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  • Actors: Edward Burns, Sir Ben Kingsley, Catherine Mc Cormack, August Zirner
  • Directors: Sir Ben Kingsley, Peter Hyams
  • Writers: Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer, Gregory Poirier
  • Producers: Edward Burns, Elie Samaha, Romana Cisarova, John Hardy, Rick Nathanson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 28, 2006
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CZ0PNK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,881 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Its just a stupid movie.
Jason!
The film IS suspenseful even if the script often fails to live up to the potential of Bradbury's short story and the visual effects fail to convince.
Wayne Klein
I thought that it had a good story line and some very nice special effects.
Mark

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31 of 39 people found the following review helpful By M. Newton on August 1, 2006
Format: DVD
I have not read the Ray Bradbury short story, so I can't speak as to how the movie compares to it. Taken as an individual work, this film is not bad at all. The key is to not take everything so seriously. There's a lot of action to enjoy and much of it is very creative. The film is basically clean and probably should have been rated PG.

For those of you who like to take your films seriously, I have several warnings.

1) The effects are not great, and in some scenes downright poor. The scenes in which the characters travel along Chicago streets in 2055 are very weak, but the scenes of the various "animals" are pretty decent.

2) The acting is not very good. Ben Kingsly does well as the evil rich guy, but Edward Burns seems to have been given poor lines and direction. The female lead, Catherine McCormick, is completely unlikeable throughout the film as an angry radical.

3) The time travel logic doesn't really make sense. The concept of the butterfly effect is that some minor change in the past can lead to major changes in the future. However, in this film things just don't add up.

Still, I watched this film with no expectation of it being good, and I ended up having a fun time watching it. I just ignored the 3 points I mentioned above. I enjoyed seeing the characters trying to overcome their challenges to defeat the various "animals" they encountered. There was quite a bit of action and suspense that was fun.

If you enjoy sci-fi films, but aren't too much of a purist, you'll probably have fun with this. Don't expect any special features, because all you have are the 2 trailers.
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Ray Bradbury's classic short story A Sound of Thunder popularised the Butterfly Effect theory as time-travelling dinosaur hunters inadvertently change the future by unwittingly bringing something back from the past only to find it impossible to go back and change things before they become extinct - the kind of pitch that sounds like it was made in high concept movie heaven. So how can an idea that good turn into a fiasco that sits on the shelf for three years before escaping to a handful of theaters? Well, the fact that the poster alone boasts 13 producers credits and nine production companies and the trailer credits two writers who aren't billed among the three on the finished film, it's pretty obvious that too many chefs have been working on this primordial strew. Then there are the endless production problems - the sets being flooded in Czechoslovakia, the company going bankrupt after a series of financial scandals and lawsuits, the lack of money to complete the special effects which are a few passes away from being finished but still acceptable if you're in a forgiving B-movie mood (the biggest problem is the poor integration with backgrounds), the departure of Renny Harlin and Pierce Brosnan in favor of the even less inspiring Peter Hyams and Edward Burns... this one never stood a chance.

But the weirdest thing? It's a really enjoyable movie. Not a great movie by any stretch of the imagination, but certainly a fun one. It's best to think of it as a modern 50s sci-fi B-movie, the kind of thing that Ray Harryhausen might have worked on in his black and white days had Sam Katzman ever bothered with a halfway decent script.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AD on May 6, 2013
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A friend of mine sent me this because she liked it. I have to admit, I do too. I'm not a Ray Bradbury fan, so I was skeptical. Yes, I think the Allosaurus would have been better replaced with a T-Rex, but the rest was quite enjoyable. She also sent me District 9 because she was going to get rid of that movie anyway. I couldn't see why anyone would make something so bad! It was like one of the movies Mystery Science Theater 3000 would make fun of! I couldn't recycle it fast enough! However, I am keeping A Sound of Thunder-I've watched it 3 times already! It's light fun and very enjoyable!
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By M. Spitzer on May 27, 2006
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Okay, the film is not 100% faithful to Bradbury's story.. and like many lower budget films older CGI effects are all that can be afforded, but a film should not be graded for simple effects...but for STORY.

The plot was tampered with enough to make the film less than perfect, BUT compared to the higher budgeted crap that Hollywood has passed off as sci-fi in the recent past, this was an enjoyable movie.
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21 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Stanton VINE VOICE on June 27, 2006
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OK... so it's not 'Alien' or 'Predator', but I did find this quite a good little flick.

I've read a lot of Ray Bradbury books and stories but I haven't read this one so I had very little expectations of the film.

I was pulled in within a few minutes.

The story is gone over very well by previous reviewers and has been addressed in movies such as 'The Butterfly Effect', 'Mr. Destiny' and countless other serial shows on television (The Time Tunnel is a prime example). There was a book out years ago, also, by the title 'A Wrinkle in Time' which proposed a similar theme.

What I liked about this movie was that it all combined to make an agreeable story. The pace was good, it kept moving. The characters were typical and played that way. The sets and special effects were good... not glorious, but good. It all combined to portray the story of a possibility. In comparison to the other similar stories out there, I thought they did quite a job.

Unlike the polished sci-fi flicks above mentioned, there are a number of 'Grade B' ones that entertain just as well. And I do believe the latter is where this one falls.
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Worst movie ever
His comments just show that MM Brroks does not understand the concept.
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you gotta be kidding me!! horrible movie!! i would rather see a movie of...
I personally loved this movie...but then I like a lot of the old cheesy sci-fi's.
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Diid anyone get beyond the opening scenes I got as far as the footprint on the runway I liked the premise sure no one can top a book because we all have different theaters in our heads. But the thing that brought them problems was the bloody footprint thjey brought back.
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