Tarantula (1955) (Blu-ray Review)
DIRECTED BY: Jack Arnold
STARRING: John Agar, Mara Corday, Leo G. Carroll
RATED: UR/REGION A/1:85/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Scream Factory
Biochemist Gerald Deemer (Leo G. Carroll, North by Northwest) has a plan to feed the world by using a growth formula on plants and animals. Instead, he creates terror beyond imagining when his work spawns a spider of mammoth proportions! Feeding on cattle and humans, this towering tarantula has the people of Desert Rock, Arizona running for their lives. Can this horrifying creature be stopped or will the world succumb to its giant claws? This classic sci-fi film from director Jack Arnold (Creature From The Black Lagoon, It Came From Outer Space) stars John Agar (The Mole People, Attack Of The Puppet People) and Mara Corday (The Black Scorpion, The Giant Claw) and features a cameo by Clint Eastwood as a jet squadron leader!
We have a giant tarantula on the loose and on a killing spree in the classic called, well, Tarantula! Starting off as a science experiment gone wrong, mutated people lead into a full-on giant spider which leads to a young scientist and a lady he has his eye on going on a chase to fix all of it. If you like retro and old school horror you’ll enjoy this classic. Of course, you’ll have to be a fan of these old school black and white creature features to get the full effect of what something like this offers up. It might not always be the best-paced film you’ve seen, but it isn’t very long and it packs a vibe that makes for great viewing in the middle of the night.
Tarantula comes to us on Blu-ray from Scream Factory and it seems to continue their streak of releasing some old school classic films on Blu-ray. I like watching stuff like this now because it catches my eye on how they were able to pull things like this off back in the day. Is it cheesy? Yes, it is. But I don’t think cheesy is always a bad thing and Tarantula offers up some fun to be had in this black and white creature feature. Like most giant insect movies you might wish we got a little more tarantula to go with things, but I overall had a good time with it and I think you will too. The movie looks good here in HD and comes with a commentary. All in all, it’s a solid upgrade from the more recent Australian DVD that came out.
– NEW 2K Scan Of The Original Film Elements
– NEW Audio Commentary With Film Historians Tom Weaver, Dr. Robert J. Kiss, And David Schecter
– Theatrical Trailer
– Still Gallery
Quality of Transfer: 91%