Sherman A. Rose
Nora (Kathleen Crowley) wakes in a deserted city. With increasing horror, she discovers the extent of her predicament. Someone - something - has caused a panic during her unconsciousness, emptying the streets and causing all essential services to be cut off. As she explores the results outside with increasing trepidation, and in some genuinely eerie scenes (shot without permit on the early morning streets of L.A.) the viewer shares in her growing concern. Eventually, and in another tense moment, she encounters Frank (Richard Denning), then a little later a couple, Jim and Vicki (Richard Reeves and Virginia Grey) drunk and carefree at the end of the world. As the small, bewildered party of survivors swells further, they are threatened by a murderer who has his own plan of escape - and all of this while the Earth is threatened by giant robots...
Theatrical Release: November 7th, 1954
DVD Review: VCI Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC
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|Distribution||VCI Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate: 7.15 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)|
I'll admit it - I was captivated by the cover, the plot and the reasonable price - especially for a film that includes a commentary. I am always drawn to sci-fi- 50's cheese. I was also aware that it was VCI as the producer of the disc and didn't have my hopes up. It is anamorphic at 1.78:1 and although framing is occasionally tight I have no other reason to suspect that 1.85 is not the original theatrical aspect ratio. Our bitrate shows it is from an analog source and the transfer is interlaced (see combing in last capture). On top of that I see some dirt but the image has some surprising moments of great clarity, though overall it looks quite murky.
The commentary, by producer Herman Cohen, was taken off a laser disc release a few years back. He imparts details of the films shooting (over 7 days) and other tidbits. There are frequent gaps but it was interesting to listen to. There is also a 20 minute long Herman Cohen Tribute video that fans will be quite keen on. Included are some scrolling text bios, a theatrical trailer and previews of other VCI DVDs. As an aside the main menu screen is animated quite nicely with the robot firing a ray gun at the chosen selection. VCI continue to bring out some very clandestine Public Domain films - this one has the nostalgic appeal I look for in this genre and it is expectantly has that simple campy fun that many crave. For less than $10 it is recommended.