SNATCHERS – A Blu-ray/DVD and Digital HD Review by John Strange

SNATCHERS – A Blu-ray/DVD and Digital HD Review by John Strange

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-raytm I reviewed in this Blog Post.  The opinions I share are my own.

Horror movies run the gamut from comedy to psychological to slasher films.  Some are combinations of all three.  Snatchers, while a bloody romp, is primarily a comedy.  And a story with a moral (more on that later).

This comedy with strong dollops of horror and sci-fi comes from the fertile minds of three men who were once an improv comedy trio.  Directors Stephen Cedars and Benji Kleiman plus their buddy Scott Yacyshyn (also a producer) bring us a story that should be a must-watch for all teenagers contemplating unprotected intercourse.  Like most really good indie films, it took them quite a while to get Snatchers made.  The story of how it all came together is told in the bonus featurette “The Birth of Snatchers: A Behind-the-Scenes Look”.  It’s a good story with lots of humor thrown in.

Now, this is a story with teenage sex, gory deaths, and a couple of the ugliest bugs you ever saw!  These bugs are well-made animatronic creatures of death who, should they manage to complete their procreative plan, might rule or decimate the world!

This is a story that involves a status-obsessed young girl who gives in to her rather dumb but good looking jock boyfriend’s desire for sex.  Unprotected sex.  Watching the young Sara deal with obviously unsatisfying sex one night followed by the world’s quickest gestation and birth is a hoot!  The birth scene starts a chain of events that is positively lively in its death-dealing way!

The special effects are pretty good, made all the better when explained while watching the film’s director’s commentary.  And as usual, the bloopers are, well, bloopers.  Fun to watch but nothing worth discussing in-depth.

Independent films are often filled with acting talent you have never heard of.  Snatchers has a great cast of young men and women you have never heard of.  Several members of the talented cast have a bright future in from of them.  Especially the two lead actresses, Mary Nepi (Sara) and Gabrielle Elyse (Hayley), who grabbed hold of their roles and did excellent jobs!

This one is an eye-opener.  Good acting, good sci-fi effects, and a moral.  The moral?  After watching this one I suspect teens will think twice before jumping into bed with the opposite sex and going at it without protection.  Remember kids, he will NEVER remember to “pull out!”

I learned a new very descriptive term that this film throws at us.  When you watch the birth scene, listen closely.  I bet you laugh as hard as I did!  For its novel storyline and its humor, I have to give this indie, distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc., a full 5 Stars!

 

Directed By:

  • Stephen Cedars, Benji Kleiman

Cast:

  • Mary Nepi, Gabrielle Elyse, J.J. Nolan, Austin Fryberger, Nick Gomez, Rich Fulcher

Extras:

Digital:

  • Unexpected: The Snatchers Blooper Reel
  • Gallery

Blu-ray/DVD:

  • The Birth of Snatchers: A Behind-the-Scenes Look
  • Unexpected: The Snatchers Blooper Reel
  • Commentary featuring Directors and Writers Stephen Cedars, Benji Kleiman and Writer Scott Yacyshyn

Specifications:

Runtime:

Feature:

  • 96 Minutes

Enhanced Content:

  • 117 Minutes

Studio:

  • Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc.

Release Date:

  • 02/18/2020

Region:

  • A/1 (U.S. and Canada only)

MPAA Rating:

  • R

Selig Rating:

Film Rating:

  • 5 Stars

Bonus Features Rating:

  • 4 Stars

Picture Quality Rating:

  • 5 Stars

Audio Quality Rating:

  • 5 Stars

 

Selig Rating Scale:

5 Stars: Should add to your DVD collection at any cost

4 Stars: Worth owning, but try to catch it a sale

3 Stars: Plan to get it, but wait to buy it used

2 Stars: Worth taking a look at, but not owning

1 Star: Pick it up at a garage sale and use it for drinks

0 Stars: Makes a great Trap Shooting target

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