DVD Rating: ***1/2

Reviewed by: Amber Wilkinson

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This may be a modest-budget creature feature but it boasts a monster set of extras. A 15-minute Behind The Scenes feature is a collation of electronic press kit material, which sees the main members of the cast and crew talk about the making of the film, intercut with key scenes. They cover everything from doing their own stunts to the arctic temperatures they were shooting in and you're left with the overall impression of a group of friends who have had a blast. It's a conclusion bolstered by the half an hour selection of outtakes (and deleted scenes) that are also included here. Many involve the cast corpsing, improvising or simply having a very good time and the sense of fun that evidently pervaded the set, can be felt in the resulting film.

The filmmakers' commentary is a scattergun affair, which sees director Jon Wright embark on a series of conversations with members of the crew, including composer Christian Henson and writer Kevin Lehane. Rather than talking directly to the film, their conversations are more free-form, although they have been edited so that they fall over relevant sections of the movie. It requires some effort on behalf of the viewer but the overall effect is akin to dipping in and out of a pub conversation, which is certainly appropriate. Henson's input regarding score influences, likes and dislikes, is particularly interesting.

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An Interview with Wright, taken by FrightFest director Alan Jones is a little more stilted but contains some interesting anecdotes, particularly the revelation that the director and cast decided to get drunk and film themselves one night so they could see how they looked as research for the film. Sadly, the end result has since been destroyed but Wright gives a colourful blow by blow account of it nonetheless. A nine-minute photo gallery, featuring some of Henson's excellent music, completes the extras.

Reviewed on: 05 Feb 2013
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A small island community is terrorised by monsters from the sea.
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Product Code: CDR82262

Region: 2

Ratio: 2.35:1

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1

Extras: Filmmakers' commentary, interview with director Jon Wright, Behind The Scenes, outtakes, photo gallery

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