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  • Actors: Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam, Alexander Goodwin
  • Directors: Guillermo del Toro
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Oct. 2011
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005GJTN6C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,629 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy) presents his electirfying horror MIMIC like you’ve never seen before in a visually stunning DIRECTOR’S CUT.  Starring Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite) and Josh Brolin (True Grit), MIMIC brings the epic battle between man and nature to life when a team of scientists discover that their experiment in genetic engineering has gone horribly awry.   With the power to mimic and destroy its every predator and the threat of an entire city's destruction, their creation has taken on a horrifying life of its own.

Recut and presented with in-depth special features that take you inside the film, MIMIC: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT restores Guillermo Del Toro’s vision for this chilling modern cult classic.

EXTRAS:

-    Video prologue with director Guillermo del Toro
-    Audio commentary with director/co-writer Guillermo del Toro
-    “Reclaiming Mimic” Featurette
-    “A leap in evolution – the creatures of Mimic” featurette
-    “Back into the tunnels – shooting Mimic” featurette
-    Deleted scenes
-    Storyboard animatics
-    Gag reel
-    Theatrical trailer

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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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15 of 16 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By West25 on 24 July 2011
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Dr. Susan Tyler is an entomologist, who along with her future husband Dr. Peter Mann have created a new breed of insect. There's a disease that's carried by cockroaches that's killing the children of Manhattan, so they've created a new breed of insect that secretes a fluid that kills cockroaches. They were designed to die off after one generation, but 3 years later they haven't died, they've mutated into giant sized insects that can mimic humans. It's now up to Susan, Peter, a few members of their team, a cop who had to act as a guide and a shoe shine worker whose son wandered off to stop them.

Mimic doesn't have any major stars, what it does have is a group of great actors who are here because of ability and not looks. Oscar winner Mira Sorvino is good as Susan, she shows a great range of emotions. Jeremy Northam is fine as her husband Peter, he did everything he had to do well without wowing me. Where Mimic is excellent is the supporting cast, there's Charles S. Dutton as Leonard the cop/reluctant guide. Oscar nominees Giancarlo Giannini and Josh Brolin give very good performances, and oscar winner F. Murray Abraham has a small role as Dr. Gates.

It was Guillermo Del Toro's first American movie as director, and his stylish, dark, creative imprint is all over it. Del Toro actually disowned the movie as he felt Bob Weinstein had interfered too much during filming, constantly coming to the set and insisting scenes be shot differently or even completely changed. This upset Del Toro enough that he didn't direct another film for 4 years, and that was the superb Devil's Backbone made back at home in Mexico/Spain where he had total creative control. He did return to America again the year later to direct Blade 2, the best of the series and the Hellboy films.
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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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