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A Few Words About A few words about...™ C.H.U.D & C.H.U.D II -- in Blu-ray

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Harris, Dec 15, 2016.

  1. Robert Harris

    Robert Harris Archivist

    Feb 8, 1999
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    The original 1984 C.H.U.D. (Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers) is a terrific little horror / thriller about something going on underground, and missing homeless people.

    It works because the cast takes it seriously (look for an appearance by a young John Goodman), and the effects work.

    Arrow's new Blu-ray, which is harvested from a low-con print, does the film proud, but it's the extras that will send fans of the series over the edge -- a ton of them -- along with two cuts of the film.

    C.H.U.D. II - Bud the Chud (1988), on the other hand is a comedy sequel, about teens and the corpse of one of the dwellers, that never really takes off.

    A commentary and interviews are included with part II.

    That they should be released concurrently from Arrow and Lionsgate's Vestron collection is unusual, and they're both good-looking Blu-rays.

    Arrow's release, at a street of $22 is a few dollars cheaper than the sequel, and the contents of the disc outshine the sequel many times over.

    Completists will obviously need both, but it's Arrow's that shines.


    C.H.U.D. - 4.5
    C.H.U.D. II - 4.25

    Audio - 5

    4k Up-rez

    C.H.U.D. - 4.5
    C.H.U.D. II - 4.25

    Pass / Fail - Pass

    C.H.U.D. - Recommended

  2. Colin Jacobson

    Colin Jacobson Lead Actor

    Apr 19, 2000
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    I never saw either film before I got these BDs, and I was pleasantly surprised by "CHUD". It's not a great film, but it's more exciting and entertaining than I anticipated.

    "CHUD 2", on the other hand, is an unmitigated disaster. Idiotic from start to finish without an entertaining moment to be found.

    The sequel also enjoys almost literally ZERO connection to the first film - it's a sequel in name only...

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