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Swamp Thing [Blu-ray + DVD]

Adrienne Barbeau , Louis Jordan , Wes Craven    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Horror vet Wes Craven wrote and directed this campy swamp romp adapted from the DC Comic of the same name. Adrienne Barbeau stars as cleavangelically blessed government agent Alice Cable, sent to the bayou to guard the brilliant Dr. Alec Holland. Holland is using recombinant DNA to create "a plant with an animal's aggressive power for survival." Let's hope none of that volatile secret formula gets spilled! Swamp Thing is an unusual mix of monster movie and superhero flick, but definitely an enjoyable ride. Craven deliberately uses comic-book-style wipes and transitions to keep us from taking anything too seriously, and Louis Jourdan keeps up the tone with his camp performance as the evil Arcane. Also keep an eye out for young Reggie Batts in a terrific deadpan performance as Jude, the helpful gas station attendant. --Ali Davis

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deep in florida's darkest everglades, a brilliant scientist and a sexy government agent have developed a secret formula that could end world hunger and change civilization forever. Little do they know, however, that their arch nemesis is plotting to steal the serum for his own selfish schemes. Looting the lab and kidnapping the agent, the madman douses the scientist with the secret chemicals and leaves him for dead in the swamp. Mutated by his own formula, the scientist is transformed into a half human/half plant superhero who will stop at nothing to rescue the beautiful woman and defeat his arch nemesis...Even if it costs him his life! //

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2.0 out of 5 stars Okay afternoon dvd fodder. Oct. 12 2002
Format:DVD
Dr. Alec Holland (Ray Wise) is a scientist/botonist deep in the swamps of Louisiana. He, along with government agent Alice Cable (Adrienne Barbeau), come up with a formula that could end world hunger forever. Little do they know that that the evil genius Arcane (Louis Jordan) is plotting to steal the formula for his own purposes.
After a raid at Dr. Holland's laboratory, he is set on fire and the serum is splashed all over him. He jumps in the swamp and disappears. Agent Cable returns to find the lab a smoldering ruin, and most of the notes for the formula missing. She gets out of there but is caught by Arcane's men (the leader is played by David Hess from "Last House on the Left"). She manages to escape and during the pursuit for her Swamp Thing makes his first appereance. He saves the day and she manages to escape and makes it to a small store run by a small boy named Jude (Reggie Batts). He helps her get out of there but they are pursued and she is caught (again) and taken to Arcane's sumptious estate in the swamps. They use her for bate and of course Swamp Thing comes to the rescue and, of course, he is captured. Arcane's men manage to lock him up in a dungeon (a dungeon in the swamps?!) and he has an arm cut off during the struggle.
By this time Arcane has found the last notebook for the formula and has managed to duplicate it. He slips some of the formula to one of his men during a victory party and everyone watched as he turns into a midget, pig-like creature. Arcane is upset that the formula did not give the man the powers and size that Swamp Thing has and he questions him under duress. Of course the duress is agent Cable being threatened while in chains. Swamp Thing tells him that the serum amplifies the essence of whatever the person is.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Another just "okay" comic adaption. May 22 2002
Format:DVD
First off, I've seen some people (Usually auction sellers trying to cash in)exaggerate about what is contained on the MGM "recalled" version dvd of this movie. The nude scene with Adrienne was in fact in the original American release of this film. And therefore probably will still be, when and if MGM re-releases this DVD. In fact there is only one extra scene contained within the now "recalled" version of this film... Which does feature some brief upper torso nudity on some not too attractive women, one of which is a belly-dancer. So before you go dropping a mint on this now collectible DVD, be forewarned as to what you'll actually be getting in term of extra footage.
Now as far as the flick. I think it's only "okay" all around, and I have been a big fan of the comic series for decades. The Swampthing costume... It's not too bad nor too great even for that era when this film was made.... Looks like what it is... A molded, green, rubber suit. Definitely not as cool as the USA TV series one was! The movie concepts are about as faithful to the comic books as Batman movies were to Batman comics... Some faithfulness and differences, about a 50/50 split. Happily enough though, most of the Swamp_Thing/Alec Holland origin scenario, and his emotional struggle with regaining humanity, stays true. Diehard Swamp Thing purists will probably have a fair share of complaints however. At least this flick is not as butchered from the original source as say... The Punisher movie! I enjoyed this flick much more in my youth when they aired the hell out of it on HBO back in the day. Nowadays, in my late 20's, I consider it a decent view and worth a look, but something that I'd probably only throw in the DVD maybe once every year or two. I'd still say it's worth the buy if you can obtain one for around the MSRP. Paying much more than that and you'll likely find yourself rather disspointed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Definite Guilty Pleasure! Aug. 21 2001
Format:DVD
I first saw Swamp Thing on HBO waaay back in the early eighties. As a young teen male with my nose constantly buried in comic books, I was certainly part of the target demographic for this low-budget Wes Craven adventure. Admittedly, I didn't think too much of Wes's efforts; It seemed pretty bland, not colorfully action-packed like the comic book, and silly all at the same time. However, it did have the not-inconsiderable presence of Ms. Barbeau(Mrs. Carpenter), whom I had seen the year before in Escape From New York and The Fog, when she had her image(and figure)indelibly burned into my long-term memory. In regards to this new DVD, I have to say that the 30 seconds of restored bathing sequence is a pleasant surprise, especially since it is mentioned nowhere on the case. It should also be noted that more <gratuitous> nudity was re-inserted into the party sequence at Arcane's mansion, and the DVD should have been re-rated from PG to UNRATED(at least PG-13, possibly R) to account for these changes. Additionally, the new widescreen (albeit non-anamorphic) transfer is the best this film's ever looked, and I must say I have a new appreciation for it. What I remembered as being a bland film of murky and monochrome green and brown, now seems to be much more vibrant thanks to DVD. One last quibble...as a general rule, MGM needs to use the original press art for its movie releases. Although I can live with the cover for SW, I prefer the painting of Swampy carrying Cable in her white nightgown. At the very least, they could include the art in the "Collector's Booklet".
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3.0 out of 5 stars Swamp Thing
Just a warning to all the collectors interested in this movie. Please note the SHOUT! FACTORY of this release-BLUE RAY & DVD does NOT have the complete uncut version. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Diane F
3.0 out of 5 stars Camp and Comics at their best...or worst...
Great schlocky comic book movie and also one of the earliest ones ever made. If you enjoy campiness and so-so special f/x this one's for you,and Adrienne Barbeau has a couple of... Read more
Published on Oct. 23 2009 by tony molica
4.0 out of 5 stars Adrienne show off her Barbeau's
This film is based on a well know comic book character.

