Meanwhile, Sheriff Mom and her deputies (including Ving Rhames, the reigning King of B-Movie Actors) try to prevent a bloody beach massacre during a packed wet t-shirt contest (hosted by filmmaker Eli Roth, in a memorable cameo). Note how I say “try to prevent” — they don’t. They don’t even come close to stopping the insane amount of carnage and slaughter that make-up gurus Howard Berger and Greg Nicotero (of KNB fame): a lengthy balls-to-the-wall homage to gore that presents us with the slaughter of many dumb college kids and the civil servants who try to save them. If you’re a gorehound, you will love it. If you’re a porn-hound, you’ll love seeing adult actresses Ashlynn Brooke and Gianna Michaels giving the fish a different kind of taco for a change. And, if you love the ever-campy Christopher Lloyd, you’ll love watching Piranha just to see the him ham it up like there’s no tomorrow.
But, most importantly, if you love seeing skin and all that resides beneath it, you’ll flat-out love Piranha period. Just be sure to bring your sense of humor.
Piranha was originally shown in theaters in both standard two-dimensions and three-dimensions — the latter of which utilized the supposedly revolutional new way of making 3D actually look real for a change. Unfortunately, I was not privy to the massive headache such an event might bestow upon me. But for me and the others out there like me who missed it, Piranha is available on Blu-ray in a special 3-D format. It’s also available in Standard DVD and the “regular” High-Def Blu-ray format; it is the “regular” Blu-ray edition that I am so boastfully reviewing here.
The video presentation of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s 1080p MPEG-4/AVC transfer is an impressive one indeed, with a very solid image on the whole. Colors are overly-bright (almost comic-like in some scenes — all of which is deliberate, I‘m sure): the movie has a slight hint of yellow throughout (it takes place during Spring Break, remember?), and the greens, blues and blood reds nearly leap off the screen and assault you with razor-sharp fangs (hell, they might leap out if you watch the 3D version). The contrast is very well defined, as is the amount of detail. On the audio end, Piranha has a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless soundtrack. While it doesn‘t quite succeed in utilizing all five speakers thoroughly, it does a damn fine job nonetheless — and should literally rock the house if you crank it up like nature intended it to be heard. Optional English (SDH) and Spanish subtitles are included.