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Spider Baby [Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD]

Lon Chaney Jr. , Carol Ohmart , Jack Hill    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Lon Chaney Jr., Carol Ohmart, Quinn K. Redeker, Sid Haig
  • Directors: Jack Hill
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Arrow Video
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Jun 2013
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B5DKXTE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,640 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

This was the first solo feature by Jack Hill (Coffy, Switchblade Sisters, Foxy Brown), whom Quentin Tarantino dubbed the Howard Hawks of exploitation filmmaking , and it remains one of his wildest and weirdest.

The credits dub this the maddest story ever told , a promise that s well on the way to being fulfilled in the opening scene alone, when Virginia traps and kills a hapless deliveryman in her makeshift web. She s one of three siblings who suffer from a unique genetic disorder that causes them to regress back to childhood, while retaining the physical strength and sexual maturity of adults.

Lon Chaney Jr gave one of his most memorable late performances as Bruno, their guardian and protector, who has managed to cover up their crimes until two distant relatives lay claim to their house. When they insist on moving in, Bruno has to cross his fingers and hope that the children behave towards their new guests...

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the main feature, available in the UK for the first time
  • High Definition transfer of the feature approved by director Jack Hill
  • Isolated Music and Effects track
  • English SDH subtitles for deaf and hearing impaired
  • Audio commentary featuring Jack Hill and star Sid Haig
  • The Hatching of Spider Baby Interviews with Jack Hill, Sid Haig, star Mary Mitchel, fan Joe Dante and more on the making of the film
  • Spider Stravinsky: The Cinema Sounds of Ronald Stein The composer of The Terror and Attack of the 50 Foot Woman among others is remembered by Harlene Stein, Jack Hill, American Cinematheque s Chris D. and others
  • The Merrye House Revisited Jack Hill revisits the original house that was used as the main location in the film
  • Alternate opening title sequence
  • Extended scene
  • Gallery of behind-the-scenes images
  • The Host (1960) Jack Hill s early short film featuring Sid Haig in his first starring role [30 mins]
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humpreys
  • Collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by artist and writer Stephen R. Bissette, classic articles and more, illustrated with original stills and artwork

Review

A near perfect blend of gothic horror and black humour, Spider Baby is certainly one of the weirdest flicks to come out of the post-Psycho early '60s. --Terror Trap

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent remastering of a minor gem 29 Sep 2013
By orvuus
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
First off, one must realize this black and white film was made on almost a zero budget, and some of the people involved, such as the cinematographer and the musical score composer, practically devoted their talents for free. This is all explained on the excellent extras. This is NOT a bad movie at all, in my opinion, and the acting is wonderful, but it is a dark comedy -- not designed to "scare" anybody. It has creepy moments, but it is still overall intended to be rather humorous. If you appreciate fine cinematography, this is one reason to view the film -- here the black and white print is crisp and clear (shot in 35 mm), and what's more the principal set had no electricity, so a lot of it had to be lit rather cleverly. I just think it's a real delight, and it is a cult favorite of sorts in the U.S. A really fine job from Arrow, once again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Horror icon rather than outright classic 18 July 2013
Format:Blu-ray
Now Spider Baby is not a good film, it's poorly made and many of the performances leave a lot to be desired. As an article in the collector's booklet suggests, just because something is a bad that doesn't mean it's beyond praise. The murderous kids are good value for money especially with Virginia (Jill Banner) `playing spider', turning something innocuous and playful sounding into a murderous game of spider and the fly. Another notable characteristic of the script is the way Bruno (Chaney Jr) interacts with people. Whether that means his incessant referencing of his deathbed promise with the children's father or his suggestive comments about hating being a bad thing, whenever the children go a little too far .

The glue that holds Spider Baby together is Lon Chaney Jr, he is subtle and simple, the perfect counterpoint to the hysterical acting and gung-ho progression. It's an awkward recommendation for horror fans. This brilliant re-mastering of Spider Baby should be seen by horror fans who aren't scared off by dated production values. It's a recommendation not because it's a classic or well made, but because it's the point where many horror tropes began in all their crude glory.

Arrow has done a real nice job remastering it too.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars arrow video does another good cult release 27 Jun 2013
By D.P
Format:Blu-ray
Another great release from arrow video, any one who like cult horror films must get this, great picture, plenty of extras and great artwork once again.
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