The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course

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Steve Irwin is insane, and nothing proves that better than his series on Animal Planet, The Crocodile Hunter. Now, with Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course on DVD, everyone can view just what he does, and does so well. MGM has done a fine job with this disc. The image, framed at 2.35:1 and anamorphic, is quite strong. Colors are nicely reproduced and the Australian scenery has never looked so good. It's far from the best transfer, but still is very pleasant to look at. The 5.1 English Dolby Digital track is also ...
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Steve Irwin is insane, and nothing proves that better than his series on Animal Planet, The Crocodile Hunter. Now, with Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course on DVD, everyone can view just what he does, and does so well. MGM has done a fine job with this disc. The image, framed at 2.35:1 and anamorphic, is quite strong. Colors are nicely reproduced and the Australian scenery has never looked so good. It's far from the best transfer, but still is very pleasant to look at. The 5.1 English Dolby Digital track is also nice, but hardly anything to get overly excited about. Dialogue is clear (making Irwin's accent all the easier to understand), and there are moments of good separation between speakers. Altogether good but nothing too surprising. What is surprising on this disc is the number of supplements. The extras here really compliment the rest of the disc. Of great interest are three sections, one a documentary called "A Croc in Shot: The Making of Collision Course," as well as two long featurettes of behind-the-scenes shots, including "Lights! Camera! Animals!" with plenty of crocs and very poisonous snakes. In addition are four deleted scenes and an alternate ending, with introduction by director John Stainton. Not quite as interesting, and at times annoying since it blocks off a good portion of the screen, is the "crock track," which supplies a huge variety of facts (not always about the film). Not to be left out is a rather silly version of "Crocodile Rock" by Baha Men, outback interactive games, plus both the theatrical and teaser trailers. Finally, if this all wasn't enough, is a nicely organized photo gallery. Irwin's huge cable hit may lose a bit on the big screen due to a mediocre government subplot, but there's still enough here to keep any animal lover entertained.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Making-of documentary; "Lights! Camera! Animals!" featurette; Deleted scenes introduced by the director; Behind-the-scenes effects footage; Baha Men music video; Pop-up croc track; Outback interactive games; Photo gallery; Trailers
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Peter Marchand
For every Mission: Impossible there are at least ten TV show–based films that land on the screen with a thud. But with hyperkinetic Australian eccentric Steve Irwin at the helm, The Crocodile Hunter's big-screen premiere would be hard-pressed not to entertain. For his foray into filmdom, Animal Planet's Irwin plays it close to the khaki vest, and the result is surprisingly engaging -- if you think nature's pretty cool and get a bit of giddy delight each time he shouts "Crikey!" The plot follows Steve and his wife-cum-adventure partner, Terri, as they traverse the Outback, interacting with animals and preaching conservationism. Unbeknownst to the Irwins, part of a U.S. government satellite has crashed to earth, where it was swallowed by an ornery 12-foot croc. When covert agencies come looking for it, Steve thinks they are poachers and outmaneuvers them at every turn in order to keep the croc out of their hands. Director John Stainton devotes most of the 89 minutes to letting Steve be Steve. Like a Tasmanian Devil on his fifth cup of Joe, Irwin whizzes through the movie, tangling with a venomous, bird-eating spider, rescuing a helpless kangaroo joey, and wrestling crocs with characteristic aplomb. If Collision Course often seems like little more than a long installment of his show, it is an especially good one. Irwin is no Mel Gibson. He’s not even a Paul Hogan. He is simply himself -- a uniquely fearless, affable adventurer on a mission to educate and amaze. The Special Edition DVD offers a making-of documentary, a featurette on working with wild beasts, and several deleted scenes with introductions by director John Stainton.
