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Evolution
     

Evolution

3.8 10
Director: Ivan Reitman

Cast: David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, Seann William Scott

 

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Ghostbusters meets Aliens in Evolution, a sci-fi comedy about ever-evolving extraterrestrials trying to take over planet earth. Dreamworks has done a great job on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. The detail in the image is crisp, the colors bright, and the black levels very well-rendered and even. No digital artifacting, edge

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Ghostbusters meets Aliens in Evolution, a sci-fi comedy about ever-evolving extraterrestrials trying to take over planet earth. Dreamworks has done a great job on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. The detail in the image is crisp, the colors bright, and the black levels very well-rendered and even. No digital artifacting, edge enhancement, or excessive imperfections are spotted anywhere on this transfer. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 in English, French, and Spanish, as well as DTS Surround and Dolby 2.0 Surround. Both the DTS and Dolby 5.1 soundtracks are very good, utilizing the surround feature to its fullest extent. Creatures and slime swoop and ooze around the viewer as if they are right in their living room. With all aspects of the dialogue, music, and effects sounding clear and distortion free, this is an excellent soundtrack for home theater systems. Also included on this disc are English, French, and Spanish subtitles. Evolution features a very nice section of supplemental materials, starting off with a commentary track by director Ivan Reitman and actors Orlando Jones, Seann William Scott, and David Duchovny. This is a fast and funny track that includes lots of production stories as well as goofy quips and jokes from the actors. "The Evolution of Evolution" is a 15-minute featurette that takes a look at the making of the film and includes interviews with much of the cast and crew. Sadly, this featurette is interesting though all-too-brief. Six deleted scenes and an alternate ending are included in anamorphic widescreen which are very funny, though it's obvious why they were cut from the final film. Finally, there are some storyboard comparisons, a small photo gallery, a few production notes, and some biographies on the principal cast and crew members from the film. This is a great edition of Evolution, and a perfect addition to any science fiction-comedy collector's DVD shelf.

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/26/2001
UPC:
0667068892321
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Dreamworks Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:42:00

Special Features

Conversation with Ivan Reitman, David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, and Seann William Scott; Deleted scenes; Storyboard selection; Visual effects featurette

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 Actor

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

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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Evolution 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!'
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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