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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount Catalog
  • DVD Release Date: September 24, 2013
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DW5IKNE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,434 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Raegan Butcher on August 20, 2006
Format: DVD
I saw this when I was ten or eleven when it was broadcast on network TV and i liked it; I was curious to see how it would stand up to the passage of time and i recently purchased it on DVD and--in spite of some poor spfx at the climax (screaming,goggle-eyed bug puppets being thrust directly into a camera with a wide-angle lens) this is for the most part a grim and weird semi-art-house sci fi movie, more akin to PHASE IV than something like THEM or even THE BIRDS.

BUG benefits greatly from the intense and nervously twitchy central performance of BRADFORD DILLMAN as the scientist who goes off the deep end after his wife is fried by the title critters. The insect ( or BUG, as the case may be) photography is well-done and the soundtrack whenever the bugs make an appearance is a prototypically 70's art-house exploitation hybrid--a series of scratches and electronic pops--but it becomes unnervingly effective. The scenes that conclude the film of Bradford Dillman performing bizarre experiments upon the BUGs and establishing some sort of contact with them remain potent and eerie and all of the scenes where he finds them crawling loose in his farmhouse are yucky in the best possible way; i remember flipping thru some monster movie magazine when I was six or seven yr old and seeing Bradford Dillman staring at a kitchen counter full of big, fat roaches and being grossed out--and also wanting to get down to the local drive-in and see it as soon as possible!

If you are willing to forgive some poor special effects near the climax you wont be disappointed by what precedes it. BUG is a genuinely creepy movie, one which manages to conjure up a disturbing atmosphere of heat and paranoia and eventually crumbling insanity. Worth a look.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John Prothero on February 15, 2008
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William Castle's production of "Bug" is based on the Thomas Page novel "The Hephaestus Plague" and is one of the great sci-fi horror movies form the 70's decade. It begins with an earthquake erupting in California causing some kind of prehistoric insects to emerge from underground. Entomologist Dr. James Parmiter (Bradford Dillman) soon discovers they are not only highly intelligent but are able to ignite fires by means of two strange antenna-like objects from their abdomen. But it turns out that the bugs are dying slowly and can't copulate due to the surface pressure is different from that underground. Obsessed with keeping them alive for study,he finds a way to make them breed and unleashes a super fire bug which turns out to be his undoing. Looks great on an HDTV.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 25, 2007
Format: DVD
Bug (Jeannot Szwarc, 1975)

No Rod Serling devotee who was alive in the seventies will ever forget the name of Jeannot Szwarc, the man who directed some of Night Gallery's finest moments ("Class of '99" and "Cool Air" were two of his). Szwarc's been a TV guy forever, rarely doing work on the big screen; when he does, it's often reminiscent of TV movies anyway. Such is the case with Bug, Szwarc's entry into the big-bug subgenre of the seventies disaster flick, probably best remembered these days for its interiors being filmed in the Brady Bunch house.

Based on Thomas Page's unjustly-obscure novel The Hephaestus Plague, and produced by the legendary William Castle, Bug is about, well, bugs-- large cockroach-lookin' things that emerge from a large crevasse formed after an earthquake. We rapidly discover that these guys can start fires, and are quite happy to do just that, quickly devastating the small town near their point of origin. (Yet, oddly, leaving the house at the edge of the crevasse standing.) Professor James Parmiter (Bradford Dillman of, among many other things, The Mephisto Waltz), an entomologist at the local university, is approached by his student Gerald Metbaum (character actor Richard Gilliland), whose girlfriend's family owns the farm whence the bugs are coming. Parmiter quickly becomes obsessed with the bugs, moving into an outbuilding at the farm in order to study them more closely.

There are two things about this movie that raise it above the level of the everyday big-bug flick. One is that this movie refuses to go in the direction you expect, if you've seen enough big-bug movies to know the conventions of the genre.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. B. Hoyos VINE VOICE on January 13, 2009
Format: DVD
"Bug" is one of the creepiest insect features I've ever seen; its implications are truly frightening. An earthquake in the California desert produces a chasm that reaches deep into the bowels of the earth. A new roach-like insect species emerges; it is blind, but it can produce fires. Because of the low air pressure, it is sluggish and unable to mate. This should've been the end of the story. However, a university professor (Bradford Dillman), who is insane with grief, mates one of the incendiary beetles with a common roach. Naturally, there are disastrous consequences.

"Bug" is a classic horror feature that has some terrifying, gory death sequences. In the same mold as Frankenstein, there is a man wanting to be God and create new life. When will we ever learn? The message is clear: leave nature alone. "Bug" has a downbeat, open ending that is pure apocalyptic horror. This film is highly recommended for those who enjoy movies involving killer insects. I must admit, I enjoyed it much more than "The Swarm."

Allow me to briefly discuss the DVD presentation. The audio and video are great. Unfortunately, there are no special features except for English subtitles and scene menu. I was hoping for a trailer. There isn't one. I remember watching the trailer as a child; it inspired great terror.
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