feur
James Remar Warren Feur
Joe Morton Dr. Drayton
Amber Valletta Madison Elizabeth Frank
Victoria Bidewell Beatrice
Katharine Towne Caitlin Spencer
Ray Baker Dr. Stan Powell
Mitch Carter Loop Group
Wendy Crewson Elena
Tom Dahlgren Dean Templeton
Moosie Drier Loop Group
Bridget Hoffman Loop Group
Donna Lynn Leavy Loop Group
Micole Mercurio Mrs. Frank
Edie Mirman Loop Group
Sloane Shelton Mrs. Templeton
Daniel Zelman PhD Student #4
Rachel Singer PhD Student #3
Philece Sampler Loop Group
Iake Eissinmann Loop Group
Jennifer Tung PhD Student #2
David Cowgill Loop Group
Eliott Goretsky Teddy
Alexander Newell Loop Group
Dennison Samaroo PhD Student #1
Donald Taylor Male EMT Worker
Claudette Wells Loop Group
Alan Silvestri Conductor

Technical Credits
Robert Zemeckis Director,Producer
Arthur Schmidt Editor
Thomas L. Bellissimo Special Effects Supervisor
Steven J. Boyd Associate Producer
Joan Bradshaw Executive Producer
Don Burgess Cinematographer
Rick Carter Production Designer
Carla Corwin Asst. Director
Jeff Dashnaw Stunts
Tracy Dashnow Stunts
Craig Davis Stunts
Marcia de Bonis Casting
Susie de Santo Costumes/Costume Designer
Tara DeBach Stunts
Stefan Dechant Art Director
Jerry Donegan Special Effects
Beverli Eagan Set Decoration/Design
Jon Epstein Stunts
Debbie Evans Stunts
Tony Fanning Art Director
Clark Gregg Original Story,Screenwriter
Sony Pictures Imageworks Special Effects
Frank Iudica Special Effects
Cinda-Lin James Stunts
Maryellen James Makeup
Kris Jeffrey Stunts
Mark Johnson Executive Producer
William B. Kaplan Sound/Sound Designer
Sarah Kernochan Original Story,Screenwriter
Pamela Klamer Set Decoration/Design
Joyce Kogut Costumes/Costume Designer
Elizabeth Lapp Art Director
Michael Laudati Makeup
Rob Legato Special Effects,Special Effects Supervisor
Ellen Lewis Casting
Alicia MacCarone Set Decoration/Design
Steve Maderas Stunts
Cherylanne Martin Associate Producer
Masako Masuda Set Decoration/Design
Mark "Crash" McCreery Art Director
Josh McLaglen Asst. Director
Andy Miller Special Effects
Andy Miller Special Effects
Karen O'Hara Set Decoration/Design
Tricia Peters Stunts
Bernie Pollack Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Presley Camera Operator
Jack Rapke Producer
Darin John Rivetti Asst. Director
Troy Robinson Stunts
Pat Romano Stunts
Vanessa Rooke Stunts
Mike Runyard Stunts
Joel Sill Consultant/advisor
Alan Silvestri Score Composer
Ronnie Specter Makeup
Stan Winston Studio Makeup Special Effects
Steve Starkey Producer
Robert Steadman Cinematographer
Patte Strong-Lord Set Decoration/Design
Christy Sumner Special Effects
Beck Taylor Set Decoration/Design
Jim Teegarden Production Designer
Randy Thom Sound/Sound Designer
Mike Thomas Cinematographer
Malia K. Thompson Special Effects
Shannon J. Thompson Special Effects
Tyra Youland Costumes/Costume Designer
Thomas Zell Special Effects

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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Index
1. Caitlin Goes To College (Opening Titles) [6:26]
2. Noisy Neighbors [3:37]
3. Terrified Mrs. Feur [6:07]
4. Good Neighbors [4:03]
5. Opening Doors [6:59]
6. Spying On Mr. Feur [6:12]
7. Old Friends [4:05]
8. Reflections In The Tub [3:20]
9. Doctor's Visit [2:54]
10. Seance [7:16]
11. Something Is Happening To Me [3:45]
12. A Visit With Mary Feur [4:42]
13. Madison Elizabeth Frank [7:04]
14. Forbidden Fruit [7:58]
15. A Presence In Our House [:35]
16. Exorcism By Fire [1:33]
17. I Will Make It Up To You [5:48]
18. Unlocking The Mystery [5:07]
19. Norman's Confession [4:32]
20. The Suicide Set Up [5:51]
21. Trying To Call For Help [4:31]
22. Over The Bridge [7:41]
23. Rest In Peace [5:39]
24. End Credits [2:38]

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