Instinct
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Review by Blake Kunisch | posted January 27, 2000
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The Movie: Instinct is more of a blend of Silence of the Lambs and Tarzan than anything else. If you take the psycho from Silence and the "living with animals" from Tarzan, you essentially get Instinct. Throw in Cuba Gooding Jr. in place of Jodie Foster leave in the gorillas as his family and it seems that you have a good movie. This is not a good movie. The only point to watching this movie is for the social commentary brought about through the "therapy" of Dr. Ethan Powell (Anthony Hopkins). As we listen to Dr. Powell's claims about the "takers" and the "murders," we are presented with what is fundamentally wrong with human society today. Dr. Powell presents to us that we should return to primitive time where we live and interact with nature and we don't take advantage of it. Aside from the social commentary put forth by Dr. Powell, there is no redeeming value to this movie. Cuba tries to turn in another Oscar worth performance, but falls painfully short. Overall, it's just not worth it.

The Picture: The picture is superb. The vibrant colors in the jungle scenes with the dark greys of the city and jail are both presented in great contrast. Buena Vista did a great job with this transfer, however, painfully absent is an anamorphic transfer which will hurt Buena Vista/Disney/consumers in the long run.

The Sound: There isn't much to evaluate throughout this movie in the audio department. The ambient jungle sounds are evident as are the sounds of the city. The Dolby 5.1 has it's chances to shine, but overall, the sound isn't anything special.

The Extras: Nope. None here. Just a trailer :(

Conclusion: In conclusion, this disc isn't worth any where near the $30 MSRP. Without an anamorphic transfer or any extras to think of, there's just really no reason to pick up this DVD. I'd pass.



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