One thing that really angered me was on the DVD. On the main menu I had a choice of wide-screen or full-screen. I watched in w/s as I like to see all movies in w/s whenever possible so I won't miss anything. After watching it I picked a scene in w/s and then found the identical scene in p/s and discovered that there was more to see in all directions in p/s. So the wide-screen version was just a hoax for those who like w/s movies. It was photographed in 1.33 to 1 ratio and then the w/s merely had a mask over the center of the film. I was actually seeing less of the movie in w/s than in p/s. To me, this is a rip-off.
Obviously this movie had no technical advisors as everything was totally wrong and made real handlers look stupid. For example, it takes years of training under all sorts of weather with qualified instructors and after passing difficult exams to become a certified S&R dog and handler. Yet one of the dogs was trained in a backyard once for 5 minutes and suddenly became a S&R dog. I can just imagine how the S&R handlers who were in NYC on 9/11 must feel.
This movie made everyone look bad including the police and the FBI. I just hope that people who know my wife and friends don't think that the movie is realistic. This is a good example as to why "tv-movies" are terrible for the most part. After this insult I will no longer watch anything on the Animal Planet. I thought they were smarter than this.
Robert Shaw did so much running in this movie that I could not help but think of his heart attack the following year. If you see this great movie, make sure that you see it in wide-screen.
I see this type of stuff each week on the X-Files done much better. Without telling any details for those who want to see it, there is nothing original about this. The CGI work to create the monster was the worst that I have ever seen. Patrick Muldoon who was the male star was possibly the worst actor that I have ever seen. I watched it because of the reputation of Theresa Russell but she looked lost in a very stupid movie. I watched it on the Sci-Fi Channel which had more commericials ever and lots of bleeps. This movie might have been passible as a late night movie on tape or dvd but not with edits, cuts and commercials.