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Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - October, 2010

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"Splice" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by John Johnson

Splice

Synopsis

Drs. Clive Nicoli (Brody) and Elsa Kast (Polley) work for Newstad Pharma, splicing genes to produce blobs of living tissue that will be used to design medicines for treatment of diseases.

They both want to take the process further and splice human genes, but the company director refuses, so they take their skills to an organization called Nucleic Exchange Research and Development, where they work secretly.

The result is something that resembles a human, but is not quite what they expected. They name the creature Dren (Chaneac).

Of course, Dren grows up, and very quickly becomes dangerous, especially with that stinger you can see in the cover art. What Dren wants, Dren gets, and now Clive and Elsa must find a way to destroy what they created. Self preservation is certainly in Dren's genes, and she doesn't make it easy. In fact, she becomes a he. And with that tossed into the mix, we have the makings of a sequel.

 

Specifications

  • Warner Brothers
  • 2010, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 44 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley, Delphine Chaneac
  • Directed by Vincenzo Natali
    Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Nudity
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

Naturally, there is a political message here, namely, stay away from human gene splicing and cloning. The movie is a combination of Alien and The Bride of Frankenstein, but less entertaining.

Technical

The picture quality is superb, and the DTS-HD Master Audio delivers a modest surround experience. I have to say that the only times I have every really experienced an excellent surround sound movie is when it is 7.1. In those cases, the producers go out of their way to really use all the surround channels. Most 5.1 surround sound in movies has been disappointing.

Extras

There is only one featurette: Vincenzo Natali on the Set of Splice.