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Sphere [Blu-ray] [1998]

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 4)

    Special Features

    • Commentary by Dustin Hoffman and Samuel L. Jackson
    • Featurette Shaping the Sphere: The art of the visual effects supervisor
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • TV spots


    Barry Levinson directed this $100+ million adaptation of Michael Crichton's science fiction novel about the investigation of a half-mile-long spacecraft sitting on the South Pacific ocean floor. Government functionary Barnes (Peter Coyote) assembles a crack scientific team -- psychologist Dr. Norman Goodman (Dustin Hoffman), who wrote a presidential report on alien contact; biochemist Beth Halperin (Sharon Stone), once involved romantically with Goodman; mathematician Harry Adams (Samuel L. Jackson); and astrophysicist Ted Fielding (Liev Schreiber). After descending a thousand feet, they set up housekeeping at their underwater Habitat base, suit up, and enter the craft, finding evidence that it's a U.S. ship from the future. However, the craft's cargo of a shimmering, golden sphere is definitely alien. After Harry contrives to enter the sphere, Norman notes his odd behavior. When the Habitat computer system receives an email message from the sphere ("I am happy"), it's not long before the messages from this entity take a threatening turn ("I will kill you all"), triggering fears to surface along with violent attacks to the Habitat. The film is divided into chapters, such as "The Ride Down," "The First Exchange," and "The Monster." Shot on soundstages at the abandoned Mare Island Naval Shipyard (Vallejo, California), the effects combine animation, miniatures, prosthetics, animatronics, and digital images. Ed Asner reads the Sphere audiobook. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Dustin Hoffman
      Dustin Hoffman - Dr. Norman Goodman
    • Sharon Stone
      Sharon Stone - Beth Halperin
    • Samuel L. Jackson
      Samuel L. Jackson - Harry Adams
    • Peter Coyote
      Peter Coyote - Barnes
    • Liev Schreiber
      Liev Schreiber - Ted Fielding

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent psychological sci-fi thriller!!!


      This is a great movie, my wife and I love it! This movie combines great acting with great special effects and a great plot. Based on a book by Michael Crichton, this movie will have you guessing all the way to the end. I highly recommend it! Also, some other great films of this genre are Sunshine, Event Horizon, and The Abyss.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great sci fi flick

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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I saw this movie more than 15 years ago when it first came out but couldn't remember much about it. Recently read and loved the book so I just had to watch the dvd to bring the characters to life. Good show although if I hadn't recently read the book I think some parts may have been confusing.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      great movie

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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      awesome movie suspenseful drama sci-fi flick along the lines of 2001 or Event Horizon

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic Crichton

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Michael Crichton wrote this book and blew my mind! This movie did the same!

      I would recommend this to a friend

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