9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Man meddles again, a great film is the result!
This will remind you of Jaws. It is funny and suspenseful and will make you want to watch it again and again. With a great cast including Dick Miller from Gremlins it has everything. Joe Dante directs and it has a great story to it. Its also not very dated and wont go out of date very quickly. Its fx for some of the dead bodies is very funny actually but also gets...
Published on 31 July 2000
3.0 out of 5 stars Great "B" Movie
"Piranha" is a cautionary tale about the perils of genetic engineering , yet it manages to inject an element of humour into it's critique as well as portraying the horror of a mass piranha attack. Make no mistake , these are fierce and very dangerous fish and "Piranha" contains some gruesome scenes. Perhaps "Piranha" is also an allegory about the Vietnam War ,...
Published on 21 Mar 2006 by L. Davidson
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Man meddles again, a great film is the result!,
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This review is from: Piranha [VHS] (VHS Tape)This will remind you of Jaws. It is funny and suspenseful and will make you want to watch it again and again. With a great cast including Dick Miller from Gremlins it has everything. Joe Dante directs and it has a great story to it. Its also not very dated and wont go out of date very quickly. Its fx for some of the dead bodies is very funny actually but also gets pretty scary and serious near the end. By the look of the End though you know there will probably be a sequal and there is. It is a class piece of film though and will have you reeling to watch it again.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Piranha 1978 UK Blu-Ray,
First off Audio is LPCM 2.0.
Extra feautures are Audio commentary with Director and Producer, Behind The Scenes, Making of, Outtakes, Stills Gallery , Radio and Tv Spots.
Blu Ray is presented in 1.85:1 ratio at 1080/24 pq is a mixed bag as it does have print damage visible during the movie and the picture while good is not reference blu-ray quality which is to be expected as it is an old 70's b-movie and also the disc transfer does have heavy grain most noticable at the start of the movie.
My verdict would be if you are a fan of this movie it is worth buying.
Update Blu-Ray.com have announced this disc is region B locked so it wont play outside of europe.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent JAWS spoof.,
This review is from: Piranha [DVD] (DVD)PIRANHA is regarded as the best of the myriad JAWS clones that emerged in cinemas after 1975. This film never takes itself too seriously and tongue is firmly in cheek all the way through. A top notch cast includes PAUL BARTEL and horror veteran BARBARA STEELE as a villanous scientist. The low budget effects are delivered very well and the attack sequences are directed extremely well. It will be interesting to see what the 2010 remake will be like in 3D.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice HD transfer of this classic movie,
disk details were as follows
• Audio Commentary with Director and Producer
• Behind The Scenes
• Making Of
• Bloopers and Outtakes
• Stills Gallery
• Radio and TV Spots
Ratio: 1.85, 1080p 24fps (23.98fps)
AUDIO: LPCM Stereo 2.0
Region B (locked)
Running Time 94 MINS
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The piranhas...they're eating the guests, sir...",
By A Customer
This review is from: Piranha [VHS] (VHS Tape)We all know that producer Roger Corman made "Piranha" to exploit the success of "Jaws"--just look at the poster art for Spielberg's sake. But what was intended to be a low-budget knock-off became a classic B-movie because John Sayles produced a clever script and Corman assigned Joe Dante to direct. Dante would later go on to direct "The Howling" and "Gremlins," as well as "Rock and Roll High School" and "Amazon Women on the Moon" (the man does not forget his roots). Ultimately, "Piranha" is every bit as much of a spoof as it is a ripoff, which raises it to the highest level of B-Movie grandeur. The story, such as it is in such things, has flesh-eating piranhas being released into the river of the Lost River Lake resort. Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies, and Keenan Wynn are the most recognizable faces trying to avoid being eaten by the wee beasties, although you horror film buffs will also recognize not only Kevin "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" McCarthy but Barbara Steele, Queen of the Italian Horror Films. The DVD extras clearly reflect a grand affection for this film with commentary from Dante and producer Jon Davison, deleted footage, theatrical trailer, a "making-of" featurette for this 1978 film, material from the film's press kit, and more. When you have a classic B-Movie with A+ extras on the DVD, you have to give it five stars. Ironically, "Piranha II: The Spawning," the 1981 sequel, was the first film directed by James Cameron, who also went on to some notable successes in his later films.
