Deep Blue Sea 3

BLU-RAY REVIEW: 

Street Date 8/25/20;
Warner;
Thriller;
$19.98 DVD, $24.98 Blu-ray;
Rated ‘R’ for some violence, bloody images, and language.
Stars Tania Raymonde, Nathaniel Buzolic, Emerson Brooks, Bren Foster, Alex Bhat, Reina Aoi.

The third “Deep Blue Sea” movie is definitely a step up from its lackluster predecessor.

With the 1999 original achieving a certain cult status, the direct-to-video Deep Blue Sea 2 landed in 2018 as mostly a retread of the first one’s story.

The first film dealt with a team of scientists at a research station in the middle of the ocean experimenting with genetically engineered mako sharks in search of a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. The sharks become super-intelligent and attack the base, killing almost everyone who is attempting to escape.

The second one, set on a much cheaper looking ocean platform, deals with bull sharks genetically engineered by a crazy billionaire looking to develop a drug to enhance human intelligence. The sequel makes no mention of events from the first film, but predictably the sharks get smarter and attack the base, eating most of the people on it.

In the third film, some of the bulls that escaped the second movie are being tracked by a team of hunters to an island fishing village off the coast of Africa. The man-made island is sinking, leaving it mostly abandoned except for a group of scientists studying the sea life that has sprung up around the island, including a nursery for great white sharks. As the bulls target the underwater nursery, one of the hunters is old friends with the head scientist (Tania Raymonde), so they team up to try to capture the bulls.

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The production values are a vast improvement over the limited sets of the second film, though the direct-to-video budget is still evident. And the film actually makes an effort to connect the story back to the original film, establishing that the research done in the first film was acquired by the company in the second, who repurposed it.

All in all, its an enjoyable escapade for fans of shark attack movies.

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The Blu-ray includes a couple of five-minute featurettes: “Sinking Sets and Sharks: Making Deep Blue Sea 3,” mostly about the production design and visual effects, and “Deep Blue Sea 3: Fight to the Death” about the action scenes.

‘You Should Have Left,’ Three Other New Releases Debut on ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

The DVD and digital release of You Should Have Left sent the psychological thriller from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment soaring up the weekly “Watched at Home” chart to debut at No. 2.

The film, from Blumhouse Productions, stars Kevin Bacon and Amanda as a couple seeking a restful vacation in a remote home in the Welsh countryside. Their retreat soon turns into a terrifying nightmare when reality begins to unravel, dark episodes from the past resurface, and a sinister force in the house refuses to let them leave.

Another Universal-distributed film, DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour, remained in the top spot on the chart for the week ended Aug. 1. It’s the animated sequel’s fifth consecutive week at No. 1 on the “Watched at Home” chart, which tracks transactional video activity compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

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Scoob!, which debuted at No. 2 the previous week in the wake of its release on Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD and DVD, slipped to No. 7. Scoob! was available for streaming on the new HBO Max SVOD service prior to its release on physical media.

Paramount’s three seasons of “Yellowstone” again rounded out the top five, in the same spots as the prior week: season one at No. 3, season three at No. 4, and season two at No. 5.

Aside from You Should Have Left, three other new films, all released through digital retailers only, entered the “Watched at Home” top 20 the week ended Aug. 1. The Rental, an IFC Films drama about two couples on an unnerving weekend getaway, debuted at No. 8. Most Wanted, a Paramount Home Entertainment crime drama starring Josh Hartnett as an investigative reporter probing a heroin bust orchestrated by dirty cops to frame an innocent man, bowed at No. 10. And Warner’s Deep Blue Sea 3, a shark tale starring Tania Raymonde (“Lost,” “Goliath”) entered the “Watched at Home” chart at No. 11.

  1. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  2. You Should Have Left (Universal)
  3. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  4. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  5. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  6. The Outpost (Screen Media)
  7. Scoob! (Warner Bros.)
  8. The Rental (IFC Films)
  9. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  10. Most Wanted (Paramount, 2020)
  11. Deep Blue Sea 3 (Warner)
  12. The High Note (Universal)
  13. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony)
  14. Force of Nature (Lionsgate, 2020)
  15. Bloodshot (Sony)
  16. Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  17. The Invisible Man (Universal)
  18. Fantasy Island (Sony, 2020)
  19. Bad Boys for Life (Sony)
  20. Birds of Prey (Warner)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Aug. 1.