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Sanctum 3D (With Digital Copy) (3 Discs) (Blu-ray)

Released on 13 June 2011

Featuring: Richard Roxburgh, Rhys Wakefield & Alice Parkinson

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: 15 years & over

4.0 out of 5 (13 customer reviews) | Write a review

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Sanctum the epic underwater adventure from three-time Academy Award-winning executive producer JAMES CAMERON (Avatar, Titanic), follows a team of underwater cave divers on a treacherous expedition to the largest, most beautiful and least accessible cave system on Earth. When a tropical storm forces them deep into the caverns, they must fight raging water, deadly terrain and creeping panic as they search for an unknown escape route to the sea.

Master diver Frank McGuire (RICHARD ROXBURGH of Moulin Rouge!, Mission: Impossible II) has explored the South Pacific's Esa'ala caves for months. But when his exit is cut off in a flash flood, Frank's key team-including 17-year-old son Josh (RHYS WAKEFIELD of The Black Balloon, Broken Hill) and financier Carl Hurley (IOAN GRUFFUDD of Fantastic Four series, W.)-is forced to radically alter plans.

With dwindling supplies, the crew-including Carl's girlfriend, Victoria (ALICE PARKINSON of Where the Wild Things Are, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), and Crazy George (DAN WYLLIE of Muriel's Wedding, Chopper)-must navigate an underwater labyrinth to make it out. Soon, they are confronted with the unavoidable question: Can they survive, or will they be trapped forever?

  • Includes 3D Blu-ray, 2D Blu-ray and Digital Copy
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Feature Commentary
  • Sanctum: The Real Story

customer Reviews

 Average rating (13 reviews)

 Sanctum 3D version

| | See all explorer46's reviews (7)


If I imagine what Sanctum is like as a 2D film I would have to say that it is just an average to pretty good thriller about caving and the aftermath of an underground expedition. But what's it like in 3D? In one word....amazing. Without giving too many spoilers away, for the first time in many years, I came out of a viewing experience emotionally drained...that's how intense the 3D is. I won't give any details but almost every moment of peril or emotional intensity was heightened by the 3D effect. Firstly, the feeling of almost being there, within the space that the characters inhabited was real. I'm not exaggerating. The boot camp was set in a cave of about 100 feet length that contained a water entrance to the tunnels that were being explored. You could actually feel that the cave was in front of you and at any moment you could step into the movie with the characters. The detail of the 1080p picture added to this sense of realness. When they first went into the water at shoulder level, OMG, I was there swimming along side them. The underwater shots were just as stunning. You had a real sense of the murky depth of the water and rocks would stick out from the sides dangerously making you feel as though you could hit your head against them. I really did get a bit claustrophobic when the divers swam through a small tunnel. The feeling of mortality was so intense throughout the movie. It was such an intense feeling that I almost didn't enjoy watching parts of the film, because it really made me think a lot about my own mortality in that situation. The feeling of relief at being alive at the end of the film was palpable though. I won't say who survived and who didn't but the ending of the film was an emotionally uplifting feeling of just being thankful for being alive.
Now I will briefly try and explain a few scenes where the 3D intensifies the whole experience. It isn't just about depth, 3D works even in intimate moments of dialogue. The level of detail and roundness to a close up of a person's head and shoulders for example is amazing, you really do feel like that person is right there in front of you. Another example. We have all seen thousands of fights in a film and probably have to imagine how painful they are. In 3D they are painful and you feel every bony crunch of a fist and every smack of the head against a solid rock. When a character falls down onto a rocky floor you feel the pain because in 3D, you can see that that rock sticks out and has a solidity to it. You know and see that it is going to hurt. Another example: there is a scene where a character has a gory injury and without going into too much detail, you can see into the hole in his flesh. You can see the inside of his body and boy is it gross in 3D. Gore doesn't normally bother me in films but I felt sick looking at this. As though I was looking at a real autopsy and seeing into something that I shouldn't see. Now add these above feelings to the whole of the film....a feeling of being there, claustrophobia at the underwater tunnel moments and a real feeling of peril which each passing moment and the whole movie experience is incredibly intense.
I came away from Sanctum 3D, thankful that it had finished and that I was safe and alive. This is what Home Thatre is all about that feeling of safe escapism. I'd imagine that the film in 2D is the type of run-of-the-mill, edge-of-your-seat actioner, that you've seen hundreds of times before. In 3D, it's a whole new level of viewing intensity.


| | See all BIGBALDYMAN's reviews (14)

There is quite a few 3d films out now, but this is one of the few that actually use the 3d to its full advantage which makes it an amazing experience, its the only way to watch this film, it did recieve some flack when released and clearly the reviewers were only rating the 2d version, this is essentail viewing for any 3d fan who have been waiting for a real 3d experience

 Awesome 3D experience

| | See all MuskyTear's reviews (1)

Film was pretty good, without the 3D I would probably give it a 3.5/5.
With the 3D this film is incredible, the images come out of the tv and the background also has great depth. Really feels like your there with them that's why this as a 3D film deserves 5/5.

 sanctum 3d (real 3d)

| | See all klusky's reviews (1)

top class 3d feels like your in there with them at times, really good movie an a must have to all 3d fans

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ActorsRichard Roxburgh, Rhys Wakefield, Alice Parkinson, Dan Wyllie, Christopher Baker, Allison Cratchley, John Garvin & Sean Dennehy
DirectorAlister Grierson
Certificate15 years and over
ScreenWidescreen 1.85:1
LanguagesEnglish - DTS-HD Master Audio (5.1)
Additional LanguagesEnglish Audio Description ; Canadian French
SubtitlesEnglish for the hearing impaired ; Canadian French
Closed CaptionsYes
Duration1 hour and 44 minutes (approx)