S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(Tony Randel, 1993)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: First Look Pictures
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 18,649,257,296 bytes
Feature Size: 18,569,342,976 bytes
Video Bitrate: 23.98 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: January 22nd, 2013
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1585 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1585 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentary: DTS-HD Master Audio English 1568 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1568 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
•Commentary track with director Tony Randel, Nathaniel Thompson and Clint Howard
Description: A group of problem teens from Los Angeles join an inner-city wilderness project in and attempt to get back in touch with life's priorities; led by do-gooders Holly and Charles (Rosalind Allen and Peter Scolari). When they get to the campsite, they begin having problems adjusting to the wild life, particularly with the local marijuana growers using herbal steroids to accelerate plant growth, and the mutated ticks that the leaky steroid system has created - These oversized mutant ticks with an insatiable lust for human flesh starts terrorizing the campground, eating the campers and everything else in sight. The stellar cast includes, Ami Dolenz. Seth Green, Alfonso Ribeiro, Clint Howard and Rance Howard. Directed by Tony Randel (Hellbound: Hellraiser II).
An affectionate homage of the "big monster" movies of the 1950s, Ticks takes what made those movies irresistible, and adds the choice ingredients that make 1990s horror movies so popular - which mainly consist of blood, slime, and all-out grossness. It's obvious the filmmakers (including executive producer Brian Yuzna) were having a hoot making Ticks, and were at heart making it for themselves. It's not just for them, because there's something to please everyone in this movie. It's nice sometimes to see a familiar plot line, especially if it's done with energy and a big desire to please. This bloodsucker is much better that the mediocre Skeeter released the same year. (There was also Mosquito released in 1996, which I haven't seen, but I've heard is not very good at all.)Excerpt from The Unknown Movies located HERE
The premise is bad, I'll admit, but you have to love the sight of a softball-sized tick scuttling across the floor. Add to this a group of dysfunctional teenagers and two demented marijuana growers and you've got a plot! The special effects aren't so special but they're gooey; for some reason mutated ticks are covered in slime.Excerpt from BadMovies.org located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Ticks has a modest Blu-ray transfer from Olive Films. As usual this is only single-layered and it looks a bit better than SD - but not a lot beyond that. In a strange irony the effects tend to look better than the rest of the film. There are some mild background artefacts but I suspect this is another fair-to-good representation of the original film with no undue manipulations. The 1.85:1 aspect ratio has been bastardized (probably opened-up) to 1.78. Detail is modest but colors look true. The Blu-ray isn't going to win appearance-of-the-year but holds up as good as this film deserves - maybe even a bit better than that.
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The audio is in a decent but unremarkableDTS-HD Master 2.0 channel at 1585 kbps. Moments have surprisingly depth at times. Most of the effects are built-up with the the score by Daniel Licht and Christopher L. Stone. No range but it supports the film consistently. There are no subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
Included is a commentary track with director Tony Randel, Nathaniel Thompson and Clint Howard, but it is not accessible via the 'Special Features' menu button (which seems to do nothing - authoring error?) only through depressing the 'Audio' button - to get the second track. What I listened to sounded fun. There's nothing else.
January 22nd, 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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