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The Nest [Blu-ray]
(Terry Winkless, 1988)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Concorde Pictures
Video: Shout! Factory
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 23,441,576,252 bytes
Feature Size: 23,056,932,864 bytes
Video Bitrate: 27.24 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: February 19th, 2013
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2047 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2047 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1839 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1839 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary: DTS-HD Master Audio English 1701 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1701 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
English (SDH), none
• Commentary by Director Terry Winkless
DVD of the Feature included
Description: The quiet town of North Port is being overrun
by cockroaches! Sheriff Tarbell (Franc Luz) believes that
genetic experiments being conducted by the INTEC Corporation
are the cause. Confronted with a potential disaster, Mayor
Johnson (Robert Lansing) calls for help.
A biological experiment goes haywire when meat-eating mutant cockroaches invade an island community and begin to hideously attack its citizens.
It’s not a good film, but it has a lot to admire! The acting is generally pretty good, with Robert Lansing a standout as the Mayor! It’s actually not a role completely without nuance, and Lansing pulls it off very well! Homer the Pest Control Man (the secret hero of the piece according to the director) is played by an actor who seems like a hormonally-created hybrid of Daniel Stern and Dennis Franz! If that’s your cup of tea, this may be the only serving of it available!
“The Nest” is a film well aware of the potential ick factor of cockroaches, and it takes full advantage of its cast of millions. This is definitely one of the best genre entries of the 1980′s, and far better than the dire CGI ‘nature runs amok’ films of recent years. The plot is standard creature feature stuff: the small island town of North Port is being overrun by flesh eating cockroaches. The evil insects start off by devouring the local pets before the inevitable graduation to the far sweeter taste of human flesh. As the inhabitants fight to survive, they must attempt to solve the riddle of the roaches’ mysterious mutations. Could the sinister gene-splicing Intec Corporation possibly be responsible?Excerpt from Beyond Hollywood located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The Nest - a dubious horror effort arrives on Blu-ray from Shout! Factory. The image quality shows a bit of textured grit and looks superior to SD... but that is about all. The 1080P, single-layered transfer supports the film. It is in the bastardized 1.78:1 aspect ratio - probably opened-up from the original 1.85:!. This is more and more common nowadays. There is decent detail, modest contrast and a bit of haze that looks to be more a factor of the original production - no fault of the transfer. I didn't see excessive noise and I expect this is a strong replication of the film. This Blu-ray is clean and consistent and the effect visuals benefit from the HD rendering.
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We get a reasonable DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 2047 kbps. It has some surprisingly buoyant moments with decent bass in the effects and screams. There is some original music by Rick Conrad - but it didn't impact me enough to recall it. The stereo track exceeded my expectations - obviously no surround but it supported the film well.There are optional English subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
NOTE: Although the menu says there is a 5.1 surround boost track - it is only a 2.0 channel stereo.
The supplements offer a commentary by director Terry Winkless - a USC Film School alumnus, and American Film Institute intern on "Soylent Green". A nice touch by Shout! Factory but there is nothing else.... not that the film deserves much more. There is also a DVD of the feature included in the package.
January 24th, 2013
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
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Gary W. Tooze
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