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DVD Shopping Bag: Sharktopus Blu-ray

Yep, I went there

By Robert T. Trate     March 08, 2011


Sharktopus on Blu-ray and DVD Next Week
© Anchor Bay/ Robert Trate

 

I try and stay away from the SYFY Channel original movies. I know what they are. You know what they are. Somehow when Sharktopus arrived on Blu-ray, I found that I was drawn to watching it. Now, I have reviewed a couple of Sci Fi Channel (notice the spelling) Original Movies before. To say that The Loch Ness Terror (see review) and Sands of Oblivion (see review) are a wasted afternoon is being kind. At least there were some actors worth watching, Adam Baldwin and Morena Baccarin of Firefly fame, Sharktopus really has nobody. Yes, I am saying that Eric Roberts is nobody. I’m not being cruel, just honest. To his credit he does lift the first act up but he flounders in the second and third making this an abysmal tour dour force. I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me explain Sharktopus to you first.
 
Blue Water, our shady genetics research lab, has developed a sea creature for the United States Navy. Since you know the title of the movie I figure you know what type of creature it is. Sharktopus, of course, escapes or else there wouldn’t be a story and runs wild from Santa Monica, California to Mexico. Dr. Sands (Eric Roberts) and his daughter, Nicole (Sara Malakul Lane) want to bring the creature in alive as they have invested millions in research. They also have to bring the monster hunter out of retirement, an ex-Navy Seal, Andy Flynn (Kerem Bursin). All right I heard that too, a collective yawn. There really isn’t anything of surprise here in Sharktopus. Wait I take that back, Flynn and Nicole never hook up nor were they ever lovers. This was a missed opportunity as it would have filled out the second act with something other than a digital Sharktopus killing swimmers and sunbathers. Even Piranha, the original, had the sex scene between the two heroes.
 
Piranha is the connection here as this too is a Roger Corman produced film. I admire the guy for turning out films as fast as he does. He also supplies money and opportunity for would be filmmakers. Without him we might not have Joe Dante or the King of the World James Cameron. Sharktopus really does lend itself to the Corman style of filmmaking. Sadly, with all the digital technology and presented on Blu-ray it is too polished. It needs to be gritty and raw and packed with effects that are just “good enough”. Dilated Pixels, the visual effects company for the film, does a great job for this TV Movie. Since this is a horror movie and every horror fan is a filmmaker at heart we can over look bad blood squibs and terrible torsos. Digital limbs flying everywhere look “fake” in the way we don’t appreciate. Corman, please produce films the old way; fast, fun, raw, and dirty. Scare us with a less is more attitude and for god sakes use the computer for making credit sequences only. This wasn’t even fun after the first 60 minutes it was just boring.
 
Sharktopus arrives next week. Please check out my The Walking Dead Column as I detail my journey with it from Comic Con to watching it with my Mom.
 
Top 5 Picks of the Week:
1. The Walking Dead: Season One [Blu-ray] (see last week’s column)
2. Exit Through the Gift Shop [Blu-ray]
3. Excalibur [Blu-ray]
4. Jackass 3 (Two-Disc 3D DVD / Blu-ray Combo + Digital Copy
5. Mystery Science Theater 3000: Vol. XX
 
ACTION / ADVENTURE / KUNG FU/ THRILLERS / WESTERNS
 
Brenda Starr, Reporter (Serial 1945) Starring Joan Woodbury, Kane Richmond, Syd Saylor and Joe Devlin
 
Inside Job Starring Matt Damon
 
Inside Job [Blu-ray]
 
The Man from Nowhere [Blu-ray] Starring Won Bin and Kim Sae-Ron
 
The Man From Nowhere
 
The Next Three Days Starring Russell Crowe and Liam Neeson
 
The Next Three Days (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)
 
ANIME
 
Akane Iro Ni Somaru Saka Complete Collection
 
Black Butler: Season One, Part 2 Starring J. Michael Tatum, Brina Palencia, Monica Rial
 
Dragon Ball Z Kai: Part Four [Blu-ray] Starring Colleen Clinkenbeard, Sean Schemmel and Monica Rial
 
Dragon Ball Z Kai: Part Four
 
Speed Grapher: Complete Series S.A.V.E. Starring Monica Rial and Christopher R. Sabat
 
CARTOONS
 
Spongebob Squarepants: The Great Patty Caper Starring Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Rodger Bumpass and Clancy Brown
 
CLASSICS
 
Off Limits Starring Bob Hope, Mickey Rooney, Marilyn Maxwell and Eddie Mayehoff
 
On the Double Starring Danny Kaye, Dana Wynter, Wilfrid Hyde-White,
 
COMEDY AND LOVE Mania Style
 
Exit Through the Gift Shop [Blu-ray] Starring Banksy, Thierry Guetta and Shepard Fairey
 
