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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: PG-13
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 49 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: December 19, 2006
- Originally Released: 2006
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Package Note: Blue BD Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
- Closed Captioned - English - Optional
- Dolby Digital Surround Sound 5.1 EX - English, French (Quebec), Latin Spanish
- Subtitles - English SDH, English, French, Spanish - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Featurette: "LADY IN THE WATER: A Bedtime Story"
- Documentary: "Reflections of LADY IN THE WATER" (6 Parts)
- Alternate Scenes: Additional Scenes
- Behind the Scenes: Auditions
- Outtakes Gag Reel
- Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Paul Giamatti & Bryce Dallas Howard|
|Performer:||Bob Balaban, Jeffrey Wright, Sarita Choudhury, Freddy Rodriguez, Bill Irwin, Jared Harris, Mary Beth Hurt & M. Night Shyamalan|
|Directed by||M. Night Shyamalan|
|Edited by||Barbara Tulliver|
|Screenwriting by||M. Night Shyamalan|
|Composition by||James Newton Howard|
|Director of Photography:||Christopher Doyle|
3 stars out of 5 -- [T]hanks to superb performances, it's pretty engrossing. Howard draws you right in, there's no way not to empathize with Giamatti...
What is most annoying about "Lady" is that no one ever considers the possibility that nothing magical is actually occurring.The film starts out silly and just gets sillier. Full Review
Rating: 2/5 -- Once again Shyamalan is a maddening storyteller, by turns inspired and insipid, and he still manages to conjure some odd, unnerving moments.
Empire Magazine Australasia
This pretentious, humourless (except for a joke-about-a-joke centring on the film critic) movie is breathtaking in its absurdity. Full Review
Rating: 1.5/4 -- [Perhaps it's] improvised and protracted, nonsensically and unnecessarily, just for the sake of stringing us along. And, maybe, putting us to sleep. Full Review
... to put it bluntly, badly paced and completely trivial, not to mention utterly juvenile. Full Review
Peevishly defensive, intransigently personal and serenely indifferent to critical (and audience) reaction Full Review
M. Night Shyamalan (THE SIXTH SENSE, THE VILLAGE) continues his mission to revive the ancient art of storytelling--which he has diagnosed as a dying art--melding aspects of the fantastic with the mundane, and bringing to life a mythology of his own concoction. Paul Giamatti (SIDEWAYS) is Cleveland Heep, the depressed caretaker of an apartment complex in suburban Philadelphia called the Cove--a location from which the film virtually never strays. He tends the homes of a host of loveable eccentrics, including Jeffrey Wright (SYRIANA) as a single dad, Sarita Choudhury (SHE HATE ME) and the director himself as brother-and-sister roommates, Bob Balaban as a cynical film critic, and Cindy Cheung as a college girl Cleveland befriends. When Cleveland is pulled from the pool by a mysterious young woman (Bryce Dallas Howard, THE VILLAGE) after a nasty bump on the head, he quickly discovers her true identity as a narf, one of an ancient race of water beings whose attempts at communication with humans have long ago ceased. As Cleveland attempts to return her to her world, uncovering the intricacies of the story from which she emerged and protecting her from the beasts that seek to thwart her, she helps him and many of the other residents find their true purpose in life, reaffirming the meaning it holds for them. Though the tale borders on overpopulation with many thinly drawn characters, and Shyamalan's own role is overtly reflective of the ego he is so often accused of, the tale manages to stimulate the imagination nonetheless. It achieves this by invoking universally affecting elements of myth and magic, and mesmerizing viewers with stunning photography by Wong Kar-Wai (CHUNGKING EXPRESS) regular Christopher Doyle.
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