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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never bear hug a grizzly!
I have this film on a region 2 release. It has a different cover and no extras so I can't comment on anything other than the film itself (which is brilliantly bad).
Starts with some footage of various animals going about their business to spooky music. Then we are introduced to the least outdoorsy looking group you could imagine (who are about to go hiking). They...
Published on 11 Mar 2011 by Bonemonkey

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3.0 out of 5 stars "The terrifying movie of a world gone mad"
A very enjoyable "animals run amok" movie which is so bad its good.Scientists warn that the depletion of the ozone layer is reaching critical levels(and this was 30 years ago),so critical that it is enough to unleash the fury of the animal kingdom,who obviously must blame man.Every animal that you can think of attacks the human race and it is up to Leslie Nielsen to try...
Published on 17 Nov 2009 by ciaran moore


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5.0 out of 5 stars Never bear hug a grizzly!, 11 Mar 2011
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I have this film on a region 2 release. It has a different cover and no extras so I can't comment on anything other than the film itself (which is brilliantly bad).
Starts with some footage of various animals going about their business to spooky music. Then we are introduced to the least outdoorsy looking group you could imagine (who are about to go hiking). They include a cripple, a glamorous reporter, a whiny woman who hates being outdoors and Leslie Nielsen.
So off they go being lead by a cowboy and an Indian into the wilderness. They are harassed by angry looking animals along their merry way but as expected the guides decide to keep this animal weirdness to themselves and pretend everything is normal.
The attacks get more and more ferocious and when the larger animals decide they want a piece of the action various members of this odd bunch are savaged by Wolves and Cougars. Just when they work out that the animals are being "a bit off" with them, yep, they decide to split up!
A particularly annoying woman is thrown off a cliff by eagles which continue to peck her mid air and after she has landed on the rocks below. The local dogs (having been kicked once too often) decide that its time to give mankind a lesson in obedience. The snakes are not happy about being made into belts and decide its time to bite back.
There is a brilliantly funny part when Leslie Nielsen upon seeing the bear chooses not to run... Oh no, not on his watch! He sees the bears presence as a personal insult and wastes no time in challenging the bear to a bear hug contest. I almost choked the first time I saw this. It's amazing!
Overall the acting is good, the storyline is good and the effects are good. There is just something funny about people in the 70's getting attacked by animals. This will be enjoyed by those who are into horror, comedy, animals, Leslie Nielsen & bear hugging Grizzlies!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I remember Christopher George and William Girdler!!!!, 31 Aug 2010
Love this film...
The plot is implausable now - But in 70's anything goes.
My rating is- I admit is due in part to nostalgia.
It's pretty cheesey stuff - unless you still have a 7 year old childs eyes to watch it with!!!

Leslie Nielson gives a wonderfully over the top performance playing a bad guy!!!
The animals are brilliant and Christopher George is great as ever ...
he is in a number of films I like ...
the Exterminator, Pieces, City of the living dead and Grizzly which was made the previous year with the same director William Girdler.
Grizzly is probably better rememberd today- Tho If you like one your very likely to enjoy both.

The print is above average and the disc has some extras as well inc. interviews with some of the cast.

It was real nice to hear Bill Girdler being so warmly remembered.
(Only made 9 films)

If you enjoy 70's movies of a similar style - I would highly recommend this to you.
Very enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE, 10 Sep 2013
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Best animal horror movie ever , when i was child i love this movie too much!
I saw this movie at cinema
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4.0 out of 5 stars My first summer in the Sierra, 20 May 2013
Tired of horror flicks with only *one* kind of monster? Don't worry, "Day of the Animals" to the rescue! This unrealistic story features lethal attacks on humans by essentially everything. Eagles, vultures, wolves, bears, cougars, Alsatians, rats, rattlesnakes, tarantulas, Leslie Nielsen...all of nature plus our most cherished household pets and even a human (Nielsen, remember?) are running bezerk in this classical disaster movie from 1977.

The backdrop to the story is the fear of ozone depletion, the "global warming issue" of the 1970's. "Day of the Animals" features a group of rookies on a hike in the high hills of California, just when ozone depletion drives all beasts crazy at elevations above 5000 feet. Accosted by eagles, wolves and other wild animals, the inexperienced hikers must somehow get back to civilization. Unfortunately, all human settlements along the trail have already been abandoned and taken over by marauding gangs of Animalia...

