Disc News: Splice Bound for Blu-ray

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.

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