Written by: Michael Den Boer on August 19th, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2011
Director: Paul Della Pelle
Writers: Paul Della Pelle, Bruce Brown
Cast: Pete Punito, Damon Gregory, Steven Zeigler, Mark Strano, Rachel Riley, Miranda Allgood, Bruce Brown, Domiziano Arcangeli, John Dicus, Ryan Gray, Marcia Loring, Serena Lorien
DVD released: August 16th, 2011
Approximate running time: 98 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Cinema Epoch
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98
Lizard boy is one of more unusual horror / comedy hybrids that I have had the pleasure to witness in a very long. First off, don’t let this film’s low budget independent roots dissuade you from giving this film a go.
Though this film’s narrative is anchored by its exploration of the dangers of genetic cloning. It quickly becomes apparent that the film is not striving to be a film with a message and that this film’s ultimate goal is all about just having some fun. To further illustrate this point, this is after all a film that revolves around a half human boy / half lizard (who also happens to known martial arts).
The logic of the premise aside, the opening act actually does a superb job setting up who everyone is and what their motivations are. Making the absurdity of the story at hand, all the more easier to digest. The middle section of the film is mostly spent following around the lizard boy, who as the plot evolves has become increasingly more violent. And without a doubt the strongest section of this film is its final act / conclusion, which does a pitch perfect job wrapping all the loose ends up. Also be on the lookout for one last gasp at the end, that gives hope that this story may not be over just yet.
From a production stand point, pacing is never an issue and the direction is never to flashy, as it lets the performances do most of the heavy lifting. If any, the one area in which this film does tend to come up short are its special effects, especially the make-up for the lizard boy. This minor quip about the special effects aside, this is highly entertaining film that fans of classic monster films are sure to the most mileage out of.
Cinema Epoch presents Lizard Boy in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. Colors and flesh tones look accurate and black levels fare well. There are no problems with compression and details look crisp.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. The audio sounds clean, clear and balanced throughout.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film (1 minute 45 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and stills gallery with music from the film in the background. Also included with this release is a promo image gallery of titles that are available on DVD from Cinema Epoch. Overall Lizard Boy gets a good audio / video presentation from Cinema Epoch.