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Primeval (Blu-ray + DVD-Video)


Picture: B/C+†††† Sound: B+/B-†††† Extras: C-†††† Film: C-



Alligators and crocodiles are usually limited to nature shots, but they occasionally have been in action film sequences (what worked in Live & Let Die did not in Eraser) and Horror/Monster films (the infamous The Great Alligator, which really offered a crocodile) and now Disney (through their Hollywood Pictures division) has delivered a giant, oversized digital killer with Michael Katlemanís Primeval and it is not good.


Dominic Purcell, Orlando Jones and Brooke Langton play three press people who go down to the deepest recesses of Africa and find themselves battling fascist mercenaries and a 25-foot crocodile.With occasional nods to Jaws, this mess never takes off and wears thin quickly at 94 minutes.John Brancato and Michael Ferris co-wrote the much smarter Terminator 3 (see my HD-DVD review elsewhere on this site) and the infamous Catwoman, while Brancato wrote David Fincherís The Game (again see my HD-DVD review elsewhere on this site).This mess leans more towards Catwoman, but at least that looked good and was an unintended hoot at times.This never begins to entertain and oh, and the digital monster is lame throughout.


In both cases, the filmmakers also got carried away with gutting the color and the 1080p digital High Definition image on the Blu-ray may be an improvement over the anamorphically enhanced DVD, but Director of Photography Edward J. Pei, A.S.C., just cannot overcome the terrible look of this film from digital post-production.None of his shots are that great, but youíll wonder if he meant them to look better than this.Both versions have Dolby Digital 5.1 mixes, but the Blu-ray sports a clearer and richer PCM 48/24 5.1 mix that has more impact and shows that if the sound had not been o0verly sweetened, this could have been really impressive sonically.


Extras include deleted scenes that would not have helped, a making of featurette lamely dubbed Croc-umentary, previews for other Disney releases and audio commentary by Katleman and visual effects supervisor Paul Linden on both discs.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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