SONY has just released "ANACONDA" on blu-ray. Director Luis Llosa's first and last impressive Hollywood film was "Sniper." His follow-up "The Specialist" was visually stunning, but incredibly stupid. His one horror film(of sorts), "Anaconda," is also visually stunning and stupid, but it's supposed to be! It's a throwback to the horror films of long ago. Instead of giant mutated atomic ants, we have...giant Anacondas! Everyone chews up the scenery here, but few do it with as much enthusiasm as Jon Voight. A documentary film crew heads up the Brazilian rainforest to film ancient Indian tribes. When they come across a stalled boat manned by Voight, their expedition heads towards one horrifying surprise after another. The special effects are the real stars of the film, and the giant snake is truly terrifying to watch.
Jennifer Lopez stars as Terri, the head of the film crew, and while she didn't "make" the film successful, as she's since claimed, she's not bad. Llosa creates some eerie images, making this better than the average monster-thriller. One particular shot, revealing the just devoured body of a victim lodged in the snake's body as it glides through the water, is startling.
SONY has provided the correct 2.40:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p blu-ray. Colors are notably richer than on the previous dvd versions. Grain is present, but never intrusive, giving it a film-like quality. There are plenty of dark scenes, and inky blacks allow for stunning detail regardless. The CGI created "anaconda" is hit-or-miss for the most part. The higher resolution shows the limitations of this creation at times, but also showcases a beautiful transfer with plenty of jump-off-the-screen depth.
The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix offers even deeper bass and more of an immersive experience than the terrific "Superbits" dvd had done. Music, layers of ambient effects(jungle noises,etc) as well as discrete effects, create a fun mix throughout.
A really good looking/good sounding blu-ray, and genuine fun!