Bait 3D (Blu-ray / DVD)

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Bait 3D (Blu-ray / DVD)Starring Xavier Samuel, Sharni Vinson, Alex Russell, Julian McMahon

Directed by Kimble Rendall

Distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment

Shark movies. Around these parts we love them, and lately they’re have been a ton of ’em. It’s hard to believe one of the best of the year has been The Asylum’s Two-Headed Shark Attack, but such is the state of the industry. Sadly enough, most of the recent killer shark flicks have had no bite. Shark Night 3D should have been a no-brainer of a blast, but its PG-13 rating was far more aggressive than any of the finned menaces which populated its tepid waters. Since it proved to be little more than plankton, we’ve been waiting for something to do right by the subgenre. Bait 3D is that movie.

The storyline is just looney enough to be workable. After a deadly tsunami hits shore, a group of survivors end up finding themselves huddled together in a submerged supermarket. Swimming is the only way out, but there’s just one problem… with the deluge of water has come all manner of sea life, including a few very hungry great white sharks. Of course there are your standard twists and turns to the main plot, but in a nutshell that’s really it. And you know what? That’s all it needs to be.

Director Kimble Rendall knows exactly what kind of movie he is making here and seemingly goes out of his way to give audiences exactly what they want to see, all the while utilizing 3D not as a gimmick but as a tool to enhance the story. Don’t worry, though; if you don’t have the tech, the flick plays just fine without it.

Most of the characters are not only likable but totally believable, and you actually care when they’re in peril, especially The Loved One‘s Xavier Samuel, who turns in another great performance. Still, the true stars here are the sharks themselves, and you get more than enough of them to completely satisfy. In a much welcomed move, the majority of the on-screen sharks are animatronic and therefore come off as far more dangerous and menacing than something you know is just an animated image some actor is blindly acting against. Don’t get me wrong; there are some CGI sharks present and accounted for, but when it really counts, we get the goods. Up close, personal, and wonderfully gory.

Being that Bait 3D is being sold as a Blu-ray / Blu-ray 3D / DVD combo pack, you’re not going to have to worry about replacing your copy when you make the jump to 3D TV or just Blu-ray in general. Transfer-wise the film looks gorgeous and is riddled with eye-popping use of color and a truly fine level of crystal clear detail. Couple that with the simply booming DTS-HD MA 5.2 audio track, and we have a real winner here.

If only the same could be said for the supplemental material. Other than a storyboard gallery you get nothing. Bait 3D deserves better, but I promise the quality and fun level of the film itself is more than enough to justify the purchase.

This is the movie that Shark Night tried to be and should have been. It’s non-stop bloody fun from start to finish and one that you certainly should invite some friends over to dig on with you… again and again. Highly recommended!

Special Features

  • Storyboard gallery


    4 out of 5

    Special Features:

    1 out of 5

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  • Steve Barton

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    • Rottenjesus

      Watched this last night and had a blast! This would’ve been fun to see on the big screen but them’s the breaks.

      Bring on BAIT 2!

    • MonsterMash

      My only complaints are the lack of shark action and that the sharks are killed far too easily. I did think the special effects team really did spectacular though. More shark carnage next time!

    • aliensharkboy

      Reading a positive review to this movie has made my day!

      I have a massive love for shark movies with Jaws being my favorite, so I hope this comes to the UK!

    • theGoldenSimatar

      Was planning on picking this up tomorrow…but without behind the scenes featurettes or at least a commentary….gonna hold off for the price to drop.