Friday, May 18, 2007

Apocalypto DVD Review

Apocalypto, the sensational action-drama from Mel Gibson, is coming to DVD on Tuesday, and I've grabbed an advance copy for your reviewing pleasure... or is it for my reviewing pleasure. Either way, Apocalypto did pretty decently at movie theaters considering it was directed by Mel Gibson, who has not exactly been Mr. Popular over the last year or two. Despite what you think of the man, he makes some incredibly exciting movies, and Apocalypto is no different. You can read my full Apocalypto movie review here.

As for the DVD, it's pretty lame. You can just smell a "Special 2-Disc Edition" looming in the darkness, just waiting for the right time, because this version is pretty slim on the special features. It does include an audio commentary by Mel Gibson, which is quite enjoyable, but it only has two other features, a single, 10-second deleted scene, which is actually pretty cool but still not worth the trouble of clicking on the play button, and a making-of featurette, which was clearing created before the movie was released to theaters and is intended for promotional use only. Whenever the interviews include "this film will..." you know they were made to promote the movie, not give us insight into it, and the interviews also contain quite a few "you're going to see things you've never seen before." Boring!

The behind-the-scenes featurette does have a few bits and pieces that are interesting, but for the most part, it's just disappointing and a waste of time.

Overall, Apocalypto DVD leaves little to be desired, but if you haven't seen the movie, it is certainly a recommended purchase/rental nonetheless.

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