If you missed director Matt Reeves’ low-budget 350-foot monster movie Cloverfield in theaters last January, you can enjoy the nausea-inducing hand-held camera stylings at home thanks to the film’s new DVD release. Written by Drew Goddard and produced by J.J. Abrams (Lost, Alias), the feature got low grades for its annoying, young yuppie New York characters and anemic plot, but won fans for its secretive viral marketing campaign and its clever depiction of the Godzilla-like monster which destroys Statue of Liberty’s head. Despite the film’s smallish budget, it went on to make $166,371,010 at the box office worldwide.
Even if you caught the theatrical release, you may want to check out the DVD (Paramount, one disc, $29.99) as it comes with four deleted scenes and two alternate endings as well as making-of documentaries and interviews with Abrams and members of the cast and crew. There’s also commentary by Reeves, the film’s director and a behind-the-scenes look at how the folks at Tippett Studio and Double Negative created the movie’s ominous monster and impressive digital effects.
In case you were wondering, there are already talks of a sequel to the movie, since it was a good-sized hit. Reeves was quoted on various sites that there might be another movie looking at other people’s experiences with the monster. He told Bloody Disgusting, ‘The fun of this movie was that it might not have been the only movie being made that night, there might be another movie! In today’s day and age of people filming their lives on their iPhones and handy cams, uploading it to YouTube ‘That was kind of exciting thinking about that.”