Piranha

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New Concorde's DVD of Piranha is a true labor of love guaranteed to please the fans of this cult favorite. The video transfer is full-screen (the way the film was shot), but benefits from a dazzling remastering job that results in a picture full of sharp detail and vivid color. It is a major improvement over the murky, faded previous video editions of this film. The audio sticks to the film original mono soundtrack; a stereo remix would have been nice, but the mono audio is clear and nicely mixed. This solid ...
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New Concorde's DVD of Piranha is a true labor of love guaranteed to please the fans of this cult favorite. The video transfer is full-screen (the way the film was shot), but benefits from a dazzling remastering job that results in a picture full of sharp detail and vivid color. It is a major improvement over the murky, faded previous video editions of this film. The audio sticks to the film original mono soundtrack; a stereo remix would have been nice, but the mono audio is clear and nicely mixed. This solid transfer would be enough for most fans, but the Piranha DVD also offers a jaw-dropping amount of extras, including a trailer, outtakes, home movie footage from the film's shoot, and a booklet that reproduces the film's original pressbook. However, the best bonus features is an informative and witty commentary by director Joe Dante and producer Jon Davison. The two offer tons of interesting tidbits about the production, including how the film was almost canceled after its first day's shooting and a funny tale about the frantic last-minute search to find a body double for the lead actress. Special note should be also made of the film's clever animated menus, which feature piranhas that "chomp" on the viewer's selection when a choice is made. All in all, New Concorde's DVD of Piranha offers a generous package of gruesome goodies that makes it a must for fans.
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Cast and crew; Biography; Movie trailer; Commentary; Featurette; Bloopers; Coming attractions
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This Roger Corman-produced cult favorite towers over its competition in the arena of Jaws imitators because it manages to deliver the goods that horror fans expect in effective style while also subtly spoofing the genre. The film benefits from a smart John Sayles script that is populated with appealing, believably quirky characters and overflows with quotable dialogue (the single best line arrives when an assistant tells his resort-owning boss "The piranhas are eating the guests, sir"). Director Joe Dante keeps the action moving at a rapid pace and knocks out a string of impressive set pieces in the process, including a nerve-jangling scene where a group of campers are attacked by the piranha and a suspenseful finale where the hero tries to open an underwater tank of poisonous waste to kill the piranhas before they get to him. Dante also works in plenty of subtle visual humor (for example, a beachgoer reading a copy of Moby Dick) and gets strong performances from his cast, including Bradford Dillman's stoic turn as reluctant hero Grogan and horror film icon Barbara Steele's icy performance as a quietly menacing scientist. All in all, Piranha is an intelligent blend of scares and wit that shows the genre-bending skills Joe Dante would soon develop to perfection on hits like The Howling and Gremlins.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/1999
  • UPC: 736991418943
  • Original Release: 1978
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  • Source: New Concorde
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bradford Dillman Paul Grogan
Heather Menzies Maggie McKeown
Kevin McCarthy Dr. Robert Joak
Keenan Wynn Jack
Richard Miller Buck Gardner
Barbara Steele Dr. Mengers
Belinda Balaski Betsy
Bruce Barbour
Paul Bartel Dumont
Barry Brown Trooper
Shannon Collins Susan
Roger Creed
Richard Deacon Earl
Hill Farnsworth
Bruce Gordon Col. Flaxman
Eric Henshaw Father in Canoe
Guich Koock Pitchman
Shawn Nelson Whitney
Nick Palmisano
Robyn Ray
Roger Richman David
Bobby Sargent
Bill Smille Jailer
Michael Sullivan
Melody Thomas Laura
Technical Credits
Joe Dante Director, Editor
Jon Berg Special Effects
Roger Corman Executive Producer, Producer
Jon Davison Producer
Pino Donaggio Score Composer
Mark Goldblatt Editor
Jamie Anderson Cinematographer
Bill Mellin Art Director
Kerry Mellin Art Director
Conrad Palmisano Stunts
Richard Robinson Original Story
William Sandell Production Designer
John Sayles Original Story, Screenwriter
Jeff Schechtman Executive Producer, Producer
Chako van Leuwen Producer
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