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Primeval [Blu-ray] (2007)

Dominic Purcell , Orlando Jones , Michael Katleman  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dominic Purcell, Orlando Jones
  • Directors: Michael Katleman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Danish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 12, 2007
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OPOAG6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,294 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Primeval [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Feature Commentary With Director Michael Katleman And Visual Effects Supervisor Paul Linden

Editorial Reviews

Inspired by the true story of a legendary 25-foot, man-eating crocodile, PRIMEVAL roars and rampages onto Blu-ray Disc. Starring Dominic Purcell (TV's PRISON BREAK) and Orlando Jones (RUNAWAY JURY, EVOLUTION), this edge-of-your-seat horror thriller will blow your mind in this almost unbearably intense format. Determined to capture the voracious monster, an American news crew travels into the darkest reaches of the African jungle to stalk their prey. But "Gustave," as the natives call him, is also on the huntm -- always on the move, always elusive, always hungry for human flesh. Watch this cunning killing machine blaze his blood-soaked trail of terror in gut-wrenching, eye-popping clarity. Experience sheer terror as Gustave gnaws through your nerves, while the shrieks of his hapless victims haunt you in spectacularly enhanced audio. Devour the adventure and taste the fear with Blu-ray High Definition!

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Misleading ... But Interesting July 26, 2007
When I rented primeval, I was expecting (and hoping) for a sci-fi channel type movie about a monster crocodile that would attack everyone. Well, it was partly like that. A group of journalists is sent to a civil war stricken South African country to report on the capture of this man eater.

The journalist meet a few local villagers and hook up with a crocodile expert. However, their lives are threatened by much more than just a crocodile when the cameraman accidentally films men from a local warlord's army executing a tribal holy man and his family.

The crocodile does play an important part in this movie; but I felt that it became more of a movie about the Burundi civil war; its war lords; and a general statement about ravaged Africa as a whole. Some people, I have read, did not like this movie. I think its worth a try, I certainly enjoyed it.

By the way, Gustave (the killer crocodile) is indeed real. He lives in Burundi and may be the largest freshwater crocodile in the world. I Googled "Gustave crocodile in Africa" and got a BBC News link from a 2002 article. Interesting.
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25 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Primitive April 9, 2007
"Primeval" tricked me. I knew nothing about the film other than a brief blurb I'd read that said it was about a serial killer and was based on a true story. Turns out the "serial killer" is, in fact, a large, hundred-year old crocodile named Gustave. Ho ho!


The story is about a news team that has been sent to Africa in order to cover a story on (and perhaps capture) the elusive beast. The movie briefly explains why a blood-thirsty crocodile is news (and even why it would be left up to journalists, a cameraman, and two wild animal experts to catch a critter that's been eating unsuspecting humans for decades), but the explanation is weak, at best.

Even weaker is the awkward melding of the croc plot with another story thread involving an African civil war that is propogated and prolonged by a blood-thirsty warlord named -- that's right -- Gustave. Is this a powerful political metaphor? Probably. Is it done well? Of course it isn't.

Populated by stock characters of the worst kind (although Orlando Jones manages to do some good things with his smart-aleck cameraman role), "Primeval" succumbs to ludicrousness (the characters, after a recent croc attack, decide that a rickety shack built IN the river is their best safe haven), pointlessness (the dull bonfire "bonding" scene where a tribal drum session is followed by the Westerners singing "Amazing Grace" off-key), and confusion (most of the croc attacks take place at night and are dizzyingly hard to follow). Tack on a hokey (albeit unfortunately true) message about American apathy toward African brutality, and you're left with a jury-rigged mess of a movie, a schizophrenic cinematic experience that tries to be viscerally scintillating as well as politically charged. If it had picked one or the other, it may have had at least a shred of consistency to give it pluck and cohesion. Instead, it's a mawkish blend of macabre and moralistic.

And it's not about a serial killer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars lame monster movie July 24, 2007
As if Africa didn't have problems enough to deal with - now we can add a giant primordial crocodile to the mix.

Laughingly based on a "true story," "Primeval" is a mediocre monster movie in which three American reporters, a trained crocodile expert and a surly German guide ("Das Boot"'s Jurgen Prochnow) travel through the wilds of Burundi to track down the legendary man-munching menace known to the local natives as "Gustave." In addition to the creature, the team has to contend with some vicious tribal leaders who are waging an intense civil war in the region.

Afflicted with a paltry budget, "Primeval" is marred by uneven acting, cheap-looking special effects and the all-too-common chauvinistic attitude that sees Africans as either malefactors intent on slaughtering their own people or incompetent victims just waiting for some knight-in-shining-armor Westerners to come riding in on their white horses to save them. In fact, so much time is devoted to the conflict between the Americans and the African warlords that it's quite easy to forget that the giant crocodile is in the movie at all. Actually, considering the rather unconvincing appearance of the creature on screen, that might, in fact, be the best thing that could have happened to the movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Where is the Crocodile Hunter when you Need him? June 30, 2007
Seriously, this movie is really not good. If you want a great Crocodile movie, go see "Lake Placid". Better actors, much better acting, and a more realistic crocodile... but not by much!
People have gone over the plot, so I will not rehash it here.
The plot is not very good as it intermixes the horror Crocodile and the African political storylines. And as with most bad horror movies, stupid decisions are made at times that wind up killing the actors.
Jurgen Prochnow's talents are wasted in this film as the big-game hunter who is supposed to help the film crew. Dominic Purcell once again proves he has no acting talent. I wish they would kill him off on "Prison Break". The only talent here is Orlando Jones. He does a relatively good job, but we do not even see him being killed. He just pops up dead later on.. What a waste!
The bonus features on the DVD are thin. There is one "deleted" scene that is pretty amusing, where they show a scene on how the Warlord was supposedly to be killed originally. The "Making of" is not very interesting.
I did give the movie 2 stars, because it did keep me watching for 90 minutes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 12 days ago by Antonio Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie
I love this movie. I had it before but got scratched really ba and couldn't watch it. Now I can see it any time I want.
Published 29 days ago by Frank alsis-Nemeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie.
Published 2 months ago by Kevin D. Cashman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good movie based on true events are my favorite,
Published 2 months ago by Carol M
2.0 out of 5 stars "It Could Have Been a Contender"
This film had good production value, so I'd normally give it 3 stars. The plot was convoluted, though. The beginning of the movie really had me psyched. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sasha
4.0 out of 5 stars The Croc is awesome
This movie is based on a real life story about a huge crocodile in Africa who got a taste for human meat after one country had a revolution and killed many innocent people and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Valerie Beiersdorfer
2.0 out of 5 stars Did not like it
Was not what I was expecting. I did not like the movie I thought it was another one which had to do with the past..
Published 3 months ago by Angie La Casella
1.0 out of 5 stars If you have seen a movie about giant killer crocidiles (or)...
Then you have seen enough of one. This movie is based (supposedly) on
a true story about a gigantic Killer crocodile or Alligator (I forgot which is which)
but its been... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Robert Pylant
4.0 out of 5 stars Primeval
It was pretty good action movie. Lots of suspense and triggers for the old jump in your chair routine. I gave it four stars because I enjoyed it and the acting was good. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Victoria J. Dennison
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow good and funny
This movie shade me lol at some parts then some parts was out cold but this is a good movie too me
Published 6 months ago by linda austin
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