During the ’50s, tiny creatures frightened movie goers by becoming as huge as a drive-in screen. How did they get this way? Quite a few became huge thanks to atomic blasts. But other were the creation of science. Tarantula has its roots in a well intended science experiment to make plants and animals larger so man could have a new source of food. The trouble happens when the wrong critter gets a dose and decides to make man his food. The movie was a big hit in 1955 and has remained popular on TV as part of Creature Double features. You might have caught it on Svengoolie. Now Tarantula is getting upgraded to Blu-ray on April 30. Here’s the press release from Scream Factory:
DEBUTS ON BLU-RAY™
FROM SCREAM FACTORY
ON APRIL 30TH, 2019
Los Angeles, CA – Giant spider strikes! Scream Factory proudly presents the ‘50s horror classic Tarantula on Blu-ray for the first time on April 30th, 2019. This release comes packed with bonus features such as a new 2K scan of the original film elements and new audio commentary. Fans can preorder the film now at shoutfactory.com.
Biochemist Gerald Deemer (Leo G. Carroll, North by Northwest) has a plan to feed the world by using a special 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 this oversized arachnid? 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!
· 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
About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s entertainment offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast entertainment distribution network which delivers culturally relevant programming, movie and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America and across multiple platforms. Shout! Factory owns and operates Shout! Studios, Scream Factory, Shout! Factory Kids, Shout! Factory Films, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Timeless Media Group and Shout! Factory TV. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Los Angeles, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com.
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