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Cloverfield DVD


The Diva's review of


Rated;running time of 1 hour and 18 minutes
Genre: Sci- Fi
Written by : Drew Goddard
Directed by: Matt Reeves
Cast: Michael Stahl-David, Jessica Lucas, Lizzy Caplan, T.J. Miller, Mike Vogel, Odette Yustman
Theatrical release Date: 01/18/08

DVD release Date: 04/22/08

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 76% - Fresh
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Theatrical Performance
Total US Gross $80,048,433
International Gross $87,700,000
Worldwide Gross $167,748,433


The Digest

Rob (Michael Stahl-David) has taken a lucrative job in Japan and his friends and family are giving him a going away party. Present are his dear friend Beth (Odette Yustman); his brother, Jason (Mike Vogel); Jason's girlfriend, Lily (Jessica Lucas); Rob and Jason’s best friend, Hud (T.J. Miller); and the girl Hud has a crush on, Marlena (Lizzy Caplan).

Hud is video taping goodbye messages when the hear a horrific noise and see an explosion. At first they all think its an earthquake until the head of the statue of liberty flies past them. They quickly realize that whatever it is, it’s not an earthquake and they are on the run. The entire time, Hud never puts the camera down. And it is with that camera he catches their worst nightmare – some kind of creature has attacked New York City and everything the government is throwing at it, is failing. How are they going to survive?

The Dish

So why am I not screaming about this movie? A movie that I’ve been waiting 5 months for? Honestly, from the standpoint of the story, you have to suspend belief quite a bit. I know DUH! It’s a monster! But what I mean, is once we accepted that it was a monster, we are still inundated with quite a few plot points that just didn’t pass the smell test. I’ve ranted about them in a special spoiler rant you can click on at the bottom. And when we finally get to se “it” I just wasn’t impressed.

I don’t have much to say about the actors who are largely unknown, other than they managed to capture normalcy. If they weren’t supposed to be “real people” I would have thought the acting was awful. I know that sounds weird and it’s hard to explain. That said, Hud did make me laugh. However, my BIG complaint is the length of the movie. Movies tickets cost too much for a movie to be just over an hour. This is okay for children’s movies. Kids can’t pay attention for that long, but adults shouldn’t have to pay $10 for 75 minutes of film. I suspect they won’t care going in, but some might be a little put off when they realize that they just spent $40 for 2 drinks a popcorn and a movie that is only an hour and 15 minutes long.

I should mention, that like “ The Blair Witch Project” this movie is shot completely from the hand held and told from that perspective. Now this doesn’t work for everyone. I got motion sickness during “Blair Witch” I didn’t with Cloverfield, but it was close.



• Commentary by Director Matt Reaves
• "Document 1-18-08: The Making of Cloverfield"
• Cloverfield Visual Effects
• "I Saw It! It's Alive! It's Huge!"
• Outtakes
• Deleted Scenes
• Alternate Endings
• Hidden Research into Case Designate "Cloverfield"

DVD SPECS Video Formats:
Video Formats:
• 1.85:1 Anamorphic Audio Formats:
•Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (French)
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (Spanish) Subtitles:
• English
• French
• Spanish

The Directive

I’m still fairly annoyed with the lack of information. I really was hoping that the DVD would shed some light on the “where what when and how”

3BC Ratings

Cloverfield Spoilers. Click at your own risk

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Still too many unanswered questions for my tastes.

Copyright Kamal "The Diva" Larsuel-Ulbricht, 2008
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