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Primeval [Blu-ray]

3.6 out of 5 stars 116 customer reviews

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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!

Special Features

Feature Commentary With Director Michael Katleman And Visual Effects Supervisor Paul Linden|"Croc-umentary: Bringing Gustave To Life"|Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary By Director Michael Katleman

Product Details

  • Actors: Dominic Purcell, Orlando Jones
  • Directors: Michael Katleman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Danish (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (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: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OPOAG6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,347 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Primeval [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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By A. Abbott on July 26, 2007
Format: DVD
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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The people who marketed this movie are awesome, kudos to your scheme!! Hey we all fell for it. No need to hate!! They marketed this film as a serial killer movie and the why is unclear, it's a good monster alligator movie. It's like a not funny Lake Placid. It's worth a watch and enjoy it. 20 yrs ago these graphics were not possible so have fun with it!!!! The effects are not cheesy, they're great!
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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. But some essential elements were missing. Portions of the film stood up and did well: acting, special effects, cinematography, etc. However, the cast had no chemistry and it was unclear what the real storyline was. The film was heading in too many directions, but did offer briefly endearing parts. The pieces were all here. The puzzle just stayed...puzzling.
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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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So, I watched this movie because I love movies about killer animals. I'm a weirdo :) Much to my surprise, the alligator is in this movie for a total of like 10 minutes. Total bummer. The movie is more about the Burundi Civil War. Which is also incredibly interesting to me, and I did like watching it. I just was bummed when I thought I was watching another croc movie and it turned out to not really be anything about that.
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"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!

Eh.

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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