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THE CRAZIES

DVD Review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  101 minutes, audio commentary, behind-the-scenes featurettes, motion comics, trailers

VIDEO:  2.40:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO:  English 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles:  English SDH, Spanish

 

STUDIO:  Overture Films/ Participant Media/ Imagenation Abu Dhabi/ Anchor Bay Entertainment

RELEASE DATE:  6-29-2010

THE CRAZIES dips into the fears of what would happen if the things you fear are the people you know that change before your eyes into something dangerous.   A dangerous military chemical accidentally gets into the water supply of a small Iowa town which causes the population to turn violent.  The military move in swiftly to contain the incident before it spreads (which even applies to the uninfected).  Sheriff Dutton (Timothy Olyphant) looks to save his pregnant doctor wife Judy (Rhada Mitchell), and get out of Ogden Marsh before it’s too late.     

 

Breck Eisner reinvents the George Romero film into a movie that reminds of a great John Carpenter film from the 1980s.  It is a tense and scary film.   It keeps you on the edge until the end.   THE CRAZIES is a remake done right.   It takes the original source material and remakes it for a new audience.  Remakes shouldn’t be cookie cutter versions of the original.  They should be allowed to breathe new life into what made the original good while proving its own spin.    THE CRAZIES captures the hope and desperation of a couple who want to live and see their baby born.  Also it is a race against time as you wonder who can get infected next or will turn violent.   Watch this horror film now.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Audio commentary with Director Breck Eisner

 

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH DIRECTOR BRECK EISNER- promo fluff featurette on THE CRAZIES

PARANORMAL PANDEMICS- a look at the make-up effects for the film and the research they did to get those effects

THE GEORGE A. ROMERO TEMPLATE- the director of THE CRAZIES and the cast in addition to various people in the horror field (including the director of PHANTASM) talk about the films of George Romero and how he infuses politics in his films and do films his way

MAKE-UP MASTERMIND: ROB HALL IN ACTION- Rob Hall and his team show how they apply the make-up and prosthetics to an actor playing a Crazie

VISUAL EFFECTS IN MOTION show all the various stages of the visual effect shots in the film from clean shots to CGI being added stage by stage

The two motion comics of THE CRAZIES go into the back story of three characters in the films.  The motion comics area little long or need better animation.   Rounding out the extras are various trailers for THE CRAZIES and two DVD-ROM extras (Stroyboards: Building the Scenes and the Screenplay).

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:   THE CRAZIES is a creepy and suspenseful film- a fantastic film that reminded me of the old John Carpenter films from the late 1970s and the 1980s.

 

This DVD review is 7-3-2010 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com