Dinoshark Blu-ray Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Feature 5.0
Video 9.0
Audio 9.0
Special Features 6.0
Total 5.5

Distributor: Anchor Bay
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Reviewer: Simon Black
Classification
: MA15+

5.5


Dinoshark

If you’ve ever heard the words ‘Roger Corman’, ‘Syfy’ or ‘Dinocroc vs Supergator’ then you’ll pretty much know what to expect here from Dinoshark.  A group of revellers holidaying in Mexico are feasted upon by a fearsome creature thawed from a newly-melted arctic glacier... 

And that’s pretty much all there is to it.  The latest low-budget monster outing from venerable schlockmeister Roger Corman, whose recent films include such similarly-themed fare as Dinocroc and Sharktopus, Dinoshark revels in B-movie cheesiness and incorporates all the hallmarks: hammy acting, bad dialogue, unconvincing effects (think sausages as intestines), extensive use of stock footage and a wilful, if tongue in cheek, adherence to its singularly silly premise. 

The Dinoshark proves impervious to bullets and other manmade weaponry and the gang’s attempt to destroy it, usually whilst clad in revealing bathing costumes and spouting nonsense in unconvincing Spanish accents, provide much of the dramatic impetus.  Such as it is.  The film won’t win any awards for, well, anything, but it does have a number of truly funny moments and ultimately proves highly enjoyable in an Ed Wood, guilty pleasure kind of way, providing you can look past the terrible CGI and even worse acting and also suspend your disbelief to the point where it becomes but a distant speck on the horizon. 

The film also looks great on Blu, for what it’s worth, and the 1080p transfer is incredibly crisp and vibrant, especially considering the film was shot on 35mm film and not in HD.  The TrueHD 5.1 surround audio is likewise strong, ensuring you won’t miss any of the subtle nuanced of exchanges such as: 

Carol:  I teach environmental science with a focus on aquatic ecosystems.

Luis:  Big words.  Let’s drink! 

In the way of Special Features there’s an Audio Commentary with Producers Roger and Julie Corman and Director Kevin O’Neill.  The Cormans are in typically good form and O’Neill is full of interesting titbits and insights into the shooting process – one of the more enjoyable audio commentaries of the past few months, methinks, and a worthwhile compliment to the absurdity of the feature itself.






 
 



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