Case in point: The movie opens with Richard Dreyfuss, wearing a black beanie as a character named Matt, fishing on a quiet lake while singing "Show Me The Way To Go Home." Any self-respecting fan will get the winking nod here and his quick demise sets up the film’s fun tone perfectly.
That tone is blood, boobs and booze. There’s the basic creature feature set up (sheriff and scientists trying to save the town, everyone else obliviously partying) but this is a movie where the piranhas have more character development than the humans. Where naked underwater ballet is a gorgeous set piece and topless parasailing is used to utmost cinematic effectiveness. You’ll laugh when killer fish fight over a severed penis and you’ll cry when there’s nothing left of porn star Riley Steele but her breast implants.
The cast assembled by Aja is also a blast, even for the generic stock characters they are. Elizabeth Shue is the town sheriff who wears a low cut tank top. Ving Rhames uses a boat engine like a chainsaw while Parks and Recreation’s Adam Scott rides a jet ski and blasts piranhas with a shotgun. (He’s supposed to be a scientist, by the way.) Jerry O’Connell plays a delightfully sleazy Girls Gone Wild producer with The League’s Paul Scheer as his cameraman. There’s even cameos by Christopher Lloyd, in full Doc Brown mode, and Eli Roth, who packs in as many euphemisms for breasts as he possible. And most importantly is Kelly Brook, one of God’s greatest creations, as a girl who spends her entire screentime in a bikini.
Though this Blu-Ray doesn’t feature the film in 3D, the use of the extra dimension is obviously used with cheesy effectiveness. And none more obvious than the cornerstone of the movie—the big piranha attack on Lake Party. It’s an epic sequence creative in its chaos and amazing with its gore (spearheaded by effects master Greg Nicotero). In addition to all the aquatic bite wounds, there’s girls cut in half, crushed heads, people propellered, and much much more. It’s the one reason you watch a movie called PIRANHA and it doesn’t disappoint.
Commentary by director Alexandre Aja and producers Grégory Levasseu and Alix Taylor: These guys obviously had fun with the movie and have plenty of stories to tell (Richard Dreyfuss!) but this really isn’t a movie I would ever watch with a commentary.
Don’t Scream, Just Swim (2:09:39): This detailed behind-the-scenes documentary clocks in at over 2 hours long—half an hour longer than the movie itself! That may seem unnecessary for this kind of flick, but it’s still fun to see all the different facets of the production, including the story, cast, effects, stunts, 3D and more. A very entertaining feature, especially the stuff on the gore and kills.
Deleted Scenes (7:43): A handful of short scenes, including a little more nudity, character moments and the fate of Paul Scheer’s character.
Deleted Storyboard Sequences (11:12): Normally these kinds of things are boring, but the scenes presented here are a blast, including what would happen when the piranhas reach the land (and some actual sex!). If only they had actually filmed these.
You also get Trailers, TV Spots and Previews.
Extra Tidbit: This marks the first reunion of Elizabeth Shue and Christopher Lloyd since BACK TO THE FUTURE PART III.