directed by Felix E. Feist
USA 19


Hey isn't that Nancy Regan? This film is far better than you might initially expect. It actually encouraged weak imitators like The Brain that Wouldn't Die. It has all the fun qualities of a 50's Drive-In flick with elements of Film Noir sprinkled in. Lew Ayres is no Olivier, but gets the job done here in this version of Curt Siodmak's novel about a basically honorable scientist who tinkers with the brain of a ruthless dead millionaire (Donovan). Consumed with the experimentation value he illegally keeps the brain alive in a (fish) tank. Through ESP, Donovan manages to impose his powerful will on the scientist, and uses him to advance his persona and plot the demise of his old enemies. I have a noted soft-spot for these films, but I am telling you that this one is not 'good because its bad' its simply good. out of


Theatrical Release: September 30th, 1953

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DVD Review: MGM - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution MGM - Region 1- NTSC
Runtime 1:23:33 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.8 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUB: Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles French, Spanish, None

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Studio: MGM Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

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• Trailer (1:58)

DVD Release Date: June 5th, 2001

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Chapters: 16





This isn't too bad - many of these MGM 'Midnite Movies' seem to be of acceptable quality. No tinkering or manipulations and I see a bit of film grain. No English subtitles, but French and Spanish and a Spanish DUB are offered. Black levels are a little light, but contrast otherwise is okay. I can't imagine this film ever getting restored so as long as the source print has not been monkeyed with, we have a decent image. No extras, but I can't surmise what they could have included unless asking one of my colleagues to write an essay in the liner notes or something. Humorous seeing the future Mrs. Reagan - another prime cinema genre example of those pulpy drive-in films that are very reasonably priced. Why wouldn't you want to own this? I watch it twice a year.  out of  

Gary W. Tooze


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Future First lady cultivating her credo: "just say 'NO' to stealing brains!"





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