New on DVD & Blu-ray: October 12, 2010

Posted: October 12, 2010 in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews
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This week’s release list is short, but both films explore worlds that have rarely been so realistically portrayed.

One Ocean on DVDOne Ocean (DVD)
One Ocean is an ambitious, provocative and stunning documentary series that explores how the ocean holds the very key to all life within its silent and shadowy depths. In each episode, they bring to life a vast, interconnected ecosystem: from the diversity and significance of microscopic plankton to the sleek power of the ocean’s top predators. The four parts are titled: “Birth of an Ocean”; “Footprints in the Sand”; “Mysteries of the Deep”; and “The Changing Sea.”

Special features include: extended scenes; behind-the-scenes with Dr. David Suzuki; and interviews with the directors. (Entertainment One)

Splice on Blu-raySplice (Blu-ray)
Clive (Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley) are superstars of the genetic engineering world. They specialize in splicing together DNA from different animals to create fantastical new hybrids. The charismatic couple wants to use human DNA in a new hybrid – something that could yield astronomical medical benefits. The pharmaceutical company that funds their research, however, is more interested in exploiting their earlier triumphs for easier, short-term profit. But Clive and Elsa secretly conduct the experiment anyway. The result is Dren: an amazing creature who exhibits an array of unexpected developments, both physical and intellectual. Dren exceeds their wildest dreams and, ultimately, their most terrifying nightmare.

This movie makes what was once just a hypothetical appear to be a true possible reality – gene splicing. However, the direction the scientists take with their project becomes creepy very quickly and only gets eerier. The execution of the concept is excellent, touching all the necessary and expected basics of the ‘mad scientist’ and the ‘monstrous creation.’ Unfortunately, the pace is a little too slow and the concluding events are plainly foreshadowed by earlier occurrences.

Special features include: behind the scenes featurette; “A director’s playground: Vincenzo Natali on the set of Splice”; Interview with Natali for Fangoria; and trailers. (Entertainment One)

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