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Dinoshark + Sharktopus (Anchor Bay Blu-rays) + Behemoth (2009 - 2010/Vivendi DVD)

Picture: B-/C+/C      Sound: C     Extras: C/C/D      Telefilms: C-


Here we have a trio of productions fresh from their SyFy Channel premieres: Dinoshark and Sharktopus, which come from Roger Corman's New Horizons Pictures, and Behemoth - part of the Maneater Series from Vivendi Entertainment.  Yes, giant monsters are back.

In order for features like this to continue to exist, someone must be tuning in... but who?  These are one-note monster movies, typical of the kind of stuff that forms the backbone of the channel's original programming.  While not the absolute worst TV movies (or telefilms) I've ever seen, there's absolutely nothing new brought to the table.  Even Sharktopus, a movie that was intended to be humorously over the top, is little more than run of the mill.

 

Sure, I've occasionally devoted a couple minutes of my time when crossing paths with similar titles while flipping through channels, but become tired of the typical shenanigans rather quickly.  Perhaps if they were to revive the use of more traditional techniques in bringing these creatures to the small screen I'd be more forgiving of the bad acting and restrictive budgets.  But seeing as I just don't find the computer generated creatures that populate these films to be all that compelling (or menacing, for that matter), changing to another channel is all too tempting.

 

Picture and sound are little more than average as well.  All of the features here are presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, with the Dinoshark and Sharktopus Blu-ray discs in 1080p high definition.  The audio tracks for all three features are in 5.1 channel Dolby, and the Blu-rays sporting Dolby TrueHD.

 

Bonus content is nonexistent for Behemoth, but the other two films at least have commentary tracks with producer Roger Corman, as well as trailers.  In all honesty, these commentaries are the best reason to give a look at these discs, and Corman fans may want to buy them for that reason alone.

 

Whether it be a giant snake, shark, crocodile, alligator, or some mythical giant beastie, if you've seen one movie with them, you've seen them all - these are just more to add to the pile.  However, if that's your thing, you know what you're in for and there's absolutely no reason not to give these titles a spin.

 

 

-   David Milchick


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