Komodo vs. Cobra (2005)

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Released 15-Jan-2007

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Science Fiction Main Menu Animation
Trailer-Man About Town, The Big White, The Covenant, Solar Attack
Trailer-Black Hole
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2005
Running Time 90:30 (Case: 94)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Jim Wynorski
Studio
Distributor

Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Starring Michael Paré
Michelle Borth
Ryan McTavish
Renee Talbert
Jerri Manthey
Ted Monte
Glori-Anne Gilbert
Rene Rivera
Jay Richardson
Case ?
RPI $37.95 Music Chuck Cirino


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

When a group of environmentalists venture to a far-away island where the military is conducting experiments on animals, the last thing they expect is to become the prey of two oversized, 100% fake-looking reptile predators. The hunt is on as they attempt to make their way across the island to safety before the failed experiment is destroyed by an air strike, and soon the "terrifying" Komodo and Cobra will face off to finally decide which is the most awful looking movie monster in film history.

   I am a big "bad movie" fan - my large film collection is split into my very favourites, the very best films ever made, and then the absolute worst. There's a lot of fun to be had watching the latest Uwe Boll film with a bunch of likeminded friends and picking it apart, laughing at the awful special effects and terrible dialogue and insane, incoherent plotting. My first review for MichaelDVD was the thoroughly enjoyable B-grade schlock Boa vs. Python, and I was hoping for a similar experience with Komodo vs. Cobra. It was not to be.

   Komodo vs. Cobra is, frankly, an embarrassment. Essentially 90 minutes of "actors" doing their darnedest to appear scared of a tennis ball on a string, it is the very definition of Z-grade, trading the ridiculous men-in-rubber-suits of the past for deeply awful budget CGI. The film appears to have been set in another universe: not a single character acts in any way human at any point in the film. A lot of it appears to have been shot in the director's house. This movie is also so cheap that the gunfire is done entirely with CGI as well - no one ever reacts to recoil because the guns are made of plastic, and they all seem to have unlimited rounds. (Watch an ordinary pistol fire two hundred bullets without reloading! Not only that, but at about the one hour mark, I'm watching a character shoot dozens of bullets into the air to hit the water 10 feet in front of him. What the hell is going on in this film?!) There's no tension, there's no suspense, there's no action, there's no dialogue - but worse, there's no fun. It is boring in every respect, which is the curse for all bad movie fans. The actual fight between the computer generated komodo dragon and the computer generated cobra lasts 37 seconds. I really, really, really do not recommend this film. Cross the street to avoid it. That is all.

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Transfer Quality

Video

   The video is presented in its original 1.78:1 aspect ratio. It is 16x9 enhanced.

   The video transfer is extremely bland, seemingly shot on low grade digital video featuring very dull colours. Day scenes are often overexposed and the film looks very artificial, occasionally changing to various pieces of stock footage that make the experience even less engaging.

   There are few film artefacts present in the digital transfer, typically only in scenes using obvious stock footage, though the entire film suffers from a nasty grain common for digital video. This is especially obvious in scenes with the computer-generated animals (such as 16:08), in which the graphics look very crisp compared to the rest of the image. The black levels are awful, lacking detail in almost all of the dark scenes, making for plenty of floating heads and torsos during the scenes set at night.

   No subtitles are available on this DVD.

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Audio

   The audio is presented in English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)

   This simple audio track is reasonably listenable, but lacking in almost any usage of the 5.1 surround; rear speakers are rarely used at all, and the subwoofer is completely absent, even when the huge komodo dragon stomps onscreen (in the same awful animation used across the entire film). This may as well have been a 2.0 track.

   The musical score is as artificial as the CGI, repeating the same awful electronica motifs across the film. The sound effects appear to have been lifted from Duke Nukem 3D. The amateurish usage of cheap computer generated music and sound effects is both obvious and numbing.

   The dialogue is always distinguishable from the rest of the sound mix and remains at a decent level. ADR problems are absent. However, there’s a frankly bizarre moment at 61:07 in which a sound resembling a monkey scream suddenly appears over the dialogue for no reason at all. As this continued to happen across the film, I came to realise than this is actually a strange form of censorship, in which some "offensive" language is covered by a monkey scream sound effect, although not all - some language I'd consider more offensive is left intact. I am extremely baffled by this.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

Menus with Audio

   An awful piece of music from the film plays over the unglamorous menus.

Trailers - Man About Town (2:37), The Big White (2:00), The Covenant (1:54), Solar Attack (1:34), Black Hole (1:55)

   Uninteresting trailers for uninteresting films, most featuring low quality non-anamorphic video. These also load up on insertion of the DVD (a pet hate of mine) following a forced piracy PSA, leading me to wonder who the hell would want to pirate this anyway?

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

   The R1 DVD is identical to the R4 – buy whichever is cheapest. Or, better, don’t!

Summary

   The movie is absolutely 100 per cent terrible.

   The video transfer is low quality, with dull color, grain and poor black levels.

   The sound is unspectacular and wouldn't even be mentionable if not for those bizarre monkey screams.

   The extras are non-existent.

   If you're given the opportunity to watch this film or hacksaw off your own leg, you might want to seriously consider the hacksaw. You'll still be able to hop.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Ryan Aston (Bioshock)
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
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