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Komodo vs. Cobra

Lionsgate Home Entertainment // PG-13 // July 25, 2006
List Price: $26.98 [Buy now and save at Amazon]

Review by Ian Jane | posted August 4, 2006 | E-mail the Author
The Movie:

Director Jim Wynorski of Curse Of The Komodo and The Bare Wench Project craps out another cheap monster mash of a film and while some of his earlier efforts were fun b-movies, KVC: Komodo Vs. Cobra flat out sucks balls (and not in a pleasant, tingly sort of way either).

The shot on DV made for TV movie revolves around a group of four self righteous animal rights activists who take a news reporter and her camera man to an island in the South Pacific. They charter a boat from Captain Michael (Michael Pare of Eddie And The Cruisers and while he's hesitant to take them there, the five grand they hand him speaks louder than his sense of honor. He accepts their money and soon enough, they're on the beach (the captain doesn't stay with the ship, instead he tags along with them for some reason). What our intrepid bunch of disposable heroes don't know is that earlier a man and his daughter were eaten by a giant Komodo and a giant Cobra (who lives underwater from the looks of things).

Through the use of a few flashback scenes we learn how the military was using the island as a testing ground for 'Project Carnivore' and that the resulting mutations that have super-sized the critters on the island has become a bit of a problem. Our heroes learn this first hand as one by one poorly rendered CGI monsters eat them until only a few are left who will have to make it out alive before the army calls in an air strike to kill the monsters that they have created.

First things first, Komodo Vs. Cobra is a really low budget film. You can tell this by the fact that during the gun fights people either turn around so you can't see the muzzle flash or there are CGI flares imposed over top of the guns to make them look like they're going off. The fact that the titular monsters themselves look like rejects from the PS2 version of Turok The Dinosaur Hunter from a few years back. Adding insult to injury are the office sets used for the military (Would a General really be sitting behind a desk beside a motivational poster that said 'Customer Service' on it? Probably not), and the stock footage inserts that stick out like a sore thumb (they were shot on film, this was shot on DV, and it's obvious what was inserted into this film). The movie also features the odd flub or two, for instance, when the cameraman is filming the reporter, we see what he sees through his lens, and what he sees are multiple cuts to a few different characters while she narrates. Considering that there's only one cameraman and now switching setup to allow cuts, it would be impossible for him to get the footage that he does during this scene.

If the movie is fun, however, it's easy to overlook logic flaws and low budget trappings, right? Right. But Komodo Vs. Cobra isn't even fun in the grand scheme of things. Much of the running time is taken up by the activists yapping away and to be quite honest, you'll find yourself fighting not to hit the fast forward button to get to the monster mash action. The problem with that is that even the monster mash action can't save this turkey. It's poorly done, obscured by bad CGI fire, and it makes up maybe two minutes of the running time of this feature length piece of poop.

The only redeeming quality of Komodo Vs. Cobra is the 'so bad it's good' factor. The dialogue and the acting in the movie are so contrived and cliché ridden that you can't help but laugh and the supposed twist at the end of the movie, which really doesn't make much sense but serves to leave the possibility for a sequel open, could very well make you giggle. If you enjoy looking for flaws in films, this one will keep you busy and so it could make for an interesting drinking game film if you're into that, but a good movie this is not. Not even close.

The DVD

Video:

The 1.85.1 anamorphic widescreen transfer for the film isn't bad when you consider the budget ahead of time. Colors are alright looking and black levels remain fairly strong. There is some noise present in a few scenes and some hefty doses of aliasing present once or twice but other than that this looks alright for what it is.

Sound:

Audio options are provided in English in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound or in Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo with optional subtitles available in English or Spanish and with an English closed captioning option. The 5.1 track is pretty aggressive in spots, too much at times, and the sound effects are way too pumped up during the action scenes. The 2.0 track is a little better sounding. Either way, both tracks are pretty clean and there aren't any problems with hiss or distortion. Bass levels are strong and aside from the aforementioned levels issue on the surround mix, there's nothing to complain about here.

Extras:

This disc includes static menus and chapter selection in addition to a few trailers for other Lion's Gate DVD releases and a Blu Ray Disc promotional spot, but that's it, there are no extras of any worth on this disc, which is only fitting when you think about it.

Final Thoughts:

You've got to be a pretty serious glutton for punishment to want to subject yourself to KVC: Komodo Vs. Cobra. The movie provides some unintentional humor but nothing more and it's without a moments hesitation that this DVD gets slapped and slapped hard with the trusty old 'skip it' stamp.

Ian lives in NYC with his wife where he writes for DVD Talk, runs Rock! Shock! Pop!. He likes NYC a lot, even if it is expensive and loud.

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