(aka 'Attack of the Mushroom People' or 'Curse of the Mushroom People' or 'Fungus of Terror' or 'Matango the Fungus of Terror' or 'Matango: Fungus of Terror')

directed by Ishirô Honda
Japan 1963

 

  This is a much better film that you could imagine. After a yacht is damaged in a storm and the seven passengers are stranded on a deserted island seeking water and food becomes a priority. The cruise mates; a psychologist and his girlfriend, a wealthy businessman, a famous singer, a writer, a sailor and his skipper take refuge in a mysterious fungus-covered boat. While using the flourishing mushrooms for sustenance they find on the other side of the island in another wrecked ships journal that the 'matango' variety are poisonous. With starvation as the other option many of the shipwrecked party continue to ingest the mysterious fungi slowly transforming them into hideous fungal creatures. In battling their hunger and the mysterious living forces that plague them, they eventually turn upon each other, driven by desires and a struggle for sustenance. I enjoyed this even more the The Mysterians. Although it is no where near as polished as many higher budget films of the same era and genre it holds a great deal of nostalgic appeal for me. It is fun and scary in a way that would target young adolescents and watching it kind of brings me back to those Saturday afternoons as a child mesmerized by Godzilla and other Japanese sci-fi flicks. out of

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: August 11th, 1963

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Distribution Media Blasters Inc. - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:29:15 
Video 2.54:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.79 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.

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Audio Japanese (Mono) DUBs: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Mono)
Subtitles English, None
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Studio: Media Blasters Inc.

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 2.54:1

Edition Details:

• Commentary by Akira Kubo
• Teruyoshi Nakano Interview
• Spoken Word by Matango writer Masami Fukushima
• Previews
• Original Trailer

DVD Release Date: March 1st, 2005

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As with The Mysterians, I really applaud the effort put into this DVD by Media Blasters. The image is a little hazy at times and has a greenish tinge to it in certain dark sequences, but overall it is quite acceptable especially on a tube. It is anamorphic and progressively transferred - tack onto that the 2.5:1 super Toho widescreen appeal and this image is very sexy. It is stacked with a mono original Japanese track, and two English language DUBs - 5.1 and mono. Optional English subtitles are included. Best feature of this DVD are the extras - a full length commentary, and interview and a featurette. This is my personal opinion, of course, but I love DVDs like this - exceptionally well-done package of a clandestine gem of genrific (my word) science fiction .   out of    

Gary W. Tooze

 





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