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(aka "Rabbits" )

 

directed by William F. Claxton
USA 1972

 

Okay, movie fans. To all of you who like nothing better than to nuke some corn, dim the lights and settle in with cinematic mutations like gargantuan 'gators, fearsome frogs, awesome ants and monstrous moths, we quote this film: "Ladies and gentlemen, attention! There is a herd of killer rabbits headed this way!" A hormone intended to alter the breeding cycle of rabbits overrunning ranchlands instead turns them into flesh-eating, 150-pound monsters in Night of the Lepus. Stuart Whitman, Janet Leigh, Rory Calhoun and DeForest Kelley are among the intrepid humans facing the behemoth bunnies. They use guns, flames and dynamite to subtract them. But the rampaging rabbits know how to multiply. Can anything stop these hare-y scary monsters?

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A hormone intended to alter the breeding cycle of rabbits overrunning ranchlands instead turns them into flesh-eating, 150-pound monsters in Night of the Lepus. Can anything stop these hare-y scary monsters?

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Giant Flesh-Eating Rabbits Ravage American Southwest After Scientist Slips Up! Such is the plot of this unintentionally campy horror outing. The trouble begins when a researcher's experiment to use hormone injections to control Arizona's burgeoning rabbit population goes terribly awry, causing the cuddly rodents to grow to enormous proportions. In order to facilitate their growth, the rabbits need extra protein, and what better source than the relatively slow-moving human population that surrounds their huge subterranean lairs.

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Theatrical Release: October 4th, 1972

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:28:15
Video

1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.72 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 Dolby Digital 2.0 (English), DUB: French 2.0
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer (1:47)

DVD Release Date: November 10th, 2010
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Chapters 16

 

Comments

Night of the Lepus is a film with plenty of issues but it would have improved dramatically - simply with better effects. Herding a pile of rabbits by poor miniature models and showing it in slow-motion - well, that and the close-ups just don't work. This is the biggest joke besides, well... killer bunnies. It could have been a decent creature-feature - not a great one - but a decent one, at least.

I'm pretty positive that this is exactly the same as the 2005 DVD edition found HERE - but this is a little cheaper. It's standard single-layered but progressive and anamorphic - looking pretty good. There is noise and artefacts but grain is trying to push thru. Detail is above-average for the format. The few bright colors seem well rendered.

The stereo sound is decent but unremarkable and there is an optional French DUB. There is the choice of English, French or Spanish subtitles. The only supplement is the film's trailer - looking rougher.

Obviously we can't recommend to any who aren't serious `baaad` film lovers. Night of the Lepus had some potential but decent star-power combined with crappy effects make for a classic dud. Addicts of this brand of horror-sci-fi genre don't need me to tell them - they will want to find out for themselves. To them - plenty of popcorn and beer!  

  - Gary Tooze

 



 

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