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Lake Placid [2000] [DVD]

Bridget Fonda , Bill Pullman , Steve Miner    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000560Y7
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,681 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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,

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DVD Special Features:

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

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lake Placid 23 Aug 2005
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 Benminx
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Unpretentious, but very funny. 16 May 2010
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Certainly Not Lake Flacid 17 Dec 2008
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best 28 July 2011
I was given this video as a present when it first came out. Years later, I have had to buy another copy as my son has pinched my original. Every time I watch it, it makes me laugh till I ache. A 'must have' for any collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly watchable 6 April 2009
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Although this film is a completely unbelievable plot, it is really enjoyable, lots of fun, a few surprises and just a really good laugh. The acting is a pleasure to watch and the film is quite engaging, I've seen it loads of times and it leaves you feeling all warm inside.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Witty
As others have said this creature feature is really a nod to old monster movies, but rather than playing it straight it goes for humour, which sounds like a recipe for disaster,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by chelios1981
4.0 out of 5 stars dvd
very reasonable priced, and it's a great film.
well worth watching and best of the whole set. would recommend this
Published 1 month ago by Catharine
1.0 out of 5 stars I'm allergic to timber.....
When a man is eaten alive by an unknown creature, the local Game Warden teams up with a paleontologist from New York to find the beast. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
The best horror film with crocodiles in it, good cgi and the best of the lot. Quite funny in places too at times.
Published 6 months ago by M. Woodworth
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Classic mild horror, enjoy it for what it is. Seen over and over never fails to entertain, must see. As good as original Jaws .
Published 7 months ago by Mandab
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Couldn't be happier with my purchase, just perfect in every way! keep up the great work, keep bringing us amazing products.
Published 9 months ago by Mrs. Susan Lampard
5.0 out of 5 stars good
Good film, I thought this was a scary film when I first saw it b6t on buying it and watching it was another story
Published 9 months ago by Earl88
4.0 out of 5 stars What a hoot
Bought this to replace a worn out video tape. We have watched it many times over the years and it never ceased to entertain and surprise - very funny in parts.
Published 10 months ago by I. Browne
3.0 out of 5 stars Silly fun
I saw this when I was abou 14 and think I was a little nostalgic when I saw it in my recommendations as I told my girlfriend it was " of the best movies ever" This is not... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Smashed Pumpkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun comedy/Horror
The humor and the great one-liners make this one of the most funny comedy/Horror films I have seem in a long time.
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