Cloverfield DVD Review

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Cloverfield, in a nutshell, is a movie about a group of friends running around New York trying to escape a crazy alien type monster thing, and the parasites he brought with him to the city. The movie starts with flashbacks from a handheld camera, where Michael Stahl-David and Odette Yustman (Rob and Beth in the movie) are happy and in love and on Coney Island. Cut to about a month and a half later, and we’re at a going away part for Rob, who is off to Japan (an obvious homage to the fact that the movie started from an idea JJ Abrams had in a toy store in Japan). Hud (TJ Miller who did a majority of the camera work) now has Rob’s camera and he is filming the party. Beth shows up with a new boyfriend. Rob isn’t happy. They fight, she leaves, Cloverfield attacks. The rest f the movie is the journey Rob takes to get back to Beth. The handi-cam camera work, the visuals, the constant running, it could make a viewer sick, but it has a realistic “boy sees a monster attacking NY and can’t put down his camera” feel to it. The dialog I’ve come to expect from Drew Goddard is a bit trite in this film, but Matt Reeves’ direction is quite good.

Matt Reeves’ commentary is rather good, and you get a feel for why certain thing were done. He explains why the handi-cam was chosen, how he managed to get some shots between New York and Los Angeles, as well as who was filming at what time. As a person not particularly fond of thrillers, suspense movies, etc, the commentary helps make the film easier to watch. Alternate endings are good; they’re better with Matt’s commentary. He explains why they went with the ending that they did, and why they didn’t chose the other two. Deleted scenes aren’t necessary to make the film better, but they’re fun to watch. The making of Cloverfield featurette is interesting. I felt like they over did it a bit with the hidden research into case designate Cloverfield, but hardcore fans of the movie are going to enjoy that very much.

Movie: C+
Extras: B

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Runtime: 1 Hr. 24 Min. Sec.
Languages: English, French Dubbed & Subtitled, Spanish
Audio: 5.1 Surround, Dolby Digital
US Rating: PG-13 – For Violence, Terror And Disturbing Images
DVD Features:
• Commentary: Commentary by Director Matt Reeves
• Featurette: The Making of Cloverfield
• Featurette: Cloverfield Visual Effects
• Featurette: I Saw It! It's Alive! It's Huge
• Featurette: Clover Fun
• Additional Scenes: Congrats Rob
• Additional Scenes: When You're in Japan
• Additional Scenes: I Call That a Date
• Additional Scenes: It's Going to Hurt
• Additional Scenes: Alt Ending #1
• Additional Scenes: Alt Ending #2
• Easter Eggs: Alpha Encounter – UNCONFIRMED – TAG VD #18 English
• Easter Eggs: Alpha Encounter – UNCONFIRMED – TAG VD #19 Spanish
• Easter Eggs: Alpha Encounter – UNCONFIRMED – TAG VD #20 French
• Easter Eggs: Alpha Encounter – UNCONFIRMED – TAG VD #21 Japanese
• Easter Eggs: Slusho!
• Easter Eggs: Person of Interest – JLVD Video 2
• Easter Eggs: Person of Interest – JLVD Video 5
• Easter Eggs: Person of Interest – JLVD Video 9
• Easter Eggs: Person of Interest – JLVD Video 11
• Easter Eggs: Rack 'Em & Pack 'Em
• Easter Eggs: Fighting the X

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