All Movie Guide
The contagious gusto of nutty bloke Steve Irwin has given pause to many a restless channel surfer, who stop on his Animal Planet show to witness the one time he recoils from a springing crocodile a smidgeon too late. It turns out his mixture of clowning and teaching is enough to carry a children's movie, and that this movie maintains that fascination factor necessary to keep older viewers from squirming -- not unlike Irwin's poisonous snakes, which he handles as though emboldened by a pact with the devil. The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course works because writer-producer-director John Stainton doesn't try to make actors of Irwin and his wife Terri, letting them play themselves rather than Indiana Jones or Crocodile Dundee-style adventurers, as well as talk to deadly wildlife instead of human actors. Stainton splits the narrative between the familiar pursuits of the Irwins and the kooky CIA retrieval mission, even changing the aspect ratio from the rectangular cinema format to the square TV format to distinguish them. When the plots do finally collide near the end, it's clever and humorous: As he grapples with one of the suits atop a moving SUV, Irwin continues to address the camera as though he were simply encountering a nastier species of predator. These fun moments come at the cost of a B-movie production design and an anonymous cast of bland performers, but there's one notable exception: the rotund, cartoonish Magda Szubanski, offering an irascible variation on her Mrs. Hoggett character from Babe. Crocodile Hunter does have its moments -- but it would be just as well to wait and accidentally discover it while channel surfing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/17/2002
  • UPC: 027616880567
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve Irwin The Crocodile Hunter
Terri Irwin Herself
Magda Szubanski Brozzie Drewitt
David Wenham Sam Flynn
Lachy Hulme Robert Wheeler
Aden Young Ron Buckwhiler
Kenneth Ransom Vaughan Archer
Kate Beahan Jo Buckley
Steven Vidler Deputy Director Ansell
Steve Bastoni Deputy Director Reynolds
Robert Coleby Dr. Weinberger
David Franklin CIA Agent
Kevin Hides Dr. Krug
Todd Levi Canberra Space Technician
Christopher Morris Canberra Space Technician
Alex Ruiz CIA Agent
Alyson Standen Anne Milking
Christopher Gordon Conductor
Technical Credits
John Stainton Director, Original Story, Producer, Screenwriter
Ray Anthony Stunts
Daniel Ardilley Cinematographer
Suresh Ayyar Editor
Judi Bailey Producer
Jason Ballantine Special Effects
Alison Barrett Casting
Bob Blasadall Editor
Renee Bowen Stunts
Paul "Salty" Brincat Sound/Sound Designer
Craig Brown Animator
Greg Burgmann Sound/Sound Designer
David Burr Cinematographer
Claudine Clark Set Decoration/Design
Michelle Comerford Stunts
Marney Commens Stunts
Mick Corrigan Stunts
Mitch Deans Stunts
Chris Debney Animator
Jon Dowding Production Designer
Craig Dunn Stunts
Luke Eccleston Stunts
Neil Fanning Stunts
Chrissy Feld Set Decoration/Design
Steve Irwin Stunts
Sue Kelly-Tait Makeup
Serge Kovalenko Animator
Alex McCleod Animator
Mark McDuff Score Composer
Annie McEvoy Production Manager
Wayne Pashley Sound/Sound Designer
Greg Petchkovsky Animator
Garry Phillips Cinematographer
Henry Pierce Camera Operator
Anthony Politis Camera Operator
Arnold Rifkin Producer
Steven Robinson Stunts
Alex Scollay Animator
Holly Goldberg Sloan Screenwriter
Matthew Smith Animator
John Stokes Cinematographer
Scott Tansley Animator
Zelie Thompson Stunts
Jean Turnbull Costumes/Costume Designer
Darko Tuscan Stunts
Harry Ward Special Effects
Chris Webb Asst. Director
Clinton White Asst. Director
Bruce Willis Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/Gulp! [3:33]
2. Leapin' Lizzard [2:49]
3. Missing Beacon [2:10]
4. Private Property [2:22]
5. Croc-Savin' Time [4:01]
6. Competition [1:26]
7. Dangerous Bloke [3:10]
8. Lines Not to Cross [3:38]
9. Nurturers [2:45]
10. Beautiful Sheilas [6:41]
