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(aka "The Revenge of the Savage Bees")

 

Directed by Lee H. Katzin
USA 1978

 

In this suspense-drenched followup to cult-favorite The Savage Bees, National Bee Center honcho David Martin is horrified to discover that a bloodthirsty swarm has infiltrated the research facility. Knowing that these downright deadly drones will attack relentlessly and unpredictably, he recruits his assistant Jeannie Devereux and her jealous boyfriend to help annihilate the killer bees before they descend upon Smalltown, U.S.A. The stinging menace strikes again in Terror Out of the Sky, a.k.a. The Revenge of the Savage Bees. Leading the counterattack against the invasion are Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (TVís 77 Sunset Strip), Dan Haggerty (TVís The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams), Tovah Feldshuh (TVís Scream, Pretty Peggy), Lonny Chapman (TVís The Screaming Woman), Ike Eisenmann (Escape to Witch Mountain), Charles Hallahan (Silkwood), Richard Herd (Wolf Lake), Steve Franken (Avalanche) and Philip Baker Hall (Magnolia). Directed by TV and Film veteran Lee H. Katzin (Le Mans).

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TV sequel to "The Savage Bees" featuring more rampaging insects. This time a marching band and a school bus get in the path of the bees.

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Television premiere: December 28th, 1978

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:34:11.666        
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1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 20,814,327,614 bytes

Feature: 19,654,041,600 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.45 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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DTS-HD Master Audio English 1629 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1629 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
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Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, None
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1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 20,814,327,614 bytes

Feature: 19,654,041,600 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.45 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

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ē NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian David Del Valle and Filmmaker David DeCoteau
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Blu-ray Release Date:
August 9th, 2021
Standard Transparent Blu-ray Case inside slipcase

Chapters 8

 

 

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ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (July 2022): Kino have transferred Lee H. Katzin's Terror Out of the Sky to Blu-ray. It is cited as being from a "Brand New 2K Master". Despite TV production limitations and housed with a modest single-layered transfer, it looks consistent and clean - a shade faded - but highly watchable and a notable advancement over SD. The 1080P presentation may exceed anticipation. It's, obviously, no where near the heights of the format but easily passable for 70's TV-movie aficionados. 

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On their Blu-ray, Kino use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track (24-bit) in the original English language. Terror Out of the Sky has, well... buzzing bees - that can be effectively loud. The, occasionally dramatic, score is by William Goldstein (The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings,) sounding clean with consistent dialogue in the lossless transfer. It's unremarkable but suits the film. Kino offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-ray offers a new commentary by Film Historian David Del Valle and Filmmaker David DeCoteau. They talk about Tovah Feldshuh with anecdotal stories, how Terror Out of the Sky was actually a sequel to The Savage Bees with Ben Johnson, the rarity of TV movie sequels, how the African and South American 'killer bees' were in the news, the paranoia factor, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.'s career (The F.B.I. TV Series), Philip Baker Hall's hilarious performance in Seinfeld, his Paul Thomas Anderson roles, director Lee H. Katzin (Le Mans with Steve McQueen, TV work from Mission: Impossible to Space: 1999 etc.). They talk about how Terror Out of the Sky follows the tropes of 'Bee' movies that preceded it, producer Alan Landsburg (Jaws 3-D, Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo, Ants!, Mysterious Island of Beautiful Women etc) and much more. The two Davids work so well together, are fun and fill the commentary with stories, unpublished details and it's very much worth the indulgence. There are trailers for Ritual of Evil and Chosen Survivors but none for this TV movie. The package has an appealing O-card slipcase. 

Lee H. Katzin's Terror Out of the Sky is more of the same for those into this over-baked insect-attacking movie genre. I'd have probably preferred the prequel, The Savage Bees (where Gretchen Corbett played Feldshuhís role of Jeannie Devereux) but alas we get the fictional 'Center for Bees' in another stinging conflict. They even find space for Grizzly Adams. I'd easily take The Wasp Woman , The Deadly Bees (with delightful Suzanna Leigh), or for an intelligent insect sci-fi, Phase IV or even 1954's Them! with some far more imposing pests. Anywho, Terror Out of the Sky has the 70's creature-feature TV cache. It's bad... but in a nostalgic way. The Kino Blu-ray includes the amusing, educational, commentary. Terror Out of the Sky's not fatally poor to have it on the shelf for rare occasions. Pretty rare.

Gary Tooze

 


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