10,000 B.C.


10,000 B.C.

Actors: Camilla Belle, Steven Strait, Cliff Curtis, Joel Virgel, Mo Zinal
Roland Emmerich
Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Aspect Ratio:
Number of discs:
Warner Home Video
DVD Release Date:
June 24, 2008
Run Time:
109 minutes



10 000 B.C. - the latest special effects epic by Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow director Roland Emmerich - feels as if it was dreamt up by an eight-year-old. "And then they're in the jungle being chased by giant man-eating chickens . . . And then the saber tooth tiger doesn't eat him because he saved the tiger from drowning earlier on . . . and then they built the pyramids using mammoths . . ." And so on.

The plot is ostensibly about some prehistoric tribesmen trying to save fellow tribesmen after some unscrupulous slave traders have kidnapped them. And, yes, according to this movie they not only built the pyramids several thousands of years before they were actually built, but they built them using . . . mammoths.

Mystery Science Theatre 3000-types would no doubt want to make up their own dialogue (the best line we came up were "Oh my God! They've killed Manny! You bastards!") but the movie is somehow too tepid to be any real fun, even as a so-bad-it's-actually-good effort.

Locales are stunning though and Camilla Belle is nice to look at in an Elizabeth Taylor when-she-was-young kinda way. But the actress has so little dialogue that one feels as if she's stuck in a silent movie!

THE DISC: This is one of those double-sided discs with data written on both sides, so handle it carefully when taking it out of the box.

One side contains the movie in widescreen mode and on the other side the movie has been cropped to fit a standard television screen. It is obvious which version to play when you have a widescreen TV, but not so obvious when you have an "ordinary" one. The feature has a 2.35:1 aspect ratio and therefore huge chunks of the image have been cut from the sides with the pan 'n' scan version. But despite this, the colors are so vibrant and the image so sharp on the pan 'n' scan presentation that we will risk the wrath of purists here and recommend you view the "standard version" if you have a 1.33:1 TV screen. The landscapes look particularly great, somehow even more impressive than they did on the cinema screen.

Not much in the line of extras except for about ten minutes worth of deleted scenes. The scenes are hardly ?awesome? and the alternate ending is scarcely ?exciting? as the DVD box proclaims even they do go some way in explaining Omar Sharif's bizarre voice-over narration.

By the way, there is a full trailer for Batman - Gotham Knight, the full-length Batman movie as told by various anime artists ? included. It looks pretty cool.

RECOMMENDATION: You'd probably be better off watching Ice Age or Quest for Fire again. History buffs will no doubt suffer a collective apoplexy and are advised to stay clear of 10 000 B.C.



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