John Muir famously said that if a war broke out between humans and beasts, he would side with the latter. I suppose this might have been one of Muir's favourite movies, had he somehow lived to see it. I can't say "Day of the Animals" is a *really* good movie, but it works well alongside other disaster movies of the "nature gone wild" type. Besides, I have a soft spot for its philosophical message (if that's the word for it).

I therefore very graciously award it four stars.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "The terrifying movie of a world gone mad", 17 Nov 2009
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A very enjoyable "animals run amok" movie which is so bad its good.Scientists warn that the depletion of the ozone layer is reaching critical levels(and this was 30 years ago),so critical that it is enough to unleash the fury of the animal kingdom,who obviously must blame man.Every animal that you can think of attacks the human race and it is up to Leslie Nielsen to try and save the day.I really do believe that this was the start of his comedy career and not "Airplane".The disc comes with two versions of the movie,the television master(with commentary by star Lynda Day George, whose husband Christopher also starred in the movie)and the original theatrical version,there is very little difference in content but the television one has a slightly better print though still not great.It also has a featurette of interviews with three of the other actors,John Cedar,Paul Mantee and Susan Blackline(22mins)plus trailer and photo gallery.If you like this type of movie you are in for a treat.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Day Of The Animals...Has Yet To Dawn, 9 April 2011
It's criminal that an idea so fantastic and apt should go to the wild dogs so quickly. The nature-revenge horror is one of my fave sub-genres and since Alfie Hitchcock's classic 'The Birds', the fruitful 70's delivered an equally pleasing stash of greats: The two 'Jawses', 'Piranha', 'The Uncanny', 'Long Weekend','Frogs' and Orca: The Killer Whale', plus 'The Pack', which I still have to see. This director himself already mined this delightful material singularly with 'Grizzly' a year earlier-here he decides to utterly expand his species to rival 'Frogs', then promptly loses control and ends up in eventually in a largely unsatisfying animal lover's no man's land.

I have yet to see why, too, this movie should be the endangered species it is, apparently moving to blu-ray this year finally, but it almost deserves to be put down with a lethal injection for several glaring negatives that marr the film terribly, and these really should have been executed on execution before finalisation. It's not on, as the simple plot is horror-perfect; the ozone layer's depletion, coupled with their usual treatment at human hands sends a short bunch of varied US wildlife off the happy path. Yet, while the air of menace hangs about for some time, it soon becomes clear it means nothing. Susan Backlinie, who 'Jaws' first munched in 1975, seems cast in this just to outdo that opener, singled out for an over-elaborate death scene, like she was the only one there, and was an animal exterminator to boot; the others being vegetarian eco-saints!

It's the kind of film that's so backwards it seems to boast more survivors at the end than it started with. One predicts easily who will fall and won't, and the fact that so many hikers win through is an especially absurd notion, seeing as the point was to isolate them in the woods to begin with. There's also one hugely unforgivable bad scene involving a particularly loathsome Leslie Nielsen in an act so pointlessly vile and inexplicably dumb, that it shattered what little patience remained. Cretin killing innocent person for no reason-always love that!

Some of the attacks are well-staged; the best being the rats in the cop's fridge-freaky and the viewer's constant eye-view on the stalking animals is great fun and puts you ahead of the quarry they're targeting-but then sadly, so does the script. And suddenly it becomes clear whose side the director's really on when every beast expires at the end! The point?

If ever a film needs a remake, it's this, and as it's customary now for a 'kill all the cast ending', it couldn't be more appropriate.

Stylistically the location work is pleasant without being stunning. The old VHS transfer to disc isn't great, but there are a few extras surprisingly for the kind of film it is, like cast interviews and a commentary. No clue, though, to why the film should end up being a spent force in need of a gene extraction.

May a better genus of director evolve for a future piece. Please, we've had needless remakes of 'Long Weekend' and 'Piranha', but, please Hollywood, and I don't say that easily, this is howling and roaring out at you, so redo it!

