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(aka "Slugs@ or "Slugs - The Movie" or "Slugs, Muerte Viscosa" )

 

directed by Juan Piquer Simón (as J.P. Simon)
USA/Spain 1986

 

From celebrated Spanish director Juan Piquer Simón, the man behind the truly demented slasher flick Pieces (1982), comes a terrifying tale of mutant slugs on the rampage in small-town America.

The townsfolk of a rural community are dying in strange and gruesome circumstances. Following the trail of horrifically mutilated cadavers, resident health inspector Mike Brady is on the case to piece together the mystery. He soon comes to a terrifying conclusion giant slugs are breeding in the sewers beneath the town, and they re making a meal of the locals!

Based on the novel by acclaimed British horror author Shaun Hutson, Slugs outdoes its creature feature peers by adding an extra dose of gross-out gore into the equation, culminating in one of the most squirm-inducing animal attack movies ever to slither its way across screens.

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Theatrical Release: 5 February 1988 (USA)

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Comparison:

Anchor Bay Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Arrow Video - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Anchor Bay Entertainment DVD Screen Caps!

 

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Distribution

Anchor Bay Entertainment

Region 1 - NTSC

Arrow Video
Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:29:27 1:29:15.391
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.4 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 34,018,142,286 bytes

Feature: 24,739,356,672 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate:

 

Anchor Bay Entertainment

 

Bitrate:

Arrow Video Blu-ray

 

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

LPCM Audio English 768 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit
Commentaries:

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

Subtitles None English SDH, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
•  Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 1:37)

DVD Release Date: 24 October 2000
Amaray

Chapters 25
 

Release Information:
Studio: Arrow Video

 

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 34,018,142,286 bytes

Feature: 24,739,356,672 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
•  Audio Commentary by source novel author Shaun Hutson
•  Audio Commentary by filmmaker Chris Alexander
•  'Here’s Slugs In Your Eye' interview with actor Emilio Linder (7:39)
•  'They Slime, They Ooze, They Kill: The Effects of Slugs' interview with special effects artist Carlo De Marchis
(10:46)
•  'Invasion USA' interview with art director Gonzalo Gonzalo (11:52)
•  'The Lyons Den' interview and locations tour with production manager Larry Ann Evans (21:00)
•  Theatrical Trailer (1:37)
•  Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter
•  Fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by writer Michael Gingold
 

Blu-ray Release Date: September 27th, 2016
Standard Blu-ray case

Chapters : 12

 

 

 

Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Arrow - Region FREE Blu-ray September 2016': This is the another Arrow Blu-ray release that is being simultaneously released in both region 'A' (US) and 'B' (UK). It is the exact same package on both sides of the pond but there are minor cosmetic differences on the disc labels and sleeve to do with differing copyright info and barcodes, ex. the US release doesn't have BBFC logos.'

The Arrow Blu-ray is another massive improvement over the older DVD - more detail, better layered contrast, superior colors, more information in the frame etc. It's really no competition. The 1080P transfer is on a dual-layered disc with a very high bitrate.

Arrow stay faithful to the original audio with a linear PCM mono track. There are effects but fairly modestly exported. In the credits the score is cited as conducted and composed by Tim Souster and performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It is one of the better attributes of the film and seems to suit the onscreen action, creepiness and suspense fairly well although often overly-dramatic. There are optional English (SDH) subtitles and the Blu-ray disc is Region FREE.

Arrow again go the extra mile with an abundance of supplements starting with an audio commentary by source novel author Shaun Hutson explaining how he was only 23 when he wrote 'Slugs' and discrepancies between his story and film. Very enjoyable - he's fun. There is also a second commentary by filmmaker Chris Alexander - a Toronto-based film critic, director, and freelance writer, and the current managing editor for the horror website Shock Till You Drop. His comments are enjoyable, refreshing and educational. There are 3 new features, 'Here’s Slugs In Your Eye' is a 7.5-minute interview with actor Emilio Linder, 'They Slime, They Ooze, They Kill: The Effects of Slugs' is a 11-minute interview with special effects artist Carlo De Marchis.  'Invasion USA' interviews art director Gonzalo Gonzalo for a dozen minutes and 'The Lyons Den' spends 21-minutes with locations tour with production manager Larry Ann Evans. There is also a theatrical trailer and the package has a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter and includes a fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring a new essay by writer Michael Gingold.

Yeah - mutated slugs. Uh-huh. Not that way in the book Shaun tells us. Actually, it's not as bad as you may expect - once you invested some time in the extras - which help advance appreciation of this gore-fest. I get the feeling that I would have liked the novel. The film seems directionless at times but I like the concept and how it plays out.  I think pacing could have been improved. But the film is the only lacklustre thing about this immoderate Blu-ray package - another 'to the 9s' by Arrow - who are really doing a service to films fans with these extensive sets. I can do nothing but tip my hat to them for their extensive hard work. Commentaries, interviews, booklets... if only it were Bresson where they were focusing this love. For fans of this exploitive, horror genre - you couldn't ask for more. Recommended!

 -Gary Tooze and Eric Cotenas

 


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