Blu-ray Review: PETER BENCHLEY’S CREATURE

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PETER BENCHLEY’S CREATURE was directed by Stuart Gillard, from a teleplay by Rockne S. O’Bannon and stars Craig T. Nelson, Kim CattrallColm Feore, Giancarlo Esposito and Michael Michele with a cameo by author Peter Benchley himself. The special effects were created by Stan Winston.

Creature first aired on television in 1998 as a mini-series. The first scene in the movie sets everything up and shows this top-secret government experiment that goes wrong and this gives the viewer a sneak peek at the dolphin/shark hybrid that escapes, but not before it takes a few lives.

Fast forward a few years and we meet Dr. Chase (Craig T. Nelson), a marine biologist, and his ex-wife Dr. Macy (Kim Cattrall) who end up making a startling discovery that this creature is on the loose and it’s hungry. The monster begins terrorizing the sea life as well as any humans that get near it, just off the coast of the small coastal community where the two doctors are studying. What happens is, the two doctors get a little too close to the creature and find out that it’s full of terrifying surprises. This thing crawls its way on land and ends up growing legs and arms. This new mutation now allows the creature to chase down its prey on land as well as sea.

The movie ends up getting to the point to where the government gets brought back into the picture and of course they are always up to no good and as unfriendly as you might imagine. Oh and they’re not really there to help the doctors but to cover up the horrifying secret that is on the loose. Ultimately, what we find out is that the mutated creature isn’t just a dophin/shark hybrid but it also has human DNA in it as well. This is the big reveal at the end plus we get to watch a few deserving characters finally get what  they deserve. The ending features an exciting showdown between man and monster.

Okay, the story for Peter Benchley’s Creature is a fun and classic one that pits humans against a mutated monster, all courtesy of government corruption and DNA and gene splicing. All of the characters were interesting and you have your typical good guys, bad guys and victims all running around. There’s just a little blood and gore along with some cool special effects. There’s also this mutated creature that looks absolutely amazing. Of course it’s a man in a rubber suit but there’s no CGI to interfere and that’s what makes it so great. It is all practical effects and it is done right!

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details and some images. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The navigation on the menu screen for this nearly 3-hour watch directs the viewer to “night one” or “night two” and keeps it simple. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition upgrade were both crisp and clear. Another fine job by Olive Films.

Bottom line is, Peter Benchley’s Creature was a really fun creature feature that not only included a great cast but an amazing looking monster that was created by the legendary monster maker Stan Winston. Creature is a perfect blend of sci-fi and horror and it’s hard to believe that this mini-series will just now be arriving for the first time ever on Blu-ray on May 19th because it really is an entertaining watch. Huge thanks to Olive Films for sending this one over!

Distributor: Olive Films

Run Time: 176 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1) Region A

Blu-ray Audio: DTS English

Special Features: None

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