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Shark Week 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 (48kHz/24-bit)
  • Subtitles: NA
  • Subtitles Color: NA
  • Region: A  (B? C?)
  • Rating: NR
  • Run Time: 90 Mins.
  • Discs: 1 (1 x Blu-ray)
  • Studio: Asylum Home Entertainment
  • Blu-ray Release Date: August 28, 2012
  • List Price: $14.95

Overall
[Rating:2.5/5]
The Film
[Rating:0.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:3/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:3/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2.5/5]

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(All TheaterByte screen captures are lightly compressed with lossy JPEG at 100% quality setting and are meant as a general representation of the content. They do not fully reveal the capabilities of the Blu-ray format)

The Film

[Rating:o.5/5]

Perhaps The Asylum and SyFy are trying for a Guinness Book world record or something, because that is the only reason I can fathom for their continuing partnership in these awful, C-Grade movies. The Asylum proudly proclaim “15 years, 100 Films” in their promo. What they leave out is the laughable quality of those films. So bad are they that most of them would make Ed Wood films look like the works of Alfred Hitchcock. Shark Week is just the latest in their catalogue of accidental comedies meant to be horror/thrillers made for television. From director Christopher Ray, the same talent responsible for giving the world such “classics” as Mega Shark vs Crocosaurus and 2-Headed Shark Attack, the movie features Patrick Bergin as rich madman Tiberon who, along with his equally unhinged girlfriend Elena (Yancy Butler) kidnaps eight people he blames for the death of his son. Bringing them to his island, he forces them to make their way through a harrowing maze of obstacles that includes confrontations with different species of man-eating sharks. The dialogue is wooden, stilted and cliché, Bergin and Butler’s performances are way over the top, while none of the eight victims offer any sort of emotional connection for the viewers. We haven’t even covered the ridiculously bad visual effects yet. This one is funny, for sure, but you’ll be laughing at how bad it is and how quickly you’ll be reaching for the remote.

Video Quality

[Rating:3/5]

The video quality for this AVC/MPEG-4 1080p encodement is just as bad as the movie itself. Rarely does the bitrate get over 10Mbps, only ever peaking at ~15Mbps. In fact, the overall size of this encodement only takes up about 7.9GB on a BD-25 disc. The end result is on over compressed image with color banding, video noise, posterization, and soft imagery in many scenes.

Audio Quality

[Rating:3/5]

One would hope that at least the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz/24-bit) soundtrack would redeem this disc, but those hopes would be false. The annoying, incessant, electronic percussive sounds of the score sound tinny and tizzy, while not much is done with the lower range or surround channels. At least dialogue is clean.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:1.5/5]

Even the supplements on here are pointless. After sitting through this movie, the last thing you’ll want to do is watch the “making of” or gag reel, though you might need to suppress your gag reflex.

The supplements:

  • Making of Featurette (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:05:58)
  • Gag Reel (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:01:21)
  • The Asylum Trailers

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:2.5/5]

This is strictly for people who are fans of these sorts of bad, poorly scripted, poorly acted movies with awful special effects and potholes the size of the Grand Canyon, everyone else need not apply. Skip it.

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Overall
[Rating:2.5/5]
The Film
[Rating:0.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:3/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:3/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2.5/5]

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