A star of both Jackass and Wildboyz, Manny "The
Shark Man" Puig is renowned worldwide for his ability to get
closer than anyone to the largest predators. In Ultimate
Predator Manny engages in some of the most insane encounters
with wild animals that you're ever likely to see. From sharks
and alligators, to bears and venomous snakes: if it's dangerous
then Manny wants to hold it, study it, and even ride it...
explodes at every turn in this never-before-seen collection
of insane animal encounters. "The Shark Man" Manny
Puig and death-defying camera operator Mark Rackley engage
nature's perfect killing machines: sharks, alligators, bears,
venomous snakes and more. If it's dangerous, they want to
find it, hold it, study it, and even ride it. Developing their
own interaction techniques, Puig and Rackley are world-renowned
for their ability to get closer than anyone to the largest
predators in the wild - and this footage proves it.
DVD will probably appeal to those that love shows like Jackass
or any one of those Animals Attack style documentaries.
What's interesting about Puig is that he doesn't do stupid
stunts for attention, he'd been going it for years without
exposure. He actually gets a huge kick out of getting up close
and personal with these creatures and studying them. And,
I have to say, that he makes it look so easy that for a brief
moment I forgot that he was handling creatures that could
kill him in seconds, and instead saw the world through his
eyes; seeing the wonder of these spectacular predators.
never explained whether Puig actually just dives in there
and starts trying to get up close to these creatures, or whether
they are fed, or even drugged beforehand to ensure that they
are less likely to attack him - either way the man has guts...
or no notion of fear.
is one of those releases that sounds a lot more exciting than
it is. It's mainly underwater creatures that Puig plays with.
There's a bear or two, and a rattlesnake, but that's about
it. It's mentioned that he also loves to tackle wild cats,
but we never see him going near them. Sharks and alligators
are the order of the day here.
the most impressive of his stunts is the "alligator levitation".
Here Puig simply raises the creature to the surface as though
it were a plastic alligator. He places his hand underneath
the creature's jaw and gently moves it to the top of the water
- then the creature allows its head to be raised even further
in the air.
include 32 mins worth of interviews (which are just the full
interviews that were chopped up and placed in various segments
of the main feature); Deleted Scenes; and a photo gallery.
Predator is fun, but it's a release that you'll probably
only watch the once.