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(aka "Claws")

Directed by William Girdler
USA 1976

 

Following the worldwide impact of JAWS in 1975 directors and producers were fast to cash-in on the success of the Steven Spielberg terror-trendsetter and to instigate a short-lived sub-genre of killer animal movies. Perhaps the most successful of all was 1976's GRIZZLY which took in mega-money upon its release and had audiences glued to their seats and avoiding natural parks for the foreseeable future!

Starring the great Christopher George (CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD) and directed by the genius exploitation master William Girdler (DAY OF THE ANIMALS), GRIZZLY traces the bloody rampage of the titular animal who is chomping, tearing and terrorising innocent campers and showcasing a case of insatiable hunger. If JAWS is the ultimate killer shark flick then GRIZZLY is the world's greatest marauding-mammal movie and, thanks to 88 Films, this all time classic horror film is finally available to UK audiences in gloriously gruesome HD!

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This ecology-themed horror movie took its inspiration from the success of Jaws and moved that film's man-versus-nature conflict from the seaside to the forest. The plot of Grizzly focuses on Mike Kelly (Christopher George), a forest ranger whose peaceful tenure over a forest housing a busy nature lodge is interrupted by the arrival of a very deadly and hungry 15-foot grizzly bear. As the bear starts killing rangers and campers, Park Supervisor Charley Kittridge (Joe Dorsey) tries to cover up the problem and tries to keep Kelly from acting in a way that will cause public suspicion. Finally, Kelly decides to do what is right and teams up with macho pilot Don Stober (Andrew Prine) and eccentric naturalist Arthur Scott (Richard Jaeckel) to hunt the grizzly down on its own turf. Grizzly was roundly panned by critics for its slavish, blow-by-blow imitation of its more sophisticated model, Jaws, but its gruesome shock power made it a major hit with audiences around the world. Director William Girdler followed this success up with another ecology-themed shocker in Day of the Animals, and the film's producers made a still-unreleased sequel, Grizzly II, which provided early roles for Charlie Sheen and George Clooney.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: May 12th, 1976

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Review: 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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Distribution 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:31:07.128 
Video

Disc Size: 23,325,328,214 bytes

Feature Size: 19,170,797,568 bytes

Average Bitrate: 24.99 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

Subtitles English, None
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Release Information:
Studio: 88 Films

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Disc Size: 23,325,328,214 bytes

Feature Size: 19,170,797,568 bytes

Average Bitrate: 24.99 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video 

 

Edition Details:
• What a Guy! - David Del Valle Recalls Actor Christopher George's Life and Career. (23:41)
• Theatrical Trailer (1:07)
• Limited Edition Booklet Notes by Dr. Colin Waddell
• Reversible Sleeve with alternative cover image
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Blu-ray Release Date: May 14th, 2018
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Chapters: 24

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

88 Films bring us the 1976 drive-in classic, Grizzly, on a single-layered Blu-ray disc. The film was shot in the Todd-AO format and is presented here in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio. There are random small flecks of dirt and debris visible on the print, but this is by no means overwhelming, in fact it only adds a drive-in quality to the experience. Colors seem a little muted, but this is most likely due to the original print and is not a mistake in the transfer.

Grizzly is brought to us with an uncompressed linear PCM 2.0 stereo track (16-bit). Various nature noises and bear roars sound as good as they would've in the 70's. Voices sound clear enough and the score by Robert O. Ragland (10 to Midnight, The Thing With Two Heads) sounds clear. Ragland apparently wanted to score the film using very low registering instruments, to give the film a 'grizzly' sound. The score is not your average creature-feature fare, and some may recognize his "What Makes a Man a Man?". There are optional English subtitles on this region 'B'
Blu-ray disc.

The first extra is "What a Guy!" where David Del Valle, a journalist well-versed on genre film, is interviewed for 23-minutes. Del Valle mostly talks about the work of Christopher George, most hilariously talking (and showing) George's playgirl centerfold (funny enough, fellow Grizzly actor Andrew Prine also did a full-frontal spread that is shown here as well). This is an interesting feature delving into George's life and career and I would highly recommend this feature. The film's theatrical trailer is also available. A 4-page booklet featuring the piece "When Beasts Attack" by Dr. Calum Waddell is also included, as well as a reversible sleeve with alternative artwork.

Grizzly is a somewhat cheesy drive-in staple from the past. As David Del Valle says in his interview, Grizzly is best experienced in an audience, so I would recommend having a few friends over for this one. 88 Films have given us a solid
Blu-ray package here with a fairly good transfer of audio and video, with little restorative tinkering, thus preserving the intended drive-in experience of the film.

Colin Zavitz


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