Thursday, June 30, 2011

DINOCROC VS. SUPERGATOR (Blu-ray)

Once again exploiting the B-movie adage that if one monster is good, two must be better, comes the Roger & Julie Corman-produced creature feature, DINOCROC VS SUPERGATOR (2010), due on Blu-ray and DVD in a couple weeks from Anchor Bay Entertainment.

At an isolated Hawaiian laboratory facility owned by ruthless rich guy Jason Drake (the late David Carradine, CIRCLE OF IRON, CANNONBALL), two genetically-engineered, supersized reptiles - a "Dinocroc" and a "Supergator" escape from their cages and into the surrounding jungle. There, they immediately start hiding in absurdly shallow pools and lie in wait for attractive young tourists to show up to be eaten. A team of mercs hired by Drake fail to kill the raging reptiles, so any hope of stopping their bloody rampage falls to a pretty park ranger (Amy Rasimas), a government agent in a bad Hawaiian shirt (Corey Landis), and a professional gator hunter known as "The Cajun" (Rib Hillis).

Capably directed by B-movie veteran Jim Wynorski (under the pseudonym "Jay Andrews," for some reason) from a predictably unimaginative, rote screenplay by Mike MacClean (SHARKTOPUS), DINOCROC VS SUPERGATOR is standard Saturday night cable TV fare, slightly better made and acted (if only slightly) than most of its SyFy Channel peers. Pretty Amy Rasimas is an attractive and likable lead, while top-billed Carradine pulled an easy paycheck for sitting next to a pool and talking into a prop telephone. The CGI special effects are adequate enough, if utterly unconvincing, and the lush Hawaiian locations - and various bikini-clad female extras - provide enjoyable eye candy.

I admit I was a little disappointed that the "dinocroc" in this movie, despite its name and appearance, didn't seem to be related to the one in the original, 2005 DINOCROC. At least, the script provided no clear link to the previous film. (I haven't seen SUPERGATOR, so I can't vouch for the other critter's pedigree). It seems kinda weird to make a point of using your existing monsters if you're not going to tie the films together (however tenuously), but what do I know? I just watch the things.

The Blu-ray edition from Anchor Bay sports a solid, crisp 1080p, 1.78:1 widescreen transfer and Dolby Tru-HD 5.1 audio. For bonus features, there's a rather by-the-numbers audio commentary by director Wynorski and producer Corman, and a "trailer." Presumably, the DVD edition contains the same content in standard definition.

What can I say? If you're one of the millions of people who tune in every week or two to watch these movies on SyFy, you'll probably like this one. For the genre as it exists today, DINOCROC VS SUPERGATOR is, at least, a little better than most. I didn't get bored, and only rolled my eyes a few times at the inanities of the script (seriously, don't they have Google in California? Crocs and gators are reptiles, not amphibians, as the film's "expert" insists... sigh....). Further, I have to admit, found Miss Rasimas to be a very appealing young actress, and that definitely helped keep me watching.

BUY: Dinocroc vs. Supergator [Blu-ray]

BUY: Dinocroc vs. Supergator