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Mimic (The Director's Cut) [Blu-ray + Digital Copy]
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• Audio commentary with director/co-writer Guillermo Del Toro
• “Reclaiming Mimic” featurette
• “A Leap In Evolution – The Creatures of Mimic” featurette
• “Back Into The Tunnels – Shooting Mimic” featurette
• Deleted scenes
• Storyboard animatics
• Gag reel
• Theatrical Trailer
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This famous line from Steven Speilberg's dinosaur adventure has become a popular lesson of many science fiction films today. "Mimic," a film in which genetically altered insects become something never intended, is no exception to this particular lesson; in fact, the movie uses it to its advantage on numerous occasions, that, and some very sophisticated special effects and filmmaking techniques. Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, who directed "Cronos," turns what is a basic nature-gone-mad movie into something more terrifying, more chilling, and more suspenseful than anything we've ever seen done before.
That's not to say that "Mimic" is as fresh as a spring breeze. There are elements at work in the film that are all too familiar if you know your science fiction well. There's the obligatory explanation for the havoc surrounding the central characters, scenes involving them being trapped somewhere beyond any help, and a hero in the group that will devise all the plans for escape and the way in which to kill their opponent. But under a new premise, and some very strikingly intense moments, "Mimic" makes the old seem new again.
The hero (or heroine, in this case) is Dr. Susan Tyler (Mira Sorvino), who is called upon by the city of New York to find a cure for a fatal disease striking the city's children. Along with husband Peter Mann (Jeremy Northam), they create a genetically altered breed of insect (revealed as a cross between a cockroach and a praying mantis) to wipe out the disease-infested cockroaches underneath the city.Read more ›
My three stars for this review are strictly based off of the fact that this Blu Ray release is marketed as a Director's Cut and every single movie website, fan site, movie reviewer site (I think you are getting my drift) has been overjoyed in the fact that Guillermo Del Toro is finally given the chance to "reclaim" "Mimic." There is this whole back story involving executive producers, movie studio big wigs, and creative differences that plagued the development of "Mimic" (It is one of those typical Hollywood stories). It became such a problem, that Del Toro believed "Mimic" was not really his movie, he lost control of it, and did not like the outcome - this is all pretty much stated within the new "Reclaiming Mimic" featurette found on the Blu Ray. With a back story such as this, yes, people should be excited for a Director's Cut . . . Del Toro finally gets to reinstate his vision - or, at least, what's left of it being that he cannot go back and re-shoot the movie. But, as stated in the "Reclaiming Mimic" featurette, Del Toro is finally happy with the movie's Director's Cut. Without re-shooting the entire film, this is the cut of the movie Del Toro wants the audience to experience.
See, there's a lot of hype. Del Toro did not like the original cut, but is more than happy with his own cut. The studio was too hands on the first time around and completely changed his vision.Read more ›
Unfortunately, the meddling began well before the film went before cameras and the pre-production screenplay truly represents the "Director's Cut" of the film but, sadly, that film was never shot. As it stands though "Mimic" is still a terrific fantasy/horror/thriller even if it isn't what he had originally hoped for.
Shot for less than $8 million the film did decent business at the box office (well enough to inspire two sequels that Del Toro wasn't involved in)making $25 million. This new Blu-ray release sparkles with a sharp, nice looking transfer. The film has always looked dark and the Blu-ray gives this film the visual depth that it has always needed and this is a much needed upgrade from the rather murky looking DVD released in 1998.
The presentation isn't perfect however but it still looks exceptionally good particularly compared to what has come before and kudos must be given to Lion's Gate for allowing Del Toro the opportunity to return to this film and improve it. The film has always looked quite grainy and the Blu-ray remains true to the "look" of Del Toro's conception.
Special features include an introduction from Del Toro and a commentary track where the director discusses the challenges he faced making the film from pre to post-production.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very suspenseful---I found myself clutching the edge of my laptop on a couple of scenes.Published 17 days ago by Elizabeth B.
Mimic: presents the Guillermo Del Toro’s recently-released “Director’s Cut” of the original 1997 Mimic, the creepy underground horror of genetically... Read more
Love this movie. It scared my kids into keeping all snacks in the kitchen so the Mimic monster will not search there for food. :)Published 1 month ago by L. Renee
I didn't believe it for a second. watched it till the end and wondered what others saw that moved them....but not me. maybe if paul sorvino [ played the mira role.......?Published 1 month ago by warren h.
Shy on character development, but a rousing, creepy thriller for all that.Published 3 months ago by Marshall Pipkin
The director's cut is even better! It still gives me the "willies"! Great horror flick!Published 4 months ago by BlackRain4
Fantastic, classic horror. Movies like they used to make them. A gotta see.Published 4 months ago by SUE SOLIS
I like it for what it is ... it isn't Shakespeare, it's just a guilty pleasure.
A creepy guilty pleasure!! Mimic is an excellent and well-made horror film. Read more
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