Piranha DD (2012)
By: Devon B. on November 19, 2012 | Comments
Roadshow | Region 4, PAL | 1.78:1 (16:9 enhanced) | English DD 5.1 | 79 minutes (Full Specs)
The Movie
Director: John Gulager
Starring: Danielle Panabaker, Matt Bush, Katrina Bowden, David Koechner, David Hasselhoff
Screenplay: Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan, Joel Soisson
Country: USA
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A few years ago there was this movie called Piranha 3D that was a remake of Piranha, and now the remake has spawned a sequel, Piranha 3DD. Presumably there will be another cheapie sequel made after this one and I'm really curious what it will be called. Especially if it's not in 3D. Piranha 3 ("3" is a Reference to the Number of Films, not an Additional Dimension) would be quite the title to see on the poster. Even if the next one is in 3D what could it be called? Piranha 3 3D? Piranha the Third 3D? Piranha 1, 2, 3D? I almost want to see the sequel made just to find out what its name will be, which may be the only hope for the studio because I certainly don't want to see a sequel because I enjoyed Piranha 3DD so much I want to more.

The plot of Piranha 3DD (or Piranha DD as it is known on DVD) resembles that of another crappy 3D movie about a killer fish, Jaws 3-D. Piranha DD starts with Gary Busey (in a new career high) and the dad from A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge finding a bloated cow floating in some water. They light the dead cow's fart, which releases a new batch of piranha. Classy and gassy. Nearby a water park is getting ready for its grand opening, so it's naturally only a matter of time before the piranha end up in the park. A marine biologist, and coincidental co-owner of the park, starts piecing things together and wants to stop the carnage before it starts. She fails, but unfortunately said carnage is no patch on the prequel's.

I wasn't enamoured with Feast, so when I heard the guy that made it was tackling Piranha DD I didn't get too excited. Then I remembered I was wary of how Mr Aja would cope with Piranha's jokey tone and was pleasantly surprised by his film. I should have held onto my trepidations, because Piranha 3DD is an inferior sequel in almost every way. Not in an entertaining way like Piranha 2: The Spawning was to the original Piranha, Piranha DD is just a bit dull.

Piranha DD is still tongue in cheek, but something has gone wrong. It announces itself right away as a sequel to Piranha 3D (though I guess it's already done that with its single entendre name), preparing the viewer for a cavalcade of blood and boobs. And silicone. Silicone, silicone and more silicone. I understand the filmmaker's desire to feature large breasts given the movie's title, but some more natural wonders woulda been nice. In order to try and build on, and out grossout, the prequel, Piranha DD goes into some rather bizarre territory, and a lot of the time it just doesn't ring true. I admit I found the odd way that some of the first victims wound up in the water with the fish a bit amusing, but for every slightly funny satirical element like that there were heaps that were just stupid, like the sex scene and its emotionally hollow pay off. By emotionally hollow, I mean I would expect one character's response to have been a bit more emotional than it was. There're a lot of attempts at humour, and some of them are okay, but a lot fall flatter than some of the cast would've been pre-augmentation.

There was a trend in the movie that made me think the problem may not lie with the script and direction. The movie suddenly got a bit more verve when Christopher Lloyd did a cameo reprising his role from the first film. Then David (don't)Hassle(the)hoff turned up and just started making fun of himself, to the point that he name checks the abysmal Anaconda 3(no D). Then Ving Rhames returned as well, and again the gags seemed to work better. Which leads me to think the big issue with Piranha 3DD is its shoddy cast who can't be funny, because the movie got way better when those three were on screen.

Maybe the ability to watch it in 3D would make this one interesting, but when a movie brimming with blood and boobies needs an extra dimension to get the viewer's attention than there's a problem.
I thought the colours seemed a bit odd, but this may be a 3D thing 'cause I thought that about Shark Night 3D and Piranha 3D. Otherwise the transfer is good, and is clear and clean. There is some edge enhancement, but otherwise this is a solid presentation.
Audio is available in English 5.1, 2.0 or Audio Descriptive tracks. The 5.1 is pretty good quality and the 2.0 is not bad either. In the 5.1 the sound races through tunnels, submerges in water and engulfs the viewer in the chaos of the finale. I think the funniest thing about this movie is that there is an Audio Descriptive track. The narrator has to describe things like a cow that "farts a piranha egg."
Extra Features
That stupid "You wouldn't steal a…" campaign appears to have been replaced with an equally stupid but less patronising campaign that thanks the viewer for purchasing the DVD. The disc has trailers for Cabin in the Woods, Seeking a Friend and Lockout. For Piranha 3DD related extras, all that's included are three pointless deleted scenes involving the Big Dave character.
The Verdict
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Piranha DD is not even 80 minutes long, and 11 of that is end credits/outtakes. That means the actual movie is only about 69 minutes long, and if a killer fish movie can't hold my interest for 69 minutes than I doubt it has much hope of capturing a normal, non killer fish obsessed, viewer's imagination. The Hoff actually says the line, "Welcome to rock bottom" and I can't help but think it was a line he adlibbed when he realised how shit this movie was going to turn out.

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