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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another Del Toro fantasy masterpiece.

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    RBlenheim
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    Guillermo del Toro is today’s master of fantasy, having been a childhood lover of monsters growing up in Guadalajara, Mexico, before making some of the finest films of recent years -- from the ghostly horror of “The Devil’s Backbone” in 2001 to his gothic horror/romance, “Crimson Peak” in 2015. Indubitably, however, his greatest film is “Pan’s Labyrinth”, the 2006 film many of us consider the finest fantasy film ever made. Now he’s broken new ground with “The Shape of Water”, one of the year’s most beautiful films. Set in Baltimore in the year 1962 at the height of the Cold War, the plot follows a mute janitor at a secret government laboratory who forms a bond with a captured amphibian of the “Creature of the Black Lagoon” variety. Her name is Elisa, and Sally Hawkins plays her with an artistry that seems to reach back to the silent days of Chaplin and Keaton. Michael Shannon, with devoted viciousness, plays the right-wing Colonel Strickland, someone more interested in dissecting the creature for exploitation purposes than he is concerned over the space race with the Soviets. Del Toro saw “The Creature from the Black Lagoon” on TV at 7 years old and it changed his life. Wishing a different ending for it in which the Gill Man and co-star Julie Adams would consummate their romance and live ‘happily ever after’, he wrote various scripts of a remake through the years that Universal studio executives wound up rejecting. “The Shape of Water” is the result of del Toro’s dream, and now today, with more permissive filmmaking allowable, he’s able to deal with the previously verboten issue between fish and human. The resulting film is a worthy accomplishment not only for its production design (embodying various shades of green) and its special effects, but also for attaining the level of a genuine adult fairy tale that deals with issues of trust, tolerance, and love in the human condition -- but most of all what it’s like to be an outsider (whether a lonely mute woman, gay man, overweight black woman, or an amphibious sea creature). “This is a healing movie for me,” del Toro states; one likes to think it would be for viewers as well.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful and Moving if not Exactly Memorable

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    Guillermo del Toro films are typically notable for their aesthetic choices, their production design, and their attention to detail. One can look back at the filmmaker's body of work and quickly see that there are countless themes that re-surface time and time again, much of this happening within the realm of the types of stories del Toro likes to tell and the visual prowess with which they are presented in. With his latest, The Shape of Water, the director is still very much working within his wheelhouse, but for the first time in some time it feels as if there is nothing more important to the movie no matter the extravagance of the sets and costumes or the practicality of the monster make-up than the story itself as well as the core relationship that both grounds this story and lifts it up. Now, if you know anything about The Shape of Water prior to going into the film then you know that this core relationship is formed between a human woman and a mysterious sea creature that is housed in the bowels of the top secret facility where she works as a maid. If that initially weirds you out a bit just think of it as the opposite of Ariel and Prince Eric; this way you can find some solace in the fact you at least understand you were holding a double standard against the picture. I understand there is a slight difference in the two because of the full-on creature feature being portrayed in this film whereas the scenes featuring Ariel and Eric being romantic in The Little Mermaid were ones where she was walking on land, but the concept still supports it and more, The Shape of Water completely owns this relationship from the moment we first glimpse our meager protagonist in Sally Hawkins' Elisa Esposito. Yes, of course The Shape of Water is a gorgeously rendered portrait of some alternate universe in the early sixties where government experimentation goes as far as studying a God-like merman and feels like a fairy tale of sorts for adults where not everything is perfect, ideal, or even necessarily magical, but what The Shape of Water does find and allow are these fantastical elements that breathe a fresh life and perspective into what are otherwise some dark and troubled times both in this universe and in the lives of characters who were seemingly never given a fair shot at life in the first place. This is effectively why The Shape of Water succeeds for as much as one can go on about all of the beautifully crafted extraneous factors it is this belief that comes to be sustained in this abnormal relationship and the beauty of the affection it conveys in its own right that we are, maybe unexpectedly, moved.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Beautiful Adult Fairy Tale by a Great Director

