Friday, May 23, 2008

Grizzly Park DVD Review

When I found out Jelynn was shooting a horror movie featuring a killer grizzly bear, all I could think was, at least its not zombies. I'm not really a big fan of horror movies, mostly because I can't sleep the night after.

With that said, I was greatly looking forward to this movie after watching some of the previews on Youtube. I watched the movie tonight with some friends (which makes the experience that much better if you can) and I quite enjoyed it.

I've written a short review of the DVD package offered by Allumination FilmWorks.

The Movie
Like I said before, I'm not much of a horror fan, so I didn't know what to expect from this movie. I was pleasantly surprised that there are some interesting characters and interactions, as well as some interesting plot lines. Jelynn's character, Kiki, turned out to be a pretty bad girl, considering what she did to end up in the rehabilitation program. Then there was the "waterfall scene" which seems to be common in horror films, in one form or another. But the reason for this one, well, it was at least inventive and believable, and had us laughing. Overall, i wasn't surprised by what happened to some of the characters, after all, horror fans have certain expectations of suspense and gore. By the end of it, I really lost track of time and got sucked in by the movie. I'm glad Jelynn was in this film because otherwise I probably wouldn't have seen it. Its not really like other horror movies I have scene, but I'd recommend this to any of Jelynn's fans or fans of horror movies.

The DVD I watched appeared to be a widescreen version of the film, which was nice. The film looked great on my laptop and my regular TV. The DVD comes with some behind the scenes interviews and footage, trailers, spanish subtitles, as well as audio commentary. I haven't had a chance to listen to all the audio commentary, but I did go back and watch a few scenes. I enjoy hearing the decision process and getting some clarity on issues directly from the film-makers. The behind the scenes interviews, like the one I took a picture of, are also very interesting. I recognized some of the footage from what was put on YouTube. Some of it is quite good, like a scene showing how they used a stand-in for the grizzly bear for one of the scenes. Overall, I wish there were more special features, but thats the sort of stuff most people watch once and then never again. It's not as important to me as a quality movie, which I believe Grizzly Park to be.

The packaging of the DVD is pretty standard. The DVD itself is held tightly with little chance of coming loose and being scratched. Thats sometimes a problem with DVDs I have ordered off the internet in the past. The Allumination FilmWorks page says that a Holographic Foil O-Card Packaging is available, which sounds interesting, but was not the version I have.

Final Word
Overall, I enjoyed this film and DVD. Like I said before, if you're a horror fan or just here as a fan of Jelynn's, I'd recommend picking this up. Considering the price is no different than any other movie on DVD and the fact that most people won't have a chance to see this in theaters, why not?

Again, here is a list of some popular online retailers where you can get Grizzly Park on DVD, available to ship on May 27th, 2008. $26.99 $18.44 $18.44 $16.49 + $0.99 shipping


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