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Mimic: Directors Cut
Originally released in 1997, Mimic was acclaimed director Guillermo Del Toro’s first steps into American cinema following his success with quasi-vampire movie Cronos and provided audiences with the first glimpses of what we now know as typical Del Toro genius. This new directors cut, released last month to coincide with Halloween, has been totally re-cut by the director in the hopes of reclaiming a film which was, for the most part, a heavy compromise between Del Toro’s vision and the studios demands. And whilst a lot of the original ideas Del Toro had for the film were lost in production through studio interference, what survived – and is presented here in the new Blu-ray from StudioCanal – is much closer to »
1997 was an unusually busy year for that venerable staple of Hollywood, the creature feature. The Relic saw a Chicago museum terrorised by a rhino-like man-eating monster. Paul Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers offered up an entire planet full of giant insects and ingenious brain bugs.
And then there was Guillermo del Toro’s Mimic, which saw its own breed of terror stalk the sewers of Manhattan. The sophomore feature from Mexican director, and his first movie for a Hollywood studio, Mimic was something of a trial by fire. Subjected to various changes once del Toro came aboard – Mimic was initally planned as a half-hour segment in a three-part horror anthology – the film constantly mutated through its production, largely due to the interference of studio bosses.
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- Aaron Ruffcorn
We have an exclusive special feature clip from Mimic, which hits shelves in a new Director's Cut on Blu-ray September 27. Click on the video player below to watch director Guillermo del Toro explain his bug designs in this genre thriller.
Click to watch Exclusive: Nature in the Bugs!
A disease carried by common cockroaches is killing children in Manhattan. In an effort to stop the epidemic, entomologist Susan Tyler (Mira Sorvino) creates a mutant breed of insect that secretes a fluid to kill the roaches. This mutant breed was engineered to die after one generation, but three years later Susan finds out that the species has survived and evolved into a large, gruesome monster that can mimic human form.
Video Prologue with director Guillermo del Toro
Audio commentary with director/co-writer Guillermo del Toro
"Reclaiming Mimic" featurette
"A Leap In Evolution" featurette
"Back Into The Tunnels" featurette
I had never seen Guillermo del Toro's Mimic until this past weekend when I watched the new Lionsgate Director's Cut Blu-ray. The film centers on Susan Tyler (Mira Sorvino), a scientist that genetically engineers a cockroach to kill off disease-carrying cockroaches that are killing New York City children. However, after the experiment proves successful the insects that were engineered to die off have lived on for three years and have grown much larger, some the size of humans.
The film was marred with production issues and ended up grossing just over $25 million on a budget of $28-30 million. It was critically dismissed and now Lionsgate has issued this brand new director's cut on Blu-ray complete with a brand new introductory prologue and audio commentary from del Toro exploring the pre-production and production turmoil he went through in an attempt to get the film made. And I have to tell you, »
- Brad Brevet
Our weekly round-up of all the talking points from the world of movie superheroes...
As I’m sure we’re all aware, filming kicked off on the The Dark Knight Rises last weekend with early spy photos suggesting the inclusion of Ra's al Ghul's mystical Lazarus Pit. Well, since then a scene description has emerged that, if true, would go some way to explaining the presence of Josh Pence (Young Ra's) and Tom Hardy (Bane) on set. Obviously there's the chance of spoilers, but if you're interested check it out here. Meanwhile Xnet (via BadAssDigest) reported that Israeli actor Alon Abutbul (Munich, Body of Lies) has been cast as a ‘mad scientist’, and while there’s already talk of Hugo Strange it’s probably best to wait until we hear some kind of official announcement on the casting before everyone gets too excited.
Elsewhere in The Dark Knight Rises camp, »
6 items from 2011
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