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    RobertB
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    Guillermo del Toro is today’s master of fantasy, having been a childhood lover of monsters growing up in Guadalajara, Mexico, before making some of the finest films of recent years -- from the ghostly horror of “The Devil’s Backbone” in 2001 to his gothic horror/romance, “Crimson Peak” in 2015. Indubitably, however, his greatest film is “Pan’s Labyrinth”, the 2006 film many of us consider the finest fantasy film ever made. Now he’s broken new ground with “The Shape of Water”, one of 2017’s most beautiful films. Set in Baltimore in the year 1962 at the height of the Cold War, the plot follows a mute janitor at a secret government laboratory who forms a bond with a captured amphibian of the “Creature of the Black Lagoon” variety. Her name is Elisa, and Sally Hawkins plays her with an artistry that seems to reach back to the silent days of Chaplin and Keaton. Michael Shannon, with devoted viciousness, plays the right-wing Colonel Strickland, someone more interested in dissecting the creature for exploitation purposes than he is concerned over the space race with the Soviets. There are also elements of religious allegory (“We’re created in the Lord’s image. You don’t think that’s what the Lord looks like, do you?”). Del Toro saw “The Creature from the Black Lagoon” on TV at 7 years old and it changed his life. Wishing a different ending for it in which the Gill Man and co-star Julie Adams would consummate their romance and live ‘happily ever after’, he wrote various scripts of a remake through the years that Universal studio executives wound up rejecting. “The Shape of Water” is the result of del Toro’s dream, and now today, with more permissive filmmaking allowable, he’s able to deal with the previously verboten issue between fish and human. The resulting film is a worthy accomplishment not only for its production design (embodying various shades of green) and its special effects, but also for attaining the level of a genuine adult fairy tale that deals with issues of trust, tolerance, and love in the human condition -- but most of all what it’s like to be an outsider (whether a lonely mute woman, gay man, overweight black woman, or an amphibious sea creature). “This is a healing movie for me,” del Toro states; one likes to think it would be for viewers as well.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My Favorite movie of 2017

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    Guillermo del Toro finally did it, he made a movie that blew me away. I've enjoyed most of his other films (though not his Hellboy movies or Crimson Peak), and The Devil's Backbone is a near masterpiece in horror (and maybe it is, need to see it again), but The Shape of Water is the first of his I absolutely "love." Sure, it's deeply nostalgic to the style of old school Hollywood, harping back to the studio era of filmmaking. So in that way it is already directly speaking to me and holding my interest. Del Toro's film geek leanings are on full display here, and yet he's able to make a - mostly - mainstream sort of movie with it. Every area of craft in the movie is excellent; acting, directing, writing, score, art direction, cinematography, etc. Sally Hawkins is great in her mostly mute performance, she would have done well in silent pictures. I love Richard Jenkins in this, what a wonderful character as well. Octavia Spencer is always good and here her scene with Michael Shannon is electric. Michael Shannon, is, well, Michael Shannoning himself a lot in this, lol. Not to deride his performance, because no ones plays unhinged and angry better than him. Michael Stuhlbarg gives a surprising depth to such an usually stock type of character, he needs to be given more larger roles. The Shape of Water is a movie about outsiders, like many of del Toro's movies, and it feels very socially relevant and inclusive for our times. I'm happy - and surprised - it won Best Picture, the first time in awhile that my favorite film of the year won Best Picture (probably since LOTR: Return of the King).

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't Drown - interesting Del Toro flick

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    Winner of four Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, this might be one of those movies you either love or hate. Presented as both a love story and a spin on Beauty and the Beast, this isn't for children. Rated R, it includes several scenes of full frontal female nudity. I found it to be lyrical and mesmerizing and this Blu-Ray transfer is well worth the money. The video and audio are excellent, but beyond that the special features for once actually are special, particularly if you are interested in how the movie was made. Not only are some tricks revealed but there are some interview elements with Guillermo Del Toro, the director and co-writer, that clearly reveal his passion for this project. Having previously directed Hellboy, Del Toro uses what clearly was gleaned from that film and infused those elements into this one. Color and design are used overtly and covertly so that you absorb the overall tone of the movie as part of its appeal. The special features will help you understand how these things worked and made me want to watch the movie a second time in order to see those elements employed. Of course with this package you get the additional DVD disc as well as the code to access it digitally to be played on other devices. Because it's largely an interior type movie, it should hold up even on smaller screens. Add this one to your collection.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Visually amazing and beautiful love story!!

