The Sixth Sense [DVD] [1999]

"The #1 Thriller of All Time" comes to DVD as part of Hollywood Pictures' Collector's Edition series. Fans of M. Night Shyamalan's ingenious supernatural story will revel in the 1.85:1 widescreen (enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions) format and 5.1 Surround Sound which fully capture the intricate details of the film and tangible paranormal presence. What makes this DVD especially enjoyable, however, is the multitude of behind-the-scenes features, many of which are narrated by Shyamalan and other key crew members. Included are a French-language track; a "Storyboard to Film Comparison" of the anniversary dinner scene; cast and crew interviews; a fascinating "Music and Sound Design" presentation that illustrates how the incredibly creepy background track was created; and "Reaching the Audience," an explanation of how word of mouth made this movie the cultural phenomenon it became. Also included are "Rules and Clues," a guide to the hints threaded throughout the movie before its explosive, surprise ending; four deleted scenes, one of which is an extended finale; and an interview with Shyamalan in which he talks about his background and how it affected his filmmaking. Theatrical and TV trailers as well as cast and crew biographies round things out. Finally, viewers should click on the beribboned box for a real treat -- Shyamalan's first horror film, "Nightmare on Old Gulf," which was written, produced, directed, and starred in by the film phenom when he was 11 years old.
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Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (71 out of 73)

Special Features


  • Storyboard to film comparison
  • The cast
  • Music and sound design
  • Reaching the audience
  • Rules and clues
  • Deleted scenes
  • A conversation with M. Night Shyamalan
  • Publicity
  • Filmmakers' and cast bios
  • French language track
  • 5.1 surround
  • Widescreen [1.85:1] enhanced for 16x9 televisions

Synopsis


The Sixth Sense
In this tense tale of psychological terror, Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) is a child psychologist whose new patient has a problem far outside his usual area of expertise. Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) is six-years-old and claims to see the spirits of dead people all around him. It seems that Cole has psychic powers and can channel the ghosts of those who were troubled. Cole doesn't understand his powers, and he has little control over them; he's constantly terrified by what he sees, and Dr. Crowe is the only one with whom he feels he can share this secret. However, as the doctor digs deeper into Cole's strange powers, it leads to strange and unexpected consequences for both of them. M. Night Shyamalan, who wrote and directed the film, has a small role as Dr. Hill. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Bruce Willis
    Bruce Willis - Dr. Malcolm Crowe
  • Haley Joel Osment
    Haley Joel Osment - Cole Sear
  • Toni Collette
    Toni Collette - Lynn Sear
  • Olivia Williams
    Olivia Williams - Anna Crowe
  • Donnie Wahlberg
    Donnie Wahlberg - Vincent Gray



Overall customer rating

4.8
98%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An Instant Classic

    Posted
    Animeboy413

    I'm sorry to admit that even after years of viewing this movie, it still terrifies me and I consider it the greatest thing Shyamalan has ever done. While following the typical ghost story, "The Sixth Sense" is able to achieve true emotional impact as heart is put into the tale. The directing is brilliant and Haley Joel Osment will always be known for his role in one of the scariest movies I have ever seen. Among the best ghost stories ever told, The Sixth Sense succeeds mightily as a horror movie, a relationship drama, and a spiritual thriller. In arguably his best role, Bruce Willis plays Dr. Malcolm Crowe, a dedicated psychologist still haunted by his inability to help a disturbed patient who later took his own life. Years later, he's in for the challenge of his career when he meets a deeply frightened and disturbed little boy named Cole (Haley Joel Osment, in an award-worthy vituoso performance) who seems at first to be plagued by the same kind of mental problems that hounded Crowe's former (later suicidal) patient. Part of his determination to help Cole is to try and redeem himself for what he perceives as his failure in the other case, but most of it is that he just puts his all into it for every case, and Willis is great at projecting the compassion and fear he feels for his new young patient who continues to spiral deeper, while Osment is just magnificent as a lovable little child who's scared out of his wits by forces beyond his understanding, and not knowing who to trust, or who's ever going to believe him. Both actors elicit tremendous empathy for their characters, and the supporting cast shines pretty brightly too. The doctor bit by bit learns more about the nature of the boy's delusions, carefully prying little hints and pieces of information out of his scared charge without forcing it and driving him deeper into his shell. But Dr. Crowe may be in for far more than he ever bargained for, as he begins - almost against his will - to have to consider the fact that Cole's fears may not be delusions at all. The scene in which Cole finally confides the truth of what he 'sees' with his special sense to the doctor is an absolute classic. As Crowe tries to help him - and tries to figure out exactly where he stands on what he's beginning to suspect (which is everything his training has told him not to put stock into), Cole begins to sense a purpose behind his experiences and begins trying to understand what's behind the whole phenomenon, and what his 'role' in it is. I can't highly recommend this enough.. don't take my word you must see this for yourself, on perfect everything looks on Blu Ray. every minute is worth your time. seeing as this is one of the greatest movies of all time.. the ending was so brilliant

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Suspense and The Spirit World

    Posted
    Charlie
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    I really loved this film and I don’t know why It took me so long to watch it. Maybe those of us who are really sensitive and empathetic find thrillers more of a challenge. When I came across a reference to The Sixth Sense in one of Doreen Virtue’s books, I decided it was time. I wish I hadn’t waited so long. I loved the relationship between Malcom and Cole, in the end you realize that it wasn’t just Malcom trying to help Cole, instead they were helping each other. Cole helps Malcom to realize that he had passed on to The Spirit World, and Malcom helps Cole discover how to navigate the scary side of dealing with traumatized souls who have passed on.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Shyamalan's best

    Posted
    luckydragon

    THE SIXTH SENSE is M. Night Shyamalan's best movie, and Bruce Willis' second best movie (behind DIE HARD). Although I knew the movie had a surprise ending the first time I saw it, fortunately I didn't figure it out so it wasn't ruined for me. Look for Donnie Wahlberg (BAND OF BROTHERS) playing a key role early in the movie. The Blu-ray video quality is very good, but not excellent. The special features include a very interesting segment including William Peter Blatty (THE EXORCIST) discussing life after death. This movie is highly recommended for anyone's movie collection.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Great Movie

    Posted
    PipsGirl
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    I watched this when it first came to theaters and remember it being so scary. We watched it with our son (15) and he wasn't scared really, but if you've seen it then you know why he says "MIND! BLOWN!" after watching with us. We have a theater room, no light. Movie quality was good, but not great.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Understated tone belies a rewatchable experience.

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    VRP1
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    Though not of the performances are necessarily stand-out, they fit the quiet tone that is a hallmark of many M. Knight Shamylan movies, coming together in this unique experience before he overused his gimmicks.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sixth Sense

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    Marjore
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    A great movie with Bruce Willis. Little boy has esp can see things happening in future events before they actually come to past and action pack drama with much excitement.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Kind of creepy

    Posted
    Rafa
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    When you see this movie for the first time it can be a little creepy and you will feel like a your watching a scary movie but at the end is something else.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very Good Ghost Story

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    BrianDubya
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    The Sixth Sense is a minor classic 90s horror film and is a must see for horror fans. It is fairly scary and a quite entertaining ghost story. The DVD has quite a few special features.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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