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Relic
     

The Relic

4.5 2
Director: Peter Hyams

Cast: Penelope Ann Miller, Tom Sizemore, Linda Hunt

 

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A mutant monster feature in the vein of Anaconda and Deep Blue Sea, The Relic, based upon the novel by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, features grand creature effects by F/X wizard Stan Winston. Paramount's DVD release includes a 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation which is void of any grain or dirt. The picture tends to look too dark in

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A mutant monster feature in the vein of Anaconda and Deep Blue Sea, The Relic, based upon the novel by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, features grand creature effects by F/X wizard Stan Winston. Paramount's DVD release includes a 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation which is void of any grain or dirt. The picture tends to look too dark in spots, but overall it's a well done transfer. Audio options include Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround as well as a Dolby 2.0 track (in English and French). The 5.1 track is very good, utilizing all speakers equally; the dialogue is clear with effects/music mixed well. Sadly, the only extra feature is an original theatrical trailer presented in non-anamorphic widescreen. A commentary track or even interviews would have been most welcome, but quickie monster movies rarely get such special treatment (Anchor Bay discs being the exception).

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
As far as monster movies go, The Relic has become its own forgotten token of how to entertainingly present yet another B-movie special-effects monstrosity that gobbles up everything in sight during the course of 110 thrill-a-second minutes. Director Peter Hyams paints a slick picture of gory museum mayhem that has enough scares, wit, and truly claustrophobic settings to elevate it past its initial chilly theatrical reception. Highlighted by Hyams' own masterful cinematography, the tension stays taut even when the ghastly beast isn't on the screen thanks to his plays of light and extreme shadow. Detractors knock the film for its conventional underpinnings, but they don't seem to get the fun that the film has within its genre's own confines, none of which would be possible without the truly likable characters that populate the picture. Tom Sizemore has rarely been as charming, while Clayton Rohner steals the show as Hollingsworth, the sidekick cop who not only saves the lives of most of the trapped museum benefactors, but shockingly lives to see another day. And despite some early stumbling with the script's tongue-tied scientific lingo, Penelope Ann Miller makes for a competent scream queen who is both intelligent and sexy as she battles the deadly creature by using her smarts while also wearing a miniskirt. Casting for the rest of the picture couldn't be better, with all roles big and small filled perfectly with character actors who make the most of their screen time. And the monster? While early on in the development of CG animation, Stan Winston takes much of his Jurassic Park knowledge of practical vs. artificial effects to a new level with this gooey creature. With a wholly original design (despite its Predator-like mandibles), Winston and company present a formidable villain that takes down more than its share of SWAT team members, the rich elite, and even a marijuana-smoking security guard (remember kids -- drugs kill!). Though the flick suffers from certainly one of the slowest "running from the fireball" finales, The Relic still delivers the scares as only a solid monster movie can, which is all that should be asked of it during any late-night viewings.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/1999
UPC:
0097363315476
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:49:00

Special Features

Widescreen version enhanced for 16x9; Dolby Digital: English 5.1 Surround; English Dolby Surround; French Dolby Surround; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Penelope Ann Miller Dr. Margo Green
Tom Sizemore Lt. Vincent D'Agosta
Linda Hunt Dr. Ann Cuthbert
James Whitmore Dr. Albert Frock
Clayton Rohner Det. Hollingsworth
Chi Muoi Lo Greg Lee
Thomas Ryan Parkinson
Robert Lesser Mayor Owen
Lewis van Bergen John Whitney
Kent George Grad Student
John Debney Conductor

Technical Credits
Peter Hyams Director,Cinematographer
John Anderson Set Decoration/Design
Gene S. Cantamessa Sound/Sound Designer
John Debney Score Composer
Mark Gordon Executive Producer
Philip Harrison Production Designer
Gale Anne Hurd Producer
Rick Jaffa Screenwriter
Amy Jones Screenwriter
Steven Kemper Editor
Dan Lester Costumes/Costume Designer
Gary Levinsohn Executive Producer
Gregory L. McMurray Special Effects Supervisor
Sam Mercer Producer
James Murakami Art Director
Eric Orbom Art Director
Penny Perry Casting
John Raffo Screenwriter
Jack Frost Sanders Asst. Director
Amanda Silver Screenwriter
VIFX Special Effects
Stan Winston Special Effects

Scene Index

Scene Selection
0. Scene Selection
1. The Vision [6:49]
2. Deadly Cargo [2:57]
3. Competitors [3:43]
4. Packing Leaves [:44]
5. Who's there? [4:52]
6. Murder Investigation [4:40]
7. Lurking In The Shadows [2:52]
8. Superstitious People [1:32]
9. A Job Well Done [2:50]
10. Reptillian DNA [4:56]
11. The Gala [:12]
12. The Coal Tunnels [:54]
13. The Beginning Of Superstition [6:11]
14. Slow And Quiet [4:53]
15. Sample Analysis [:19]
16. Rescue Attempt [5:35]
17. Decoy [4:27]
18. "I Know Who You Are" [5:20]
19. Lucky Bullet [:39]

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The Relic 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A hidden gem. An interesting story with characters that you care about. No big stars, but all the actors pull their weight. Terrific special effects, but the special effects do not drown the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie may not be creative in it's storyline but it still makes up for that in fx. The creature is stunning and the actors are good.