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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 (74 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dominic Purcell, Orlando Jones
  • Directors: Michael Katleman
  • Format: 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 (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OPOAG6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,431 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Primeval [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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

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Inspired by the true story of a legendary 25-foot man-eating crocodile comes the intense, terrifying horror movie Primeval roars and rampages onto Blu-ray Disc. Starring Dominic Purcell (TV's Prison Break) and Orlando Jones (Runaway Jury, Evolution), this

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19 of 19 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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24 of 33 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Defame Gustave March 21, 2011
By C. Chow
I like giant crocodile movies and I'm guessing you do too if you're thinking about seeing this movie. DON"T!!! Take it from a crocodile fan!

The plot: Embarrassingly `Primeval' makes a mockery of a real life giant croc Gustave saying it is "based on real events" and stars a real croc character. (I'll explain the real events later)

Token character attempt to capture Gustave, the famous African croc. When I say token they are truly that. The attractive love interests, the good scientist with an Australian accent, the evil German hunter (Jurgen Prochow) and loud mouthed black friend (Orlando Jones). Jones' character is truly insulting; he even wears a FUBU shirt and can't shut up. Why does Jones always get stuck playing these characters? For that matter why are these characters ever included in movies?

Predictably the documentary goes horribly wrong. They are attacked by evil guerrillas and everyone is eaten by Gustave.

Worst this about the movie aside from the meaningless story and characters is the photography. Somehow they thought they'd go arty and try to shoot it like `Saving Private Ryan' and `Blackhawk Down.' This works well for war film where combat is chaotic but the result here is it's virtually impossible to tell what's happening.

OK here's the real story behind Gustave, he is NOT "9 meters" (30 feet) long as stated in the film. He's between 16 to 20 feet long. There has not been a documented croc bigger than 20 feet in millions of years. Still that's a monster croc. 16 to 20 feet is plenty frightening. The film makers don't have to go berserk with the size issue.

Gustave wasn't known for eating people, since people knew enough to stay away from him. He was known for eating hippos! Again, that's plenty frightening.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for a "B" creature eats people flick September 2, 2007
By Tanis
Big CGI special effects movie starring a fast 30-foot crocodile. The movie puts the characters in danger early and keeps them there throughout, creating an effective sense of tension. Unfortunately, the result also feels unrealistic, and is way too serious; scenes establishing the problems Africa exist uneasily in what is essentially a dumb creature (B) film. Finally, this movie has enough moments to succeed on a certain level, though it could have been a lot better.
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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 days 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 1 month ago by linda austin
2.0 out of 5 stars primeval
Bought as a gag gift for a friend. He was very excited when the previews for this movie first came out thinking it was a real serial killer. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jessica Dobson
4.0 out of 5 stars One alligator of a film
As a fan of the Alligator movies from the 70's I was pumped to see this film. It offered a lot more than just a "creature feature" however, by actually developing the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Joseph Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Primeval - Which villain is worst, man or beast?
Another recent alligator movie I picked up through Amazon with Rogue being the other. This movie contains more action than Rogue and is a bit disturbing. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Martin Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Croc Movie
I have a weakness for excellent croc movies. Not the cheesy, smarmy kind, but well written, well acted, decent special effects kind. This one falls in that category.
Published 6 months ago by Techgirl
This is one of those high powered shock thrillers that the producers/directors thought it necessary to have nearly all the characters blurt out the f _ _k word when fright grips... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Frank L. Burgess
4.0 out of 5 stars great movie
I liked this movie a lot and was very pleased with my purchase. I don't know why this film is underrated because i thought it was actually really good. Read more
Published 6 months ago by nolaboy2003
4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good killer croc flick
Much of this is based on actual fact (there was a brutal civil war in Burundi, Africa, in which 200,000 people died in 2 months, with the bodies being often dumped in rivers and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Perry Allen Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't go in the water!!
Primeval is an amazing film with amazing visual effects and the chase scene in the movie is amazing. I like the part when Gustave gets caught between two trees. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Vader
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