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THROWBACK: DVD

SYNOPSIS: Two modern-day treasure hunters Jack (Shawn Brack) and Kent (Anthony Ring) go searching for the lost gold of a legendary 1800s outlaw 'Thunderclap Newman' (Andy Bramble) in the remote jungles of Far North Queensland. But instead of riches, they find a different kind of legend: a ferocious Yowie, Australia's answer to Bigfoot, and a savage battle for survival ensues. Thrown into the mix is park ranger Rhiannon (Melanie Serafin) and McNab (Vernon Wells) a burnt-out ex-homicide detective.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Travis Bain's creature feature tribute to the late and great Ray Harryhausen is almost consistently engaging, and boasts exceptional locations, an impressive, varied score (could have used more spots to cover tension drops) and the scope cinematography is visual joy. The only thing Bain didn't do himself is the music, and as an auteur product, Throwback is a seamless single concept, executed with devotion.

Glorious opening scenes establish the lush locations as well as the strength and importance of the score as counterpoint to the genre. As the story begins to develop, Bain switches into time flip mode - but only briefly. Although at first this is confusing, it soon clarifies and the plot moves forward.

Those looking for the thrills of the creature feature genre may become impatient at times, and Bain could tighten things up somewhat, or make more use of his composers' terrific skills to keep the suspense level higher. The Yowie is never fully revealed and most of the action takes place in bright sunlight, yet the sense of danger is well maintained.

Performances are fine, even when some of the dialogue is a little stilted or the situation stretches credulity. On the other hand, there are some entertaining lines and a dose of the Australian larrikin spirit, which doesn't go astray.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 0
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 1

THROWBACK: DVD (M)
(Aust, 2013)

CAST: Shawn Brack, Anthony Ring, Melanie Serafin, Vernon Wells, Warren Clements, Andy Bramble

PRODUCER: Travis Bain

DIRECTOR: Travis Bain

SCRIPT: Travis Bain

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Travis Bain

EDITOR: Travis Bain

MUSIC: Richard Band, Amotz Plessner

RUNNING TIME: 103 minutes

SPECIAL FEATURES: Audio commentary, behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, gag reel, alternative ending

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: JB Hi-Fi

DVD RELEASE: February 19, 2015







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