5.0 out of 5 stars Corman Classic,
It has a number of great characters and some fine gory set pieces.
The extras which gives away a few secrets (fish on sticks) make this release a must-buy
A favourite. Avoid the TV remake (unless you want to compare notes) If I remember it was almost scene for scene but without the gore. Piranha 3D good to watch too but 3DD just isn't.....
5.0 out of 5 stars good size and nice clourer for the computer and i like it and it come on time for the holday,
This review is from: Piranha [DVD] (DVD)good size and nice clourer for the computer and i like it and it come on time for the holday
4.0 out of 5 stars LET'S GET WET,
This review is from: Piranha [DVD] (DVD)This is the Roger Corman classic that has launch a 1000 remakes (or so it seems). The army has created and bred in a not too secure location, mutant piranha. When skinny dipping campers go missing, Maggie (Heather Menzies) is called in to find them. She enlists the help of Paul Grogan (Bradford Dillman). They uncover the army's secret and work to save the locals from the piranhas that have gotten loose.
The movie is cheesy. It has some of the finest B actors of the era. The special effects is minimal. It does contain some mild corny humor. Everything we expect in a Corman classic.
PARENTAL GUIDE: No f-bombs or sex. Nudity (Janie Squire with a brief full frontal, Heather Menzies or her body double, uncredited swimmer)
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun, entertaining movie,
This review is from: Piranha [DVD] (DVD)Like one of director Joe Dante's other big hits 'Gremlins' this is more fun than horror, albeit with a fair amount more gore than the christmas favorite. The story and characters are nothing original and it is a simple B-movie picture but like all great B-movies it doesn't take itself too seriously and knows when to be funny, gorey, exploitative or thrilling. In fact where most B-movies are watch once then trade in, this film is an expertly crafted B-movie that is entertaining each time you watch it. The characters are stereotypes but there entertaining and engaging. The dialogue isn't shakespeare but gets the job done and there are no major clunkers.
In fact all aspects of this film, the directing, special effects, action, music ect can all be described thus: not original or award worthy but they always do the job and are entertaining and this is what you feel the production was meant to be. Fun.
So it's not Jaws and it's silly in places but it's a great film and is one of the only Jaws rip-offs (of which there were loads) that has stood the test of time and is still watched today.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun classic creature horror that's still exciting,
This review is from: Piranha [DVD] (DVD)I was glad that this has stood the test of time, as my other half hadn't seen it and tends to make it pretty clear if a film is cheesy or tacky. While Roger Corman's genetically enhanced piranha thriller IS slightly cheesy (it's a cash in on the 'fear the water' trend after Jaws) and has lots of horror staples that have since become cliches (the loyal dog that is at risk but wont leave his owner, the determined idealistic female scientist, the grizzled ex-drunk hero, the scientist questioning the morals of what he did etc etc)it's acted and filmed with such infectious enthusiasm, and directed with such talent that it barely matters. It's an exciting ride following the main characters as they race to prevent the next wave of attacks from the lethal shoal as it approaches a new resort. Some aspects are truly 70's horror - how many films these days would allow a large group of young kiddies to get savaged by a shoal of killer fish? (Although this is tactfully filmed with much less grue than the adult attacks). Moments like this really help the tension as you can't make the safe modern horror assumptions that 'they just won't go there'.
The ending does reign in the gore a bit for budget reasons, with plenty of blood in the water but not much in the way of gruesome injuries, and the environmental aspects of the film are a little clumsy. But the sum total is a dramatic, exciting and fairly tense classic horror that remains very very enjoyable. And that classic tension scene of the raft slowly coming apart under the onslaught of a vicious shoal of piranha, yards from shore, is still chilling after more than 30 years...
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