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Disturbing Behavior (Widescreen/Full Screen)

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Product Details

  • Actors: James Marsden, Katie Holmes, Nick Stahl, Tobias Mehler, Steve Railsback
  • Directors: David Nutter
  • Writers: Scott Rosenberg
  • Producers: Armyan Bernstein, Brent O'Connor, C.O. Erickson, Elisabeth Seldes, Jonathan Shestack
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Fox Video (Canada) Limited
  • Release Date: April 1 2003
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0792840127
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,065 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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This paranoia-fueled thriller, more intelligent and imaginative than you would have reason to believe, owes a huge debt to The Stepford Wives with its premise of a goody-good high school clique programmed by an evil doctor to be wholesome, academically driven, and shining examples of clean living. Unlike its predecessor, though, David Nutter's film opts to open up its premise for everyone to see, diluting the scares but amplifying the creepy atmosphere. There's never any question of what's happening to the students of Cradle Bay High, who go from being druggies and sex fiends to the academically excellent Blue Ribbons, but it's a lot of fun to see these programmed teens run amok--and start killing people--when their hormones kick in. And considering they're all horny teenagers, this happens, oh, at least a few times a day. Model-perfect James Marsden, with stunning cheekbones and piercing blue eyes, is the new kid in town who stumbles on the plot with a little help from metalhead Nick Stahl. Moody Marsden stirs up trouble when he refuses to join up with the Blue Ribbons, prompting his concerned parents to consider signing him up for the program, especially after it turns Stahl into a vest-wearing, pep-rallying brainiac. The satire isn't entirely fulfilled (the evil kids hang out at the yogurt shop and spout inspirational platitudes), but once the action kicks in it's quite an enjoyable ride, thanks primarily to Bruce Greenwood (of The Sweet Hereafter) as the mad scientist behind it all and Katie Holmes (Go) as Marsden's love interest. Refusing the advances of the star football player and fighting gamely alongside Marsden, Holmes manages to deck a few bad guys with a fervor that squarely puts her in Linda Hamilton and Jamie Lee Curtis territory. With Steve Railsback as the colluding chief of police and Dan Zudovic as a janitor with a penchant for getting rid of "rats," rodent and otherwise. --Mark Englehart

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3.4 out of 5 stars

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By Kona TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 7 2008
Format: DVD
Loner Steve Clark (James Marsden) and his family have just moved from Chicago to an idyllic village in the northwest. As he starts school, Steve finds the usual cliques, the strangest being a group called "the Blue Ribbons;" they're the handsomest jocks and most beautiful co-eds and seem perfect but have a bad habit of beating people up - and getting away with it. Steve is befriended by a stoner (Nick Stahl) and a punk girl (Katie Holmes) who share his suspicions about the Blue Ribbons. Can they solve the mystery - in time?!

First of all, James Marsden is way too good-looking, charming, and old to play the outsider teen. He's extremely likeable and sincere, however, and was the only reason I kept watching to end, hoping this confusing mess would make sense. I guess it did have a plot, but it was so poorly written that it's pretty laughable. There was nothing in the story that seemed believeable. The teen and adult characters were all stereotypes, the Marsden and Holmes characters suddenly became brilliant detectives and foiled an evil plan to turn the student body into Stepford Teens, and zombies, it seems, are really dumb and apparently no one will notice if they all disappear.

For a so-called "thriller," this movie was not suspenseful at all, just silly and amateurish. (But James Marsden looks good.)
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By Michael Butts on July 1 2004
Format: DVD
While DISTURBING BEHAVIOR is a notch above many of the teen slasher movies, what's most disturbing are some of the deleted scenes they left out, which would have fit nicely into the sometimes confusing film.
James Marsden who would go on to X-MEN, plays the handsome young student who is still suffering from the untimely death of his older brother. His family moves him to Cradle Bay, where a group of students called "The Blue Ribbons" epitomize the perfect teen---they hang out in a yogurt shoppe, for instance! But since they are merely under the mind control of dastardly Bruce Greenwood (always the bad guy it seems), they go out of control and eliminate anyone who stands in their way. Katie Holmes is around for the beauty aspect, but she is a good actress, too. Nick Stahl (Terminator 3) does well in his role as Gavin until he becomes one of the Blue ribbons and its downhill for his performance, too. William Sadler does great in his role as the seemingly ignorant janitor, and Tobias Mehler once again shows his potential in a rather thankless role.
Director David Nutter keeps things eerily spooky, but I wish these directors would stop using songs to bolster their box office. So many times the vocal background songs merely get in the way.
All in all, a tidy little thriller.
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By T. Lobascio on Feb. 4 2004
Format: DVD
Disturbing Behavior had a lot going for it, trying to ride the wave of the hip, teen horror flick, started by Scream. It's cast is made up of likable young stars, rocketing to startdom, and a director known for his work helming episodes of The X-Files television show. It's too bad, the final product, doesn't really live up to the promise of the talent involved.
When the esteemed Blue Ribbon club of Cradle Bay High take their slogans too far, things in the small coastal town begin to go wrong. Dead wrong. Newcomer Steve Clark (James Marsden) finds fast friends in Gavin (Nick Stahl), who is an overly imaginative paranoid person and Rachel (Katie Holmes), a "bad girl" with a razor-sharp tongue and a body to match. But when some "dark sinister force" begins turning the school's curricularly challenged into the soulless, academic elite, these three outsiders join in a desperate race to avoid becoming insiders -- and losing their individuality forever.
Director David Nutter makes a valiant effort, although, I doubt anyone would able to make writer Scott Rosenberg's script make sense. What is clearly an allogory to the real life trials of high school, is complicated by contrived dialogue, and standard horror shocks. Some bad editing causes even more dire problems. It's almost as if they thought they were in trouble and tried anything to fix it. The problem is--if they left it alone-it may have worked The cast puts up a good front--but it's not enough.
Having been disappointed in the movie, I wasn't really expecting much from the DVD extras, but forged ahead anyway. The best extras are the audio commentary from Nutter--you can almost here his disappointment in his voice about how things ended up--and 11 deleted scences.
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By A Customer on June 19 2003
Format: DVD
A family moves from Chicago to the Washington Island town of Cradle Bay to start a new life after the suicide death of their eldest son (Ethan Embry). Steve (James Marsden) makes a friend out of a bright, but unambitioned stoner who witnesses a double murder of a girl and a cop that is oddly covered up by another police officer. Gavin (Nick Stahl) belives that there is a conspiracy, that students once only interested in drugs, sex, and cars are now being changed against their will to the become straight laced and academically proud pillars of the community. However, members of the Blue Ribbons are sometimes involved in violent attacks that go conviently ignored. When Gavin becomes one of the Blue Ribbons, Steve's only other friend is Rachel (Katie Holms), a fellow outsider and UV, an albino friend of Gavin's (Chad Donella). Only Steve and Rachel can beat the system, if only they don't become part of it.
I have seen this film on the Sci-Fi channel and cannot fathom why perfectly needed footage was cut out in the first place. I rented the disk but the footage was only part of the special features and not in the movie. If you don't have this movie, but want it, wait until the film owners wake up and release this film whole and complete, though they can leave the ending as it is.
*Strange film fact: It's ironic that Ethan Embry is playing Steve's deceased older brother, when James Marsden is about 6 years older than him, not to mention how typical it is to cast a 20 something as a highschool student in thrillers/horror movies.
That and nearly every film/television show that takes place in Washington State is filmed in British Columbia.
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