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Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, a review by GSyren


Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (Disc ID: 7B45-8677-3645-979F)
United States 2004 | Released 2009-12-09 on DVD from Columbia TriStar Home Video
93 minutes | Aspect ratio Anamorphic 2.40:1 | Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Czech Dolby Digital 5.1, Hungarian Dolby Digital 5.1
Directed by Dwight Little and starring Johnny Messner, Kadee Strickland, Matthew Marsden, Nicholas Gonzalez, Eugene Byrd

The blood orchid is a rare flower that holds the secret of eternal life. A scientific expedition is sent deep into the jungles of Borneo to locate the legendary plant. Battling their way upriver, the explorers are unaware they're being stalked by a nest of giant anacondas, fifty-foot-long flesh-eaters who'll stop at nothing to protect their breeding ground.

My thoughts about Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid:
I came to this movie with very low expectations. After watching Anaconda, I expected the sequel to be even worse. To my surprise I liked it about as much as I liked the first one. I really don't know why. One thing that I liked about it was that it actually had an explanation for why the anacondas had grown so big. Unfortunately it was a totally bogus explanation.

As before, the quest is one for money. But the target is not the anacondas, they are just an obstacle on the route. The target is the Blood Orchid, which is said to have properties that prolong life. So obviously they would be of immense worth in medicinal applications. And the reason why the anacondas grow so big is that they keep growing throughout their whole life, and they live where the orchids grow, they eat the orchids and thus get very old (and big). Farfetched much? Never mind that anacondas aren't even herbivores.

The movie also has a couple of really annoying characters. The worst is Burris (Eugene Byrd). He is so damned whiny that you wish one of the anacondas would come and finish him off. But no.

The whole thing is a jungle (mis)adventure, where one thing after another goes wrong, mostly not due to the snakes. And for the most part the snakes actually look pretty good. Until the end, that is, when they become just too much.

Still, not entirely unenjoyable if your in the right mood.
I rate this title


(From Reviews and ramblings by Gunnar on February 21st, 2015)

Member's Reviews

It Happened One Night, a review by Antares


It Happened One Night





Year: 1934
Film Studio: Columbia Pictures
Genre: Romance, Classic, Comedy
Length: 105 Min.

Director
Frank Capra (1897)

Writing
Robert Riskin (1897)...Screenplay
Samuel Hopkins Adams (1871)...Short Story

Producer
Frank Capra (1897)

Cinematographer
Joseph Walker (1892)

Music
Howard Jackson (1900)...Composer

Stars
Clark Gable (1901) as Peter
Claudette Colbert (1903) as Ellie
Walter Connolly (1887) as Andrews
Roscoe Karns (1891) as Shapeley
Jameson Thomas (1888) as Westley
Alan Hale (1892) as Danker
Arthur Hoyt (1873) as Zeke
Blanche Friderici (1878) as Zeke's Wife

Review
       The first, and in my opinion, the best ‘road’ picture ever made. Director Frank Capra was just embarking on a string of successful features that would dominate the Academy Awards for the next 6 years. Capra had honed his skills in the silent era, most prominently as the producer and director of Harry Langdon’s best comedies. After a professional falling out with the temperamental vaudevillian, he pursued his own directorial interests and by 1934 had fashioned a budding resume of reputable films. It Happened One Night would be his first true success and would bring Capra the clout needed to make films that showcased his artistic vision.

       Films about headstrong women were all the rage in the Depression era thirties and Capra would take the idea of a spoiled and naïve heiress who takes to the road in protest of her father’s denial of betrothal to a jet-setting playboy, and pair her with a street savvy news reporter who protects and eventually falls in love with her. Claudette Colbert stars as Ellie Andrews, the independent-minded ingénue who casts herself to the winds of fate by boarding a bus to New York City, in hopes of eloping with her fiancé. Like a little lamb lost in the woods, she experiences the harsh realities of life that until this time, her father had protected her from.  Unknown to her at this time is that her knight in shining armor is seated right beside her, and although they are at odds with each other in the beginning, their relationship will blossom into an everlasting one.

       Peter Warne (Clark Gable) has just been fired from his newspaper job, although in his eyes he has resigned. As he boards the same bus back to New York, he realizes that a little bit of treasure has fallen into his lap. Ellie’s father has offered a handsome reward for any information as to the whereabouts of his daughter and Peter agrees to ‘help’ her make it to New York unabated. Over the course of the journey, his hard-boiled veneer softens and he decides to really help her make it back to her fiancé, even though he has since fallen in love with Ellie. Their comedic mishaps and misfortunes along the way set the stage for the finale in the Big Apple, as both are forced to contend with the fact they both love each other.

        Gable, who was on loan-out from MGM, did not want to make this film. He felt the screenplay was weak and that the film would not be successful. How wrong he was! Not only did it win an Academy Award for Best Picture, but It Happened One Night also took home statues for Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Actor. Although nominated many times in succeeding years, this would be the only time Mr. Gable would win in his thirty-plus year career.

        One interesting bit of trivia, Friz Freleng, the animation director at Warner Bros., based the character of Bugs Bunny on Gables wise-cracking, carrot chomping Peter Warne.


Ratings Criterion
5 Stars - The pinnacle of film perfection and excellence.
4 ½ Stars - Not quite an immortal film, yet a masterpiece in its own right.
4 Stars - Historically important film, considered a classic.
3 ½ Stars - An entertaining film that’s fun or engaging to watch.
3 Stars – A good film that’s worth a Netflix venture.
2 ½ Stars - Borderline viewable.
2 Stars – A bad film that may have a moment of interest.
1 ½ Stars – Insipid, trite and sophomoric, and that's its good points.
1 Star – A film so vacuous, it will suck 2 hours from the remainder of your life.
½ Star - A gangrenous and festering pustule in the chronicles of celluloid.


(From It Happened One Night (1934) on December 8th, 2009)

Member's TV Reviews

Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom


     The Outer Limits: The Original Series: Season One (1963/United States)
IMDb | Wikipedia

MGM Home Entertainment (United Kingdom)
Length:1577 min.
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Subtitles:Dutch, English


Plot:
You hold in your hands an artefact from a time now vanished forever; a compendium of portals into worlds unknown. An eight-disc set that controls over 26 hours of transmission from the 1963-64 series, this vessel has sought you out for one specific purpose: to expand your mind to "The Outer Limits"!


Outer Limits
1.01 The Galaxy Being

This is the first time I have ever seen an episode of the original Outer Limits series. The episode was a little slow, but I really liked the look of the alien being. I can imagine that of its time it was rather eerie.

Rating:

(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on June 21st, 2012)