Having waited for this movie to be released on dvd, i am pleased to say how impressive Cloverfield actually is.A genuinely original monster movie [ if somewhat disturbing, bearing in mind its obvious use of the terrible events of 9 / 11 as a not so subtle reference point ].It is a tense, intellegent and deliberately downbeat film that cleverly disguises its big budget effects through nifty single shot,or out of alignment camera work.This gives Cloverfield the real sense of putting the viewer right into the thick of the action,in a way that few recent movies have matched.
With some brilliantly tense set pieces [and the occasional flaw],Cloverfield is terrific entertainment,and one of the few movies in recent years to justify its build up.
The extras on the second disc are adequate, but an opportunity was missed to fully expand on the Cloverfield phenomenon.Where for example are the excellent "news" stories that previewed the film? These would have been most welcome and genuinely in keeping with the story, as would a documentary outlining the whole internet buzz surrounding the film.
What you do get are 5 minutes of deleted scenes[ of minimal consequence ], 2 alternative endings [ ditto],a "making of" documentary which oddly enough erodes some of the mystique surrounding the film.
By far the most interesting are the "in film" mini documentaries that are accessable via icons as the film progresses.However be warned they will unintentionally upset the flow of the movie if you decide to watch them as part of your viewing experience ["news" footage or other stuff relating to the plot may have been more useful in keeping with the spirit of the film].After all if we are expected to suspend our belief for 70 odd minutes, maybe the film makers should have encouraged the viewer to fully immerse themselves in the unfolding events of Cloverfield.It may also have been to the films advantage to remain somewhat coy about the actual monster, as the partial shots of its tail,and distance shots are just so effective in maintaining the general air of menace,but these are merely points rather than criticisms, as the finished movie still does a fine job of opening the door for a genuine resurgence in well made monster flicks.
Overall though Cloverfield is a fantastic and slightly disturbing major film, served by nothing more than adequate extras. Expect an "ultimate edition " in the not too distant future.