Empire of the Ants

Empire of the Ants

Director: Bert I. Gordon Cast: Joan Collins, Robert Lansing, John Carson

DVD (Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Mono)


The 1970s were a strange time for the movies. Especially when it came to horror and science fiction movies. And one of the most bizarre of all the hybrid horror-sci-fi genres to rear its ugly head was the nature-run-amok school of movies. You know, pictures like Prophecy, Food of the Gods, Night of the Lepus, Frogs, and Squirm; movies wherein the animal kingdom gets its just revenge on all of the carcass-eating, pollution-spewing, toxic waste-worshiping humans. Of course, this particular subgenre of movies was nothing new. In the 1950s, there was a whole run of horror-sci-fi movies dealing with bad science and even worse scientists bent on destroying the world. Movies, of course, reflect the times. So in a post-atom bomb age there are mad scientists, and for a post-toxic age there is Empire of the Ants. MGM Home Entertainment's disc of the film is part of their excellent Midnight Movies series. Letterboxed (1.85:1) and anamorphically enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs, the film looks surprisingly good considering what a low-budget affair it is. So when you're watching this disc and you find yourself chuckling at how cheap the special effects are (and they are), keep reminding yourself that those ant "effects" are the best they've ever looked. The disc has been given multiple language options (English, French, and Spanish mono) and has also been equipped with French- and Spanish-language subtitles. A fantastic theatrical trailer is also included.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/20/2001
UPC: 0027616868404
Original Release: 1977
Rating: PG
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time: 1:30:00

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; English: mono; French: mono; Spanish: mono; French & Spanish language subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joan Collins Marilyn Fryser
Robert Lansing Dan Stokely
John Carson Joe Morrison
Albert Salmi Sheriff Kincade
Jacqueline Scott Margaret Ellis
Pamela Shoop Coreen Bradford
Robert Pine Larry Graham
Edward Power Charlie Pearson
Brooke Palance Christine Graham
Tom Fadden Sam Russell
Irene Tedrow Velma Thompson
Harry Holcombe Harry Thompson
Jack Kosslyn Thomas Lawson
Ilse Earl Mary Lawson
Janie Gavin Ginny
Norman Franklin Anson Parker
Florence McGee Phoebe Russell
Mike Armstrong Jim

Technical Credits
Bert I. Gordon Director,Producer,Screenwriter,Special Effects
Samuel Z. Arkoff Executive Producer
Roy Downey Special Effects
Mel Efros Asst. Director
Joanne Haas Costumes/Costume Designer
Dana Kaproff Score Composer
Michael Luciano Editor
David McGiffert Art Director
Anthony C. Montenaro Set Decoration/Design
Reginald Morris Cinematographer
Charles Rosen Production Designer
Jack Turley Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Main Title/"Danger!" [:10]
2. Sailing to Dreamland [5:07]
3. Just Say No! [6:22]
4. Flirting With the Truth [6:12]
5. "Fascinating Wildlife" [5:23]
6. There's No Escape! [9:03]
7. Fire & Ants Don't Mix [1:55]
8. "Don't Leave Me!" [4:19]
9. No Safe Harbor [4:48]
10. Quiet Confessions [3:59]
11. Beat It, "Oar" Else! [3:39]
12. Herded Like Cattle [4:42]
13. Not a Sugar Refinery! [2:09]
14. Hotwiring Out of Town [5:01]
15. Meet the Queen! [4:17]
16. Red Hot Hero/Credits [6:05]

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