Deathwatch [DVD] [2002]

Deathwatch finally comes to American shores in this solid DVD release from Lions Gate Home Entertainment. With an anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen image and 5.1 Dolby Digital sound, the film has been given a fine technical treatment that should help this scary little flick pump out the goods on your home theater. Extras include almost ten minutes of deleted scenes (including an alternate but not finished over-the-top death scene for one of the main actors) and two commentaries -- one with the director Michael J. Bassett and stars Jamie Bell and Laurence Fox, while the second one is a lone track by none other than Gollum himself, Andy Serkis. Given the choice, the group commentary is much livelier and enjoyable track to dig into, with Serkis' bordering on the kind of serious pretentiousness that tend to kill single-person commentaries. A slew of trailers have been included, though strangely not one for the actual film -- something that could be chalked up to rights issues between Lion's Gate and the original U.K. distributor Pathe Pictures. All in all, a fine release for a film that didn't get half the chance that it should have in America.
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Special Features

  • 16:9 widescreen 2.35:1
  • 5.1 Dolby Digital
  • English closed captioning
  • Production commentary
  • Actor commentary
  • Unused footage
  • Closed Captioned


Lost deep in the enemy territory of the western front during World War I, allied soldier Private Charles Shakespeare (Jamie Bell) and eight other British soldiers from the Y Company seek refuge in maze of an abadoned German trench. Winding through the twisting tunnels through piles of corpses and hungry rats, the exhausted soldiers decide to hold thier position and await a rescue team. As the soldiers begin to fall prey to an unseen force, one by one thier numbers dwindle and thier suspicions of one another grow. A young soldier who illegally entered the armed forces at the tender age of sixteen, Private Shakespeare must now summon the courage to face an evil greater than he could ever imagine. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Jamie Bell
    Jamie Bell - Charlie Shakespeare
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    Ruaidhri Conroy - Chevasse
  • Laurence Fox
    Laurence Fox - Capt. Jennings
  • Torben Liebrecht
    Torben Liebrecht - Friedrich
  • Dean Lennox Kelly
    Dean Lennox Kelly - McNess
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