The Banana Splits Movie Blu-ray Review
A boy named Harley and his family (brother Austin, mother Beth, and father Mitch) attends a taping of The Banana Splits TV show, which is supposed to be a fun-filled birthday for young Harley and business as usual for Rebecca, the producer of the series. But things take an unexpected turn — and the body count quickly rises. Can Harley, his mom and their new pals safely escape?
Studio: Warner Home Video
Release Date: August 27, 2019
Run time: 86 minutes
Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD50
‘The Banana Splits Movie’ is a special type of movie that is way out there but knows it knows the kind of movie that it is and never takes itself seriously. I really enjoyed the deaths and Splits themselves. I never knew what was gonna happen next. There are some good scenes which are well passed and eerie considering that these are animitronics in action. There are of course the clichés that are in every low budget horror movie. But they work because of the solid writing and good characters. I was always excited to see what happened next. I wonder if we end up seeing a sequel to the movie as it is quiet entertaining from start to finish.
Movie Content: 9/10
The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The atmosphere of ‘The Banana Splits Movie’ is very freaky and fitting, then you will enjoy the artistic nature of the horror in this film. The dark nature of this film really stands out providing a very good looking image in high definition. Black levels are deep and inky with excellent shadow details prevailing throughout. There are several scenes where you can really see some excellent shadowing. Colors are strong but purposely also carry a dull look to fit with the time period and the atmosphere of the film. Fleshtones also have excellent details with proper lighting that gives faces a more natural look.
Print Quality: 9.5/10
The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. The soundfield is utterly amazing in this film as the rears take full blown advantage of every creepy sound effect taking place throughout the film. It was creepy enough just hearing Beth and company making their way through a trippy sense of mayhem. I felt like the atmosphere works well with the high def audio presenting a presentation where the jumps and scares are that much more. Any sound that you can think of comes through so vibrant and loud that there were a few times I thought my house was going to blow away. Fidelity is fantastic, presenting dialogue, effects and score cleanly, clearly and extremely well prioritized. The dialogue mix is also well balanced with the soundfield which I am happy to report.
Audio Quality: 10/10
- Banana Splits: Behind the Horror
- Terror on Set
- Breaking News! The Banana Splits Massacre
Special Features: 6/10
The Final Word
If you are looking for a campy horror film, then ‘Banana Splits The Movie’ is quite entertaining as it doesn’t try to take itself seriously. Steve Lund’s acting was excellent, as I expected. If you like blood, gruesome gore, and suspense you will not be disappointed at all.
Overall Rating: 9/10