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    People writing bad things about this movie either didn’t actually see it or cannot get past their own bigoted biases to appreciate the beauty, cultural messages and relevance of this wonderful film. Those who were especially appalled by this film probably see their own cruel and callous heart reflected in the film’s monster (Strickland, played by Michael Shannon). I don’t usually like to watch movies multiple times and the movies I do watch multiple times, like V for Vendetta or the Harry Potter movies, I only watch once a year. However, I saw this movie 4 times in theaters and bought it as soon as I could. I like that this comes with a Blu-ray, dvd and digital copy. As for the actual film content.... where to start? This is a gorgeous story about empathy, compassion, friendship, love, who is (de)valued in society, who is considered human, and who we are (dis)allowed to love. The story, like any satisfying encounter, starts slow but firm, slowly building until the climax, which will leave you hanging st the endge of your seat, rooting for the main characters, ultimately leaving you with a deep sense of satisfaction and relief. There are many reasons why this film was nominated for (and won) so many oscars, as well as earning over a 90% across film critic sites. The soundtrack is magnificent, it’s been stuck in my head for months and I listen to it while studying and sometimes before bed, as I find it incredibly enjoyable and calming.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Visual and Emotional Masterpiece

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    I love when a director wears his or her's influences on their sleeves and Guillermo del Toro does so very much with this film. He makes the film absolutely enchanting by throwing us back into the hey-days of the 40's and 50's, on display are teal Cadillac's, the screens show us black and white movies , and the musical elements of yesteryears is ever present. These little touches and details immersed me in a rich and wonderful world and prepared me for a great story that plays out just like a fairy-tale. Now let’s talk performances, Sally Hawkins is phenomenal as the mute janitor. Her character of Elisa is charming and becomes more self-assured as the movie progresses. There’s a scene where she just stares down Michael Shannon’s character and it’s electrifying! Speaking of Mr. Shannon, he plays the ever angry Colonel Richard Strickland with such bravado that his presence on screen is always captivating. The rest of the supporting players are all committed: Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer and Michael Stuhlbarg are giving their best. I watched “Pan’s Labyrinth” before seeing this film and I’m really glad I did. Guillermo del Toro returns to fine form with “The Shape of Water” that effectively echoes the texture, mood and style of his 2006 gem, "Pan's Labyrinth." Lastly, nods to Dan Laustsen, the cinematographer of “The Shape of Water”, who might actually beat out Roger Deakins (Blade Runner 2049) for the Oscar. Also wothy of recognition is Alexandre Desplat, who gives us the score for the film that takes us back in time too. This also happens to be one the best UHD discs of all time. It’s gorgeous.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Something fishy about this one

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    This is a nice-looking and well-acted film but if you’re gonna try to sell me a romance between a human woman and a slimy fish monster (who must smell AWFUL, by the way) then can you possibly set up that romance in a believable way? There’s not even any buildup! She’s making goo-goo eyes at this affront to God’s creation the second she sees it! Also, maybe give the fish creature a personality or even, I dunno, a name? Perhaps “Charlie” after the tuna can mascot would do. Anything would suffice! And don’t get me started on the scene where the creature, hiding out in Stephen Jenkins’s character’s apartment, outright murders one of Jenkins’s cats for simply being a good, loyal pet and defending its territory from this monster. The nerve of this film!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wow! Great film! Not for everyone though!

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    This film is not for everyone. I can definitely see why people are so dismissive of the movie and it’s premise. I treated the film as a fairy tale told on screen; the film feels that magical. If you love GDT films, than you’ll love this one. Visually incredible! Very well acted: I was rooting for Richard Jenkins for Beat Supporting Actor. The makeup and design of the creature alone, is worth the price of admission. The 4K transfer is spectacular. Every color pops on screen. Especially every detail on the creature. The special features also help flush out the ideas GDT was going for. If you have a skeptical friend who didn’t like the film that much, try showing them some of the BTS stuff (Behind The Scenes)

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A wonderful movie

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    Haven't had the chance to see the DVD yet but saw the movie and knew that i had to have this video .It is a wonderful movie, extremely romantic and will be shared with my dear lady so she can see the movie that totally blew me away because of an incredible story ,great actors and actresses of a talented director who brought the fantasy to life and know that I will enjoy the extras too but the movie stands out all on it's own and repeated viewings will show me the many things that I might have missed the first time and seeing all the little touchs that made it so special

