U.S. distributors Blue Underground have confirmed that they are preparing a Blu-ray release of director Bruno Mattei's Rats: Night of Terror a.k.a Blood Kill (1984), starring Ottaviano Dell'Acqua, Geretta Geretta, Massimo Vanni, Gianni Franco, and Fausto Lombardi. The release is expected to arrive on the market in early 2014.
In the year 225 A.B. (After the Bomb), a group of post-apocalyptic bikers discover an abandoned research laboratory filled with food, water and thousands of rats. But these are no ordinary vermin; these are super-intelligent mutant rodents with a ravenous appetite for human flesh. Can a bunch of heavily armed but not-too-bright human scavengers survive a night of terror against the most hungry and horrific predators on earth?
Directed by the notorious Bruno Mattei (Rats: Night of Terror, Emanuelle in Prison and SS Experiment Love Camp), this hilarious Italian shocker is filled with over-the-top gore, bottom-of-the-barrel dialogue and attacks by what appear to be thousands of painted guinea pigs, all capped with a twist ending that must be seen to be believed.
Whoa! Why release this schlock when the greatest rat films of all time have not even seen ANY home video release (VHS does not count).
We know what I am talking about. WILLARD (1971) and BEN (1972).
Why is it these two films have never been remastered and released on DVD?
I don't mind the Italian gore galore fests, but lets be real. These two classics need/deserve a DVD release before the fans who care about them the most die off and this generation will let their memories fade.
Because they would not care. They like the horrible remake of Willard too much.
I guess there's room to be both excited AND complain. But in my case, it was more of a question, as the words "STILL no..." made me wishfully think BU had possibly given somebody some info that they do have plans that merely were being delayed.