Jul 222014
 

There’s no real shock here, but Deadly Eyes, based on a novel entitled “The Rats”, is a cheesy little picture but it has its fan base and honestly, even though this kind of horror isn’t my thing (I have a preference for the slasher subgenre), it’s at least quasi-entertaining. The Blu-ray released by Shout Factory, via their Scream Factory line, isn’t bad offering good audio and video transfers but it is a tad disappointing in the features department.

 

Deadly Eyes
(1982)


REVIEW NAVIGATION

The Movie
| Special Features | Video Quality | Audio Quality | Overall

Genre(s): Horror, Fantasy
Shout Factory | R – 87 min. – $26.99 | July 15, 2014

MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
Robert Clouse
Writer(s): James Herbert (novel “The Rats”), Lonon Smith (original screenplay); Charles Eglee (screenplay)
Cast: Sam Groom, Sara Botsford, Scatman Crothers

DISC INFO:
Features:
Interviews, DVD Copy
Number of Discs: 2

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 1.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles: English
Disc Size: 39.5 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

 


PLOT SUMMARY

Each year they plunder one fifth of our food, spread our deadliest diseases and destroy billions of dollars worth of homes and property.

Grain contaminated with steroids produce large black rats that begin feeding on the citizens of Toronto. A college basketball coach (SAM GROOM) teams up with a local health inspector (SARA BOSFORD) to uncover the source of the mysterious giant rats. When they discover that the rats are living in the subway, they try to prevent a new subway line from opening before all hell breaks loose underground. This is man’s last desperate, bloody battle to preserve the existence of the human race.

SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.5/5

Surprisingly, the features are fairly light for a Shout Factory release with, outside coming with a DVD Copy, is a set of Interviews (24:05; HD) with Actors Lisa Langlois, Lesleh Donaldson and Joseph Kelly, Writer Charles Eglee, Art Director Ninkey Dalton and Special Effects Artists Allan Apone and Alec Gillis.


VIDEO – 4.0/5

Deadly Eyes crawls through the subway tunnels making way to the Blu-ray presented with a 1.78 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. The picture on this presumably low-budget rodent-feature isn’t anything astounding, but does look decent enough with good detail levels particularly for close-ups while anything from a distance is a bit more distorted. Darker scenes, though, are nice and stark and outside of the occasional dust marks, it’s a mostly clean transfer.

AUDIO – 3.75/5

The DTS-HD Master Audio Mono track includes fairly clean and clear dialogue levels while the action-center elements (i.e. screams as the rodents tear their victims apart) come across, considering it is a singular channel audio, with relative clarity. The music/score also sounds decent enough but for obvious reasons this isn’t a dynamic track; nothing great, just acceptable.



OVERALL – 3.0/5

Overall, there’s no real shock here, but Deadly Eyes, based on a novel entitled “The Rats”, is a cheesy little picture but it has its fan base and honestly, even though this kind of horror isn’t my thing (I have a preference for the slasher subgenre), it’s at least quasi-entertaining. The Blu-ray released by Shout Factory, via their Scream Factory line, isn’t bad offering good audio and video transfers but it is a tad disappointing in the features department.

 

Published: 07/22/2014

 

 

 

 

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

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