Piranha

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The sophomore effort for director Joe Dante, a future protégé of Steven Spielberg, this low-budget, high-camp horror spoof of Jaws (1977) features several chiller stars of yesteryear. Insurance investigator Maggie McKeown (Heather Menzies) is dispatched to find two missing teenage hikers near Lost River Lake. She hires surly backwoods drunkard Paul Grogan (Bradford Dillman) to serve as her guide. Searching the area, they find an abandoned military facility. The only resident is Dr. Robert Hoak (Kevin McCarthy), former head of a top-secret project to breed piranha for use in the Vietnam War. The project was closed down years ago, but Hoak has continued raising a deadly strain of the flesh-eating fish. When Hoak is knocked unconscious, Maggie and Paul accidentally release the piranha into a local river, which leads to the lake where a children's summer camp and a newly opened tourist resort will provide plenty of fish food for the hungry predators. Maggie and Paul race to warn the locals, but their pleas fall on skeptical ears, such as those of resort owner Buck Gardner (Dick Miller) -- until the piranha reach the swimmers. Piranha (1978) was co-written by John Sayles, making his motion picture debut. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Product Details

Release Date
8/3/10 
Studio
New Concorde
MPAA Rating
NR -- Not rated
Length
1 hour, 32 minutes
Sound
  • PCM Stereo
Region
  • USA & territories, Canada
Video Features
  • Audio commentary with director Joe Dante and producer Jon Davison
  • Behind-the-scenes footage
  • "The making of piranha" featurette with new interviews from Roger Corman, Joe Dante, Dick Miller, Belinda Balaski and many more bloopers and outtakes
  • Piranha trailer with commentary by producer Jon Davison - courtesy of trailers from hell
  • Stills gallery with photos and posters from around the world
  • Behind-the-scenes stills gallery featuring photos from Phil tippett's personal collection
  • Additional scenes from the network television version radio and tv spots
  • New world trailers
Number of Discs
1

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