ARACHNOPHOBIA Blu-ray Review
Arachnophobia will soon arrive on Blu-ray for the first time since it's theatrical release in 1990 from Disney. The release is part of Disney's recent deluge of catalog releases on Blu-ray. It was directed by Frank Marshall and executive produced by Steven Spielberg. What sets this horror thriller apart from other films in it's genre is the great cast. Arachnophobia stars Jeff Daniels, Harley Jane Kozak, Julian Sands, John Goodman, Stuart Pankin, and Henry Jones.
Don Jakoby wrote the screenplay, which tells the story of a vicious spider from the South American rain forest who hitches a ride to a small California town in the casket with a dead body. Soon after arriving, the large spider mates with a local spider. Not long after, the small town is infested with venomous spiders and the population begins to die off one-by-one. The doctor and bumbling police chief are aided by an insect exterminator to kill off the eight legged killers before the town gets overrun.
The disc was supposed to be released on September 4, but was delayed until September 25, 2012 because of "encoding issues" with the disc according to Disney. The film looks as good or better than it did when released in theaters. It has 1080p HD widescreen, and English 5.1 DTS. The special features are slim on this disc, but enjoyable. There are two featurttes, one on the making of the movie, and another from legendary producer Frank Marshall. Then there is an extended scene from Venezuela, not featured in the film.