2-Headed Shark Attack Blu-ray Review
- Aspect Ratio: 1:78:1
- Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
- Resolution: 1080p/24 (23.976Hz)
- Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
- Subtitles: None
- Region: A (Region-Locked)
- Rating: Not Rated
- Run Time: 90 Mins.
- Discs: 1 (1 x Blu-ray)
- Studio: The Asylum Home Entertainment
- Blu-ray Release Date: January 31st, 2012
- List Price: $24.95
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2-Headed Shark Attack tells the story of a bunch of young college kids on a boat that must flee to a nearby deserted atoll. All after a mutated, 2-headed shark sinks their boat. Successfully escaping to the nearby island, these ‘intelligent’ students decide not to A)call anyone for help or B)sit still. Instead they chose to go about their vacation as if none of their friends are slowly being picked off one-by-one. Featuring the likes of Carmen Electra, Charlie O’Connell and Brooke Hogan (WOW, what a cast!), 2-Headed Shark is just so terrible that I can’t even say it’s cheesy entertainment à la the recent Metal Shifters.
Wow…just wow.. I’ve seen some bad films in my time, but damn if 2-Headed Shark Attack isn’t one of the worst films to come along in recent years. Yes, maybe I’m being overly critical as I’m sure some will label the film as campy, cheesy entertainment; however, there’s really no ‘entertainment’ to be found here. Not unless you count how many times you laugh at the completely preposterous plot, acting and direction.
The acting is horrendous, in particular Carmen Electra. Granted I never expected anything short of passable at best, but her “performance” ranks with some of the worst acting jobs. Take in case the sequence where a smaller boat is turned over by the beast. Here Carmen tries to act worried screaming “Get out of the water!”. Instead of conveying a slight tone of fear in her voice, she comes off as pathetic, not even convincing in the slightest manner. O’Connell is equally as bad nearly always looking bored as if he wanted nothing to do with this film. Hogan, well she kind of surprised me. I’m not saying her acting was excellent, but certainly she actually came off as someone who tried to make Attack somewhat cheesy. The rest of the “actors” try their best, but never come off as anything more than laughable.
I can tell the filmmakers weren’t meaning to make anything even slightly ‘good’ with Attack. Instead of making something so campy, so cheesy that it’s almost entertaining, 2-Headed Shark Attack instead is just horrible…Not even so horrible it’s somehow good… just horrible.
The 1:78:1 framed, AVC MPEG-4 encoded transfer is fairly good throughout. The film tends to use the kind of colors that are mostly brighter, all of which are meant to capture the beach elements of the film. Contrast levels can be a bit over-saturated at times, but perhaps this was done to make the characters seem more ‘tanned’. Grain is kept in check throughout as the film does have a mostly natural look to it. There is noticeable EE (Edge Enhancement) found during the sequences where the laughably bad CGI 2-headed shark is seen. It’s mostly during the moments where the filmmakers tried to blend the CGI shark with the backgrounds. All in all, despite this being a horrible film, Asylum’s transfer isn’t that bad.
The film’s provided DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is surprisingly solid. Even though the dialogue is quite mundane throughout, the dialogue is well reproduced via the center channel. LFE, surprisingly, offers up a good amount of response, especially during the numerous shark attack moments. It’s during these sequences that the LFE, thanks in part to the overly dramatic score, rings a nice, solid ‘oomph’. Discrete effects are present, mostly background screams or dialogue. All in all, despite the laughably bad film, the provided lossless track fares quite well.
The included supplements are presented in HD.
- The Making of 2-Headed Shark Attack – This brief, 9:10, feature serves as your making-of showing the cast and crew as they make this “legendary” film.
- Bloopers – 1:10 of bloopers are shown.
The Definitive Word
Asylum’s Blu-ray of 2-Headed Shark Attack, technically at least, is serviceable. The film, well the film is horrendous. Skip this one at all costs.
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