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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great film not for kids.

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    No spoilers, but it's nice to see another way to tell a story of beauty and the beast. Set in the 60's with little CGI, great character and costume. Wish I had seen it on the big screen. Liked the little background about the amazon wish they went more into Dedth but it wouldn't be the same film, otherwise great drama. You can tell alot of thought and love went into this film. Felt sorry for the cat, that's all I'm saying.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Worthwhile DVD/ Bluray Combo of a Great Film!

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    I am pleased with the DVD/ Bluray combo release of Guillermo Del Toro's Oscar-winning film "The Shape of Water." I purchased this release to add to my DVD collection and to screen the film and its extras for my film students. The superb quality of the digital transfer and the informative extras added to my enjoyment of the film and allowed my students to fully appreciate Del Toro's achievement with this lovely and heartfelt piece of cinema. Highly recommended!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful

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    The Shape of Water is a wonderful adult fairy tale with a great performance by Sally Hawkins. Without uttering a single word, she conveys more emotion and intention than many actors do with pages of dialogue. She gets wonderful support from veteran actors Octavia Spencer and the always reliable Richard Jenkins. Guillermo Del Toro's directorial vision is perfectly presented in this 4K release. The colors and details are all there. The Oscar that the movie received was well desreved.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Loved the movie

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    This movie won multiple awards and I had to check it out. I greatly enjoyed the movie......but it was because I did not expect, anticipate, or set my judgement criteria around perfection. It was about a bunch of oddballs and misfits coming together in the face of a very powerful villain to do the right thing (and in Shape of Water's case, despite tremendous risk and danger, rather than a stupid system). There are flaws with the movie, but I didn't mind them.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another Modern Fairy Tale

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    The Shape of Water is a monster movie about a mute woman who falls in love with an aquatic monster who is imprisoned by the government for experimentation. Its stunning production design and color pallet is reminiscent of the video game Bioshock mixed with the films of Jean Pierre Junet. It's a modern fairytale, beautifully acted, lovingly shot and worth owning.

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