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Slither Collector’s Editon: BLu-Ray Review

By
Frank Ford

Slither crawled its way onto a Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray today from Shout! Factory with an abundance of bonus content, new art work, and slipcover.

It’s strange, now twelve years after its theatrical run, to see Slither getting some well-deserved love it was owed upon its initial releasing. But back in 2006, when Slither came to the big screen, it was a dismal release at the box office pulling in just over seven million dollars, only making back half of its fifteen million dollar budget. Though critics were nice to the film, as it was the best reviewed horror movie of 2006, this still wasn’t enough to make Slither a massive hit.

Penned by James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 & 2,) as a side project to sell while he was working to get his first directorial effort (Super) off the ground, Slither follows the story of a small town that is overcome by and alien lifeform, turning the residents into zombie-like hosts, and other mutated creatures.

Why this movie was not a hit back in 2006 is beyond any sci-fi/horror fan’s knowledge. It has just about everything a sci-fi/horror lover could want in a film. Good, likeable and unlikable characters. Gore. Comedy. A good story. Exciting, nail-biting sequences of action and tension. And even a few well-timed jump scares that really slither up your spine with frightful delight. And let’s not forget all of the Easter Eggs hidden throughout the film that call back to sci-fi/horror’s past – some of them you have to really listen or look for, others are in full view – R.J. MacReady’s Store comes to mind; R.J. MacReady is Kurt Russell’s character from John Carpenter’s The Thing (1981).

Thankfully Shout! Factory rescued this movie from falling into total obscurity and released it out in a Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray.

Though the additions to the Collector’s Edition are only three NEW features, (the rest are pulled from the old DVD release of the film) they are well done and exciting to watch.

The NEW interview with director James Gunn is entertaining and listening to his insight into how the film came about, what it was like to shoot the picture, writing, distribution, and ultimately the response of the film when it originally opened and how it’s changed over the years is a treat to anyone who really loves this film.
The second NEW interview is with Gregg Henry. The interview is slightly shorter, but well worth checking out and hearing his stories and time on the film.

But I think the highlight of the NEW bonus edition to the Collector’s Edition of Slither is the NEW commentary track with Actors Nathan Fillion, Michael Rooker, and Director James Gunn. This may be one of the funniest commentary’s I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening too; not only do these guys go into details on the making of the film, but one can tell they are three very good friends who love to get together and have a good time while talking about the movie, and while slinging shit at one another for fun – especially James Gunn to poor Michael Rooker. You can’t help but listen to this commentary and not laugh with them, smile as they are telling stories, and be truly invested (and enthralled) as they come along with us for the duration of the movie.

Check out the GAG REEL (also on the DVD) – you won’t stop laughing.

The updated picture to Blu-Ray looks fantastic in 1080p (much better than the old DVD transfer) and it was surprising to see, even with better picture quality, that most of the CGI effects still hold up very well today, as do all the practical effects - naturally.

The slipcover artwork really captures the feel of the film, while at the same time hankering back to the 1980s monster movies and the wonderful VHS artwork.

The Blu-Ray jacket sleeve is reversible, with the new artwork on one side and the original artwork on the other.

Slither is a worthy addition to Shout! Factory’s Collector’s Edition Line and one any fan of this film needs to pick up right away. And even if you already own Slither on DVD, I highly recommend picking it up on Blu-Ray as the picture and sound are far superior.

Bonus Features
• NEW Audio Commentary With Writer/Director James Gunn And Actors Nathan Fillion And Michael Rooker
• NEW The Genesis Of SLITHER – An Interview With Writer/Director James Gunn
• NEW The Other MacReady – An Interview With Actor Gregg Henry
• Audio Commentary With James Gunn And Nathan Fillion (From 2006)
• Deleted And Extended Scenes With Optional Commentary By James Gunn
• Visual Effects: Step By Step
• Slithery Set Tour With Actor Nathan Fillion
• The Sick Minds And Slimy Days Of SLITHER
• Brewing The Blood – How To Make Blood
• Bringing SLITHER's Creatures To Life
• Lloyd Kaufman's Video Diary
• Gag Reel
• Who Is Bill Pardy? Featurette
• Theatrical Trailer

10 out of 10 Stars.

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