CROCODILE HUNTER: COLLISION COURSE
Review by Chastity Campbell
Stars: Steve Irwin, Terri Irwin
Director: John Stainton
Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital, 2.0 Dolby Digital French/Spanish
Video: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Features: See Review
Length: 89 Minutes
Release Date: December 17, 2002
“Crikey, he’s a big bloke!”
“Look at the size of her, ain’t she a beauty!”
No, Steve Irwin, the infamous Crocodile Hunter isn’t talking about his
wife, Terri, he’s talking about the 7 foot long Croc that he’s just dove
into the water to wrestle to the surface and relocate!
Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course is a DVD release
that most younger kids or families with younger kids can relax and enjoy.
It’s good clean family fun…well, unless you count the number of times
poor Steve and his wife are covered in muck, mud, sand, and grit; then it gets
The plot is a bit complicated and overly dramatic at times,
but in the end we all learn some valuable lessons about animals, nature, and
Our Outback adventure begins when a satellite orbiting the
earth explodes and a beacon that was housed inside to take top-secret photos
plummets to earth and lands pretty much in the jaws of a huge crocodile.
Now Mr. Crocodile thinks this is a tasty treat, so he gobbles it up.
Steve and his wife Terri hog tie and prepare to relocate this huge croc
because he’s been stirring up all kinds of trouble for people trying to use
the water source where he has chosen to live.
Along the way, Steve and Terri find a baby Joey, a huge
hairy spider, a very poisonous snake (that almost takes a bite out of Steve),
and some poachers. Are they
poachers, or are they secret under cover CIA agents trying to locate the beacon?
They are agents, but Steve mistakes them for poachers which leads to a
few awkward and laughable moments. There
is a bit of trickery going on, as one of the agents is really there to foil the
other two, and you get to see a bit of hair brained scheming that leaves one
high in the air, and the other two not so dry!
There’s a very mild mannered wild life officer played by
David Wenham, who as a side story, is teamed with Brozzie Drewitt, a ticked off
cow farmer who wants to kill the big croc but almost becomes his dinner.
He spits her out, though…seems she’s a tough old bird!
As I said before, this movie is a good clean family type
film that, with it’s positive inflections regarding the environment,
conservation, and respecting animals’ natural habitats, allows you to relax
and enjoy it as a family without having to cover the kids ears, or make them
leave the room. If you’re a
Steve Irwin fan, you’ll love this movie, if you’re not, then you probably
won’t be able to appreciate it to the extent it was meant!
The film itself was shot from Steve and Terri’s point of
view, much like his show on Animal Planet. The scenes with the Poachers/CIA Agents and wildlife officer
are all done movie style. The
switching between styles isn’t too bothersome, although the formatting for
Steve and Terri’s scenes were separately boxed and tended to make you want to
scoot closer in order to see everything.
I would recommend seeing this movie if for no other reason
than to hear the way Steve talks! He’s
a riot with his enthusiasm and excitement, and you’ll get swept right along
with them as you view this DVD.
The video quality of this 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen
transfer was brilliant. All of the
landscapes and river shots were full of colors, and tones that came across
really well. There were no visible
blemishes that I could detect, and the editing was wonderful.
The only problem I had was the use of what I would call
mini-boxing when Steve and Terri were onscreen. All of their scenes were filmed in mini-box while the rest of
the scenes were filmed in widescreen formatting.
It wasn’t a real problem and didn’t detract from the over all look
and feel, but it was a little annoying.
The audio on this one was really nice and crisp. When Steve got close to a croc, you could hear the blooming thing breathing. The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix was well balanced and gave you a real time feeling when they were out on the boat and all the natural sounds were present. Very nice combination of what I’m sure were real life sounds effects and studio effects. You could hardly tell the difference at any given time.
All audio and dialogue were easily discernable, and at no
time were there any dips of digital clips.
This DVD was loaded with features, interactive menus, games
you can play with your DVD remote and more.
The first featurette is the “Making-Of Documentary”.
It takes a behind the scenes look at all the blood, sweat, and fears that
went into making this movie.
“Lights! Camera! Animals!” gives you a good look at how
they got the crocodiles, and all the other animals involved in filming to do
what they did so well.
There are a host of deleted scenes all explained, and
explored by director John Stainton. You’ll get to see the stuff that was cut
from the film, as well as a simplified answer as to why it was cut.
The behind the scenes effects footage shows you how the
stunts you’ll see in the film were done with little to no bruising.
Yeah, right tell that to Steve…in one scene both knees are bloody and
his elbow is bandaged!
There’s a photo gallery completely filled with photos
from the set at the zoo as well as some taken while filming in the Outback.
The original theater release trailer and television teaser trailer for
this movie are included on the disc as well.
The Baha Men Music Video Pop-Up Croc Track is included and
I’m sure you’ll recognize the song easily enough. It’s a re-make of the very old and popular Crocodile Rock
I’ve saved my favorite feature for last because I just
thought this one was so cool. It’s
the Outback Interactive Games that you can play with your DVD remote.
You get to answer trivia questions about animals and the Irwins.
You can play a game where you’re in a plane and dropping dynamite on
poachers. There’s even one where
you pick your path through the Outback and answer questions along the way to get
to the final location and save the crocodile from poachers.
It is so cool, and whether you’re five or fifty, it’s a neat little
thing to have on a DVD.