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Piranha
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06.12.2012 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Alexandre Aja

Actors:
Elizabeth Shue
Adam Scott
Jerry O'Connell

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
An earthquake unleashes a group of bloodthirsty prehistoric piranhas upon a lake packed with spring break partiers.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
If youíre going to make a B-movie on purpose, this is how you do it. Alexandre Ajaís PIRANHA remake knows exactly which notes to hit and how much of its tongue can fit comfortably in its cheek.

Case in point: The movie opens with Richard Dreyfuss, wearing a black beanie as a character named Matt, fishing on a quiet lake while singing "Show Me The Way To Go Home." Any self-respecting fan will get the winking nod here and his quick demise sets up the filmís fun tone perfectly.

That tone is blood, boobs and booze. Thereís the basic creature feature set up (sheriff and scientists trying to save the town, everyone else obliviously partying) but this is a movie where the piranhas have more character development than the humans. Where naked underwater ballet is a gorgeous set piece and topless parasailing is used to utmost cinematic effectiveness. Youíll laugh when killer fish fight over a severed penis and youíll cry when thereís nothing left of porn star Riley Steele but her breast implants.

The cast assembled by Aja is also a blast, even for the generic stock characters they are. Elizabeth Shue is the town sheriff who wears a low cut tank top. Ving Rhames uses a boat engine like a chainsaw while Parks and Recreationís Adam Scott rides a jet ski and blasts piranhas with a shotgun. (Heís supposed to be a scientist, by the way.) Jerry OíConnell plays a delightfully sleazy Girls Gone Wild producer with The Leagueís Paul Scheer as his cameraman. Thereís even cameos by Christopher Lloyd, in full Doc Brown mode, and Eli Roth, who packs in as many euphemisms for breasts as he possible. And most importantly is Kelly Brook, one of Godís greatest creations, as a girl who spends her entire screentime in a bikini.

Though this Blu-Ray doesnít feature the film in 3D, the use of the extra dimension is obviously used with cheesy effectiveness. And none more obvious than the cornerstone of the movieóthe big piranha attack on Lake Party. Itís an epic sequence creative in its chaos and amazing with its gore (spearheaded by effects master Greg Nicotero). In addition to all the aquatic bite wounds, thereís girls cut in half, crushed heads, people propellered, and much much more. Itís the one reason you watch a movie called PIRANHA and it doesnít disappoint.
THE EXTRAS
This new Steelbook edition is pretty spiffy and will look great on your shelf, but itís the exact same Blu-Ray release with the same special features.

Commentary by director Alexandre Aja and producers Grťgory Levasseu and Alix Taylor: These guys obviously had fun with the movie and have plenty of stories to tell (Richard Dreyfuss!) but this really isnít a movie I would ever watch with a commentary.

Donít Scream, Just Swim (2:09:39): This detailed behind-the-scenes documentary clocks in at over 2 hours longóhalf an hour longer than the movie itself! That may seem unnecessary for this kind of flick, but itís still fun to see all the different facets of the production, including the story, cast, effects, stunts, 3D and more. A very entertaining feature, especially the stuff on the gore and kills.

Deleted Scenes (7:43): A handful of short scenes, including a little more nudity, character moments and the fate of Paul Scheerís character.

Deleted Storyboard Sequences (11:12): Normally these kinds of things are boring, but the scenes presented here are a blast, including what would happen when the piranhas reach the land (and some actual sex!). If only they had actually filmed these.

You also get Trailers, TV Spots and Previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
PIRANHA delivers on everything it promisesógore, nudity and fun. Fans of B-movies will definitely get a kick out of it. This Steelbook Edition only adds a new cover, so if you already own the film, itís probably not worth upgrading.

Extra Tidbit: This marks the first reunion of Elizabeth Shue and Christopher Lloyd since BACK TO THE FUTURE PART III.
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