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Dr Susan McAlester’s (Saffron Burrows) experiments are on the verge of creating medical history and finding the key to the regeneration of human brain tissue. She wants to beat Alzheimer's. She has been playing with the brain tissue of sharks, making them smarter and faster. With her fellow crew members, namely shark wrangler Carter Blake (Thomas Jane), Sherman ‘Preacher’ Dudley (LL Cool J), Janice Higgins (Jacqueline McKenzie) and Jim Whitlock (Stellan Skarsgard), Dr McAlester tries to convince financial backer Russell Franklin (Samuel L. Jackson) not to shut the project down. The sharks have their own plans. . .

"First, a warning (no, the shark warning comes later): if you intend to rent or buy this DVD - which is recommended - be sure to get the shop to show you that the special feature that offers commentary by director Renny Harlin and co-star Samuel L. Jackson is accessible. On our review copy this feature, perhaps the most sought after of them all, eluded us on five attempts. The two different shark featurettes, however, are easy to access from the 'Decompression Chamber' menu. These suffer a little from visual degradation compared to the terrific transfer of the film itself, which is a jolting adventure amongst sharks (insert shark warning here) being genetically re-engineered to be even smarter than they are now. By a beautiful scientist. The escapist nature of the film is heightened with a purpose, as we discover in the deleted scenes featurette, where Harlin explains how five scenes were written into the script to explore and expand the characters and their inter-relationships - and then cut out of the final version, for exactly the same reason. That is, to take out the extra characterisations for fear of getting us too bonded with those about to be eaten - or (in the case of Jacqui McKenzie's character) to avoid the trauma of discovering she is pregnant before she gets sharked. There is great behind the scenes footage and some close ups of people being meals, and just the right amount of info about some of the animatronic sharks being built on aerospace technology. Others are real. This DVD also has rare and welcome glimpses of the orchestra recording the spine chilling score; more of that please."

Andrew L. Urban


We gratefully acknowledge the complimentary use of a DVD player from Philips.


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CAST: Saffron Burrows, Thomas Jane, LL Cool J, Jacqueline McKenzie, Michael Rapaport, Stellan Skarsgard and Samuel L. Jackson.

DIRECTOR: Renny Harlin

RUNNING TIME: 101 minutes

DVD RELEASE: March 2000



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