Critters Attack appears in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a good but unmemorable presentation.
Overall sharpness felt fine, though some mildly soft spots materialized. These didn’t dominate, but the image could seem a bit on the soft side at times.
No signs of jagged edges or moiré effects appeared, and I saw no edge haloes. Print flaws also remained absent.
Miraculously, the movie avoided the usual orange and teal palette. Attack went with a reasonably natural sense of hues, though these tended to lean toward the pale side. The colors looked decent but they lacked much vivacity.
Blacks seemed a bit inky, while shadows could come across as a little dense. Nothing bad occurred here, but the image left me underwhelmed.
Though superior, the movie’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack didn’t do much to impress either. The soundfield managed to open up during action scenes, albeit in a somewhat “speaker-specific” manner.
This meant that while the elements spread around the room with good localization, they didn’t blend together in a seamless manner. The soundscape added life to the proceedings but didn’t feel as natural as I would like.
Audio quality worked fairly well. Speech suffered from some iffy looping, but the lines remained acceptably natural and concise.
Music showed pretty good clarity – even if the score came across as cheap synth material – and effects delivered decent punch. Those elements offered reasonable range and boasted fair bass response at appropriate times. Ultimately, this was a competent but unremarkable mix.
When we move to extras, we get a scene-specific Fight Commentary. This features director Bobby Miller and critter ”Marty Krite” as they cover one six-minute sequence.
As expected, this chat takes on a comedic bent, one that views Marty as an actor, not an alien. It gives us minor amusement that ends quickly enough to avoid tedium.
Three featurettes follow, and Engineering Gore lasts eight minutes, two seconds and includes notes from Miller, prosthetics artist Shelagh McIvor, prosthetics coordinator Carolyn Williams, prosthetics designer Werner Pretorius, puppeteers Keith Arbuthnot and Mike Fields, and actors Dee Wallace, Jack Fulton and Jaeden Noel.
“Gore” looks at the design and creation of the movie’s Critters. It’s a short but informative overview.
With An Out of This World Experience, we find a six-minute, 58-second reel that features Wallace, Miller, Noel, Fulton, and actors Ava Preston and Tashiana Washington.
“World” tells us a bit more about the execution of the Critters but it also digs into some thoughts about the shoot in general. The featurette seems fluffier than “Gore” but it gives us some decent notes.
Lastly, The Critter Ball spans one minute, 55 seconds and brings notes from Miller, McIvor, Williams and Arbuthnot. As indicated by the title, it brings thoughts about the “Critter ball” scene. Though brief, it delivers a few useful insights.
The disc opens with ads for It Chapter Two and Batman: Hush. Trailers adds promos for Annabelle Comes Home and The Joker.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of Attack. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.
After 27 years, a minor horror series relaunches via 2019’s Critters Attack. Unfortunately, the franchise returns with a thud, as this cheap, lifeless effort fails to deliver any thrills or fun. The Blu-ray brings adequate picture and audio along with a smattering of supplements. If diehard Critters fans exist, they might get some pleasure from Attack, but it does nothing for me.