For horror lovers, see it for the film you should want it to be-certainly for the idea. Then discard it and hunt instead all those other names, and more recent ones too like 'Prey', before seeing it again, but yes, it's still worth owning, despite its impurity, though 'Frogs' starring Ray Milland, worked this magic five years earlier and far more effectively, and the sympathy was firmly planted in the eco-system. As were the chills and spills.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Day Of The Animals Region Free Blu ray review from Scorpion Releasing, 29 Dec 2013
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Thanks by no small part to a certain killer shark movie from 1975 directed by a then pretty much unknown Steven Spielberg the rampaging killer beastie flick which chomped and clawed its way through 70s and early 80s horror cinema was born. Whether it be giant grizzly bears, sewer dwelling aligators, flesh stripping piranahs, swarming bees or the humble family dog the nature runs amok sub genre enjoyed a decent run often combining the look, feel and atmosphere of an Irwin Allen disater flick within their B movie credentials. It did seen inevitable that along the way someone would produce an all creatures attack hall of fame picture featuring a multitude of disgruntled critters including everything from mountain lions and bears through to raptors and rattlers and the results can be seen here in the 1977 helmed Day Of The Animals.
Directed by William Girdler who had previously given us the trash classic Grizzly a year earlier which itself was often dubbed 'Jaws with claws' because of its obvious nod to Spielberg's big fish movie but with a giant grizzy bear taking centre stage, in its credit Day Of The Animals featured expansive scope Tod-AO photography a kind of ensemble cast and some suprisingly brutal animal attacks all held together by a strong environmental message.
Definatly the kind of movie that just doesent get made anymore, Day Of The Animals remains an interesting entry in the nature runs amok cycle despite being totally illogical and ever so slightly silly.
The hardly geologically correct storyline concerns the depletion of the ozone layer through the over use of fluorocarbons(a science disclaimer before the film starts claims aerosols to be the main cause). The lack of ozone protection from the suns harmful rays at high altitude causes the local animal inhabitants to act far more savage than they would normally do which is bad news for a group of would be hikers exploring the scenic mountainous region of Northern California. The rag-tag bunch that includes a bickering mother and her teenage son, an injured ex pro footballer, an arrogant ad exectutive(a straight role for Leslie Nielson) and an off duty reporter(Lynda Day George) put their trust in the gun loathing guide Steve Buckner(City Of The Living Deads Christopher George) and his native American friend Daniel(Michael Ansara) to lead them to safety after they hear that the local town and starting place of their trek has been evacuated due to the animal uprising. It all starts out fairly sedately with a handful of over interested birds of prey but the farther the group press on into the wilderness the more menacing the creatures get with soon anything and everything attacking without reason. Add to the problem that anti gun Buckner refuses to carry any kind of fire arms tensions soon begin to rise within the group with a number of characters questioning his authority. For some unfathomable reason Leslie Nielson's character is also affected by the same radiation as the animals causing his natural aggressions to come to the fore resulting in the murder in cold blood of one of his fellow hikers, an attempted rape and in the films strangest sequence a head to head battle with a 7ft grizzly bear.
The late William Girdler(who sadly died a year after this movie was complete on the set of his final picture Manitou) handles the directional duties extremely well despite an obvious low budget making the most of the scenic locations and well handled animal attack scenes. There are a handful of dubious special effects sequences with some decidedly ropey opticals and characters wrestling what appear to be stuffed animals but on the whole the movie plays out without any real unintentional guffaws. The mostly B movie cast are also more than good enough for the material with the Naked Gun's Leslie Nielson being the real stand out as the crazed ad exectutive. Instantly dislikable, racist and arrogant his character alone makes Day Of The Animals worth a look. Sadly it is hard to take the movie as a whole too seriously thanks to some rather hokey science(why are animals only affected at higher altitudes and why are only a few humans affected)plus the message behind the movie is interesting but ultimatly pulled off as abit heavy handed. Foregoing all of these critisims, fans of 70s B horror and exploitation movies should not be detered from what is an outreageously entertaining picture that has finally got the Blu ray release it deserves here from US outfit Scorpion Releasing.

