Both Tentacles and Reptilicus speak to a specific niche crowd, fans of the old creature-features so while I myself wasn’t overly impressed, it is nice to get both on one disc looking and sounding better than ever. Even though this release falters in the bonus feature department, it might be worth picking up for fans.
Genre(s): Horror, Fantasy
Scream Factory | NR – 183 min. – $24.97 | June 16, 2015
It’s angry. It’s hungry. It’s extremely well-armed and it’s descending on a small seaside town to sample the local cuisine! John Huston, Shelley Winters, Bo Hopkins and Henry Fonda do all they can to keep a giant marine menace from turning their sleepy village into a one-stop snack-shop. The film was helmed by cult director/producer Ovidio G. Assonitis (Beyond the Door, The Visitor, The Curse).
Discover the true meaning of survival of the fittest, as a terrifying creature from the past brings the future to its knees! Reptilicus proves that “if cats have nine lives, monsters have even more” (Citizen News). Directed by Sidney W. Pink, this is a cheesy but ultimately fun creature feature.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 0.5/5
Both films are contained on the same disc.
Tentacles — 0.5/5
Not surprising, the features are very light with the Theatrical Trailer (1:01; HD), Photo Gallery (2:01; HD) and the Radio Spot (0:58; HD).
Reptilicus — 0.5/5
Again, we get the same kind of features with the Theatrical Trailer (1:58; HD), a Photo Gallery (2:41; HD) and the Radio Spot (1:00; HD).
VIDEO – 3.25/5
Shout, through their Scream Factory line, releases both Tentacles and Reptilicus onto Blu-ray both presented in their original 2.35 and 1.66 aspect ratios respectively and both shown with a 1080p high-definition transfer, Reptilicus being new. Neither film are particularly brilliant to look at though given the low budgets and age, not too surprising. Details aren’t bad and colors appear to be well balanced however I did notice many instances of dust marks and scratches albeit nothing major or distracting. Of the two, probably Tentacles looks a tad better but likely only because it’s the “newer” movie.
AUDIO – 3.0/5
Tentacles comes with a DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo track while Reptilicus has a DTS-HD MA Mono track. As with the picture, I can’t say either one is phenomenal but they do gets the job done providing for clear dialogue levels and OK depth when the creatures begin attacking, not to mention the respective scores chiming in.
OVERALL – 2.5/5
Overall, both Tentacles and Reptilicus speak to a specific niche crowd, fans of the old creature-features so while I myself wasn’t overly impressed, it is nice to get both on one disc looking and sounding better than ever. Even though this release falters in the bonus feature department, it might be worth picking up for fans.
Check out some more screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.