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The Nest [Blu-ray]

 

(Terry Winkless, 1988)

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Concorde Pictures

Video: Shout! Factory

 

Disc:

Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:27:38.253

Disc Size: 23,441,576,252 bytes

Feature Size: 23,056,932,864 bytes

Video Bitrate: 27.24 Mbps

Chapters: 12

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: February 19th, 2013

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

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)

 

Subtitles:

English (SDH), none

 

Extras:

• Commentary by Director Terry Winkless

DVD of the Feature included

 

Bitrate:

 

 

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.

When Dr. Hubbard (Terri Treas) from INTEC arrives, she realizes that an innocent experiment has gone terribly wrong. Ordinary cockroaches are turning into creatures with a taste for blood. Worse, the roaches are genetically mutating... literally becoming whatever they eat!

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A biological experiment goes haywire when meat-eating mutant cockroaches invade an island community and begin to hideously attack its citizens.

 

 

The Film:

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!


And I liked how much effort they put into the thing, with all those terrible special effects! Even terrible special effects are hard to make, and I’m sure there was no money and no time and very little staff available to do it! But they tried! It has a lighthouse like The Monster of Piedras Blancas, and there’s a tiny bit of small-town island atmosphere!.

Excerpt from Ha, Ha It's Burl located HERE

“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.

 

CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audio :

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.

 

Extras :

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.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
There are a lot of gross scenes in The Nest - but, it kinda adds to the whole, complete mess of the film arching toward 'cult' status. I guess it required more T+A. So - yes this is as bad as you might expect although Robert Lansing ('Gary Seven' from TOS) gives it a touch of class... until he dissolves. We can't recommend The Nest - except to those keen on these type of creature-feature mélange.  The Blu-ray supports the film as well as can be expected and the commentary would certainly be suitable for fans. Most everyone else should, probably, steer clear. 

Gary Tooze

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.

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