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Open Water
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 94 (Mar 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Blanchard Ryan, Daniel travis, Saul Stein, Estelle Lau

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 2.5
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: 4.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes crew commentary with director Chris Kentis and producer Laura Lau, cast commentary with Blanchard Ryan and Daniel Travis, The Indie Essentials filmmaker guide to marketing a movie, On The High Seas: Making Open Water.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Lions Gate Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 16734
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For Language And Some Nudity.
(Retail Price): $26.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 80
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 12/28/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Chris Kentis
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on true events, Open Water follows an American couple, Daniel (Travis) and Susan (Ryan), who embark on an island getaway to escape their workaholic lifestyles and marital problems. Both certified scuba divers, they board a local dive boat full of other vacationers for an underwater tour of a reef. Due to a series of innocent miscommunications and a distracted crew, the couple is accidentally left behind. As the reality of isolation sets in, they turn to one another for support. Soon they are prompted to question their own fate, as they fight to stay alive in the chilling open waters of the shark-infested ocean. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The first opinion that many have when viewing Open Water on a large, calibrated home theatre display is how bad the picture looks. However, the picture looks just like it