directed by Peter Lynch
Canada 1996


Troy Hurtubise is the oddly interesting man he is today because he was attacked by a grizzly bear in 1984. Out of that came his life's dream--to build a suit of armor that would allow him to go one-on-one with a grizzly. The most compelling footage (and ripe for repeated viewing) in Project Grizzly is the crash testing of the 145-pound suit of titanium armor, chain mail, rubber, and interior air bags. Hurtubise, resembling a robotic Terminator, is thrown off cliffs, rammed by logs, hit by a pickup truck, and clubbed with baseball bats. And he cheerily considers those good days.

-Excerpt from review by Valerie J. Nelson found on

Theatrical Release: September 7th, 1996 - Toronto Film Festival

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DVD Review: Micro Films - Region 1- NTSC

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Distribution Micro Films - Region 1- NTSC
Runtime 1:12:00
Video 1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.33 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 5.1) , English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby) 
Subtitles None

Release Information:
Studio: Micro Films

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• Director Commentary
• Critical Appreciation Commentary
• Trailer Gallery ( 4 Micro Films DVD offerings)
• Outtakes (6 deleted scenes with optional commentary)

DVD Release Date: September 7th, 2004

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Chapters: 16


I don't often my guarantees... but I guarantee that no one will ever put this film on DVD as well as Micro Films has. There was some obvious attention to detail and outright love in this project. The two commentaries that really help to spell out the motivations behind the documentaries central focus Troy Hurtubise. 'Obsession' is a funny description - it can go from the extreme of unhealthy tunnel vision to simple passion. Troy has a lot of both and because of this, he is an extremely interesting character (to say the least). The anamorphgic image is as good as you will probably ever see - it has no digital manipulation and I can even see some visible film grain apparent. It is a little rough being a strongly independent film project but its grittiness only adds to the films realism and charm.  I also learned quite a bit from the 'Outttakes' section. I recommend this film for a variety of reasons, but it is definitely not for everyone, though everyone would find it amusing/engrossing. It's what to watch when you are fed up with the Hollywood formula films.  out of    

Gary W. Tooze

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