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The Relic [DVD] [1997]

Penelope Ann Miller , Tom Sizemore , Peter Hyams    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Penelope Ann Miller, Tom Sizemore, Linda Hunt, James Whitmore, Clayton Rohner
  • Directors: Peter Hyams
  • Writers: Amanda Silver, Amy Holden Jones, Douglas Preston, John Raffo, Lincoln Child
  • Producers: Gale Anne Hurd
  • 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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Feb 2002
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005OA7V
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,761 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Relic is the story of a monster that runs amok in a Chicago museum on the very day the institution is holding a glitzy reception. Naturally, the museum bosses want to go ahead with their public relations even as the creature is decapitating victims. Penelope Ann Miller plays a scientist on the run from the critter (which is at times computer generated and reminiscent of the raptors in Jurassic Park), and Tom Sizemore is a cop looking for his cold-blooded (in every sense) killer. Peter Hyams (Timecop) directs, and as always he excels at managing the plastic action at the cost of real feeling and logic. (Much of the story is pretty laughable.) --Tom Keogh

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The Relic is the story of a monster that runs amok in a Chicago museum on the very day the institution is holding a glitzy reception. Naturally, the museum bosses want to go ahead with their public relations even as the creature is decapitating victims. Penelope Ann Miller plays a scientist on the run from the critter (which is at times computer generated and reminiscent of the raptors in Jurassic Park), and Tom Sizemore is a cop looking for his cold-blooded (in every sense) killer. Peter Hyams (Timecop) directs, and as always he excels at managing the plastic action at the cost of real feeling and logic. (Much of the story is pretty laughable.) --Tom Keogh

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I know who you are!" 19 Feb 2007
Format:DVD
This is one movie that you definitely shouldn't watch alone at night! Dark and creepy, it manages to tingle the hair at the back of your neck and delivers several genuine untelegraphed shocks!

Simply put, it's a movie about a museum. On the eve of the launch of a new exhibition, a gruesome murder takes place and the forthcoming gala is thrown into uncertainty. As the body count rises, it quickly becomes clear that an ancient evil is stalking the corridors of the museum ....

The movie takes a while to get going, but once it does it doesn't let up for a second. There's a lot of creeping about in dark corridors and waving of flashlights - doesn't this museum have any lights?! - and the inevitable panic as the creature finally reveals itself to the gala guests. This leads to a typical movie cliche - "We must get out" vs "No, we have to stay here!" Guess which group comes off the worst!

Incidentally, the group who decide to escape are told to 'move quietly'. This must be the worst case of 'moving quietly' that I have ever seen!

The creature itself is only shown in shadowy glimpses until about a third of the way in and it's well worth the wait. Created by Stan Winston, the creature is unique as movie monsters go and stands up remarkably well when shown in full. But then, Stan Winston is a master in his field and none of his creations have ever disappointed.

Penelope Ann Miller looks suitably terrified when confronted by the creature in the archives room. This scene produces a pure squirm-in-your-seat moment as the creature sticks out a long, forked tongue to 'taste' her face. Urgh!

'The Relic' isn't a creature classic like, for example, 'The Thing', which boasts excellent special effects with outstanding character development.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Monster of a movie. 25 Jan 2006
By Blue hunter VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This is a very good monster movie.It has good acting in it from the main characters and good special fx for the beast.
The story is of a monster on the loose in a museum killing people all over the place,but where does the monster originate from and why is it here?.
A good horror but nothing new.I'd put this film alongside the likes of mimic and mimic 2 the first of which is the better.
This is a review of the region 2 dvd version.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a Relic just yet 20 Aug 2007
Format:DVD
The Relic is quite a good film, part horror, part thriller with quite a few shocks delivered by good actors. The big scenes in the museum are really well shot and the sense of panic in the atmosphere is palpable. It's definately weathered well after ten years and is certainly one to watch with the lights out on a quiet night at home.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Penelope Ann Miller and hormones 22 Aug 2005
By bernie TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
A ship that was supposed to transport some crates from South America to a museum seems to have a crew that lost their heads. The crates finally get flown in. One full of goodies the other just leaves. The museum's Dr. Margo Green (Penelope Ann Miller) is suspicious. Everyone else is happy until a guard seems to have misplaced his hypothalamus. Looks like Dr. Margo Green is about to be consumed by her work.