Jackass 3 (Two-Disc 3D DVD / Blu-ray Combo + Digital Copy Starring Johnny Knoxville and Steve-O
 
Jackass 3 (Two-Disc Edition w/ 3D)
 
Jackass 3 (Single-Disc DVD)
 
HORROR
 
The Abducted Starring James Ray and Michael Harrelson
 
The Dorm That Dripped Blood [Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack] Starring Daphne Zuniga, Laurie Lapinski, Stephen Sachs
 
Pelt Starring Justin Welborn, Ashley Watkins, Travis Goodman
 
Sex And Black Magic Starring Lucia Ramirez, Nieves Navarro, Richard Harrison
 
Son of Terror Starring Ben Andrews, Rodrigo De Medeiros, Marcel Davis
 
The Zombie Farm Starring Khotan, Adriana Catano, Roberto Montesinos and Monica Munoz
 
SCIENCE FICTION / FANTASY
 
Alien From The Deep Starring Daniel Bosch, Marina Giulia Cavalli, Robert Marius
 
Doctor Who: The Seeds of Doom (Story 85) Starring Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen
 
Doctor Who: The Ark (Story 23) Starring William Hartnell, Peter Purves and Jackie Lane
 
Excalibur [Blu-ray] Starring Liam Neeson, Patrick Stewart, Gabriel Byrne and Nigel Terry
 
Exploitation Cinema: Where Time Began / Encounters
 
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) Starring Uma Thurman, Patrick Stewart and Shia LeBeouf
 
Tales From Earthsea Starring Timothy Dalton, Willem Dafoe, Cheech Marin
 
Terminators & Universal Soldiers Starring Jeremy London, Paul Logan and Dario Deak
 
Triangle & 2103: The Deadly Wake Starring Luke Perry, Dan Cortese, Malcolm McDowell and Michael Pare
 
TV LAND
 
The Walking Dead: Season One [Blu-ray] Starring Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Laurie Holden
 
The Walking Dead: Season One
 
BOX SETS
 
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Vol. XX Starring Joel Hodgson and Michael J. Nelson
 
Robert Trate writes two weekly columns for Mania the DVD Shopping Bag and the Toy Maniac. Robert also participates in a pod cast that reviews movies, comics and celebrates all things geek. Check it out at You’ve Got Geek on You.com.
 

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Betenoire 3/8/2011 1:53:17 PM

You couldn't find something less painful? Excaliber was out there...and if nothing was in the mailbox you could have reviewed a short You Tube clip of a cat staring at a TV that has a shark on it-better for you, more likely to be seen by me everyone wins.

Well, except those fooled into thinking BD can turn vinegar into a fine wine. But you can't save everyone.

doublec 3/8/2011 3:02:42 PM

Not only is Excalibur out on Blu-Ray this week but arguably the most popular TV show in years, The Walking Dead, came out this week. And the whole article is devoted to a Siffee movie that even the reviewer notes is even worse than their usual Ed-Wood-on-a-bad -day level. And while they keep plugging this utter crap a large number of reviews for good programming contain whole paragraphs devoted to "Why haven't they cancelled this yet? Well, they should and they will soon."

madmanic999 3/8/2011 4:09:13 PM

hmmmmmmm.... are we really debating the merits of a movie called Sharktopus.....

ok then..

keithdaniel 3/8/2011 7:56:05 PM

I agree with the above comments.  It's odd that both Excalibur and The Walking Dead have come out recently and this thread is reviewing...Sharktopus?  Are we serious?  Either this reviewer Robert T. Trate has forgotten how good Excalibur is or has never seen it...and if it's the latter case, then it's about time he did!  BTW, Eric Roberts isn't a nobody (although I know what the reviewer is saying) and even though he's not an A-list star like his sister Julia, he's way the hell better as an actor and an excellent actor in general.

redhairs99 3/8/2011 10:17:32 PM

Bob, What's up with Excalibur?  I saw it at Wal-mart today and passed because it only had the same old commentary track from the DVD.  How's the picture?  I love the movie, but is it really worth upgrading my old DVD?

themovielord 3/9/2011 9:38:21 PM

Guys I never recieved Excalibur to review it. I noticed the special features were the same as the one I bought for 5 bucks so I figured the upgrade wasn't worth it. As for the Walking Dead I wrote about it last week. hmmmmmm.... ~ Robert

themovielord 3/9/2011 9:40:40 PM

"Please check out my The Walking Dead Column as I detail my journey with it from Comic Con to watching it with my Mom. "

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