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Incredible Movie

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    First off, let me say that this movie had more nudity in it than I expected. You don't get that from the trailer. What an incredible movie, though. It's like watching a piece of art. Visually stunning. Doug Jones is incredible as the gill man. Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins, Michael Shannon, all top notch performances. Guillermo dell Toro has done it again! And the special features reinforce all the hard work and detail that has gone into the movie. I love this and highly recommend it. Not for the kiddies though.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good

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    I honestly didn't know what to expect before watching it. Some people told me that it was ok, some said it was good, and some people even said they believe that its the character from the first 'Hellboy' movie. So I watched it. I thought it was a pretty good love story. I want to believe he is the start of the character from 'Hellboy', but I don't know. ...Overall though, the movie was pretty good, but that song took away from it, for me. I mean, I get the reason for it, but it still was a little awkward. ...There are a couple adult scenes in it though, that kids shouldn't watch.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good movie - beautiful steelbook

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    I wont say much about the movie itself - your mileage may vary depending on how you feel about Guillermo Del Toro. It is a beautiful movie and looks great in 4K. The steelbook itself is the real selling point. The art is wonderful and the shine of the steelbook really sells it. The steel itself feels a little flimsy on my copy, but there are a lot of reasons that could be and is atypical for the majority of steelbook I have purchased. If you like this movie and want a reasonably priced 4K in a beautiful package, this is the way to go.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Highly Recommended.

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    20th Century Fox brings The Shape of Water to 4K Ultra HD in great form. The imagery bathes in the beauty of improved resolution but the wider color gamut afforded by a smartly applied HDR10 pass brings the color and imagery of the film to vivid life. While the audio mix may still be the same DTS-HD MA 5.1 track as the Blu-ray, the film still sounds amazing and the included Blu-ray disc includes all of the insightful bonus features. Highly Recommended.

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  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Highly Disappointment

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    I’m a fan of Guillermo del Toro‘s films. I enjoy most of his movies but The Shape Of Water is trash. After it won all these awards, I was certain this must be his best-I was so wrong! Gee’s! How do they (Award folks) come up with who wins this or that? According to me, the film is a disaster. Great actors, great director-what went wrong? This isn’t worth a 2nd viewing to me; I’ll stick with Guillermo del Toro’s previous projects.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great story telling, visual and music.

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    This movie deserved every Oscar it won. The colors they used in the movie was beautifully done. The music is very beautiful, the main character doesn't talk but she sells every scene, you can feel what she's trying to say just by the way she looks with her eyes, the facial/hand expressions says all you need to know what she's trying to say. Supporting characters were just as great and Richard Jenkins role was brilliantly written. One of Del Toro's most memorable movies he ever made. A modern day fairy tale, a princess without a voice.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of my favorite Steelbooks

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    I’m a big Blu-ray collector and I already owned The Shape of Water because it is a great movie (I’d say it’s easily a 9/10). I saw this new Steelbook which included the 4K which I did not own and it is one of my posters of the movie on the cover so it’s exactly what I want for my collection. It’s also the matte finish for the steelbook instead of the metallic which I personally prefer because the metallic tends to get fingerprints and smudges on it, so it’s perfect!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    4K Dazzler

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    I loved this movie when I saw it in the Movie theatre and immediately added it to my Black Friday acquisition list. I have a Vizio P55 Red TV with a Philips BDP7502 4K and an older Onkyo surround system. This film sings in 4K! The water is so vividly rendered, I thought my floor would be wet! The crispness and color are dazzling. Upgrade your collection today and start with The a Shape of Water - it has everything a film needs, including an Oscar statue.

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

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    Very seldom do we have time for a movie night but we took a Saturday eve to relax and watch what we hoped was a great movie on our 4k 65" TV. The only thing we were entertained with was the colors, the movie was boring and pointless. Still trying to figure out why so many awards. If you just want to be entertained with no thought process this movie might work but if you want to remember watching this movie and to tell others how great is was, maybe not for you.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    What Did I Just Watch??!!

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    Very rarely does a truly original sci-fi movie offer a totally new concept. Okay, the "monster" looks like the Creature From The Black Lagoon, but this particular relationship, the level of darkness the antagonist goes to, and the wonderful next door neighbor make this one of the most original sci-fi flicks I've seen in the last decade. It's shot beautifully, the acting is perfect, and it's probably my favorite "adult" sci-fi movie I've seen in years.

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