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Godsend [DVD] [2004]

Experimental genetics turn a young couple's grief into outright horror in Lions Gate Home Entertainment's release of director Nick Hamm's Godsend. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, the image is near flawless, with bright colors, solid blacks, and virtually no evidence of edge enhancement or digital artifacting. Audio is offered in closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 and is free of distortion and hiss. For adventurous viewers who may be curious to delve a bit deeper, Lions Gate has seen fit to include a lively commentary track with director Hamm, who is aided briefly by director of photography Kramer Morgenthau in discussing some of the more technical aspects of the shoot. Hamm is obviously very interested in the psychological and moral questions raised in the film, and though he spends much of the time pointing out the obvious to viewers (plot devices such as the child's toy dinosaur are explicitly singled out), it's DP Morganthau whose commentary -- however brief -- will truly be of interest to aspiring photographers. Four alternate endings with optional writer and director's commentary offer a glimpse into the indecision by the filmmakers on how to wrap up the feature, and a few pages of storyboards round out the presentation nicely.

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2 out of 2)

    Special Features

    • 16 x 9 widescreen (2.35:1)
    • 5.1 Dolby Digital
    • Commentary with director and director of photography
    • Four alternate endings with commentary from the director and writer
    • Storyboards
    • English and Spanish subtitles
    • Closed Captioned


    Paul (Greg Kinnear) and Jessie Duncan (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos) have barely begun the grieving process when Dr. Richard Wells (Robert De Niro) attends the funeral of the Duncans' eight-year-old son, Adam (Cameron Bright), with a pressing question in tow. Head of the Godsend Fertility Clinic, Dr. Wells claims he can use Adam's rapidly dying cells to clone a replica of the boy, though the necessary DNA will only be viable for another 24 hours. The process in itself is completely illegal; not only must Jessie and Paul be forced to relocate, but they will also be forced to sever all ties with friends and family in order to ensure the secret remains so. Within the space of a day, the Duncans consider the legal and ethical implications of such a procedure, ultimately deciding that their love for Adam is enough to trump the law and any high-minded philosophical questions. After resettling in an idyllic town near Dr. Wells' clinic, Jessie is impregnated with the late Adam's living cells, while Paul is given a beautiful home and a more than suitable job. Shortly afterward, the new Adam -- seemingly identical to the original Adam in every way -- is born and lives a life quite similar to his predecessor until the morning of his eighth birthday. A series of night terrors is the first thing to disturb the Duncans' otherwise serene lifestyle. Adam's violent visions eventually mutate to ill temper, and an aura of menace permeates the aura of a boy who had otherwise been sweetness incarnate from the day of his birth. Eventually, Paul discovers that Dr. Wells is not a pediatrician, but a geneticist, and that their playing God may have been a Faustian bargain of epic proportions. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Greg Kinnear
      Greg Kinnear - Paul Duncan
    • Rebecca Romijn
      Rebecca Romijn - Jessie Duncan
    • Robert De Niro
      Robert De Niro - Dr. Richard Wells
    • Cameron Bright
      Cameron Bright - Adam Duncan
    • Marcia Bennett
      Marcia Bennett - Principal Hersch

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Creepy movie, but not sure which way to go.


      Okay, so this film is cliche ridden, with great actors, a hot-topic story, this is more suspenseful and weird, than scary, although it has a few creepy moments. The script isn't sure which direction to take-between horror, suspense, or morality tale. Apparently, it tries to all these, among others-esp. evil child genre, but throws in a few surprises along the way, some are obvious, others are not. I thought it was good overall, even though alot of people tend to disagree, I listen more to word of mouth alot more than the critics, but sometimes, even that doesn't work, so judge for yourself.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      great movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


      awesome movie from the very begining to the very end

      I would recommend this to a friend

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