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Product Details

  • Actors: Peter Weller, Richard Crenna, Amanda Pays, Daniel Stern, Ernie Hudson
  • Directors: George P. Cosmatos
  • Writers: David Webb Peoples, Jeb Stuart
  • Producers: Aurelio De Laurentiis, Charles Gordon, Lawrence Gordon, Luigi De Laurentiis
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: MGM (Warner)
  • VHS Release Date: Aug. 1 2000
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304559976
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,069 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

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The expression "an ugly drunk" takes on a whole new meaning when the thirsty crew of an American deep-sea mining station investigates a mysteriously capsized, Russian wreck and brings back some experimental vodka that turns the unlucky imbiber into a plasma-craving fish creature. (Has there ever been a better reason for abstinence?) Although this "Aliens meets 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" story doesn't add anything new to the classic horror and sci-fi formulas that it so obviously borrows from, it's a fun monster film all the same, with impressive, gnarly effects, a better-than-expected cast (Peter Weller and a scene-stealing Ernie Hudson are the standouts), and an insanely detailed production design by Alien veteran Ron Cobb. Director George P. Cosmatos went on to direct Tombstone. --Andrew Wright

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "dbzub22" on Jan. 23 2001
Format: DVD
Leviathan isn't nearly as good as the movie it so obviously tries to be. Though it offers better creature effects and set-designs than ALIEN, as well as a larger cast, and an equally good score, that doesn't justify its total lack of imagination. If you're a fan of the horror genere, you'll likely enjoy this movie. Be warned however. This movie is basically Alien set underwater. So if you're looking for something fresh, look elsewhere, because you'll probably see where this movie is headed less than fifteen minutes into it. Though Leviathan lacks in the plot department, it still exceeds the quality of most monster movies released in the theaters, which is why I recommend it. But to enjoy this movie fully, you should really watch it on DVD. Leviathan was shot in a 2.35:1 widescreen format. And when a movie is shot with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio, it means you'll only be seeing roughly half the image when you're watching it on t.v. or VHS, which are best to be avoided if you want to see this movie the way it was meant to be seen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 8 2000
Format: VHS Tape
It's not as good as Alien or The Thing, and it borrows from both of them. But nearly every film borrows from other films. The question is whether it's entertaining and worth the price.
It's suspenseful, has good special effects, believable characters, and an interesting if implausible storyline. And it's a lot of fun!
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By A Customer on April 17 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Somewhere in this Aliens meets 20000 Leagues Under the Sea mismatch is an interesting movie waiting to get out. However, it's not the special effects monster that wreaks havoc in the second half of the film. Rather, it's seen in the first 30 minutes of the film, where a mixed gender crew of undersea miner's attempts to work together and keep out of each others hair in the last 3 days of a long shift at sea. Labor problems, malingering, sexual tension, lots of stuff for an interesting, if offbeat, sci-fi film.
Instead, just as we start to get interested in the characters and their strange, if claustrophobic world, along comes Nessie, in the form of infected vodka lifted from a sunken Russian ship that works some unpleasant effects on members of the crew. There's no need to describe the resulting carnage, as we've seen it all too many times in far better films.
Leviathan is better than it ought to be thanks to a first class cast and some better than average make-up and special effects work. Definitely a B film with some bite, and best relegated to the second or third video in a Saturday nite sci-fi blitz.
3 out of 5 stars for a strong start and good production values
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Sept. 19 2001
Format: VHS Tape
As a rip-off of Alien and The Thing set underwater, Leviathan is actually quite a fun sci-fi/horror flick. It has no pretensions to be anything else but gory shocker. Heck, it actually starts out it a rather interesting fashion. Once the icky things start happening, it becomes a non-stop ride of thrills and shocks. It's certainly better than DeepStar Six and Endless Descent, two other underwater thrillers made in the same time period.
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By A Customer on Oct. 3 2002
Format: DVD
Having a monster movie filmed in a huge underwater mining lab is kinda silly at first, but gets pretty cool after a while. I've seen several Peter Weller movies, and this is his second best sci-fi movie he's done (right next to "RoboCop"). For people who haven't seen this movie yet, it's about a group of
wise-cracking underwater miners (led by Weller) who's being terrorized by a giant human-fishlike creature that was spawned from a genetic experiment gone haywire. The special effects was pretty cool, although they could have done a little more, but it's still an enjoyable movie to watch. Oscar winning composer Jerry Goldsmith (winner of the Best musical Score Oscar for 1976's "The Omen") does an excellect job conducting action & scary music sequences throughout the entire picture.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew E. Hamilton on Jan. 23 2000
Format: DVD
Listen, I am not saying this movie was on the level of alien, but let's get real. It was as bad as a Carrot Top movie. Well acted and some good special effects make this a very entertaining movie. Give this movie a chance and I can guarantee that you will be surprised. Enjoy!
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By A Customer on July 30 1999
Format: VHS Tape
What happens when you mix one hundred percent 'Alien' with fifty percent 'The Thing' add a dash of 'The Abyss' and add no originality of your own? Voila! You get Leviathan. This montage (montage is putting it very, very nicely) of 'Alien', 'The Thing', and 'The Abyss' doesn't even try to hide the fact that it is a rip-off of all three sci-fi classics. Instead, Leviathan unabashedly tries to make money, almost scene for scene, off retred ideas and comes up flat. Not even the all-star cast (how did the producers get Peter Weller and Richard Crenna to sign their names to this?) and an ineffectual Jerry Goldsmith score can save this shipwreck.
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Format: DVD
This is a special effects movie from 1989. Considering its age, the special effects hold up very well. However that can not be said about the plot of this movie. There first half of the movie starts slowly and it attempts to build supsense until the monster arives. Unfortunately the monster itself is so preposterous that its arrival only brings a major let down in the plot. The extended chase sequence is straight out of 'Alien' but holds none of the emotional tension that 'Alien' succeeds in providing.
This is a movie that tried to replicate the success of 'Alien'. It is really just 'Alien' placed underwater with none of its suspense.
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