The Review at a Glance: ( max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Anchor bay Entertainment- 1993
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Feature running time: 78 minutes
Disc Format: BD-25
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.78:1
Audio Format(s): English Dolby TrueHD MA 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Craig Schaffer
Directed by: Luis Llosa
Music by: Roy J Ravio
Written by: Margo Blue, Cathrine Cyran, Beverly Gray
Region Code: A
Blu-ray Disc release Date: January 18, 2010
"It's just a little bit more than an enchilada to me..."
Bullock portrays Alyssa Rothman, an American activist battling a group of ruthless developers out to destroy the rainforest and its native population. But when a hotheaded photojournalist arrives to investigate the murder of a local union leader, they will together uncover a conspiracy of betrayal, violence and passion.
Ouch...this one's gotta sting. Sandra, you did well here, a little rough around the edges but that sexy girl-next-door, 'je ne sais quoi' was apparent...so don't be too embarrassed. Craig Schaffer was well, Craig Schaffer and this was on par with all his performances (besides his Oscar worthy turn in Clive Barker's Nightbreed).
In the outskirts of the Bolivian rainforest, an environmentalist union leader of 'rubber tappers', aligns himself with Indians to protest deforestation, then is killed by an arrow through the neck while trying to take a shower. The local police arrest an Indian who is part of that tribe, who lives in the rainforest. Of course it's a set-up, and the worst thing about it is the dead guy helped the indigenous people by tying to protect their land...so why would they kill him? Well the accused kills himself (or does he?) in jail so no one will know the truth. A tribesman comes to claim the body and our newly met enemies (in a desperate play on Romancing the Stone), Sandra the Environmentalist and Craig the random American photographer, decide to follow the tribe down the amazon on a canoe, with no supplies, no skills to survive on the terrain, and no idea the destination...Genius. From there they get shot at, healed by some witchy-doctor herbs, witness a technically proficient rainforest autopsy by thong wearing natives, trip on some native root drug and then get it on in a laugh-out-loud sex scene.
Some plot huh?
There is a little more..but my fingers hurt from typing, just like the (look at the screenwriters names, are they lost characters from Reservoir Dogs?) screenwriters must have... which is apparent by the lack of attention to logical detail, the 78 minute runtime and the abruptly terrible ending.
I appreciated the pro-environmental ideals, especially in the late 80s (this was filmed in 1990) when saving the rainforest was all the rage. The story they built upon that idea worked conceptually, but didn't translate well to film. The only possible draw I see to this film is that is has Sandra Bullocks only sex scene, where she is fully nude (don't get you hopes up, you only get full side shots). Too bad Craig Schaffer's reptilian-like tongue moves made it ultra-laughable.
Unrated for sexuality, violence, and pervasive language
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
- Low frequency extension:
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- Color reproduction:
'Fire on the Amazon's' source leaves a lot to be desired. Colors go from over-saturated to natural scene by scene. Black levels fluctuate as well, sometime looking nice, but more often than not, they caved-in showing floating gray in them. Some video noise was apparent in backgrounds and darker scenes. There were the times on the brighter scenes things look pretty nice and almost fool you into thinking this looks better than it is. Finer details are not as pronounced as newer, better filmed movies, but on occasion, especially on close-ups, we are treated to some definition. The Audio track was a product of amateurish sound design by the crew, not the encode or mix. However, it was a bit better than the video. There were times it sounded as if it was recorded in a tunnel...but thankfully it was only a few scenes that exhibited this. The dynamics were average as was the LFE. Surrounds were there, I think..I had to walk up to check the activity...at least all the dialouge was discernible. This is a film you wont check out for the A/V presentation.
- (HD) Theatrical Trailer
- (HD) Trailers: I Spit on Your Grave, The Bleeding
'Fire on the Amazon' has no special features, doesn't look good, doesn't sound good, and isn't good. I can recommend steering clear of this one unless you are interested in Sandra's roots...
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