Evolution

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Overview

The spirit of the mega-hit Ghostbusters (1984) is intentionally recalled with this effects-heavy sci-fi comedy from the same director, Ivan Reitman, co-starring Dan Aykroyd and debuting on the 17th anniversary of the earlier film's release. When a meteor bearing single-celled organisms crashes to the Earth, the life forms are initially confined to a cave. Before long the creatures are evolving at an exponentially rapid rate, resulting in fearsome aliens running amok and possibly spelling mankind's doom, or at ...
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Overview

The spirit of the mega-hit Ghostbusters (1984) is intentionally recalled with this effects-heavy sci-fi comedy from the same director, Ivan Reitman, co-starring Dan Aykroyd and debuting on the 17th anniversary of the earlier film's release. When a meteor bearing single-celled organisms crashes to the Earth, the life forms are initially confined to a cave. Before long the creatures are evolving at an exponentially rapid rate, resulting in fearsome aliens running amok and possibly spelling mankind's doom, or at least the end of man's domination over life on Earth. Investigating the phenomenon is a community college professor, Ira Kane (David Duchovny), his geologist friend Harry Block (Orlando Jones), wannabe fireman Wayne Green (Seann William Scott), and government scientist Allison Reed (Julianne Moore). Evolution also stars Ted Levine, Ethan Suplee, and Katharine Towne.
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Editorial Reviews

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Borrowing heavily from Men in Black and his own Ghostbusters, Ivan Reitman directs the kind of jokey special effects movie in which characters swap wisecracks while getting sprayed with alien goo. Agreeable but instantly forgettable, Evolution treats the possible extinction of humankind as if it were auditions for amateur night at the local comedy club, and the silliness infests the movie even more than the rapidly mutating alien organism infests the Arizona desert. As the two community college science professors who discover the life form, David Duchovny (never more loose and self-satisfied) and crowd-pleaser Orlando Jones alternate uncomfortably between learned reasoning and frat boy razzing. As if any more comic relief were necessary, typecast moron Seann William Scott (Dude, Where's My Car?) is on board to reach a few extra demographics. Julianne Moore shows her softer side as a simpatico government agent who is also a huge klutz. The aliens are a hybrid of typical space alien stuff and dinosaurs, looking good if not actually groundbreaking. A winged creature that's obviously a pterodactyl stand-in carries a young girl through a mall without leaving a scratch -- part of an overall trend to stay light, rather than showing any of the real carnage that might accompany a situation like this. However, since it was released in the era of Tom Green and the Farrelly brothers, there's a fair amount of rectal humor -- both human and alien -- to fill the gross-out quota. Positioned to be a summer blockbuster hit, Evolution shows the strain of trying to be everything to everyone, but it's also difficult to imagine leaving the theater without wearing a goofy grin.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/21/2013
  • UPC: 883929311262
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Source: Paramount Catalog
  • Region Code: 1
  • Language: English
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,199