Day Of The Animals has never fared that well on home video and anyone who has suffered Shriek Show's battered transfer on their import DVD release will know that this movie was longing for abit of TLC in the image department. Well it pleases me to report that Scorpion's new transfer of this cult classic is a huge improvement on anything before it. Framed at the correct theatrical ratio of 2.35:1 the MPEG 4 AVC encoded 1080p transfer still remains a little soft and gauzy but detail and clarity are given a massive boost. The sun drenched daytime scenes are extremely crisp exposing details and textures on the dusty paths, clothing, faces and close-ups of the animals and colours generally speaking are warm and natural. Depth is noticable in a number of the landscape shots showing off the georgous mountainous scenery to great affect. Black levels are mostly ok if a little on the pale side and although there is mild crush present shadow detail is acceptable enough for the nightime scenes. Compared to the old DVD version the print used here looks to be in great shape. There is the odd flash of print damage but nothing at all distracting especially if your used to the Shriek Show standard def DVD and thanks to no DNR the image retains its grain structure and naturally filmic appearance. I'm not going to say that Day Of The Animals in HD is a demo worthy presentation but I can't see it getting any better treatment than it has here and fans should be more than happy with Scorpion's HD rendering of this mostly forgotten title.

Scorpion have provided two lossless DTS HD MA soundtracks for this release in the form of a two channel mono presentation and a newly created and suprisingly good 5.1 bump. The Blu ray defaults to the mono track which is solid and precise enough with good clarity but I decided to sample the multi channel remix. I'm not usually a fan of bumps of mono presentations but found this to be tastefully done without being overly emersive. The music soundtrack gets a decent enough boost in lossless with good fidelity and dynamics plus a nice amount of weight and depth. It plays nicely separated mostly across the front three channels with minor bleed to the rears and subtle subwoofer use. Dialogue is clear and well anchored through the centre channel and effects are often realisticly placed in the front of the soundstage. The surrounds are used occasionally to enhance atmospherics whether it be the whirring of helicopter blades or sounds of chirping birds but doesent really make that much use of the 5.1 array with certain scenes that I expected to explode in activity coming across as rather front heavy. That said this lossless rendition is potent enough and virtually clean of any age related damge which is good when you consider the limitations of the source and is far more active than some of Blue Undergrounds older 7.1 HD Master soundtracks. Of course this is never going to sound like a modern movie soundtrack or a vintage title that has had extensive remastering work lavished on it but all things considered there should be no gripes with what Scorpion have offered here.

In terms of extras this new BD release is just ok but nothing to get too excited about. First up is an 18 minute interview with star John Cedar who played Frank Young in Day Of The Animals. It is an interesting enough chat with John who seems a genuinly nice guy. He has some anecdotes about the production of the film and speaks of his relationship with director William Girdler and how he came to be cast in the movie.
Next up is a much shorter 9 minute interview with Paul Mantee who was cast as Roy Moore. Again this interview details production as well as the other cast members. He also goes on to talk of his TV career.
Also included is an extremely bizzare episode of Katrina's Nightmare Theatre as well as the original theatrical trailer presented in standard definition.
Ok so the old Shriek Show DVD had different and maybe better extras including an audio commentary but when it comes to a showdown between extras and image quality I always err on the movie presentation side meaning that this greatly improved Blu ray image with its updated sound mixes wins hands down.

Day Of The Animals remians a definative guilty pleasure movie and one that is constantly entertaining. Ok so the premise is a little silly and some of the science hardly believable but there are moments of greatness thanks to Girdlers solid direction which is tight and never resorts to the camp that it so easily could have. This new BD presents the film in a great 1080p transfer with suprisingly good HD master soundtracks also included making this the definitive version of this cult favourite and on a completely region free disc too meaning this can be played on Blu ray players worldwide. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ANIMALS DONT YOU LOVE THEM, 31 Jan 2014
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There have been many eco movies but i think this is one of the best.THIS disc is REG 0 and not REG 1 as stated in some ads..I wont go into the story because i think that spoils it for the new buyer but all i will say there are plenty of animal attacks.The disc itself has a 2.35.1 picture ratio the col is good as is the sound on the extra front you get 2 trailers interview with actors and a fun fact and trivia segment.So if you enjoy eco animal attack b movies you should love this
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