- Reaction score
- Trophy Points
My intention was to âCameronizeâ the movie by removing most of the silly humor forced in by the producer after he had fired Cameron, and to re-arrange scenes according to the rare directorâs cut.
I also wanted to produce a mini documentary exploring the lesser known, early career of the director including as many details as possible about the little documented Piranha 2.
James Cameron was fired from his first movie effort by its italian producer over âcreative differencesâ. The director had been brought in because he was cheap, american (contractually, the italian producer needed an american director) and knew how to scuba dive.
The producer, Ovidio Assonitis, best known for producing and sometimes directing cheap american knock offs of Jaws, Exorcist and other american hits, was working on a tight budget of $350,000 and seeing that Cameron was a perfectionist who had his own ideas about how the film should be shot, fired him after 7 or 8 days and took over directorial duties. The result is sometimes glimpses of Cameronâs future signature style and other times pure italian exploitation cheeziness.
Best enjoyed if youâre drunk.
- New credit sequence
- Piranha vision tainted red as per Cameronâs directorâs cut
- Most of the dumb comedy is gone
- Scenes re-arranged as per James Cameronâs directorâs cut
Special thanks to Neglify for previewing the workprint. Thankfully, he was drunk.
Windows XP, Sony Vegas
Single Layer DVD
MAKING OF CAMERON (13 minutes)
A brand new documentary about James Cameronâs early career up to and including Piranha 2.
VIDEO BIOGRAPHIES (33 minutes)
Video biographies of 6 actors from the movie.
PIRANHA 2 vs ALIENS (2 minutes)
A scene comparison that shows elements from Piranha 2 that made their way into Aliens.
ALTERNATE MUSIC ENDING (3 minutes)
Replacing the music for the end sequence with the infamous âBishopâs Countdownâ from Aliens.
XENOGENESIS (12 minutes)
James Cameronâs first short film.
* The special features are only available on the DVD.