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  • Actors: Deborah Gibson, Lorenzo Lamas
  • Directors: Ace Hannah
  • Format: PAL, Surround Sound
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Metrodome Group
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Aug. 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BZRHA8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,086 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

The California coast is terrorized by two enormous prehistoric sea creatures as they battle each other for supremacy of the sea.

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A Megalodon shark and a giant octopus were frozen in mid-combat back during the Ice Age. Their Alaskan glacier melts; the two creatures revive; both immediately set about cutting a swath of destruction. The octopus dismembers a Japanese oil rig. The Megalodon goes all "Air Jaws", leaping from the water to bite a 747 out of the sky. The octopus swats planes with its tentacles. The shark chomps the Golden Gate Bridge. It's glorious, I tell you. Absolutely glorious! --DreadCentral.com

It's so bad, it's gone past good, hung a left at awful, went screaming down hackwork highway for 50 miles and ended up somewhere in the vicinity of terrible-but-actually-quite-good-fun (near The Proclaimers). In short, it's the feel-good giant prehistoric sea monster battle of the decade. See it - you won't be disappointed. --News of the World

It's short, sharp and tongue in cheek, and how could one hate a film where a giant shark jumps out of the sea and brings down a plane? --Tom Huddleston, Time Out

Customer Reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars

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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Mr. O. Franklin on 9 Aug. 2010
Format: DVD
First of all, anybody who gave this film less than 5 stars does not understand film as a concept, as an art form, as part of culture.

'Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus' transcends genres - this is so much more than action adventure, than 'bad science' or monster movie - who can overlook the dark implications that this unleashing of monsters upon the world is the fault of humankind because of our ill treatment of this planet? There can be little coincidence that the shark and octopus go rampant in San Fransisco Bay and Tokyo Bay respectively - two cities built in volatile land regions. Are the film's antagonists deeply symbolic, standing for some natural catastrophe?

While the shark/octopus are the main stars, plenty of screen time is given to the main human cast. Deborah Gibson is utterly believable as the marine biologist who don't take no sass - when her boss/ex-boyfriend has her sacked for alleged misconduct, she also becomes a figurehead for women's rights and an end to misogyny. Her male equivalent is the Japanese genius Dr. Seiji Shimada (Vic Chao), who shatters the common stereotype that Asians aren't very clever.
His relationship with Gibson is a defiant gesture on the filmmakers' part, as it undermines Lorenzo Lamas, who plays a racist and constantly angry government agent. Lamas steals EVERY scene he is in, delivering the film's best lines with everything from sarcasm to disgust to panic to genuine menace. Finally, Sean Lawlor provides some post-ironic comedy gold with his 'Irish' professor. Don't mock his questionable accent, or you have fallen into the trap - Sean Lawlor IS actually Irish, and the unusual accent is there to throw you off! It's quite funny when you think about it for a few minutes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 5 Jun. 2013
Format: DVD
The title should say, "Don't expect much." I expected a bad script, bad acting, bad science, and bad special effects. In that regard I wasn't disappointed. If you decide to turn it off after a giant shark jumps out of the water and takes a jet out of the sky, wait. We later find out they can travel 500 knots, but have trouble catching a nuclear sub doing less than say, 40 knots. No wait. These nuclear subs have something called "emergency turbos" so maybe they can go faster. Sailors on nuclear subs don't carry handguns. Really. Who would they shoot underwater? At one point they flash the locations of the recent attacks. Nearly all were in the Pacific ocean as expected. There were 3 in the Atlantic. As Sarah Palin might tweet, "WTF?" These creatures for some unexplained reason are impervious to conventional weapons so the military led by our secret government kidnaps three scientists to employ them for information on how to kill them. They get right on the task by mixing water tainted with various vegetable dies. We discover red water added to blue water makes purple water and that blonds love Japanese men who try to act like Sulu as much as Orientals love blonds. After a romp in a closet, they figure out they can lure the creatures into certain ports (San Francisco and Tokoyo) which have a natural shelf and then trap them. The idea being they can get in, but somehow they can't get out, unless they catch a ride with a plane flying overhead. They then manufacture a phermone of an extinct animal for which they would normally have no idea where to start. We know they are successful because when they mix two liquids together it turns florescent green and Debbie Gibson smiles.

At one point Japanese and American subs are in the same area. All the American subs are destroyed but one.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Benjamin P. Richardson on 8 Sept. 2009
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Really????? You took the time to watch this film n then ripped into how "bad" it is???

I LOVE this film so so much! Everything about it is amazing!!

- The acting is terrible
- The scriptwriting is somehow worse, queue the line: "ye but the feds will hound you 'til you're leaking from every orifice..."
- The cgi is horrific

Yet somehow it's brilliant! Don't watch this unless you have some form of alcohol in your hand as it just enhances how good this film can be for people who don't take themselves or films too seriously!!!

The only downside to this is how they managed every stereotype in film history from clever asian dude, to rejected old professor who turns out to be right about everything, to the government man who makes things more difficult by being wrong and refusing to accept it and many more... But they missed out on one key stereotype... The black guy who dies first... Well, nothing's perfect...

ENJOY =D
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Sharp on 30 Jun. 2010
Format: DVD
The funniest thing about this film is the way it attempts to reuse sets and CGI sequences throughout the film whilst fooling absolutely NO-ONE. The interiors of the many different ships and submarines are identical. Some of the CGI sequences are repeated many times, occasionally they are flipped vertically. For example megashark bites off the same tentacle three times.

The editing is terrible with no sense that the actors and the creatures are in any way occupying the same space. The creatures occupy hardly any screen time.

The acting is abysmal, but I did become increasingly fascinated by the weird grimace Debbie Gibson seems to pull when she is trying to act.
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