Note: Dinoshark is only being released as a rental at this stage so look for it at your local video shop rather than at retail. That may change in future at which time we'll amend this review.
What is it that makes us want to see the most ridiculous creature films that can be imagined - Godzilla has been around in Japan since 1954, Frankenstein was written in 1818 before being turned into several films dating back to 1910, and Jar Jar Binks horrified audiences a decade ago. Well, OK, perhaps the latter interest was more to see a Star Wars film, but now we turn to prehistoric creatures with Roger Corman's DinoShark.
As global warming heats the earth’s surface an ancient beast, frozen in an arctic glacier, has thawed out…and it’s hungry! It makes its way to Mexico to snack on a steady buffet of bikini babes, lifeguards, horny tourists and more...
Actually there's not too many bikini babes... we're not sure about the lifeguards... and we're not sure how horny the tourists are either. Still it sounds good on paper, and there are plenty of semi-gory deaths in this film and, let's face it, that's what we've come to see.
Having said that there are a few things to like as well. In any movie like this it's the way in which people are hunted and killed by the predator that makes it so interesting - and there are some great moments in this film with more than a few chuckles to be had along the way.
Produced for a budget of $US2 million for the SyFy TV Network in America DinoShark is very much a B-Grade movie but if you treat it as such, you may just have a good time with this film. Something that surprised were the visual effects - which some of the CG is a bit rough, some if it is actually decent given the budget.
Despite the low-budget nature of this film, and the poor visual effects some of the images in this film, and the transfer, are quite solid indeed. The video is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which will fill your HDTV, while the video has been encoded in AVC MPEG-4 codec. If anything we suspect the HD presentation of the film, while providing clarity and sharpness in some areas, also goes some way to show how average some of the CG effects are. Still, as an overall package the Blu-Ray would be far superior to the DVD version.
There are no other audio tracks on this disc and only one subtitle track on this disc - an English SDH track and it was accurate to the on-screen dialogue.
As we suspected there aren't too many extras on this disc although the audio commentary is certainly worth your time.
Audio Commentary with Producers Roger Corman & Julie Corman and Director Kevin O'Neill: In terms of actual audio commentaries this is fairly decent and provides plenty of information about making a low- budget film with plenty of detail about the production, the post production and the actors.
Trailers (2:10/HD): Unsurprisingly this is the trailer for DinoShark. We certainly suggest you avoid watching this as it gives away many of the plot points, the main action sequences, and the deaths! Presented in HD with a poor Dolby Digital 2.0 audio.
Review By: Dave Warner