Piranha (20th Anniversary Special Edition)
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The DVD features good-humored commentary by director Joe Dante and producer Jon Davison, who also narrate the 10 minutes of good-quality home-movie footage shot by Davison. There are also six minutes of outtakes. --Sean Axmaker
- Never-before-seen footage on the making of Piranha
- Bloopers and outtakes
- Reproduction of original Theatrical Marketing Guide
- Bonus 8-Page Booklet: The History of Roger Corman
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The flick starts with a couple of kids breaking into some sort of rundown fish hatchery for an evening swim. Something in the water kills them. End of movie. Seriously, something rather nasty does do away with the two idiots. We then see an insurance investigator by the name of Maggie McKeown (Heather Menzies on loan from Julie Andrews) heading out to discover what happened to these two dolts. She rather quickly hooks up with an embittered alcoholic with a penchant for flannel named Paul Grogan (Bradford Dillman channeling Grizzly Adams) who lives in a cabin down by the river. Somehow or other Maggie convinces Paul to head over to the fish hatchery with her.Read more ›
And yes, even Barbara Steele is in it!
As far as creature features go, any fan of the critter exploitation 'venue MUST own this one.
The sequels, or as some say, the "re-imaginings" are fun too but as part of a different genre I suggest, more sleezy-comedic.
Piranha is Jaws, with beer and pizza and your buddies, and the landlady banging on your door screaming "TURN IT DOWN!"
Have fun, you've earned it.
"Piranha" is Corman's answer to "Jaws", a bad genre film that takes joy in being a bad genre film. When a private investigator goes looking for two missing kids at an old army test, she unwittingly releases a school of mutated killer piranha into the town's river system. With the help of a local mountain man, the two try to warn everyone from the military to a local resort. As is always the case in these films, the military has another agenda and they don't want the truth revealed.
Over the years, "Piranha" has earned a reputation as a true cult classic. With a great script from John Sayles, an amazing musical score from Pino Donaggio, and tremendous performances from underrated actors like Dick Miller, Keenan Wynn, Paul Bartel, and horror legend Barbara Steele, "Piranha" is the ultimate "nature goes wrong" B-movie.
My only real complaint about this DVD is that it is presented in a full-frame format (though the opening credits are finally presented in widescreen as the other way cuts the names pretty badly). Well, that and the fact that they didn't include any of the added footage from the original network TV version. Those complaints aside, it is good to hear director Joe Dante (who went on to direct "Gremlins") and producer Jon Davison reminisicing on the filming of this movie. Not to mention, the added value of seeing lots of never-before-seen footage from the making of the film. If you loved this movie growing up or are just a fan of the classic "creature feature" titles, this is a must-have.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have been looking for this movie forever and when I received it I was sooo...happy!
It came quick and I loved the price on it!
I love this original version *and* its remake. High horror and high comedy rolled into one.Published 4 months ago by liberty
since jaws cant swim in fresh water and it would be really hard to kill thousands of fish with razor sharp teeth, well we got a new image for you. Read morePublished 11 months ago by mike 67
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