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Lake Placid [2000] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Bridget Fonda, Bill Pullman, Oliver Platt, Brendan Gleeson, Betty White
  • Directors: Steve Miner
  • Writers: David E. Kelley
  • Producers: David E. Kelley, Jeff Kalligheri, Michael Pressman, Peter Bogart
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Aug 2004
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000560Y7
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,032 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special Features:

Featurette
Interactive Menus
Scene Access
3 TV Spots
Mini Cast Biographies
English 5.1
Subtitles: English for the hearing impaired.

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Lake Placid is total trash--and, as a result, pretty entertaining. Yet another entry in the horror sub-genre of giant animals running amok, the movie features a giant crocodile that has somehow found its way to an isolated lake in Maine. The absurdity of crocodiles in Maine sets the tone for the entire movie, which has no ambitions beyond mixing a little fright with a little humour (Curiously, this concoction was put together by David E Kelley, better known as the creator of TV's Ally McBeal and The Practice). Bridget Fonda plays a palaeontologist sent to investigate a large tooth; Bill Pullman is a fish and game warden just trying to keep the peace; Oliver Platt plays a loose-cannon mythology professor who swims with crocodiles for sport; and Brendan Gleeson is a local sheriff with a short temper and a big gun. Add a few gruesome dismemberments, Betty White as a cantankerous old broad who may have murdered her husband, and a cow hanging from a helicopter, and there you have it: Lake Placid. --Bret Fetzer, Amazon.com

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rich Milligan on 23 Aug 2005
Format: DVD
I've not laughed so much at other films that were out and out comedies as I did with this hilarious film, but even now I'm not so sure I should have found it as much fun as I did. Not made in a totally obvious spoof style, it's still pretty clear that the film makers decided that to make a pure monster creature thriller would be too passé, so instead jazzed up this offering up with a completely over the top script and as much camp posturing as they felt they could get away with.
A remote lake in Maine has become the scene of the grizzly death of an underwater Beaver researcher. (See how camp it is!) When the diver's body (well half of it anyway) is recovered, a post mortem reveals a tooth that has been lodged in the remains. New York museum professor Kelly Scott (Bridget Fonda) takes a look and decides it is the tooth of a reptile and vows to return to Maine to make further investigations.
This is much to the chagrin of local Sheriff Hank Keough (Brendan Gleeson) and fish inspector Jack Wells (Bill Pullman). What makes these two official's job even more difficult is the arrival on the scene of millionaire crocodile lover Hector Cyr (Oliver Platt) who seems more intent on saving the monstrous reptile than clearing the lake of the danger it represents. Perhaps the key to it all lies with the only inhabitant of anywhere near the lake, aged grey haired Delores Bickerman (Betty White) who lashes the forces of authority with the full length of her tongue at every opportunity.
As I say the film really does work best when it doesn't take itself too seriously and it does a fantastic line is witty bitchy retorts between all the main leads. Some of the lines the characters come out with are pure pantomime and I wondered at times how they all kept straight faces.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. R. Donaldson on 17 Dec 2008
Format: DVD
Dont be put off by the rotten title or the ghastly cover. This is as good as comedy horror gets. I actually won this in a TV competition but I would have bought it as it received some pretty good reviews upon its release. Some of the gags will make you smile rather than laugh out loud but its a good film. Oliver Platt as the maniacal but well intentioned conservationist is the best on show, however running him a close second is Brendan Gleeson's slow witted sheriff. The two bounce of each other really well. The effects are good and its short running time ensures the next gag or thrill is just around the corner. At £2.98 this is a steal.
I saw a very dodgey looking sequel to this in Sainsbury's recently. It just had buyer beware written all over it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Duncan on 25 Aug 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Fantastic film. Great characters. Superb sarcasm. Very good effects.
Just one problem - the USA version of this blue ray is NOT region free.
It is not all regions. It is locked to region 1 USA and will not play in off the shelf UK players.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Benminx on 10 Aug 2010
Format: DVD
Written by Ally McBeal's David Kelly, this has a lot of that series' very sparky, sassy comedy dialogue. Bridget Fonda's paleontologist is foisted off into the wilds of Maine after an animal attack leaves behind what looks like a fossil, and she makes no secret of her utter lack of adaptability to the woods. Her character is great fun to watch, and holds the movie together in one of her best performances, with some truly standout lines: "If you call me Ma'am one more time, I'll sue you - and with today's laws it's possible!"
Bill Pullman is the laid back game warden tolerating her bad attitude as he tries to find out what killed a man in the lake, and Brendan Gleeson is terrifically resigned as the Sheriff having to babysit them all. It's a cast sent from heaven, as all of them seem utterly at home spouting Kelly's fast, snappy, barbed one-liners. And then Oliver Platt arrives as a slightly demented and appallingly opinionated adventurer, and the comedy begins to increase at about the same rate as the horror does. Seasoned director Steve Miner doesn't forget the horror, and builds the suspense masterfully, with several startlingly violent and fast attack scenes that really highlight the danger they're all in, as well as a terrific 'trapped in the water' tension piece. The woods feel truly wild, there are some ingenious moments and interesting mythology, and Miner even gives comedy foil Platt a moment that is arguably the most chilling and threatening suspense scene in the film. It's a film of tremendous skill from all involved. Not designed to be taken seriously (except where it clearly hints: 'this is a serious bit' with a deft change in tone), it's sophisticated sharp-edged comedy, with fast paced action and masterful horror-tension and gore.
Filled with a warmth of spirit charm and adventure lacking in the majority of films, let alone the majority of horrors, this is an unmissable treat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. P. J. Jansen on 16 May 2010
Format: DVD
I guess you either love this move or hate it. It is not a horror movie, but a parody and as such very funny. There is a monster in the form of a very large crocodile, and at times it becomes a bit scary. (Not really more than that in spite of a decapitation.) But more important is the set of quirky characters and the spiffy dialogues. The problem of a movie like this is that the makers easily go over the top. This is not the case here; it has just the right balance between absurdity and realism.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
At last, been waiting ages for this little gem!,....before i go on, this title is listed as Region Free, please beware, it is not. Must say got me a tad miffed..Being a film buff iv'e always had a Region free DVD Player..but since the turn of Blu Ray until two days ago not botherd...So.having' Lake placid' display Region invalid!!! had me bouncing off the walls searching for my credit card! so now i'm the owner of a Multi Coded machine [ SONY BD-S1100 ]and i can confirm 'Lake Placid' looks and sounds fantastic, i always thought the DVD looked pretty good... but this Blu Ray eats it's Low Def counterpart for Breakfast...now i can plough into the rest of my small but soon to be ever going pile of Region A disc's!!!.
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