Splice, the science-fiction black comedy from director Vincenzo Natali, may not have made a big splash at the box office when it was released earlier this summer but there is sure to be a loyal band of creature feature enthusiasts (myself included) buzzing at the poison-tipped tail at the thought of adding the film to their DVD or Blu-ray collection.
In an early announcement to retailers, Warner Brothers will be releasing the film on Blu-ray and DVD on October 5. The Blu-ray Disc will include 1080p video and a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack. No information is known about any supplemental features that may be included but the release is expected to be a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. Suggested list price for the Blu-ray is $35.99.
Splice starred Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley as a pair of genetic researchers who, in their hubris, create a new life form from genetic material spliced together from various species. While trailers for the film unfortunately sold audiences on the idea that Splice was a Species knockoff, in truth the movie was a dark Cronenbergian morality tale with some outstanding special effects and creature design.
If you are a fan of David Cronenberg’s The Fly, you owe it to yourself to check out Splice when it arrives on home video this October. It may not pack a lot of scares (sorry those seeking Halloween night viewing material) but a tongue-in-cheek tone and and a great performance by Delphine Chanéac as the alien-looking Dren make Splice recommended viewing.
Robert Saucedo is an avid movie watcher with seriously poor sleeping habits. The Mikey from Life cereal of film fans, Robert will watch just about anything — good, bad or ugly. He has written about film for newspapers, radio and online for the last 10 years. This has taken a toll on his sanity — of that you can be sure. Follow him on Twitter at @robsaucedo2500.