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  • Actors: Joaquin Phoenix, Bryce Dallas Howard, Adrien Brody, William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver
  • Directors: M. Night Shyamalan
  • Writers: M. Night Shyamalan
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: 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: PG-13
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Entertainment
  • Release Date: Jan. 11 2005
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00064LJVE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,414 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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M. Night Shyamalan (SIGNS, UNBREAKABLE, THE SIXTH SENSE), the director who brought you the world's greatest thrillers on DVD, now creates his most thought-provoking triumph yet ... breaking international records and dazzling audiences around the globe! THE VILLAGE is a smart, edge-of-your-seat chiller crawling with terrifying surprises and frightening twists and turns. An isolated, tight-knit community lives in mortal fear of an oppressive evil inhabiting the forbidden forest just beyond their tiny village. So frightening that no one ventures into the woods ... until one villager dares to face the unknown. With unforgettable performances from Joaquin Phoenix, Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt, Adrien Brody, and newcomer Bryce Dallas Howard, this powerful motion picture is one of Hollywood's best psychological thrillers and ranks with the best of Hitchcock!


Pour son sixième film, Le village, et après les succès de Le sixième sens, L’indestructible ou Signes, le réalisateur M. Night Shyamalan applique à nouveau sa recette favorite : du frisson, une pointe d’horreur, des sursauts et une surprise finale.

En 1897, l’harmonie heureuse d’un petit village de Pennsylvanie, que préservent les anciens, est perturbée par les attaques des monstres dont on ne doit pas prononcer le noms, attirés par la couleur rouge et qui hantent les bois alentours. Mais le climat de peur désormais instillé empêchera-t-il Lucius, le discret, et Ivy, la jeune aveugle, de s’aimer ? D’autant que Noah, le fou du fillage, est déjà amoureux de la belle.

Magnifiquement filmé, notamment dans les scènes de nuit, usant avec grâce de la profondeur de champ, Le village compte également sur le scénario habilement construit de M. Night Shyamalan et sur des interprètes en forme :William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, Joaquin Phoenix mais surtout Bryce Dallas Howard (la fille du réalisateur Ron Howard) en jeune aveugle amoureuse et Adrien Brody, terriblement inquiétant. Abusant parfois d’effets sonores, le film perpétue également la croyance du réalisateur en la bonté, l’innocence et la simplicité de l’humain tout en découvrant une métaphore politique finale intéressante. Le DVD est complété par un making-of, un journal de bord de Mlle Howard, des scènes supprimées et un film de jeunesse plutôt amusant du réalisateur. – Helen Faradji.

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In 1897, in Covington, a countryside community located in the secluded area in a large clearing of trees in rural Pennsylvania, the simplistic and happy harmony is often punctured by the frightening monthly appearances of horrific monstrous creatures with unspeakable names that live within the dense forest woods surrounding Covington. The creatures are attracted by the color red, and therefore red is forbidden from ever being worn and shown at all in Covington. The Elders, Covington's leaders, decide that the best method against the creatures is to simply hide whenever they arrive, and to often wear yellow, "the safe color," when near the woods.

But for young Lucius Hunt (Joaquin Phoenix), personally dismayed at the death of several children within Covington, life staying hidden within the forest clearing and always running away from the creatures is completely dissatisfying. In order to stop the future deaths of many other children from ever happening, Lucius appeals to The Elders, asking their permission to leave Covington and get medicine from the other neighboring towns. Lucius' request is turned down, and his widowed mother, Alice (Sigourney Weaver), begins to worry more about her son, and how quiet he has become.

Ivy Walker (Bryce Dallas Howard), the beautiful and spirited redhead blind girl of Covington, and always a close friend of Lucius, is now discovering that she and Lucius may be falling deeply, madly, truly in love with each other.
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By Kona TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 14 2007
Format: DVD
Life in the tiny 19th century village of Covington Woods is idyllic; the tiny community lives in harmony, completely isolated from the distant Towns that are feared and never visited. The only problem is the constant threat of the hideous, red monsters that lurk in the woods and send the villagers rushing to their cellars every so often. Ivy (Bryce Dallas Howard), the plucky, blind daughter of elder Walker (William Hurt), has fallen in love with strong and shy Luscious (Joaquin Phoenix), son of the widow Hunt (Sigourney Weaver). When Lucious' life is in danger, Ivy asks for permission to leave the village for the first time and seek medicine in the Towns.

I really enjoyed this movie. The actors are all excellent and the creepy mood is lightened by a bit of innocent romance. Some of the characters are written as stereotypes - Ivy is the wisest and bravest girl in the village (if not the world) and never, ever stumbles - but others are more intriguing: Adrien Brody gives a touching performance as a mentally retarded young man who causes trouble, and Joaquin Phoenix is sweet as the lovesick hero. You'll have no trouble figuring out the twist early on, but that's OK; it's still a fun flick with a stellar cast.
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By bernie TOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 29 2007
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Everyone lives a full life in a self-sufficient 1800's village. We live in a symbiosis with a mysterious species. However we also live free form the evils that permeate those other villages beyond the forbidden forest. So what happens when we violate the truce with the other species?

The film is produced by M. Night Shyamalan; so there is no surprise in the formula or big picture. It is not hard to figure out the premise shortly into the story. However there are several surprising twists on the way.

The acting was surprisingly exceptional. We have well known actors that have the ability not to let their personalities overwhelm their characters.

The sets and period costumes were superb. You can see that there was a lot of time and money that went into them. You have the feel that you are there.

Although this film may not have achieved the potential in many eyes it is probably one of the best balance and almost believable stories Shyamalan has shown us. It is more than just a tale as we se how people relate and can relate under stress and great joy.

The archetype for the movie could have been lifted right out of a Joseph Campbell's book "The Hero with a Thousand Faces" (1949). The four stages making up the cycle of a monomyth are "passage: separation-initiation-return:"
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The Village is the story of a small community living in a tiny settlement, surrounded by woods that reportedly contain mysterious, malevolent creatures. These creatures have to be given sacrifices in order to prevent them harming the villagers. No-one enters the woods or leaves the Village. M Night Shymalan has managed yet again to create an atmospheric movie with brilliant cinematography. Unfortunately this is as much as he manages with this film. In spite of worthy performances by stars such as Sigourney Weaver and Joaquin Phoenix along with a brilliant performance by newcomer Bryce Dallas Howard as a blind girl, the film somehow falls flat. There is none of the sense of unease that we have come to expect with Shymalan's movies and the ending, for once, could be seen coming from very early on in the story.

Some people have viewed this as a horror story, others as a drama but it doesn't really manage to fall into either genre comfortably. It's not a bad film, it's certainly worth viewing once, but it's not one that you would want to watch over and over.
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