"Slither delivers seat-squirming scares." -Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer Prepare yourself for this terrifying, twisted, and chilling film that critics are calling "the most entertaining horror movie in years" (Joe Williams, St. Louis Post Dispatch). From the writer of 2004's Dawn of the Dead comes the deliciously demented story of an unnamed evil wreaking havoc on a small town. Intent on devouring all life on Earth, this dark force is infecting anyone in its path. Now, it's up to the local sheriff, Bill Pardy (Nathan Fillion, Serenity), and his team to stop the spread of rampant devastation - and shocking mutilation - before it's too late.
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On a technical level the film image is clear and sharp with some nice contrast, while maintaining the original color palette that Gunn filmed it in. The flesh tones, both human and in-human being the most vibrant colors aside from the gore. The movie is presented in the original 1.85.1 aspect ratio, preserving the film’s original dimensions. The sound is in 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio with alternate 2.0 DTS-HD for those without home theater sound systems. The original extras from the DVD are presented in the video format ratio of 1:33:1 that they were filmed in. Remember it was 2006 and the TVs those extras were made for still came in the square format.
Now on to the extensive extras which make this disc so worth having!…
Scream Factory has added some new features in addition to including all the fun extras from the initial DVD release. We get new commentary from James Gunn with Nathan Fillion and Michael Rooker, aside from the original commentary with Gunn and actor Nathan Fillion. We also get new interviews with both writer/director Gunn and actor Gregg Henry and it is interesting to hear Gunn reminisce about the flick now that he’s had such success with the Guardians of the Galaxy films. From there we get deleted and extended scenes with optional James Gunn commentary. We get a step by step of some of the film’s visual FX. We get a fun tour of the set with actor Nathon Fillion, followed by an amusing profile of his character Bill Pardy. There’s a documentary from the original release called The Sick Minds And Slimy Days Of Slither. One of the FX crew humorously gives us a fake blood recipe in Brewing The Blood. There is another FX documentary about how the slimy critters were brought to life and a short video diary with Troma creator Lloyd Kaufman on set for a cameo, which sadly was cut from the final print. The extras wrap up with a fun gag reel and the original theatrical trailer. A nice batch of extras for a movie only now starting to get the notice it deserves.
This is a personal favorite and a flick that is finally finding an audience after being overlooked upon initial release. It’s a fun horror/sci-fi flick that pays homage to many of it’s influences, yet not without having it’s own identity. If you’re a fan of the film, it’s a must have disc. If you are just discovering James Gunn through his Guardian’s movies, than this is definitely an item you may want to check out. Another great disc from Scream Factory.
A meteorite crashes near a small town and, when Grant (the marvelous Michael Rooker) investigates, he discovers an alien creature that bonds with him for its own nefarious purposes including going after the residents of the town including Grant's own wife (Elizabeth Banks) and the man she is secretly in love with Sheriff Bill Pardy (Nathan Fillion from "Firefly" and "Castle"). The only person standing between the thing that has come to Earth and his town is Purdy.
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Aside from ththe fact that this is an older unrestored transfe done for Shout by Universal, the film does look pretty good even if it is the same source as the older Blu-ray from overseas from 7 or so years ago. Texture is nice as is detail, blacks are solid and color's robust. It's a solid looking transfer but if you were expect No a new one, you will be disappointed.
The lossless Audio 5.1 is VERY active and improvement over the HD-DVD available in the U.S. Subtitles are available in English but no other language same with audio. The static menu isn't exactly... static with a very clever bit on of activity.
The special features shine with two audio commentaries by James Gunn one with Nathan Fillion and the other with Fillion and Michael Rooker. Each one is filled trivia and fun particularly the banter on each.
We also get a new interview Gunn (with plenty of clips between the various parts of the interview). We also get a gag reel, a vintage on set featurette. We also get a new interview with Greg Henry, two featurettes on the special effects and making of the film, deleted/extended scenes, a Who is Bill Purdue, Brewing The Blood, Lloyd Kaifman's video diary and a theatrical trailer.
Shout Factory has loaded this disc with terrific special features and, while this is an older transfer, it looks quite good. Audio is lossless. If you like icky, slimy films with creatures that are really gross looking, this is the movie for you so slither on down to your store or order it from Amazon.