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Chicago – If “Avatar” stood as a reminder of James Cameron’s undying popularity with audiences, “Sanctum” stands as proof that Cameron’s name alone can’t always sell a picture. Though the filmmaker merely served as executive producer of this murky thriller, the screen overflows with his signature tropes: underwater landscapes, 3D photography, hokey characters and pedestrian dialogue.
It nearly comes as a shock to discover that “Sanctum” was in fact not written and directed by the technologically ambitious, proudly commercial auteur. This sophomore directorial effort from Alister Grierson (“Kokoda”) is the sort of trash entertainment that undiscerning FEARnet subscribers may appreciate. The film prides itself on being devoid of the usual knee-jerk scares in cave-bound pictures, though it’s no less formulaic or artificial than any run-of-the-mill studio product.
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Although James Cameron’s Avatar hasn’t yet made it out on Blu-ray 3D for wide purchase, available only in bundles with Panasonic hardware, the filmmaker who’s one of 3D’s biggest fans will see his next movie released on Blu-ray 3D the same date it hits the regular formats. Sanctum will arrive on DVD, Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D on June 7 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
The underwater adventure movie wasn’t a big hit in theaters, grossing only $23 million in wide release, but it bowed with mixed reviews and the knowledge that although Cameron’s name was on the poster, he was producing, not directing. Helming duties were done by Alister Grierson in only his second feature film after the action movie Kokoda in 2006.
Universal heavily marketed Sanctum's 3D effects and James Cameron tie-in when it was released theatrically in early February. Despite those efforts, Sanctum only managed $9.4 million its opening weekend and left theaters having amassed $23.2 million in North America. Overseas business was marginally better at around $48 million.
Sanctum, directed by Alister Grierson, is based on a true story and stars Ioan Gruffudd, Richard Roxburgh and Rhys Wakefield. It will be presented on Blu-ray in 1080p video and 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio. The bonus features are as follows:
Nullarbor Dreaming (HD) - A documentary that follows a team of cave divers and their fateful exploration of a giant cave system in Western Australia. Deleted and Extended Scenes (HD) Sanctum: The Real Story (HD) - A look at »
3 items from 2011
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