Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Sean Patrick Flanery, Stephen McHattie, Kristin Booth, Rod Taylor, John Ralston
Director: Sheldon Wilson
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
No Description Available. Genre: Horror Rating: R Release Date: 23-OCT-2007 Media Type: DVD
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Lynn M. (officerripley) from CHICO, CA
Reviewed on 5/19/2008...
Better than expected: although most of the cast--with the exception of Flanery, McHattie, and Rod Taylor (star of the Alfred Hitchcock classic "The Birds")--are unknown, this movie has very good acting, direction, and special effects. Also be sure to watch the interview with Rod Taylor under "Special Features"; he has a lot of funny, interesting stuff to say about not only this movie, but his entire career (including "The Birds" and working for Hitchcock, of course).
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A. Minutella | Lodi, NJ | 01/17/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Yes, it's another animals-on-the-attack movie, this one molded from Hitchcock's "The Birds" (and even featuring Rod Taylor)...but a tightly wound, well directed, and surprisingly suspenseful addition to the genre. Here ominous black ravens are in attack mode, for reasons the movie sketchily provides, and it's up to a seasoned cop (Flanery) to save the day. Yes, it's a B-Movie, but it's still exceptionally well done. For starters, it's never boring, moving along at a quick pace. And while dreaded CGI is incorporated into the effects, they also managed to use real ravens with the CGI, to minimalize use of CGI. Truthfully, the effects work is pretty seamless, and just right for this type of film. The performances are more than adequate, and while there's never really a truly frightening moment, this is still ions more entertaining than most straight-to-DVD horror drivel. And refreshingly, the accent is less on needless gore and more on suspense, something seriously lacking from today's horror fare. KAW may not be the Hamlet of horror movies, but should be noteworthy for what it is: an edgy, moody, no-frills humdinger of a horror flick."
IT'S YOUR KAW
Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 10/25/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This retake on the claasic Hitchcock's THE BIRDS even features the 1963 movie's hero, Rod Taylor, although this time around the durable actor plays the town's loveable doctor. In the '63 film, all kinds of birds were the predators; this time around, it's just the ravens, who have been infected by feeding on the carcasses of diseased cattle.
The special effects are pretty decent and while there's not a whole lot of new ground broken, the film succeeds in entertaining those of us into the attacking animals venue. Sean Patrick Flanery takes a leave from his villainous role on THE DEAD ZONE and plays the stalwart sheriff.
KAW won't receive raven reviews, but it's a pleasant enough diversion."
Mad Crow Disease
Robert I. Hedges | 11/11/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Kaw" is not Hitchcock, but it's not bad either. The similarities between "Kaw" and "The Birds" are self-evident, although they are denied vehemently in the interviews with cast and crew: the film even features Rod Taylor, from the Hitchcock masterpiece.
Parts of "Kaw" are contrived and stretch the imagination, but who isn't expecting that with a film about hyper-intelligent ravens spawned by the carelessness of antisocial Mennonites? There are typical B-movie plotpoints: it's the last day of work for the chief of police; there are children stranded and exposed to the birds; there's a crazy old gun nut in town, etc.
For no apparent reason ravens start banding together to attack people in a small town (this was actually shot in Canada), leaving the hero cop, Wayne (Sean Patrick Flanery), and the crusty town doctor (Rod Taylor) to figure out a strategy to combat them. In the midst of this is a subplot about Mennonites, who are extremely disagreeable, and who obviously know too much about these happenings for it to be a coincidence.
The special effects were enacted using 11 trained ravens from the Czech Republic, and very good CGI techniques. The extras on the DVD are surprisingly interesting and explain the CGI techniques and show the trained ravens. (Also worth watching are the interviews, especially with Rod Taylor.) Some of the plot is hokey, and several of the situations are fairly ridiculous: the beautiful cop's wife down a horrific well at the Mennonite's farm; the basketball team stuck in the bus (which hearkens back to the skiing team in the bus in "Ice Spiders"); and the lame (and predictable) child rescue from the street come to mind. Still this film is much better than I expected given the genre and budget, and is far more entertaining than most of its contemporary creatures-gone-amok peers.
Although I won't reveal the final plotpoint supplied by the Mennonites, it's a safe bet that it will make your eyes roll, as it did mine. Still, though, for a contemporary nature-goes-wild drama, "Kaw" is actually pretty decent."