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The Swarm Blu-ray Review

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“The Swarm” is bad, but entertaining.

“The Swarm” begins with the army learning that the inhabitants of a missile base have been wiped out. Only one civilian seems to have survived- an entomologist named Dr. Crane. As they investigate the mysterious deaths, it soon becomes apparent that gigantic swarms of African killer bees are the culprit. Crane is soon granted Presidential authority to deal with the crisis, but can the bee invasion be stopped and or can an antidote to their stings be uncovered?

“The Swarm” is one of those movies that has all of the talent in the world. The master of disaster films Irwin Allen helmed the project, the legendary Jerry Goldsmith composed the score (which is actually quite good), and there’s an all-star cast comprised of Michael Caine, Fred McMurray, Henry Fonda, Patty Duke, Jose Ferrer, Slim Pickens, Richard Widmark, Olivia De Havilland, and Katharine Ross. Alas, not even the talent of all of these individuals could make this one work. “The Swarm” is the definition of a “so bad it’s good” movie. Now, I get what Irwin was trying to go for here in that he’s attempting to mix his signature big ensemble cast, big budget disaster movie work with the feel of a 50’s man vs nature/nature creature feature. The problem is this movie was made in 1978 and it looked instantly out of date (not to mention cheap) with its ridiculously goofy FX (the giant bee hallucinations are sure to make you laugh), cheesy melodrama, overused slow-mo, and stiff cornball dialogue. The movie is also 156 minutes for no apparent reason.

The cast is also not at their best to put it kindly. Only Richard Widmark seems to be giving a legit performance as the crotchety General. Main star Michael Caine is overracting to the max here and his scenes with Widmark seem to be some sort of over-the-top acting off that is absolutely fascinating and amusing to watch. Katharine Ross is as wooden as can be here as Helena. I don’t know why Fred MacMurray or Henry Fonda are in this but I feel bad that they are. The rest of the cast are in roles of varying degrees and I doubt anyone of them is particularly proud to be in this bad movie dud.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.4:1 1080p. How does it look? Expect a quality transfer with crisp colors.

Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? From Jerry Goldsmith’s thrilling score to the bee swarms, this track delivers in the audio department.

Extras: * ‘The Swarm” trailer * ‘Behind The Scenes Documentary: Inside The Swarm”- A vintage 22 minute featurette containing film clips, set footage, interviews, etc.

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November 14, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , ,

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