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The Relic (Widescreen) (Bilingual)

3.4 out of 5 stars 91 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Penelope Ann Miller, Tom Sizemore, Linda Hunt, James Whitmore, Clayton Rohner
  • Directors: Peter Hyams
  • Writers: Amanda Silver, Amy Holden Jones, Douglas Preston, John Raffo, Lincoln Child
  • Producers: Gale Anne Hurd
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Paramount Studios
  • Release Date: April 20 1999
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 91 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 6305350213
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The Relic

Do yourself a favor: pick up a copy of Alien, Ridley Scott's brilliant sci-fi/horror masterpiece, instead of wasting your time on The Relic. This patent rip-off of just about every other worthy horror and/or disaster flick certainly looks good in the packaging: a sturdy cast led by Penelope Ann Miller, Tom Sizemore, and Oscar-winner Linda Hunt; a reliable director (Peter Hyams); and a creepy enough setting--Chicago's Museum of Natural History, where an anticipated exhibition about tribal artifacts called "Superstition" is about to debut. OK. So far, so good. But some of the pieces scheduled for show have crossed customs even though the freighter that has hauled them north is found adrift and empty--its crew the victims of a mysterious creature that is soon on the rampage in the museum.

The Relic relies on huge leaps of faith to engage the viewer, and finally offers nothing to elevate what could have been good fun--poking here and there at several different movie genres--to a higher level . Ultimately, the film suffers most from its own self-consciousness--it knows it's a carbon copy of better predecessors, and its awkwardness is apparent. The otherwise glossy production is so dimly lit that it's a struggle to tell what's going on, and everything in this tepid formula piece about genetic mutation gone awry is further marred by cheesy special effects. It's almost as if the movie is trying to run away from itself and hide. Try as they may, the cast is saddled with dull, wishy-washy characters who are predictably doomed or saved, depending on their place in the food chain. While the trick in any good sci-fi film is to make the monster as smart--or smarter--than its pursuers, The Relic relegates its mutated horror to less than brainy turf and the war between good and evil is never much of a war at all--just a noisy, bloody, borrowed mess. --Paula Nechak

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By A Customer on June 17 2003
Format: DVD
Before you see this movie, you should really do yourself a favor and read the book. "The Relic" is basically the dumbed-down version of "Relic," the novel by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, an amazing and scary read. For the general moviegoer, The Relic simplifies the story significantly. Missing are two of the most influential characters, Special Agent Pendergast and the journalist, Bill Smithback. Greg Kawakita becomes Greg Lee, and his character is so much simpler in the movie. Mrs. Rickman, Ian Cuthbert, and Dr. Wright are combined into a single character, a female Dr. Cuthbert. Whittelsey becomes Whitney (presumably for the ease of the characters' speech). Also, the fictional museum is moved from New York to Chicago (why, I cannot say).
Basically, the plot is the same: people start turning up dead, horiffically slashed and decapitated, on the eve of the opening of the museum's new Superstition Exhibit. No one believes it's a monster, but of course, it is. Duh. Chaos ensues.
Let me take a moment to talk about the monster. In the novel, the monster, Mbwun, is terrifying. When it is finally seen, it is revealed to be quite manlike... which of course makes sense, given its origins. However, in the movie, the creature (whose name is changed to Kothoga, probably to aid in pronunciation again), while wicked awesome cool, just doesn't fit with the story. It'd be better off in an action movie, not a straight horror. In fact, the scariest parts of the movie occur before the monster is even seen (which is the thing with most of these movies).
Bottom line: as a movie, "The Relic" is quite entertaining. Compared to the novel, it falls short.
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Feb. 24 2014
Format: DVD
A museum doesn't seem like a logical place to find a giant primordial reptilian monster with a taste for brains.

But that seems to describe "Relic," which is loosely based on a novel by Douglas J. Preston and Lincoln Child. It tries mightily to add the "Alien" monster-movie aesthetic to a more cerebral setting, but the sludgy pace and massive plot holes make it a chore to sit through -- and no matter how many gory body parts it flings at you, nothing really horrifies.

A ship arrives in Chicago with its crew horribly murdered, and Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta (Tom Sizemore) has no idea what has happened. The cargo -- crates from a roving anthropologist -- is sent to the Museum of Natural History for their "Superstition" exhibit, but Dr. Margo Green (Penelope Ann Miller) finds nothing inside but a stone idol and leaves covered in a strange fungus.

Then a security guard is brutally murdered in a bizarre way -- he's decapitated, his brain is torn out and his hypothalamus goes missing. D'Agosta immediately shuts down the museum and begins searching for the killer, but Green begins to suspect that something more bizarre is afoot. But even if they can figure out what the killer is, they may not be able to stop it.

Just a warning: fans of Preston and Child's thriller series will be hugely disappointed in "Relic." The unique lead character has been completely cut out of the story -- imagine an adaptation of "Lord of the Rings" without Frodo Baggins -- and the plot is transformed into a generic monster movie with generic characters. It feels sort of like "Alien," except without the feeling of being trapped (since they can easily leave the museum) or the build-up of tension and horror.
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A ship that was supposed to transport some crates from South America to a museum seems to have a crew that lost their heads. The crates finally get flown in. One full of goodies the other just leaves. The museum's Dr. Margo Green (Penelope Ann Miller) is suspicious. Everyone else is happy until a guard seems to have misplaced his hypothalamus. Looks like Dr. Margo Green is about to be consumed by her work.

This is a pretty spiffy well done formula movie. As with many contemporary movies they completely ignore the book and add all the standard clich's. We have the ruthless rivalry, missing scientists, and mysterious crates. Naturally no one does what they are supposed to do and you start rooting for the, lets just call it a, relic.
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OK monster movie, nothing too original, OK special effects. Penelope Ann Miller gives it the old college try as a biologist working in a museum. The museum receives a crate with leaves inside and some fungus on the leaves. Later we have a monster on the loose in the museum. The museum is having a huge opening gala event and in between the museum wanting to keep the gala on schedule and the police wanting to close the museum because they suspect that murderer lurks in the museum, more gruesome killings happen.

As usual with monster movies like this, the monster appears all over the place at the same time. And because its always dark you only catch glimpses of the monster till the end. Stan Winston did the monster special effects and they aren't bad. As for the acting, for the most, the actors played their rolls seriously enough for a monster movie.

As for the DVD quality, can't complain for an older movie.
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