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Mimic [DVD] [1998]


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  • Actors: Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam, Alexander Goodwin, Giancarlo Giannini, Charles S. Dutton
  • Directors: Guillermo del Toro
  • Writers: Guillermo del Toro, Donald A. Wollheim, Matthew Robbins
  • Producers: Andrew Rona, B.J. Rack, Bob Weinstein, Cary Granat
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • 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: Disney
  • DVD Release Date: 20 May 2002
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000064244
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,291 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Three years after creating the Judas breed - a new species of insect - in order to wipe out plague-carrying cockroaches, Dr Susan Tyler (Mira Sorvino) worries that the breed may have evolved. Along with her husband Peter (Jeremy Northam) and their assistant Josh (Josh Brolin), they travel the subways looking for Judas specimens. Meanwhile, 8-year-old Chuy disappears after investigating shadowy figures at the local chapel, and his grandfather Manny sets out to track him down. Both Manny and Susan make a terrible discovery - the Judas insects have developed the ability to take on human form, and are now set to destroy mankind.

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An ultracreepy blend of horror and fantasy (think of it as Beauty and the Bugs) from Mexican director Guillermo del Toro (Cronos) about giant cockroaches in the subway tunnels beneath Manhattan. Like its DNA-altered spawn (the title refers to the way some insects evolve to resemble their predators), Mimic is not your everyday bug picture, but a more poetic (though quite gruesome) sort of film, literally crawling with bizarre, striking images. In this case, the mutant bugs are not the result of evil atomic experiments (as in Them!), but are the unexpected side effect of work done by an entomologist (Mira Sorvino) and her Centre for Disease Control officer husband (Jeremy Northam), who, in a last-ditch effort to control a roach-carried disease epidemic that was killing children, released a genetically altered form of sterile cockroaches beneath the city. They stopped the virus, but... Also starring Charles Dutton, Giancarlo Giannini, F. Murray Abraham, and Josh Brolin. --Jim Emerson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 May 2002
Format: DVD
I'm not a fan of men versus monster movies which are mostly full of violence, blood spouting, screaming, and chasing; they disgust me extremely. However I found myself enjoying Mimic. This thriller is more than just a fight against cunning and deadly monsters that terrorize Manhattan from subways. It begins with an effort to contain Strickler's disease where the impact is to create a more terrible enemy instead. Starring a superb cast, including the beautiful Mira Sorvino and amazing Jeremy Northam, Mimic not merely tells about how the heroes trying to save the city, but as they are given the chance to develop their characters -which the result is very well done (watch the interaction between and among characters) -the audience not only see how people run for their lives; but also can witness a drama of life. For example: how the main characters long to have a baby of their own and the amazing talent of a shoe-polisher's child.
This is an exceptional science-fiction about bug, fear, desperation and hope.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mathias Palmberg on 19 Jan 2012
Format: Blu-ray
A well made "creature-feature" with decently written characters, some cracking set pieces and atmosphere to spare. It might not be original but it works on every level. The blu ray transfer is however not as good as the film. In daylight or well lit scenes the picture looks great but when shifting to night scenes there is a considerable amount of grain to be found. There is also a lack of sharpness to the picture in the darker scenes which is a problem. The sound quality is however really good with a 7.1 DTS HD Master Audio.

Picture quality: 3/5
Audio quality: 4.5/5
Movie: 4/5
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. L. Garbutt on 18 Dec 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Best in the trilogy, the original 'Mimic' benefits from well-designed and revealed creatures, interesting characters such as the autistic boy and a cracking plot, all three of which went sadly missing in the sequels.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kali on 18 May 2006
Format: DVD
I'm fussy about the horror/sci-fi I watch but "Mimic" I actually quite liked.

The plot it not overly complex, a scientist finds a cure for a terrible disease but at a cost that no one is aware they are going to have to pay at some point in time.

Enter a couple of years later two scientists (one who found the cure and her husband), a shoe cleaner/cobbler and his autistic grandson who live near a train station where the horror that is lurking in the form of insects that can mimic human form are hiding out, a world weary security guard and the usual monster insect fodder (people in lay man's terms!) and you have a surprisingly intelligent film.

A bit on the gruesome side at times but quite suspenseful and it certainly makes you jump when you least expect it. The scene in the old train carriage is quite heart stopping and the boy actor who plays the autistic child is especially good with his savant ability to know people by the sound of their footsteps along with the size and make of shoe they wear.

It gets a solid four out five and is definitely a film you'd watch with your pals unless you are very brave and totally scare proof which by the way I am not!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE on 19 Mar 2012
Format: Blu-ray
I remember vividly going to see Mimic upon its release back on July 2nd 1998. It barely got into UK cinemas, and was dumped in the tiny Screen 5 at the old Odeon cinema in Edinburgh for all of one week before disappearing. They'd never do that to a Guillermo Del Toro film now that he's a popular director. But even back then his trademark imagery of insects, muck, and oppressive weather were thick throughout the movie.

A strange virus carried by cockroaches is killing-off New York's kids until Entomologist (insect scientist) Susan Tyler (the tall, gorgeous, big-boobed Academy Award-winning Miro Sorvino, who just...vanished) and her boyfriend Peter Mann (Clive Owen's twin brother Jeremy Northam) create a new breed of cockroach to kill them off. With the children safe they all breath a sigh of relief. Then three years pass, with something sinister brewing beneath the city streets. People start to go missing in the subways, strange new insects are emerging from the grimy darkness, and what appears to be a man in a long coat is always watching from the gloomy corners.

Del Toro's vision for the film was compromised by the interference of Harvey Weinstein, who foolishly contradicted his judgment (this being the same guy who greenlit Grindhouse!). The resulting movie was disowned by Del Toro, which is a shame since you can really see the potential behind it. The planned ending for hundreds of Mimics standing around in Time Square station would have been amazing, and a natural follow-on to the plot that precedes it.

Instead the ending is rather lame, and the threat of the Mimics migrating through the tunnels and possibly taking over the world is ignored as soon as it's mentioned. A huge missed opportunity there. What a bleak, apocalyptic ending that would have been.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Jan 2009
Format: DVD
In 1997, Guillermo del Toro was not a rising legend in the movie business -- in fact, he was a relative newbie.

So obviously the sci-horror flick "Mimic" was an attempt to forge roads in the rough world of Hollywood. It's a flawed gem among horror movies -- it builds up a sense of slow, shadowy horror based on what could happen if humans play God, loaded with symbolism and eerie clicking noises. But it also has an insane climax, and Del Toro's direction often gets buried under the scares.

In the near future, children are ravaged by a cockroach-carried disease. Dr. Susan Tyler (Mira Sorvino) creates a solution -- a sterile mantis/termite crossbreed that will destroy the cockroaches, then die.

A few years later, Susan buys bugs from some street kids -- and finds a Judas larva among them (which promptly vanishes). Then the kids go missing... as do the subway dwellers. When an enormous dead insect is found washed into the water treatment plant, Susan knows for sure that the Judas bug has not only survived and reproduced -- but it's evolving at a ghastly rate.

Meanwhile, her hubby Peter Mann (Jeremy Northam), subway cop Leonard (Charles Dutton) and an immigrant (Giancarlo Giannini) looking for his autistic son all venture down into the deserted subways. But Susan has run afoul of the Judas insects -- and as all the humans huddle in an abandoned subway car, she finds that the insects have evolved even further than she thought.

The filming of "Mimic" was apparently a pretty bad one -- Bob Weinstein and Del Toro apparently argued a lot, and Del Toro later compared the final film to a pretty girl with her arms chopped off.
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