Samuel Z. Arkoff Collection

Day the World Ended          The She-Creature

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Fans of the 'Drive-In' 50's Sci-fi/Horror/Fantasy genre have suffered through DVD analog bootlegs of these particular two titles for many years (available on EBay). Fitting on one side of a dual layered disc, Lions Gate have given these 2 cult titles commercial accessibility. Hopefully this will continue a trend as they have also released a double feature disc of EARTH VS. THE SPIDER / WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST (reviewed HERE) and The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent so it appear they may have others in their future schedule. As many are aware I consider this style of film to be my personal major film weakness... and by the speed they go out-of-print I see I am not the only one. Suspending one's disbelief through such extravagant obstacles as mediocre acting, horrendous costumes and camera angles intended to keep you constantly alert (to hopefully actually see the monster(s)) is really part of the charm. Both of these 50's films have been recycled on TV decades later, but neither come even remotely close to these outrageous original spectacles. This is so much fun.   

Gary W. Tooze

 

 

Directed by Roger Corman
USA 1955

 

  Originally released in the fifties during the atomic decade, Day The World Ended tells the story of what happened when man finally destroys himself in a nuclear holocaust. Only 7 people survive the blast including a rancher and his beautiful daughter, an arrogant thug and his striptease dancer girlfriend, a gold hunter and his donkey and a handsome geologist carrying a contaminated man. The fate of the human race lies in the hands of this unique crowd as they battle against the new mutated world.

This classic b-movie follows the survivors as tensions flare over the meager rations and rancher’s daughter, as the geologist and thug fight it out to carry on the human race with the stunning girl much to the disgust of her atomically altered fiancÚ - the mutant monster. Who is watching the girls bathe? Will the rancher get his wish to shoot the thug? Will they all survive? Will the contaminated man get the meat, the red, raw, meat he desires? Find out in Day The World Ended!

Day The World Ended is directed by Roger Corman the ‘King of the drive-in movie’ who had a firm belief that “the monster should always be bigger than the leading lady.”

Excerpt from the Arkoff Film Library at TalkingPix located HERE

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Theatrical Release: December 11th, 19557

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Distribution Lions Gate - Region - 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:18:33 
Video 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.19 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 English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles None
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Release Information:
Studio: Lions Gate

Aspect Ratio:
Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Edition Details:

• none (The She-Creature on the same side of the DVD)

DVD Release Date: April 18th, 2006

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Chapters: 12

 

 

Comments:

Although it is Lions Gate the non-anamorphic widescreen image it is nothing very remarkable. It has some dirt and marks and is not very sharp. There is some combing (non-HD source) but it is very tube-watchable. Audio is consistent and there are no subtitles. The draw is really the film and I wouldn't have expected any restoration or extensive cleaning to have gone into the transfer. Its best attributes are the price and its vast improvement over VHS->DVD bootlegs on EBay. If you have any interest at all snag it before it becomes scarce.

The film reminded me briefly the vastly superior Panic in Year Zero! (starring and directed by Ray Milland) which I definitely recommend as well. No hokey monsters and a lot more polished (if you require that!)

Gary W. Tooze

 





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Directed by Edward L. Cahn
USA 1956

 

Hypnotised! Reincarnated as a monster from hell!
It can and did happen!

A hypnosis based horror film tells the story of an oily hypnotist Dr Carlo Lombardi and his beautiful former carnival worker assistant Andrea. Dr Lombardi’s best-selling act consists of him predicting death and regressing Andrea back to previous lives, from a seventeenth century English woman all the way back to her pre-historic days when she was a sea-creature! When he summons the monster she comes forth from the sea and embarks on a terrifying killing spree. The locals of the beachfront community of southern California start to grow suspicious of why and how the hypnotist’s predictions of death are coming true.

The She-Creature is a classic fifties horror story of a slow scary monster controlled by an evil hypnotist to commit murder! His hold over her begins to fade as her love grows for the hypnotist’s archenemy Dr Ted Erikson who is investigating the murders! Will Andrea break free from the hypnotist’s evil grip before he gets her to kill her true love Dr Erikson? How does she manage to kill so many people when she moves so slowly? Just how scary can a busty monster in a chintzy rubber suit be? Find out in The She-Creature!

The She-Creature is directed by Edward L Cahn, who started his movie career in the 1920’s as a movie editor and went on to direct over 120 films. The monster costume was created by master make-up artist Paul Blaisdell and is considered as one of his best.

Excerpt from the Arkoff Film Library at TalkingPix located HERE

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Theatrical Release: August 20th, 1956

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Distribution Lions Gate - Region - 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:17:39 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.19 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.

Bitrate:

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles  None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Lions Gate

Aspect Ratio:
Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• none (on same DVD side as Day the World Ended)

DVD Release Date: April 18th, 2006

Keep Case
Chapters: 12

 

 

Comments:

This transfer is a little better than Day the World Ended (the film it shares the dual layered DVD with) - it is a little sharper but still is not progressive (from HD) and hence exhibits the same 'combing' effect. Chroma is apparent (see below). It is cleaner but still has a few marks. The film is a hoot and is the biggest attribute to the package - and the price is worth every penny.  

Gary W. Tooze

 





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NOTE: Chroma is visible in her sweater...

 

 


 

 


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