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  • 16:9 Enhanced
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  • English: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
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    English, Spanish, Portuguese, English - Hearing Impaired
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Anacondas - The Hunt For The Blood Orchid
/Sony Pictures Home Entertainment . R4 . COLOR . 92 mins . M15+ . PAL

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Apparently thereís some rare flower that only blooms every million years and it has scientific properties that defy the effects of ageing, effectively granting immortality to whatever species can eat enough of it. Of course, humans want to be that species and a bunch of eager young scientists in tank tops and tight pants jump on a boat in the middle of the wet season in Borneo, a risky proposition at best.

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You sure this is sanitary?

With only four days to reach the flower in full bloom they have to pay some drone with impressive muscles and a boat an exorbitant amount of money to take them up river. Along the way they are betrayed by one of the leaders who wants to leave them all in the jungle while we gets rich off the selling the flowers to the highest bidder but then they meet some giant snakes and most of expedition gets eaten by them.

There, I just saved you 92 minutes of suffering through this movie. You owe me.

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Anacondas - The Hunt For The Blood Orchid is presented with an anamorphic transfer in the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1.

The video transfer for this DVD is not what you would expect of a recent release movie with any sort of budget even though they only blew US$25 million on this sequel (just over half what it cost to make the original Anaconda).

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Are you sure you're wearing Lynx Africa.

There are a few major flaws with the transfer, namely the presence of far too much grain and the regular occurrence of compression artefacts in fast moving scenes. Itís not all bad though, the colour saturation is decent and in general the colours look natural and crisp combined with the black and shadow detail levels generally being satisfactory.

Audio wise we have a choice of a Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track in either English or Spanish together with a small array of subtitle tracks (English, Spanish & Portugese).

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Help, bee bit my wip, all swowwen.

In contrast to the lacklustre video transfer the 5.1 channel audio track is a solid effort with all the usual positive points. Bass levels are great even if mostly used for the score and the odd special effect with the centre channel transporting the dialogue crisply even when other loud effects and jungle noises threaten to overcome it.

The surround channels also get a proper workout immersing the viewer in the thick of the jungle with insects buzzing around the room and ambient noise building the claustrophobic jungle atmosphere.

There is a small list of extras on this DVD, beginning with a number of trailers for Anacondas - The Hunt For The Blood Orchid, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Little Black Book, Trois: The Escort, The Forgotten, White Chicks, Steamboy and Envy all of which you would rather be watching that this giant snake flop (except maybe White Chicks).

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Welcome to the jungle.

We also have the Special Effects Toolbox running for just over ten minutes which runs through the special effects used in the movie with interview comments from the special effects team and some shameless promotional material from the cast.

To round out the extras we have nearly nine minutes of Deleted Scenes which includes one large scene where the scientists and boat crew disembark to shore to investigate a very rare yellow orchid and the boat captain discovers a giant discarded snake skin but decides to keep the discovery from his passengers.

Even though this reviewer hasnít seen it, the original Anaconda had Jennifer Lopez and some talented actors in it, Jon Voigt, Ice Cube, Eric Stoltz so it couldnít have possibly been as bad as this talent void programmer from the backlots of cash-in Sequelville Hollywood. Avoid.


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  •   And I quote...
    "The original movie couldnít have possibly been as bad as this."
    - Chris Hore
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    • Video Cables:
          Standard Component RCA
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