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Kingdom of the Spiders (Special Edition)

3.9 out of 5 stars 101 customer reviews

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William Shatner stars as veterinarian Rack Hansen in this cult classic about an Arizona town infested with a horde of arachnids that turn on the humans whose insecticides have depleted their natural food supply.

After livestock belonging to rancher Walter Colby fall victim to a spider attack, entomologist Diane Ashley (Tiffany Bolling) arrives and tries to help Rack deal with the crisis: but with the big county fair fast approaching, Mayor Connors refuses to let them quarantine the ranch. Soon the remaining residents of the town must barricade themselves at Emma Washburns lodge in an effort to save themselves from the eight-legged invaders in the ultimate man vs. spider showdown.

Bonus Features

* All-New Interview With William Shatner

* Jim Brockett: Spider Wrangler Featurette

* Audio Commentary By Director John Bud Cardos, Producer Igo Kantor, Spider Wrangler Jim Brockett And Cinematographer John Morrill; Moderated By Hostel Producer Scott Spiegel And Lee Christian

* Rare Behind-The-Scenes Footage

* Interview With Writer Stephen Lodge

* Poster Gallery

* Original Theatrical Trailer

* New Wide-Screen Transfer

* And More!

Special Features


Product Details

  • Actors: William Shatner, Tiffany Bolling, Woody Strode, Lieux Dressler
  • Directors: John 'Bud' Cardos
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: January 19, 2010
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002NN7EY2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,723 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kingdom of the Spiders (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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By Jon M. Mcclain on February 5, 2009
Format: DVD
When faced with the absolute magnificence one witnesses in this film, it's difficult to find the words needed to express such joy, let alone organize them in any manner. I feel a rush of sensations, all blindly driving my passions into a whirlwind of pleasure. Yes, the great William Shatner stars in this outing, and his impeccable acting alone is worthy of admission costs, but surprisingly, he is upstaged by two things: hordes of tarantulas stealing the scenes, and the most exquisitely cultivated male scream you will EVER encounter.

In one solitary scene, this movie lays waste to every other cinematic achievement in the history of motion pictures. The town's mayor has hired a crop-dusting pilot to spray deadly insecticide across the region infested with tarantulas, thus ensuring the annual local fair will proceed as scheduled, but our eight-legged protaganists counter with a deadly plan that transforms the pilot's cockpit into a tomb. In his final moments, this heroic, godlike vision of a man is swarmed by warmly embracing arachnids, and he unleashes the grandest of all screams. He continues to evoke his heavenly shrieking for the entire duration of his glorious exit from the realm of the living. I'm left speechless when attempting to describe the sheer beauty of this scene, but every creature walking this earth is but a mere speck of dust in comparison to the divine frequency unlocked by this man's diaphragm. This, without question, is the peak of cinematic mastery.

The rest of the movie is not without value either. The work of William Shatner is a configuration of talent that needs no introduction, for he is admired by the masses, worshipped as an artistic genius, and for his very existence we are all unworthy to serve as viewers.
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On January 19, 2010, Shout! Factory will unleash the Kingdom of the Spiders Special Edition on DVD. This is the 70's bug flick with William Star Trek Shatner as a vet fighting off spiders who are looking to take over an entire town. The spiders (tarantulas)are mad at the pesticides in their food and attack mankind..Very chilling. This is a chilling underrated movie that no bug horror film fan should miss. Directed by John Bud Carlos, this is far superior to movies like Ants! , Tarantulas,the Deadly Cargo, Empire of the Ants,etc. While there are no giant spiders (like Giant Spider Invasion) this movie contains hundreds(thousands maybe?)of nice size hairy spiders crawling & webbing their way toward mankind. This was released from Goodtimes full frame & uncut - now we can see it uncut and in its original aspect ratio...
Features include : all-new anamorphic widescreen transfer of the film, this Special Edition DVD release contains an all-new interview with William Shatner; an in-depth commentary featuring director John Bud Cardos, producer Igor Kantor, spider wrangler Jim Brockett and cinematographer John Morrill, moderated by HOSTEL producer Scott Spiegel and Lee Christian; rare behind-the-scenes footage; "Jim Brockett: Spider Wrangler" featurette; poster gallery and the original theatrical trailer.
This is the holy grail DVD release of Kingdom of the Spiders & is not to be missed..
Thank you Shout Factory !
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Cult 1977 low budget "nature gone haywire" film with Arizona veterinarian William Shatner ( that's about as far away from the bridge of the USS Enterprise as you can get ! ) firstly investigating unexplained livestock deaths. After Shatner takes bio samples from the dead animals and sends them off for analysis, then enter ice cool blonde entomologist Tiffany Boling to explain the animals are succumbing to massive doses of spider venom. Shattered farmer Woody Strode then shows Shatner and Boling a huge dirt mound seething with hairy, agressive tarantulas, and it soon becomes apparent that something is very wrong with the local spider population !

I first saw this film theatrically upon it's release back in 1978, and 25 + years later, when you stack it up against other "bugs on the rampage" films like "Frogs", "It Happened at Lakewood Manor" & "The Naked Jungle"....it holds up as one of the best. Sure, its as cheesy as a block of cheddar, and Shatner is a hammy actor, but it's a real guilty pleasure movie and seems to tick along quite well without getting bogged down with boring characterisations, or long winded explanations about why the spiders are now hunting much larger prey !

For my money, all the actors involved in this one deserve bravery awards for sharing the screen with hundreds and hundreds of genuine LIVE Mexican red knee tarantulas. On top of that most of the key cast members ( Shatner, Bolling, Strode, Dressler, Hughes & Lafferty ) get attacked and covered in these creepy arachnids. Nowadays, film makers would just cheat and use CGI effects, but back in low budget productions in 1977, they just tipped a bucket of real tarantulas on the actors and filmed the shot.....YECCH !
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Kingdom of the Spiders(1977) was one of the many "nature run amok" movies of the 1970's. The film also tries to emulate Jaws(1977) and The Birds(1963). William Shatner acted in this film between Star Trek(1966-1969), Star Trek The Animated Series(1973-1974), and Star Trek The Motion Picture(1979). Shatner's wife at the time, Marcy Lafferty, plays his on screen sister in law. In Kingdom of the Spiders, aggressive tarantulas from Central America invade a town in Arizona and start violently attacking people! What makes Kingdom of the Spiders suspenseful is the fact that over 50,000 real tarantulas were used. Today's filmmakers would resort to CGI spiders. Shatner plays Dr. Rack Hansen, an animal doctor who tries to fight back against the spider invasion. Tiffany Bolling plays an entomologist who helps Rack Hansen. Woody Strode plays a farmer and his cattle are the first victims of the spider invasion! The music score in Kingdom of the Spiders is stock music from The Twilight Zone. This film is scary, but also unintentionally funny at times. A woman shoots her hand with a gun in an attempt to shoot a spider! A crop duster pilot screams like a woman as dozens of spiders bite him!
I first saw Kingdom of the Spiders(1977) on a local TV station in 1988. The film scared me and I asked my parents to change the channel. My parents laughed at me and refused to change it. The scene where the crop duster crashes must have been an homage to North by Northwest(1959). Natasha Ryan plays Marcy Lafferty's on screen daughter. It's so chilling when she witnesses the tarantulas killing her mother! Director John "Bud" Cardos did a solid job directing. Kingdom of the Spiders does treat us to some humor before all hell breaks loose. The film ends with a shocking ending that I'll leave as a surprise.
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