3D Blu-ray Review "Spiders"

Actors: Patrick Muldoon, Christa Campbell, William Hope
Directors: Tibor Takács
Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: Millennium
Release Date: March 12, 2013
Run Time: 89 minutes

Film: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 2.5 out of 5 stars

When you approach a film like “Spiders” you have to just let go and enjoy yourself. The plot is terrible but that is expected and ignored. The CGI spider effects are actually quite impressive, especially the big momma! Patrick Muldoon has no lack of fighting alien objects after his roles in “Starship Troopers” and “Ice Spiders”. But like I said you don’t watch this film for the acting though or the story, you watch it for the title “SPIDERS”! Did I mention that this film is in 3D? Believe it or not, the 3D actually does work for this film. I was expecting more in-your-face cheesiness but they went more practically effects and depth. Overall a fun time here!

Do you really need a premise for “Spiders”? Not really but here it is anyway. Official Premise: “Spiders” centers on mutant spiders created by pieces of material from a disabled Soviet space station. With New York City threatened to be overrun, it’s up to health inspector Rachel Cole to prevent the Queen Spider from uniting with her eggs and creating a full on army of five foot tall, killer spiders.

Millennium released this film on a 3D Blu-ray/2D Blu-ray combo disc. Both formats are available on the one disc. Normally I am not a fan of this since it would reduce the quality of the transfers. But “Spiders” looks great on Blu-ray on its 1080p transfer, as does the 3D which is clear and adds nice depth. The film has this “King Kong” giant monster movie thing going on here and it really shows that scale well here. The audio track included is a very impressive Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track for this little monster movie. It really delivers with the suspense and its attempts audience-jumps. Overall, in terms of audio and video – this release really does deliver.

In terms of special features, they are not the greatest extras but are not the worst I have seen. Also they are actually all presented in 3D as well. This was a factor that I was very impressive with. The 3D though didn’t really add anything to the extras but it was still very neat to have the option. “Web of Terror: The Making of Spiders 3D” runs about six minutes and takes you through the production with cast/crew interviews. The extra is also run a little dark compared to the film itself. “Cast and Crew Interviews” features about twelve minutes of chatting with the director and the cast. Lastly there is a raw behind-the-scenes look into the production.

Blu-ray Review “Camel Spiders”

Directed by: Jay Andrews
Starring: C. Thomas Howell, Brian Krause
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Distributed by: Anchor Bay
DVD Release Date: March 27, 2012
Running Time: 84 minutes

Film: 3 out of 5 stars
Extras: N/A

With a tagline “They really get under your skin”, right off the bat this one sounds like a winner. To top it off it is from Executive Producer, the legendary Roger Corman. So we are off to a great start. Well the film is cheesy like expected about large killer camel spiders but it is very entertaining as well. Roger Corman has recently produced some really fun creatures like “Dinoshark”, “Shartopus” and “Mega Piranha”. This film does it job, it has fun and kicks some decent ass. What is even creepier is that camel spiders are real, unlike “Dinoshark” or “Sharktopus”.

The film starts off in the deserts of the Middle East, where a platoon of soldiers are being terrorized by giant arachnids called Camel Spiders. They accidentally transport these terrors to a small-town in the American southwest. It is up to an Army Captain (Brian Krause) and the local Sheriff (C. Thomas Howell) to help a group of locals and tourists survive and find a way to defeat these cratures. The director Jay Andrews is also known for recent creature feature “Dinocroc vs. Supergator”. He definitely has found his calling with these films and delivers two out of two.

I have learned that with these low budget creature features you just have to enjoy them for what they are. This packs some decent creature effects, obviously CG but still decent and also packs some decent kills. The video on the Blu-ray is decent boasting its sharp 1080p resolution. It also packs a decent Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio track. Unfortunately there are no special features included in this Blu-ray.