This is a pretty spiffy well done formula movie. As with many contemporary movies they completely ignore the book and add all the standard clich's. We have the ruthless rivalry, missing scientists, and mysterious crates. Naturally no one does what they are supposed to do and you start rooting for the, lets just call it a, relic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good 9 Jun 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A really good film that i can watch time and again. Lots of scare suspense and a thoroughly good watch
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The Relic is directed by Peter Hyams and based on the best-selling novel Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. The film stars Tom Sizemore, Penelope Ann Miller, James Whitmore and Linda Hunt. The music score is composed by John Debney.

The Museum of Natural History in Chicago takes delivery of some crates from South America. Sent by an employee, John Whitney, one of the crates appears to be just full of leaves. However, just as the museum prepares to launch a major exhibition, where all the city's top brass will be present, a security guard is horrifically killed. Can superstitious cop Lt. Vincent D'Agosta (Sizemore) and evolutionary biologist Dr. Margo Green (Miller) get to the bottom of the mystery before it`s too late?

One from the bunch of creature feature movies that surfaced in the 1990s, The Relic may not win prizes for originality of plotting, but it scores high for tension and gloopy fun. Though the decent budget is evident ($70,000,000), the film has all the old fashioned values to make a creature feature work. Rank and file staples come thick and fast; boo jump moments, characters refusing to accept the un-normal, silly kids, silly coppers, a potential hero and heroine, possible romance, some sci-fi babble, a curse, and of course the creature itself; a big hybrid of god knows what! The "Kothoga" is a snarling, slimy monstrosity that goes about the museum lopping heads off inept human beings with carefree abandon. What`s not to like there?

Though Hyams is no genius director, he is, as his CV suggests, more than capable at crafting a polished movie. Such is the case here, where the B movie story is given good technical treatment. The lighting and editing serve the atmosphere well, while the sound work is of the required horror requisitional standard.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars "you go to HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Hugely enjoyable, supremely entertaining, wonderfully tense, brutally vicious. Penelope Ann Miller is a brilliant leading lady and Tom Sizemore is a fantastic hero. Read more
Published 1 month ago by BigAl82
2.0 out of 5 stars Dusty relic
A museum doesn't seem like a logical place to find a giant primordial reptilian monster with a taste for brains. Read more
Published 1 month ago by E. A Solinas
2.0 out of 5 stars The brain is light...
A researcher at Chicago's Natural History Museum returns from South America with crates containing his findings. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
4.0 out of 5 stars The Relic good oldie if you don't mind a bit of gore.
Good old movie a bit blood and guts at times but a good watch will watch again, good actors. A good watch
Published 6 months ago by Heather Lacny
4.0 out of 5 stars Scientific detective work, with a terrifying time limit!
A very clever, neat, and exciting plot is well worked here, and the science behind the film is reasonably rational. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Barbara. Barron
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than average monster movie
THE RELIC R2 DVD 2007

Back in the 1980s I replaced most of my collection of 8mm movies with VHS and I have been going through a same process of upgrading to DVD for... Read more
Published 10 months ago by BlackBrigand
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed
I have liked this movie from the first time I saw it. It his a horror movie without
the horror. Tell and intersting story
Published 12 months ago by Carol
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I thought
Although it was based on a book it bore very little resemblance to it. The hero of the book was not even mentioned
Published 15 months ago by Joyce Welsh
3.0 out of 5 stars What the hell happened to the Blaisedales?
The best thing about this film is its sound. If you have 5.1, take the time to pump up the volume and enjoy its subltety, precision and attention to detail, especially in the... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Craig Martin
1.0 out of 5 stars Unplayable on my Blu-Ray recorder
I bought this Blu-ray version as a US import which arrived in good time, but unfortunately it won't play on my new Blu-Ray recorder. An error message indicates a Region mismatch. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Robert Kitching
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