Snatchers Blu-ray Review
Senior year is going to rule! Thanks to her relationship with clueless hunk Skyler, Sara is totally in with the cool girls. But Skyler contracted an extraterrestrial bug during his summer vacation. After just one night together, Sara discovers she’s Nine. Months. Pregnant. Desperate to keep her condition on the DL, she turns to the only person she can trust: her nerdy ex-bestie, Hayley. The girls soon realize this alien problem is only just the beginning. Aliens had best beware in this hilarious comedy filled with action and tongue-in-cheek teen spirit.
Release Date: February 18, 2020
Run time: 96 minutes
Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD50
“Snatchers” is a hilarious horror/comedy with a sci-fi mixed in. A cautionary tale about visiting Mexico and having unprotected sex. For me the strongest elements of the movie were the jokes. They were always just one step ahead of the audience and had the theater roaring. There is a lot of teen slang but it grew on me over time and added another layer of depth to the world.
Importantly, the characters were well cast. Everyone had killer deliveries that sold and elevated the dialogue which on paper would have had me second guessing.
The movie was not just well-crafted but polished, and the pace and dialogue so quick you might be laughing through the next bit, but, by adding small details that not only enrich the world but foreshadow events, the movie has a lot of replay value. It was plenty gory and campy in an Evil Dead sorta way, and the creature was well designed using practical effects. It reminded me a lot of something Ray HarryHausen would come up with.
Unlike a lot of comedies out there Snatchers has a style. The camera moves, and gets used to its fullest extent to not just capture the comedy but become a part of it, and creating humor using filmmaking which to me is quite refreshing. A Lot of comedies nowadays are lit flatly so the actors can improvise endlessly but I’m happy to report that’s not the case here. With zollys, crash zooms, and whip pans, Snatchers feels heavily influenced by the work of Edgar Wright, Sam Rami, and Steven Spielberg.
Movie Quality: 8/10
The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The visual style used here comes off very well. Color management is excellent with the style that is being used in the film. Colors are bold, vibrant, and pop off the screen. Fleshtones are natural looking with some excellent details. If you want to show off a film that takes advantage of Blu-ray this is it considering that details are out of this world. Black levels are rather deep. “Snatchers” is one detailed film due to strong color management and deep blacks. There are no blemishes on this print at all, it looks clean with a subtle use of grain throughout the film.
Video Quality: 9.5/10
The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. This mix offers dynamic the sound effects and the soundtrack takes advantage of all the surrounds. From gun shots to action heavy sequences, you will feel like the action is taking place right in your living room. Bass management is also well done in this film. With the film split between action and dialogue, voices come through the center channel rather clean.
Audio Quality: 9/10
- The Birth of Snatchers: A Behind-the-Scenes Look
- Unexpected: The Snatchers Blooper Reel
- Audio Commentary featuring Directors and Writers Stephen Cedars, Benji Kleiman, and Writer Scott Yacyshyn
Special Features: 6/10
Go in it open-minded. You’ll either like it, or hate it, or think “eh.” “Snatchers” is a great popcorn movie. Very funny, great practical creature effects, enjoyable mix of genres.
Overall Rating: 7/10