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Blu-ray Review: SNATCHERS

Feb 13 Posted by in DVD/Blu-ray, Reviews | Comments

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

It’s senior year at Madre Vista High School, and Sara Steinberg (Mary Nepi) has finally become a part of the popular girls—though she had to jettison her Magic-playing former best friend Hayley (Gabrielle Elyse) in the process. Over the summer, Sara also broke up with boyfriend Skyler (Austin Fryberger), because she wasn’t ready to have sex while he was. However, after seeing Skyler freshly tanned and toned from his family trip to Mexico, Sara decides to change her stance, and the two make plans to hook up. However, when it comes time to do he deed, neither of them have a condom. Skyler promises to pull out, but fails to do so in the heat of the moment. The next morning, Sara discovers that she has somehow become nine-months pregnant overnight! She doesn’t want to tell Skyler, her mother, or the popular girls, so the only person she can turn to is her former best friend Hayley. Hayley takes Sara to the Free Clinic to get checked out, but they soon make the horrific discovery that Sara’s “baby” is actually a bloodthirsty alien, which gets set loose on the town, which can take over human bodies as it kills everything in sight. Now the girls are on a mission to figure out how this happened, and how to stop this deadly alien before it eats their friends and families.

In short, Snatchers is blast—Warner Bros. has been killing it lately (no pun intended) with these direct-to-video horror-comedies. This film is so much fun and cleverly-written, with some really witty dialogue and banter, finding the perfect blend between horror and humor. At the core of the film are these two teenagers who are forced to confront their estranged friendship in order to deal with an alien outbreak that threatens the world. The history and friendship between Sara and Hayley feels so natural—you really believe these characters have been friends for a long time.

The creatures also feel quite real and deadly, but oddly cute in a way. The blood and gore is ridiculous and over-the-top at times, but in a really fun way. The film never takes anything too seriously, despite the large body count. For example, as a creature makes its way into the police station, carnage ensues, but is is complete madness that is sad, horrifying and hilarious at the same time. As I followed these women on their adventure, I didn’t want the craziness to end.

In addition to a stellar main cast, there is also a fun assortment of side characters, such as Sara’s young mother Kate (J.J. Nolan), the dedicated Officer Oscar Ruiz (Nick Gomez), nurse Cheryl (Amy Landecker), petting zoo owner/alien expert Dave (Rich Fulcher), lonely, single biology teacher Mr. Rubin (Logan Rogan), and mean girl Kiana (Ashley Argota).

Warner Bros’ Blu-ray release looks and sounds great. The picture is clean and detailed, and the special effects look believable. The audio track provides clear dialogue, and also makes nice use of the stereo and surround channels to provide a generally-immersive experience, particularly when the creatures jump around the room and the sounds come from all directions. Both the Blu-ray and DVD include the same selection of bonus material—a 14-minutes behind-the-scenes featurette, a gag reel, and an audio commentary by the dictators/writers. The discs come packed in a standard HD keepcase with a cardboard slipcover, and an insert containing the digital copy redemption instructions.



What’s Included:

Film: (1:36:58)

    Blu-ray:

    • 1080p / Widescreen 1.78:1
    • Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
    • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish

    DVD:

    • 480i / Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78:1
    • Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
    • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

    Digital (Redemption Deadline 3/31/2021):

    • HD Movies Anywhere-compatible Digital Copy

Extras:
All of the Bonus features are included on both the Blu-ray & DVD discs.

  • The Birth of Snatchers: A Behind-the-Scenes Look (14:21)
    The filmmakers talk about their improv background, coming up with the idea for the film, basing the characters on their sisters’ high school experiences, finding (and destroying) the perfect location, filming the stunts, the weapons, the creatures, the visual effects, and more. Includes behind-the-scenes footage, storyboards, and interviews with directors/writers/executive producers Stephen Cedars & Benji Kleiman, writer/executive producer Scott Yacyshyn, and stars Mary Nepi (“Sara Steinberg”), Rich Fulcher (“Dave”), Gabrielle Elyse (“Hayley”), Nick Gomez (“Officer Oscar Ruiz”), and J.J. Nolan (“Kate”).
  • Unexpected: The Snatchers Blooper Reel (3:37)
    Humorous gag reel that finds the cast flubbing their lines, cracking up, screaming, and having fun on set.
  • Commentary (1:36:58)
    Directors/writers Stephen Cedars & Benji Kleiman and writer Scott Yacyshyn provide a really fun (though sometimes a bit sophomoric) commentary throughout the film. They talk about how the film first came about, the filming locations, the cast, the creatures, the music, and more. The guys also share a lot of fun behind-the-scenes stories about the production. They also often toss in horrible impressions of various crew members they are mentioning in their stories.
  • Trailers (3:01)
    Trailers for Critters Attack! and The Banana Splits Movie.

 


Final Thoughts:

My Rating
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Highly Recommended

Warner Bros. has been releasing a lot of fun direct-to-video horror-comedies lately, but Snatchers is easily the best one yet. It’s like Independence Day, except if it were a comedy, and the aliens arrived in a womb instead of a massive spaceship. From witty dialogue to over-the-top blood and gore, and creepy-but-delightful deadly alien creatures, this film will have audiences screaming with delight. There are lots of twists and turns to the story—audiences should really enjoy this female buddy alien-buster adventure. Warner Bros. Blu-ray looks and sounds great, and includes some nice supplemental behind-the-scenes material. This one comedy highly recommended for anyone looking for a fun monster comedy.