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Itsy Bitsy Blu-ray Review

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A spider bite is preferable to watching “Itsy Bitsy.”

After losing her son in a car accident, a mother (Kara) and her two children try to make a fresh start in a new town. Right off the bat, however, Kara is struggling. Not only is she suffering from PTSD and popping pills, but her new job as a nurse for a wealthy old man with a debilitating disease doesn’t pan out. Oh, and a sacred tribal artifact known as the black egg breaks and unleashes a murderous deadly giant spider that hatches eggs.

Directed by Micah Gallo and written by Micah Gallo, J. Bryan Dick and Jason Alvino (yes, it somehow took 3 people to write this), “Itsy Bitsy” is a near unwatchable indie horror film that tries to be a legitimate scary movie. In reality, the film plays like a cross between a hokey SyFy movie (the kind they used to air) and a Lifetime movie with exaggerated family drama only it’s devoid of any entertainment value. Well, that is unless you like a spider movie that is light on spider action and a drama in which the main mother character acts like an utter moron (she constantly leaves her children unattended).

“Itsy Bitsy” does have a few redeeming qualities. First of all, the practical creature effects are admirable. Say what you will about the movie, but at least it’s not hampered by dreadful CGI which would have made it even worse. Secondly, veteran actors Bruce Davison and Denise Crosby put in solid work here despite having their talents completely wasted. I’m still not sure why Bruce Davison is even in this.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.35:1 1080p. How does it look? Expect a quality hi-def transfer.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The 5.1 track is effective.

Extras:

* 2 “Itsy Bitsy” trailers

* Storyboard gallery

* A mock extra with Andy Dick doing mo-cap for the spider

* 5 Kickstarter mini-featurettes about characters, spiders, and practical effects.

* “Denise On Set”- An extra revolving around Denise Crosby.

* “Itsby Bitsy: The Journey”- A brief extra about the production.

* “The Spider: Beginnings”- An extra about the practical effects.

* 2 commentary tracks. One by Micah Gallo and the other by Micah Gallo, Bryan Dick and Jason Alvino.

September 24, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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