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PIRANHA (BLU-RAY)
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Alexandre Aja

Starring:
Elisabeth Shue
Jerry OConnell
Adam Scott
Ving Rhames

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
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Overall:  
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What's it about
An underwater tremor opens up a big fissure, which leads to the release of thousands of man eating, prehistoric piranha. One bloody spring break ensues.
Is it good movie?
I was super, super pumped when Piranha finally hit the big screen a few summers ago. Old school, silly 3D horror was once again gracing the silver screen and I couldn't have been happier.

Brought to us by Alexandre Aja (director of the awesome Hills Have Eyes remake), this one stars Elizabeth Shue as Sheriff Julie Forester, who's charged with trying to get a bunch of foolhardy teenage hardbodies (oh, that was fun to write) to quit Breaking their Spring after Matt Boyd's (Dreyfuss Jaws cameo! yes) body turns up chewy.

She teams up with Deputy Fallon (Ving Rhames), the no-nonsense dude who doesn't love the water. After visiting crazy scientist Goodman (Chris F'n Lloyd), they confirm that things are about to get bad. Of course, her stupid son (Steve McQueen) decided to party on Spring Break instead of watching his younger siblings, and get stuck on a Girls Gone Wild boat with his hot girlfriend (Jess Szohr) and the scummy people making the feature (Jerry O'Connell and Paul Scheer). O'Connell is campy and fun, and it's great (and bizarre) to see Elizabeth Shue back in a leading role like this. Of course, we can't forget there are plenty of piranhas come to make the waters run red.

There's really not a whole lot to say about this flick. One of the taglines for it was "Sea, Sex and Blood". That pretty much sums things up. If you love seeing young, beautiful people in swimsuits, you're in for a treat because that's just about everyone in the film.

The movie zips along at a pretty quick pace, and is played with its tongue firmly in cheek. There's a ton of gore (the big spring break massacre is awesome), and lots of goofy laughs. The flick isn't scary in almost any sense of the word. If you came for naked boobs, there are plenty of them, including a really memorable sequence invovling Kelly Brook and Riley Steele as they swim underwater.

The flick also has some fun cameos that I won't spoil. In terms of the downside, I'd have to say that the only real complaint I had is that the piranha tend to look pretty bad. I mean, I know the flick is meant as camp, but the fish look brutal sometimes with some bad CGI. This is a minor complaint.

Ultimately, Piranha exists to entertain you in the silliest and most visceral ways possible. watch the trailer. If the flick looks like fun, chances are you'll dig it.
Video / Audio
Video comes to us in 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen in full 1080p and looks absolutely gorgeous. Seriously, I often pop in the Piranha Blu-Ray just to show off my system. The movie is absolutely beautifully shot and comes through in gorgeous, vibrant colors. Really nice stuff here.

Audio is presented in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and it comes through loud, clear and balanced. Another great mix from Sony.
The Extras
Note: I couldn't get a great picture of the cover art, but I got the nifty new steelbook edition of the flick. It's the same release, and comes with a DVD copy of the film as well.

First up we get an Audio Commentary with director Alexadre Aja and producers Gregory Levasseur and Alix Taylor. This is super informative, but a bit dry considering the subject matter. A lot of technical specifications are discussed, as well as the effects.

Don't Scream, Just Swim: Behind the Scenes of Piranha 3D is a shockingly thorough documentary about the filming of this flick. It's over TWO hours long! There's nothing more you could possibly want as an extra. This is awesome stuff, a great companion piece that is a surprising addition to a movie that is essentially a nostalgic joke.

Rounding out the disk are a few deleted scenes, some storyboard sequences and some trailers and TV spots for the flick.
Last Call
There's nothing wrong with loving this silly, stupid movie. It's a summer's guilty pleasure and I enjoy watching it any time I need a little pick me up. And although I'll be crucified for saying it, I even liked the absurd and roundly despised sequel, Piranha 3DD. But that's a whole other review for a whole other day!
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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