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Black Sea (DVD): Review


After being let go from his job as crew member on a submarine, Captain Robinson (Jude Law) takes on a job with a shady investor. Together with a mixed American and Russian crew, they will search the depths of the Black Sea for a sunken U B0at from the Nazis containing a large haul of gold.

Black Sea has equal doses of tension, and adventure. The claustrophobic environment of a submarine is captured well with the films sets, and further emphasised when there is a split of loyalties in the crew.

As we are witness to the parley of the crew, schemes are hatched. The less crew left at the end of the voyage, the more gold there shall be to go round, and greed is an ugly monster that soon begins to rear it’s head, not just between old foes of the cold war, but between those whom were once friends.

With a simple yet unpredictable plot, Black Sea is bound to thrill anyone seeking the thrill of a small time adventure. Well cast and directed, the film is one of those with which to while away an afternoon. A story of relationships in the cruellest of conditions, opposing greed, and a struggle to survive. Black Sea is a thrill ride.

Disc And Bonus Features

Black Sea is available now, to purchase on disc, in South Africa.


The disc is encoded at a high bitrate, with no visible artefacts on screen. Viewers with the correct hardware or software could scale the picture up to a larger or higher resolution screen, if so desired. Colours are vibrant, and blacks solid.


Audio is presented in a 5.1 soundtrack, and makes ample use of the surround channels. This enhances the on-screen action, and helps to further submerse the viewer in the events of the film.


Navigation is static, and simple, yet functional. The menu text is easy to read.


There are no bonus features on the disc, other than a few trailers at the beginning.

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers.

Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry.

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