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The Deadly Spawn Blu-ray

United States
Millennium Edition Elite Entertainment | 1983 | 81 min | Rated R | Feb 07, 2012

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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080i
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: LPCM 2.0

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None

Discs
25GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

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Region A, B (C untested)

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Video 3.2 of 53.2
Audio 3.2 of 53.2
Extras 4.2 of 54.2
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The Deadly Spawn

 (1983)

The Deadly Spawn Blu-ray features poor video and audio in this poor Blu-ray release

Two campers in the New Jersey woods have their outdoor fun interrupted by the arrival of a meteorite crashing nearby. They go to investigate the crater, but are suddenly attacked and devoured by alien parasites who have hitched a ride to Earth. After finishing off the campers, the hungry space monsters head for a nearby town, where they make their domain in the basement of an old house soon begin polishing off one hapless inhabitant after another. Four young teenagers, plus one pre-teen boy, try to find a way to stop the angry space monsters before they reproduce and literally eat humanity.

For more about The Deadly Spawn and the The Deadly Spawn Blu-ray release, see the The Deadly Spawn Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 2.0 out of 5.

Starring: Charles George Hildebrandt, Tom DeFranco, Richard Lee Porter
Director: Douglas McKeown

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The Deadly Spawn Blu-ray, Video Quality

  2.0 of 5

While I've never seen "The Deadly Spawn" before, I can't imagine this Blu-ray accurately represents the feature as it was originally exhibited. The AVC encoded (1.33:1 aspect ratio) presentation is a mess, with extraordinary filtering implemented to keep inherent grain down to a manageable size. Criminally, all fine detail has been scrubbed away, leaving monstrous stampedes and "frightened" reactions flat and uninviting, while critical textures of gore and location have lost their grit. The source material is in rough shape, with debris and scratches present throughout the movie, with a few damage points briefly disrupting the action. Additionally, on my BD copy, there's a second-long A/V dropout at the 75-minute mark. There are banding and macroblocking issues to contend with as well. Colors are boosted but clotted, with red making a satisfactory impression from costuming and bloodletting. Skintones look naturally vitamin-deficient from the human characters. Shadow detail is lost to impenetrable blacks, smothering low-lit scenes, hurting suspense. Granted, the film was shot on a low budget, fighting momentous focus troubles, but the disc doesn't provide the basics in HD atmosphere or depth. It's a soft, scratched viewing experience that's been smoothed out to a distracting degree.


The Deadly Spawn Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  2.0 of 5

The 2.0 LPCM audio track is a crowded affair with a tinny frontal force. Although the source material is limited in sonic scope, the mix doesn't carefully contain the cacophony of voices and sound effects, creating a sludgy listening experience that hits one too many shrill notes of violence and enthusiasm. Pronounced hiss and pops are also detected throughout the presentation. Scoring cues hold to their creeping synth intention, but fail to provide a desired crispness, buttressing the macabre events. Dialogue is smashed into one competition for the loudest actor in the room, losing a few exchanges to a wall of sound, a discomfort extending to the creature's wrath, which doesn't supply a layered sense of movement or intensity. The track is a little hard on the ears. While I'm sure nobody was expecting an immaculate rendering of the Z-grade feature's imperfect aural effort, it's disappointing to hear such feral frontal noise.



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