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Alligator (1980/Lionsgate)


Picture: C+     Sound: C     Extras: C     Film: C



One of the more amusing and silly, yet notable Jaws wannabes is Lewis Teague’s Alligator, a 1980 B-movie that has its moments if not being that good on its own.  The Kendal Family is the happy family who makes the semi-innocent mistake of flushing a pet baby alligator down the toilet.  It does not ruin their plumbing, but it lands up near a laboratory where it grows to an immense size and goes on a rampage.  It makes for an early argument against animal abuse.


Robert Forster, Jack Carter, Sue Lyon and Dean Jagger are among the more known members of the cast in a monster film that has aged in interesting ways, including that the latex work is always welcome over current digital work.  The John Sayles/Frank Ray Perilli screenplay is not bad, though far from the subtle personal films Sayles would write and direct later.  For its reputation and the names involved, it is worth a look.


Unfortunately, the anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image is a bit softer than you might want, though it looks like the same print the Anchor Bay PAL import edition used.  That one is Region 2 and did not look much better, but had some advantages over this.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is surprisingly poor, with the Dolby 2.0 Mono version being a bi8t more natural, though neither can match the nice DTS 5.1 upgrade on that Anchor Bay import.  The combination is disappointing.  Extras include feature length audio commentary by Teague & Forester and a new Sayles interview.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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