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SciFi DVD This Week – Cloverfield

cloverfieldstreets_lg.jpgIf hype-fatigue kept you from checking out Cloverfield in the theater, you can now catch up with the rest of the world via DVD. If you did see it, chances are you’re jonesing for a second helping. Either way, maybe these reviews will give your arm the deciding twist:

“A dazzling experiment that paid off immensely, this is cinematic pleasure at its purest. One caveat: If they ever make a sequel, we’re taking two stars back.” — Olly Richards, Empire

“One has to wonder whether the filmmakers went too far in so forcefully evoking 9/11. Then again, to tell this story in this way, was there an alternative?” — James Berardinelli, Reelviews

“Sometimes a few hundred empty calories hit the spot.” — Michael Phillips, MetroMix Chicago

“I’m not sure I agree with the decision to make a quartet of bland
proto-yuppies the center of the action, but we all look pretty much the
same once we’re crushed/eaten/disemboweled.” — Pete Vonder Haar, Film Threat

Cloverfield is as much about our need to document
everything we do — capturing cute moments on the cell phone, holding
the mini-cam aloft on dates, keeping the “record” button pressed even
when you’re in danger of being mauled by basketball-sized carnivorous
spiders — as it is about our colossal fears in a post-9/11 world.” —
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

“Cloverfield delivers exactly what its memorable coming attractions
trailer promised, and it doesn’t chicken out when it counts, either.
Considering the state of horror movies today, that’s something.” —
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

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