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    Unique ID Code: 0000007629
    Added by: DVD Reviewer
    Added on: 2/8/2000 14:13
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    Congo (UK)

    6 / 10
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    Where you are the endangered species
    Certificate: 12
    Running Time: 104 mins
    Retail Price: £19.99
    Release Date:

    Synopsis:
    They`ve eluded heat-seeking missiles, gone eyeball-to-eyeball with enraged 5,000-pound hippos and hacked through a jungle curtain. Still, the expedition continues.

    Amy, a gorilla who was part of a university learning experiment, is at last returning home. A professor (Dylan Walsh), electronics expert (Laura Linney, The Truman Show), guide (Ernie Hudson), explorer (Tim Curry) and others follow the scampering ape.

    They know she will lead them to the place that`s more than her home - it`s the site of the fabled lost city of Zinj and its diamond mines. But what they don`t know can be fatal. Once they enter Zinj, they`ll be the endangered species!

    From the best seller by Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park) comes an event-packed adventure filled with state-of-the-art technology and primal fear.

    Special Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Access
    Theatrical Trailer
    Teaser Trailer

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English
    Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 Czech
    Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 Hungarian
    Dolby Digital 5.1 German

    Subtitle Tracks:
    Swedish
    Finnish
    Turkish
    English
    German
    CC: English
    Dutch
    Danish
    Norwegian

    Directed By:
    Frank Marshall

    Written By:


    Starring:
    Grant Heslov
    Tim Curry
    Ernie Hudson
    Laura Linney
    Dylan Walsh

    Casting By:
    Mike Fenton
    Allison Cowitt

    Soundtrack By:
    Jerry Goldsmith

    Director of Photography:
    Allen Daviau

    Editor:
    Anne V. Coates

    Costume Designer:
    Marilyn Matthews

    Production Designer:
    J. Michael Riva

    Producer:
    Sam Mercer
    Kathleen Kennedy
    Paul Deason
    Michael Backes

    Executive Producer:
    Frank Yablans
    Frank Marshall

    Distributor:
    Paramount Pictures

    Your Opinions and Comments

    7 / 10
    the movie is an enjoyably silly one that is as tongue in cheek as carry on up the junglemixed with the 1985 king solomons mines with a big budget.the cast are in on the joke witness tim curry as a romanian,frank n furter was more restrained than this.ernie hudson is great as the hunter.the leads are bland the jungle scenes studio sets.great fx .a great print super sond but just a trailer which for a recent film is poor indeed paramount get your dvds in order.
    posted by flair on 15/11/2000 18:22
    7 / 10
    I liked this movie. It may not be the best but it really brings the jungle to life and the wildlife and scenery is spectactular.

    3 people with ulterior motives fly out to africa. Their destination, a remote region of the congo covered in rainforests, surrounded by wild animals and native tribes.
    A scientist wants to return his tamed gorilla friend to the wild, A communications expert wants to find her ex who has disappeared and an explorer who is searching for the lost city of Zinj, said to be the source of king solomons mines. Guided by Ernie Hudson, they travel through the mysterious jungles of the Congo, unsure about what they are about to run into..........

    Acting wise the film wasnt that great. Laura Linney did a decent job. She has shown she can act brilliantly in later films such as "You can count on me". Ernie "Ghosbusters" Hudson was the only well known face. I suppose more better known actors may have given the film more character. The film is directed by frank marshall who is fairly unknown to me. The film could have done with a more superior director. The words Steven Spielberg spring to mind. The relationship between Peter(scientist played by dylan walsh) and Amy(the female gorilla) has already been developed before the movie commences but it does continue to grow as the film goes on.

    The special effects were really great. The editing also was smooth and slick. It gave the jungle life. The set design had a lot to do with this also. They were really well made.

    The Picture is really crisp and clear but that is just what you would expect from a dvd released in 2001 although it does not always work that way. The sound also a great DD 5.1 that is loud and sharp. The soundtrack is awesome. Full of sounds of the jungle and traditional african music. The theme "spirit of africa" is mesmerising and really fits the picture well. The are hardly any extras on the disc. There is only a teaser and a full trailer. Sometimes I wonder was it really worth putting a special features menu for just those 2 extras?

    Overall this is a movie that I have seen many times and will continue to do so now that I have the dvd. Its a big(not huge) budget jungle adventure that has plenty of scenery and action. Has its flaws but comes out a good movie nonetheless.
    posted by dicanio on 25/9/2002 01:19