Primeval R

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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 34 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: June 12, 2007
  • Originally Released: 2007
  • Label: Walt Disney Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital - Spanish
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English
    • Subtitles - French, Spanish - Optional
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Behind the Scenes: "Croc-umentary: Bringing Gustave to Life"
    • Alternate Scenes: Deleted Scenes
    • Audio Commentary: Michael Katleman - Director; Paul Linden - Visual Effects

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by &
Composition by
Art Direction by
Director of Photography:
Executive Production by

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 57


User Ratings: 64,265
Essentially Jaws moved to Africa. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Jan 16, 2007
Rating: D+ -- The sub-sub-Anaconda bottom-feeder Primeval makes the mistake of taking itself far too seriously; with its exploitative images of civil war and genocide, it's the Blood Diamond of 25-foot-killer-crocodile movies.
AV Club
Jan 17, 2007
The possibility of commentary is raised but it ultimately is glossed over with cliches and very little substance. Full Review
Calgary Movies
Aug 14, 2007
Rating: 1/5 -- Primeval is one of crummiest killer-beast flicks of all time. It actually makes the B.C.-shot giant-croc debacle Lake Placid look half-decent, but it sure the hell wasn't. Full Review
Georgia Straight
Jul 6, 2010
Rating: 1/4 -- ...a thoroughly awful, downright irritating piece of work... Full Review
Reel Film Reviews
Aug 16, 2007
Rating: D -- Laced with pseudoserious undertones, the movie makes "Anaconda" look like a modern-day classic. Full Review
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Jul 26, 2007
Rating: 1.5/4 -- How capturing an animal found in every zoo constitutes a scoop is beyond me, but when you expect the trio to be knee-deep in blood they are instead wading through politics.
New York Post
Jan 13, 2007

Product Description:

PRIMEVAL is the story of an American news crew sent to Burundi, Africa, by its network chief to hunt and capture the legendary crocodile Gustave, who stalks a local river in search of human prey. The small crew consisting of embattled producer Tim Manfrey (Dominic Purcell), reporter Aviva Masters (Brooke Langton), and their cameraman Steven Johnson (Orlando Jones) are joined by two animal experts: one a Steve Irwin-style croc hunter, the other a local named JoJo.

Gustave's screen time provides some genuine action-packed thrills, thanks to decent CGI work and the creature's absurd size. The movie's violence factor is taken to disturbing new levels, however, when the crew's cameraman films the execution of a tribal shaman and his family at the hands of a local warlord named Little Gustave. From there the movie divides its time between being a gruesome "don't-go-in-the-water"-style horror movie, and an unsettling pop-political treatise on violence and suffering in post-millennial Africa. It is the death of a white aid worker that initially sparks the news channel's interest in Gustave, despite his killing of hundreds of Burundians, and there are disputes throughout the film as to the West's role in the continent's turmoil. It's debatable whether a horror movie about a killer crocodile has any business discussing the complex political state of the war-torn areas of Africa, but the metaphor is more than clear. As much as Gustave may wreak havoc on the people of Burundi--swallowing little children whole and tearing humble fisherman limb from limb--he is nothing compared to the violent warlords who stalk the region and the global apathy that continues to unwittingly aide their presence.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: January 12, 2007
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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 65,878
  • UPC: 786936727531
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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