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STRANGE WILDERNESS: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Peter (Steve Zahn) and his misfit crew, in an attempt to save their Wildlife TV show from being cancelled, concoct a plan to track down Bigfoot in South America.

Review by Louise Keller:
What can you say about a film when its most memorable scene is the one in which Steve Zahn's private parts get caught up in a turkey's throat? If that kind of humour grabs you by the throat, you will no doubt head straight for The Turkey Reel in the film's DVD special features, which gives you more than you will ever want to know about this unfortunate low point.

First up, let me say, I like Steve Zahn. I believe he has real talent. When he appeared with Paul Walker in the 2001 thriller Joy Ride, it seemed as though he had finally found his metier. Since then, he has slid down the slippery pole of dumb comedies, which might suggest he has not been offered anything better. Whatever the reason, it's a darned shame that this talented actor cannot find something better to do than take on this pathetic stoner comedy penned by Saturday Night Live writer Steve Wolf.

Zahn plays the son of a former tv wildlife show host, who has taken on the role left to him by his later father. Zahn's Peter and his dimwit team have two weeks to prove themselves before the show is cancelled, and decide to follow a secret map showing the whereabouts of the elusive Big Foot. The problem with the script (and the film) is that it is just plain stupid. Not funny stupid. Just annoyingly stupid, filled with gross-out.

It's no surprise for actors like Jonah Hill (wearing a red thong), who cut their teeth on such films, to be involved, but I did feel rather sad to see someone of the calibre of Ernest Borgnine on screen. The plot is nonsensical, the laughs are cheap and in absolute bad taste. When the crew meet a man named Dick, Peter asks 'Does your name ever shrink when you go into cold water? Does your name ever get hard in the morning?' It's hard to believe it could get worse. But it does. The only good thing is the gorgeous scenery in the Amazon, with jungle shots of lush greenery, waterfalls and austere barren mountains.

Published February 12, 2009



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STRANGE WILDERNESS: DVD (MA15+)
(US, 2008)

CAST: Steve Zahn, Allen Covert, Jonah Hill, Kevin Heffernan, Ashley Scott, Peter Dante, Harry Hamlin

PRODUCER: Peter Gaulke

DIRECTOR: Fred Wolf

SCRIPT: Fred Wolf, Peter Gaulke

CINEMATOGRAPHER: David Hennings

EDITOR: Tom Costain

MUSIC: Waddy Wachtel

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Perry Andelin Blake

RUNNING TIME: 87 minutes

PRESENTATION: 16:9

SPECIAL FEATURES: Cooker's Song, deleted scenes, What do we do, The Turkey

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Reel

DVD RELEASE: February 5, 2009







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