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Piranha [Blu-ray 3D]

Elisabeth Shue , Jerry O'Connell , Alexandre Aja    Blu-ray
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Debating the merits of Piranha 3D, director Alexandre (Mirrors) Aja's testosterone-driven valentine to Joe Dante's 1978 original and the excesses of '80s genre films in general, is a fool's errand; it is, after all, a movie about prehistoric fish preying on hormonal partygoers in various states of undress--and in 3D, mind you--so any review must answer the question--does it deliver what its key audience (young men, ages 14 to 24) require? On that front, the answer is an unequivocal yes. Special effects creators Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger present a veritable buffet of gruesome ways for the thinly drawn characters to die, from a piranha burrowing through a swimmer's head to the horrible encounter between a boat propeller and a longhaired victim. The sheer amount of nudity on display rivals a week's worth of Cinemax late-night screenings, rendered all the more excessive in 3D; as for the gimmick itself, it lends some unsettling depth to the underwater attacks. In short, if one attends Piranha 3D for grindhouse-style yucks, it's bound to be a rollicking good time. All others may find its relentless, Red Bull drive wearying; the whole affair is clearly meant to be a goof, just as Dante's original (produced by Roger Corman and penned by John Sayles) was, but where Dante's target was monster movie camp of the '50s and '60s (as well as Jaws), Aja and writers Peter Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg take aim at either cynical zeitgeist elements like the Girls Gone Wild series (with Jerry O'Connell striking the right tone as its craven creator) or hapless partygoers, which leaves an unpleasant aftertaste of misanthropy. Where the film does succeed is in its supporting cast, which strikes the same winking tone as Dante's version; Richard Dreyfuss and Christopher Lloyd poke fun at their Jaws and Back to the Future roles, while Adam Scott, comic Paul Scheer, and Eli Roth give appropriately broad turns. Elizabeth Shue, of all people, is the sheriff hero and acquits herself well to the absurd story line, as do Steven R. McQueen (yes, Steve's grandson) and Gossip Girl's Jessica Szohr as the film's Young Lovers. Again, taking issue with Piranha 3D is like finding fault with a cheeseburger for being greasy, but for those expecting a full-course meal, the fish get all the big bites here. --Paul Gaita

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feast on Piranha! Feb. 16 2011
Format:Blu-ray
This movie was lots of fun... Spring Break with lots of angry moster piranha's, gratuitus nudity and violence. It's a "fun" horror movie, don't go in taking it seriously, just roll with it. BTW, the 2D version is much better than the 3D version, as the 3D is not true 3D, it's post converted.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Movie - not bad, 3d - not good. shame on them. Jan. 12 2011
Format:Blu-ray
Firstly, I am reviewing the 3D blu ray version of this movie, therefore the 3D quality, NOT the movie. You watch the movie and decide if you like it or not.
I wanted to review the 3D because those of us who have dropped the dough for the sets, and the equipment, expect quality in the 3d content released on blu ray. I chose the Panasonic Plasma REALD 3D HDTV (65") because after carefully reviewing and watching various manufacturers' LED's, LCD's, etc, this was the only one, where 3D looked like it should, crisp, clear, no image overlapping, and looked like what you would see in IMAX 3d. There have been some good 3d releases so far (Disneys Christmas Carol, IMAX Under The Sea 3D, Coraline to name a few) and some not so good ones (Avatar which you can get only from Panasonic for purchasing their unit - sucks, the biggest let down ever...they've done almost nothing with the 3D - it looks nothing like the quality of the 3D version we saw in theatres.) Well this is right up there in the crappy department with Avatar 3D in that I cannot believe the suits behind the studios releasing this 3d bluray let it ship as a quality product. The 3d is terrible through 3/4 of the movie, either almost non existent at all, or terrible image overlapping, blurriness etc (and i know my equipment and how to manipulate settings). The last quarter of the movie appears like suddenly in post production on the 3D version they realized that they had been doing the first 3 quarters wrong, corrected the mistake (the last quarter of the flick's 3D content is quite good) but left the rest before it, to avoid taking a bath on the money required to go back and fix it all. Not sure what the deal is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By FilmFan2010 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
French director Alexandra Aja did this version of the film to entertain - with lots of young, good-looking bodies, nudity, and some ferocious, man-eating fish. If the combination of these element is your cup of tea you will have a good time. This is totally nonsensical stuff. Once you are at ease with this fact, relax with your popcorn and have light-hearted fun for a couple of hours.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun B movie April 18 2014
By Keith Little TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Fun film if you don't have expectations beyond an entertaining B movie.
Video - anamorphic widescreen 2.40:1
Audio - English 5.1 DTS-HD master audio, French Dolby Digital 5.1 Subtitles- English SDH, English, Spanish
Includes scene selection
Extras - commentary by director & producers (there are English subtitles for this commentary), deleted scenes, featurette - Don't Scream, Just Swim: Behind-The-Scenes Of Piranha 3D, deleted storyboard sequences, trailer & TV spots
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A blast of blood and boobies Jan. 4 2011
Format:DVD
Piranha is pure exploitation, with no redeeming qualities, just as it should be. It never makes the mistake of taking itself too seriously. There is enough boob shaking and bum jiggling from scantily clad hotties to keep even the most attention deficit audience member's eyes glued to the screen. Alexandre Aja relishes in over-the-top gore effects, and definitely wasn't stingy with the buckets of fake blood that are thrown about on screen. The reason why this movie really delivers, however, is that it retains the same high level of humour as the original did. Fans will appreciate the opening cameo of Richard Dreyfuss as a homage to the greatest killer fish movie of all times: Jaws. Gratuitous, crass, it's a mindless B movie extravaganza.
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