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Anaconda (Superbit Collection) (1997)

Jon Voight , Jennifer Lopez , Luis Llosa  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jon Voight, Jennifer Lopez, Eric Stoltz, Ice Cube, Jonathan Hyde
  • Directors: Luis Llosa
  • Writers: Jack Epps Jr., Hans Bauer, Jim Cash
  • Producers: Andy Fickman, Beau Marks, Carole Little, Jack Epps Jr., Leonard Rabinowitz
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Portuguese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Thai, English, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 27, 2002
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006ADD2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,094 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Anaconda (Superbit Collection)" on IMDb

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Anaconda is an action-packed thriller starring JENNIFER LOPEZ (The Wedding Planner), rap superstar ICE CUBE (XXX: State of the Union), Academy Award®-winner JON VOIGHT (1978 Best Actor, Coming Home) and ERIC STOLTZ (Almost Famous). A documentary film crew, headed by anthropologist Steve Cale (Stoltz) and director Terri Flores (Lopez), ventures into the world's most isolated jungle - the Amazon - in search of a lost and forgotten civilization. Early in their journey, they come to the aid of Paul Serone, a Paraguayan guide (Voight), who joins their expedition. But Serone is actually a poacher on the trail of a legendary snake. When Serone hijacks the boat and its crew on his quest to track and kill the giant snake, he steers the expedition right into the path of the deadly monster. Ger ready for a wild, scare-a-minute thrill ride because ANACONDA will grab you and take your breath away.

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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't watch alone. Don't eat during this. January 13, 2005
By Meesha
Format:DVD
After originally seeing the second first, and then borrowing the superbit of this to watch, I'm actually glad I did it that way. That way, I didn't have to compare the sequel to the original if I'd seen it the right way round. Despite reading other reviewers bad reviews, I quite liked it. It dragged a bit in the middle, but the cast were excellent.

With stars like Jennifer Lopez, Eric Stoltz, Owen Wilson, Jon Voight, Ice Cube and the fabulous Jonathan Hyde, it worked. Some of the plotlines were only hinted at, and could have been expanded if it had been rated a 15 or an 18. (Particularly the 'love' story between J-Lo & Eric - there seemed to be stuff missing from that whole sub-plot.) I loved how Jennifer (as she now wishes to be known) looked in this movie - the hair was naturally curly, and really nice, rather than straightened within an inch of its life. If you compare her here, to now, you'll notice she's become very Hollywood over the last few years. The hair's blonder, and she's skinnier too - and has noticeably given her Latino roots up. I didn't like Jon Voight's character very much - I found why he did what he did was never really explained, and one of his final scenes will either make what you're eating get thrown in the air, or you'll choke on it. Plus, he had a really dodgy Steven Segal-esque ponytail. Ugh. Most particularly, I loved Jonathan Hyde. I've never liked him much in the other movies I've seen him in (Dr Allen Chamberlain in The Mummy, and J. Bruce Ismay in Titanic - I didn't even realise it was the same actor from the latter!), but his character in this was really nice, and even funny.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight fun with gruesome deaths September 1, 2006
Format:DVD
The plot is thinner than a Kleenex, J-Lo attempts to play an (unusually gorgeous and well-dressed) aspiring film student who, with her tough-but-lovable assistant Ice Cube, somehow find themselves on a barge along with a few other ditzy Hollywood stereotypical characters, including an over-the-top Englishman, heading up some remarkably bug-free Amazon tributary to film a documentary.

As fate would have it, they happen upon Jon Voight's character (Jon Voight! Is that really him?!), who A) blows the other actors off the screen B) is a genuinely creepy psychotic presence. They "rescue" him from his stranded boat.

There are brief flashes of brilliance in this story, but they are paved over by the horsey acting from all parties excepting Mr. Voight and Mr. Cube. Jon Voight is terrific, and Ice Cube is playing himself. Who cast this mess? J-Lo's famous shape is displayed, nay, showcased, in at least half a dozen scenes. The movie is beautifully photographed, which makes the near-total lack of a believable story unfortunate, and the absurd ending, complete with the 100% anticipated surprise ending, leaves you yawning. By 2006 standards the special effects seem quaint.

Watch it for the cinematography and Jon Voight. And J-Lo's delectable corpus. Cute boobs and a sensational rear end, I must say.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
In 1997, a film based on one of the largest snakes in the world was made to a horror film. Directed by Luis Llosa who has shot many films in Peru, `Anaconda' was a film that was written by Hans Bauer ("Titan A.E") and Jim Cash ("Dick Tracy", "Top Gun" and "Turner & Hooch") and the film despite having many negative reviews, did pretty well in box office receipts, taking in over a $136 million worldwide.

The film would also star talent which would be considered today as top tier names, at the time the film would star singer/actress Jennifer Lopez ("Jersey Girl", "The Wedding Planner", "Maid in Manhattan"), hip hop artist and actor Ice Cube ("xXx: State of the Union", "Menace II Society", "New Jack City"), Jon Voight ("Transformers", "24', "Ali", "Pearl Harbor"), Eric Stoltz ("The Rules of Attraction", "Medium", "Grey's Anatomy"), Jonathan Hyde ("Titanic", "The Mummy"), Owen Wilson ("Cars", "Marley & Me", "Shanghai Knights") and Kahri Wuhrer ("The Air I Breathe", "Spider's Web").

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"Anaconda" is presented in 1080p High Definition (with an aspect ratio of 2:40:1). The film looks good at times (sunlight, outdoor scenes) but then starts to have this soft look in many other areas. Because they are in the middle of the Amazon, I was expecting to see skin pores, grime but it appears this film exhibits some major DNR (Digital Noise Reduction) that prevents the film from being vibrant or alive. The faces look waxy and the film looks to clean and soft for its own good. Overall, picture quality is still much better than the original DVD. There is details you can see from the trees and the boat and the crew's surroundings.

As for the audio, audio for "Anaconda" is presented in Dolby TrueHD 5.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Voigt Carries the Film July 14, 2004
Format:DVD
When I watched Anaconda I was surprised that it was better than I expected. Part of the reason for that was the performance given by John Voigt.
A film crew is traveling the Amazon in search of the elusive People of the Mist. On the way the rescue Voigt from a stranded ship. Voigt is a snake catcher and claims he knows where the People of the Mist can be found. In reality he is trying to lead them into anaconda territory where he hopes to catch a live specimen and make a fortune. Finally the truth comes out, as do the snakes and it becomes a battle between man and beast as well as between man and man. In the end the survivors prepare to return to their ruined careers when they stumble across the People of the Mist.
John Voigt gave an excellent performance as a Paraguayan snake catcher (Paraguayan so as no one can tell if the accent is right). John shows off a physique that shows why he was chosen to play gigolos and boxers. I did not care too much for the black cameraman. He seemed to be one great big stereotype, so city bred he can't believe that fish live in water. The only other flaw with the film is the way the snake moves. Anacondas are strong but they can not support their entire weight on the tip of their tail. It also moved faster than a striking rattlesnake. Oh well, I still really enjoyed the movie.
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