Jul 202018

Piranha II could’ve been a fun bad movie but it was just plain bad with terrible acting, poor writing and just an all around miserable experience.



Piranha II: The Spawning

Genre(s): Horror
Shout Factory | R – 94 min. – $29.93 | July 31, 2018

Date Published: 07/20/2018 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: Suzi Yoonessi
Writer(s): Kyle Mack & Caitlin Meares (written by)
Cast: Sarah Jeffery, Sarah Gilman, Vanessa Marano
Features: Featurettes, Gag Reel
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: Blu-ray, DVD
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Disc Size: NA
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C

Shout Factory provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.


While investigating the mysterious death of a diver, scuba instructor Anne Kimbrough (TRICIA O’NEIL) makes a horrific discovery: mutated piranhas, with wings that enable them to fly, are responsible for the death. As the body count rises, Anne desperately tries to convince the manager of the resort to call off the annual fish fry on the beach, but he’s determined to give his guests the ultimate feeding frenzy.



This release comes with reversible cover artwork. Features aren’t expansive but are interviews with Actor Ricky Paull Goldin (15:55; HD) and Make-Up Effects Artist Brian Wade (14:09; HD), and the Theatrical Trailer (1:50; HD).


VIDEO – 4.25/5

Piranha II: The Spawning comes to Blu-ray presented in its original 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and given a new 1080p high-definition transfer culled from the original camera negative and scanned in 2K. Honestly, for what was presumably a low budget horror film from the 1980s, this looked surprisingly good, detail was relatively sharp and colors especially bright, without appearing artificially pumped up and presumably on par with how it was originally released (or at least hopefully).

AUDIO – 3.5/5

The included DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track which sounds decent providing for good dialogue levels while some of the effects work did come across a bit muffled at times, though I attribute that to less than stellar on-set sound design than with the track itself.


OVERALL – 2.5/5

Overall, Piranha II could’ve been a fun bad movie but it was just plain bad with terrible acting, poor writing and just an all around miserable experience. Although this technically was James Cameron’s directorial debut, it was taken over by the producer and unfortunately his director’s cut is not included. The Blu-ray itself was decent with solid video/audio transfers and okay bonus features.





Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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