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Duchovny Dr. Ira Crane
Orlando Jones Harry Block
Seann William Scott Wayne
Julianne Moore Allison
Ted Levine Gen. Woodman
Ethan Suplee Deke
Katharine Towne Nadine
Michael Bower Danny
Pat Kilbane Officer Johnson
Ty Burrell Flemming
Gregory Itzin Cartwright
Dan Aykroyd Governor Lewis
Tom Davis
Technical Credits
Ivan Reitman Director, Producer
Jeff Apple Executive Producer
Matthew G. Bekoff Set Decoration/Design
Wendy Greene Bricmont Editor
Michael Chapman Cinematographer
Paul Deason Co-producer
David Diamond Screenwriter
Lauri Gaffin Set Decoration/Design
Daniel Goldberg Producer
Don Jakoby Original Story, Screenwriter
Sheldon Kahn Associate Producer, Editor
William B. Kaplan Sound/Sound Designer
Noelle King Set Decoration/Design
Masako Masuda Set Decoration/Design
Richard Mays Art Director
Joe Medjuck Producer
Michael Neumann Asst. Director
Tom Pollock Executive Producer
John Powell Score Composer
J. Michael Riva Production Designer
Aggie Guerard Rodgers Costumes/Costume Designer
David Rodgers Executive Producer
Ken Schwenker Associate Producer
Margery Simkin Casting
Eric P. Sundahl Set Decoration/Design
Tippett Studio Animator
Ronell Venter Associate Producer
David Weissman Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Main Titles [4:49]
2. Meet Ira and Harry [3:10]
3. A Rock That Bleeds [6:10]
4. Discovering Alien Life [2:46]
5. Wayne Flunks Out [:55]
6. "We Came to Pick Up the Rock" [4:48]
7. Aliens at the Country Club [1:38]
8. Government Take Over [5:42]
9. Deposing Dr. Ira Kane [3:51]
10. "It's in Me!" [8:04]
11. No Time for Lubricant [1:52]
12. Trouble on the Fairway [3:39]
13. Aliens Crawl Out [9:08]
14. "Great Googa Mooga!" [3:01]
15. Shopping at the Mall [7:30]
16. The Governor Gets Bad News [3:45]
17. Fuzzy No-Nosed Chimps Attack! [4:40]
18. Heat Is the Catalyst [1:22]
19. How to Kill Them [1:45]
20. "Let's Shampoo Some Aliens!" [3:51]
21. A Jumbo Enema [4:14]
22. End Credits [8:57]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      A Conversation With Ivan Reitman, David Duchovny, Seann William Scott and Orlando Jones
      Deleted Scenes
         Denise Leaves Ira
         Original Hotel Scene in Allison's Room
         Allison Orders Satellite Scans
         Chasing the Bird
         Woodman and Flemming
         Alternate Ending
         Play All
      HBO First Look "The Evolution of Evolution"
      Storyboard Selections
         Opening Scene
            Storyboards
            Storyboards With Scene
         Class Trip to the Cave
            Storyboards
            Storyboards With Scene
         Wayne Gets Attacked by a Dragonfly
            Storyboards
            Storyboards With Scene
         Attack at the Golf Course
            Storyboards
            Storyboards With Scene
         Valley of the Dead Birds
            Storyboards
            Storyboards With Scene
         Mall Bird Attack
            Storyboards
            Storyboards With Scene
      Visual Effects Featurette
      Photo Gallery
         Alligator
         Bird
         Crab
         Dog
         Dragonfly
         Flatworm
         Humanoid
         Leech
         Mall Bird
         Primate
      Cast
         David Duchovny
         Orlando Jones
         Julianne Moore
         Seann William Scott
      Filmmakers
         Ivan Reitman
         Daniel Goldberg
         Joe Medjuck
         Don Jakoby
         David Weissman/David Diamond
         Tom Pollack
         Jeff Apple
         David Rodgers
         Paul Deason
         Michael Chapman
         J. Michael Riva
         Sheldon Kahn
         Wendy Green Bricmont
         Phil Tippett
         Aggie Guerard Rodgers
         John Powell
      Production Notes
   Audio
      A Conversation With Ivan Reitman, David Duchovny, Seann William Scott and Orlando Jones
      English 5.1 Dolby Digital
      English 2.0 Dolby Surround
      English DTS Digital Surround
      French 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
   Subtitles
      English
      French
      Spanish
      English Director's Commentary
      Subtitles Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Why all the bad talk?

    This movie had great special effects, and a great idea, but the movie was ruined by lots of trash talk. If you are getting a movie for your family to veiw, this is not for you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ugh! your killing sci-fi films here

    this film is crap.dont waste 90 minutes of your life watching it. this is how to not do things in a sci fi film. If you want a b film, watch the blob

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sooooo Funny!

    Me and my sister LOVE this movie. It's hilarious and goofy! 'Don't do that behind me.' 'Do what?' 'That.Don't do that.' 'I'm not!'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great movie!!!

    this movie is soooooooo funny! its sooooo much fun to watch. if you don't buy it, you should at least rent it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    So Refreshing

    Finally a cute movie that is truly refreshing to watch. It takes you away from the humdrum of everyday drugs, sex, drinking and murder movies. The humor was sooo great, it felt good laughing out loud for a change. I totally loved this movie and wished that there were more made of this type. Nice change that everyone can enjoy. I loved all the actors and actresses. GOOD JOB!

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