11. On the Hunt [3:49]
12. King Brown [2:32]
13. Beacon Trouble [1:39]
14. Wild Ride [8:04]
15. Capture [5:02]
16. All Parties Converge [3:30]
17. Suspects [1:17]
18. Getaway [5:01]
19. Persistent Poachers [3:34]
20. Poo [2:41]
21. Trailing [3:03]
22. Back in the Drink [2:52]
23. Wild Goose Chase [4:34]
24. Failed Mission [2:43]
25. "Pick Up That Ball!" [:14]
26. A Steve-O Lesson [:55]
27. Epilogue [1:18]
28. End Credits [3:41]
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Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      A Croc in Shot: The Making of Collision Course
      Behind the Scenes
         Croc Swallowing Beacon
         Night Croc Capture
         Steve as Brozzie Stunt Double
         Barn Explosion
         Microlite Crashing Into River
         Play All
      Lights! Camera! Animals!
         Rehearsing Charlie the Crocodile to Attack the Boat
         Final Rehearsal for Charlie Attacking the Boat
         Charlie Attacking the Boat Shoot
         Rehearsing Monty the Crocodile to Attack Steve
         Final Rehearsal for Monty Attacking Steve
         Monty Attacking Steve Shoot
         King Brown Snake Shoot
         King Brown Snake Sequence for Truck Chase
         Fierce Snake Shoot
         Joey Kangeroo Shoot
         Play All
      Deleted Scenes
         Original King Brown Capture
         Log Jump
         CIA Function
         Original Ending
         Play All
      Music Videos: Baha Men "Crocodile Rock"
      "Croc Track:" On
      "Croc Track:" Off
      Outback Interactive Games
            Outback Adventure
         Meet Steve & Terri
            Meet Steve
            Meet Terri
         Australian Critters
            Bird Eating Spider
               Vital Stats
               Vital Stats
            Green Tree Frog
               Vital Stats
               Vital Stats
            Tawny Frogmouth
               Vital Stats
            Red-Necked Wallaby
               Vital Stats
            Eastern Grey Kangaroo
               Vital Stats
            Brown Tree Snake
               Vital Stats
            Saltwater Crocodile
               Vital Stats
            First Aid
            Dangerous Creatures
            Tools of the Trade
         Theatrical Trailer
         Teaser Trailer
      Photo Gallery
         Behind the Scenes
            Go to Gallery
         From the Film
            Go to Gallery
         The Irwin Family
            Go to Gallery
         The Many Faces of Steve
            Go to Gallery
         Crocs Rule!
            Go to Gallery
      Languages: English 5.1 Surround
      Languages: Français Stereo Surround
      Languages: Español Stereo Surround
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: None
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010


    This was a very good movie. Lots of action and humor. **We will miss U**

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good Fun!

    Honestly, I didn't expect much from this movie, but we showed it in a group and everyone present found it very funny. It had a bumpy start, but as it got going, it got sillier and more clever. It was a good-humored send-up of the original series, spy movies and science fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010


    The movie The Crocodile Hunter is genuinely horrible. I can¿t believe a movie can be this bad. The plot of this so called ¿movie¿ stunk. My kids wouldn¿t even like it. I have to admit that this movie is O.K. to watch¿only if you have your eyes closed. This movie has some good characters from the T.V. show Crocodile Hunter. His wife and him go to Australia to find a crocodile when they both get tangled in a huge misunderstanding that they took jewels from a gang boss. If you¿re a die hard fan of Steve Erwin, then you might like it. Other than that I would suggest that you stay clear from it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A must-see for comedy-loving environmentalists

    This movie is as close to nonfiction as a fiction movie can get. The plot is obviously one that could never happen in real life, but Steve and Terri treat it as real. Such a fabulous job on every one's part!

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