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  • Actors: Lon Chaney Jr., Carol Ohmart, Quinn K. Redeker, Sid Haig
  • Directors: Jack Hill
  • Format: CD+DVD, PAL
  • Language: English
  • 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B5DKXTE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,384 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By orvuus on 29 Sept. 2013
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By THE BLUEMAHLER on 22 Mar. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
When a film opens up with a raspy-voiced Lon Chaney, Jr. ardently singing the title song, it almost comes with a guarantee of a weird trip ahead. Spider Baby (1964) does not disappoint.

Some commentators have likened Spider Baby to Eraserhead (1977), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974 ), or TV’s “the Addams Family,” while others have erroneously categorized it as “surreal.” If we have to give comparisons, we might find it to be the most idiosyncratic film in the “Old Dark House” genre (and yes, that includes Rocky Horror Picture Show). Still, even that is not adequate. Spider Baby is a maverick that defies all labels.

Writer/director Jack Hill‘s credits include Boris Karloff‘s unfortunate Z-grade Mexican horror films House of Evil (1968), Fear Chamber (1968), Isle of the Snake People (1971), Alien Terror (1971); the women-in-prison jigglefests The Big Doll House (1971) and The Big Bird Cage (1972); the Pam Grier blaxploitation vehicle Foxy Brown (1974); and Switchblade Sisters (1975-the title says it all). All of these are lucid examples of trash cinema; Spider Baby is a one-of-a-kind inbred sibling to the lot.

The casting of Lon Chaney, Jr. is, for once, near ideal. 1930s horror icons Karloff and Bela Lugosi each had an air of European mystery in their screen personas. 1940s horror second banana “sort of” horror icon Chaney, Jr was pure American white trash. When Universal tried to cast Chaney in the Karloff/Lugosi Euro mold, the results often ranged from laughable to cringe-inducing.

Chaney, Jr was, of course, unfavorably compared to his father and has received a lot of bad raps from critics past and present. Most of those raps are well deserved, but it was not his legendary father who proved to be the ultimate detriment to his career. It was Chaney Jr.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rob Simpson on 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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The item came really fast, in perfect condition.Everything is as described.Picture quality is great.This movie is classic, really good horror or dark comedy from 60's.The price is cheap so, I recommend it!
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. Arts on 3 Jan. 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Owners of the excellent image release are probably looking at this and thinking, why bother? The image dis was great, with liner notes from joe dante, commentary from jack hill and a couple of featurettes and fans of the film such as myself have been very happy.
Out of curiosity I decided to give this release a try on the strength of other dark sky titles such as their definitive edition of texas chainsaw massacre and the supurb Who can kill a child?, and upon recieving this disc and watching it I can happily say any spider baby fan will find it well worth while owning both this AND the previous image release.
Why? you may well ask, well... this is a different cut of the movie with scenes incorperated that were previously only available as deleted scenes
a brand new commentary from jack hill and sid haig plus a 40 plus minute making of. Its worth keeping the previous release due to the extras not on this disc plus owning the origional cut of the movie; but this is far and away the best release yet.
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