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Raptor Island (2004)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Telefilm: D



When The Sci-Fi Channel first launched some time ago, it was one of the best cable channels on TV.  The people running the channel loved good programming, broadcast ever TV show they could get their hands on (especially those that did not last long, an excellent idea) and came up with other surprises.  Those were the good old days.


In recent years, the station has become a waste bin of colorless filler programming, mostly new and almost always awful.  The heart and soul of the network is gone and has been replaced with bombs like Stanley Issacs’ Raptor Island (2004), a military operation TV movie that quickly turns into a dinosaur flick.  Lorenzo Lamas and Steven Bauer lead the cast of unknowns and are among the cut-rate Starship Troopers without ships or many troops.


Except for yo9ung children, the dinosaur thing is more played out than an episode of Renegade, yet here we are with another awful production featuring 88 minutes (minus commercials fort this disc, though some of them are probably more entertaining) where you are rooting for the dinosaurs to eat the cast so this will all end.  It feels like many hours longer and is best skipped.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image was shot in some kind of High Definition and has a softer appearance than usual, with micro-digititis throughout.  Color is poor and visual effects are some of the worst we have seen in a while.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has no surrounds and is not that well mixed to begin with.  Dialogue is not as clear as it should be for a recent production and the combination probably looked better analog on the channel.  There are no extras and for good reason.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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