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(aka 'C.H.U.D. (Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers)')

Directed by Douglas Cheek
USA
1984

 

Beneath the streets of New York city, there are hundreds of miles of subterranean tunnels unfit for anything human, unauthorized for anything experimental and unlikely to come to the surface...until now. Something horrible is loose in the sewers of Manhattan, and the city’s homeless population has begun to mutate into ‘Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers.’ They are C.H.U.D. - hideous, hungry and headed for the streets. John Heard, Daniel Stern and Kim Greist star in this wildly original horror shocker, filmed on (and below) the streets of New York City where hundreds of tourists every year are still devoured by actual C.H.U.D. .

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Theatrical Release: August 31st, 1984

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Distribution Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:36:33 
Video 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.5 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s  

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

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles None
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Release Information:
Studio: Image Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• Trailer (1:34)

DVD Release Date: September 27th, 2011

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Chapters: 12

 

Comments:

A lot of fun here. C.H.U.D. (it stands for Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers in case you were curious) has a unique place in film history with plenty of 'future' stars including the likes of John Heard, Daniel Stern and John Goodman.  Let's state right out of the gate that the Anchor Bay edition from 2001 (also the 9-minute longer 'uncut' version) is still available HERE. And:

1) I'll bet its the exact same single-layered 1.78:1 transfer and

2) the Anchor Bay has a commentary and other extras where this only has a trailer.

The film is a hoot but we'd obviously recommend the Anchor Bay DVD while you can still get it - it's only $.50 more at the writing of this review. Unfortunately, Image Entertainment haven't improved this SD release at all. 

Gary W. Tooze

 


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