Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson
investigate a spacecraft that's been found on the sea bed.
Based on the
thought-provoking novel by Michael Crichton, Sphere is a curiously bad movie. It’s an intensely psychological
drama that singularly fails to impress. The fine cast rarely seem like
they’re working together on the same movie, and Levinson frequently
works himself into corners he’s unable to escape from. The Region 2 DVD
features a commentary track by Hoffman and Jackson which adds a new
dimension to the experience, and goes some way towards explaining what
went wrong. The dual-layer disc also has a behind-the-scenes documentary
that focuses on the special effects, a number of trailers that lack
conviction, and extensive production notes. The film is presented in an
excellent 2.35:1 transfer on a duel-layered disc, and boasts a superb 5.1
sound mix that conveys a great deal of atmosphere.