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DinoCroc (2004)

Costas Mandylor , Charles Napier , Kevin O'Neill  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Costas Mandylor, Charles Napier, Bruce Weitz, Matthew Borlenghi, Jane Longenecker
  • Directors: Kevin O'Neill
  • Writers: Dan Acre, Frances Doel, John Huckert
  • Producers: Jamie Akhavi, Damian Akhavi, Guy Schwartz, Hank Grover
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 13, 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B8QFP0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,875 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "DinoCroc" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Imagine all the fury of a prehistoric carnivore combined with the ferocity of the largest crocodile known to man and you have the makings of nonstop terror. Run for your life as Gereco Corporation's experiment to manipulate a rapid-growth hormone gets out of control, and a ravenous monster gets out of its cage. Now the residents of the once-peaceful Grant's Lake have only the talents of a crude Australian reptile hunter, the short-handed local sheriff, his daughter the animal control expert, and her boyfriend, to save them from the insatiable jaws of a beastly feeding frenzy

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a Crock January 29, 2006
It is not often that a novelization comes out months and months before the movie gets released, but it did with this film. So having read the book almost a year earlier I was anxious to watch this one as soon as I could get my hands on it. A big medical firm has gotten a hold of a rare fossil and is using the DNA in some experiments.

But one of the test animals breaks out and escapes into a nearby swamp/lake. With accelerated growth and a huge appetite, the company knows they must retrieve the animal quickly. But they don't seem to react quickly enough as the creature grows faster than they expect. An Australian crocodile hunter is brought in. Together with the local animal control officer and the sheriff they set out to track and stop the beast.

This could easily have felt like a fifth movie in the Carnosaur series (Carnosaur 1-3, Raptor) but other than the accelerated growth there is no connection. This one is fresh and new. Sort of a cross between a Jurassic Park move and a giant crocodile movie. The acting was reasonable and some of the scenes where handles extremely well (i.e. the meshed scenes as the boy looks for his dog while his brother stays home). An above average dino flick that makes typical Corman use of building suspense instead of overabundant special effects. Check it out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to Gereco...expect big things. February 8, 2006
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From the Roger Corman Sci-Fi Collection comes DinoCroc (2004), a film, in my mind, whose only real distinction was that it was marginally better than Frankenfish (2004), another giant amphibious/reptile monster released about the same time (as far as I can tell, Corman had nothing to do with the latter). Directed by visual effects artist Kevin O'Neill, the film stars Matt Borlenghi ("Police Academy: The Series", Krocodylus), Jane Longenecker (The Coroner), and Costas Mandylor (Mobsters, Dr. Chopper), who was chosen by People magazine of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World in 1991, an accolade, apparently which, did little to help his film career seeing as some 15 years later he's still appearing in dreck like this...also appearing is Jake Thomas ("Lizzie McGuire"), Price Carson (Payback), Joanna Pacula (Gorky Park), Bruce Weitz ("Hill Street Blues", The O.J. Simpson Story), and Charles Napier (Rambo: First Blood Part II, The Silence of the Lambs), whom I remember most fondly from the movie The Blues Brothers (1980) as Tucker McElroy, the crazed redneck musician who turned his RV into a U-Boat.

After a short and seemingly meaningless sequence in the Australian outback, we're now in U.S., learning all about how a biotech company called Gereco Laboratories has been developing some sort of accelerated growth technology based on extracts taken from the remains of a prehistoric remains of a crocodile, as the possibilities are endless. As expected, one of their enhanced critters escapes, following the death of a stupid scientist, and thus begins the usual corporate cover up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars CROC-O-CORMAN December 14, 2005
Ever since the 60s, Roger Corman has masterminded cheesy horror flicks for fans of the genre. From his days of the Edgar Allan Poe adaptations right up to this fun creature feature, Corman has delivered the kind of movies he's become famous for. In this one, a genetically engineered dinosaur/crocodile escapes from the Gereco Laboratories and starts eating up the locals. Costas Mandylor is the hammy Australian specialist brought in to capture the beast; Jane Longenecker and Matt Berlenghi (he's pretty awful) are the lovers caught up in the mess; Bruce Weitz and Joanna Pacula are the lab bad guys and ubiquitous Charles Napier is the sheriff, also Longenecker's papa. The creature effects are fairly decent and the movie has some surprises, including killing off a character one doesn't usually kill off in a horror movie. Not a classic but a good movie for fans of the genre.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Adequate monster mayhem that fits the bill quite nicely December 31, 2005
By Brian
The undemanding viewer who, like yours truly, grew up on guilty pleasures like this should find much to enjoy with "DinoCroc." This initially aired on the SciFi Channel two years ago and, for what it is, I have to say the movie is actually pretty well made. Anybody familiar with "Jaws" or its many myriad clones over time will undoubtedly already know the story here by heart. Which is not to say this feature doesn't deserve some measure of credit. Instead of a marauding shark, we are treated to a carnivorous prehistoric hybrid that embarks on a horrific rampage after escaping a poorly operated research facility.

Director Kevin O'Neill obviously did not possess the bloated budget of Steven Spielberg or James Cameron. But he still managed to crank out a fairly decent and fun little film. I got particular kicks out of the titular creature, provided rather impressively by the team at Ronin Digital Entertainment. The effect, at least in my opinion, comes off way better on DVD than it did on television.

The DVD, itself, boasts a clean transfer with crisp sound and vibrant color. While there are no special features to speak of, I would still recommend this film to anyone looking to fill a rainy afternoon with cheap thrills. It certainly won't win any awards for Best Picture, but it does offer a prime example of the small miracles that can be achieved with a limited budget and adequate direction. By all means, give it a look.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD CORMAN FLICK

With a name like that how could I not own this film right, I know, I thought the same thing. Produced by the legendary Roger Corman I just had to have it. Read more
Published 9 days ago by fmwaalex
3.0 out of 5 stars Lake Flaccid...
Experiments in accelerated growth technology go horribly awry, when some of the test subjects go berserk. These specimens are the formerly-extinct beasts of the title. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheap Mindless Fun
Don't expect Jurassic Park here, but as far as Low Budget Horror Movies can go, this one is worth a try.
Published 2 months ago by B. Duarte
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking on special effects.
Entertaining but, lacked efficient special effects. The special effects did not contain enough detail and did not stay on the screen a sufficient enough amount of time to enjoy... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bryan
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful transparent schlock!
I was looking for a classic Sci-Fi made-for-TV movie I could watch while playing Minecraft and not paying a whole lot of attention. This fit the bill perfectly! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sandra L. Powers
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD MOVIE
Published 8 months ago by putder53
4.0 out of 5 stars Giant Hybrid Croc!
Another absolutely crazy crocodile that has been used as a scientific experiment! Let's face it...if you like nutty, unreal animals, you'll enjoy DinoCroc. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Sandra
5.0 out of 5 stars dinocroc
This is a very good movie that I saw.
It has gore,creature violence,terror,
action.And the most important thing a
kinda happy ending. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Tammy N. Zhang
4.0 out of 5 stars As far as Sci-Fi movies go....
I'd have to say this is one of the better Sci-Fi films. It was good. The Dinocroc looked greatly animated, compared to other Sci-Fi and SyFy films.
Published on July 18, 2011 by Justin Estrada
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for what it is
If you're expecting Citizen Cane or Casablanca, look elsewhere. But I love these horrible B movies with ridiculously outrageous creatures and even worse acting. Read more
Published on June 16, 2011 by Chip Hansen
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