John Bruno's science-fiction horror film Virus arrives on DVD with a strong widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. An English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a French soundtrack is mixed in Dolby Digital Surround. Although there are no subtitles, the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include production notes, cast and crew bios, and the theatrical trailer. The best aspect of this film, the outer space setting, does not come across as well on the small screen as it does in the theater. Still, fans of the film will not be disappointed with this disc.
Virus is a surprisingly an entertaining comic book adaptation b4 Marvel and DC threw their hats in the ring. Worth it just for Jaime Lee, and Donald Sutherland doing the evil greedy old guy gimmick he's done many times since.
When a typhoon cripples their boat, the crew sails into the eye of the storm, where they discover a high-tech Russian communications and research vessel adrift. Only one Russian crew member is still alive, raving about "intelligent lightning." They soon discover that an alien life form has taken over the ship's computers and is churning out mechanical warriors. With their own boat destroyed, the crew must battle the creature as the ship reenters the storm.
This is one of the forgotten treasures of the 90’s. It’s completely cheesy, over the top, and dialogue that’ll make the most forgiving moviegoer wince. Despite all of that, though, it’s charming and has energy to spare.