Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Giant Gila Monster / The Killer Shrews

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 26, 2023
Price: DVD $19.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Film Masters/MVD

The premiere release from the new vintage film restoration and distribution company Film Masters is the two-disc collection of the 1959 cult favorite The Giant Gila Monster, packaged with the bonus film The Killer Shrews. The two were originally released as a double-feature, drive-in bill in ‘59.

Both no-budget howlers were directed by Ray Kellogg and produced by Gordon McLendon.

In The Giant Gila Monster, two teens disappear from a small Texas town, the locals thinking that they’ve eloped. But soon it becomes clear that something much more sinister is afoot…

The Killer Shrews stars James Best (The Dukes of Hazard), Ken Curtis (Gunsmoke) and Ingrid Goude (Miss Universe 1957). In it, a riverboat pilot and a small group of passengers find themselves stranded by a hurricane on a remote island where a population of shrews the size of German shepherds are voracious.

Both newly restored, The Giant Gila Monster and The Killer Shrews are offered in theatrical aspect ratio of 16×9, as well as in 4×3 ratio, on region-free discs with DTS-HD sound (Blu-ray) and Dolby AC3s sound (DVD).

Bonus materials include the following:

Ray Kellogg: An Unsung Master, a Ballyhoo Motion Pictures documentary written by C. Courtney Joyner and narrated by Larry Blamire
-an archival interview with star, Don Sullivan, conducted by author Bryan Senn in 2009
-full commentary of The Giant Gila Monster by Larry Strothe, James Gonis, Shawn Sheridan and Matt Weinhold from The Monster Party podcast
-full commentary of The Killer Shrews by professor and film scholar Jason A. Ney
-original, vintage radio
-marketing spots for both features, provided by Gary L. Prange
-a full-color, inserted booklet with essays by Don Stradley and Jason A. Ney.

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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.