Lab accidents do happen. Doctor Alec Holland (Ray Wise) can attest to this. Read more
Published on Aug. 30 2005 by bernie
4.0 out of 5 stars A word about the rating....
A recent write up in the Dallas Morning News told about local Blockbuster stores removing this from their shelves. Read more
Published on May 6 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars SWAMP THING a bust--Adrienne Barbeau's, specifically
Usually when I write a review, I try to make it as professional as possible. But when it comes to Adrienne Barbeau, all decorum goes out the window, and I reach for the drool... Read more
Published on June 16 2001 by Steven Bailey
4.0 out of 5 stars A Romp in the Swamp!
This DVD is sorely lacking in special features. All you get is the movie trailer, (which is unintentionally funny as the voice-over narrator intones "Adrienne Barbeau.... Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2001 by Bill W. Dalton
4.0 out of 5 stars Swampy Fun
SWAMP THING isn't an excellent film. However, it is fun to watch sometimes. The film involves a brilliant scientist, an FBI agent, and a madman. Dr. Read more
Published on Dec 2 2000 by Brandon T.
5.0 out of 5 stars A cool classic
"Swamp Thing" isn't one of the best movies ever made, but it's still great. Dr. Alec Holland (Ray Wise) has just made a formula that will make plants grow tremendously... Read more
Published on Nov. 26 2000 by jao
1.0 out of 5 stars I laughed, I cried, I threw it away, and I damned it to Hell
I saw this movie at a local video shop and laughed uncontrollably at the cover and storyline. I purchased Swamp Thing thinking it'd pack a rather hilarious punch. Read more
Published on Aug. 18 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Swamp Thing Delivers A Power Punch.
Great movie for action fans. It has some great thrill sequences. Recommened this film for any action fan and any Wes Craven fan.
Published on June 24 2000 by Scott Claire
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