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directed by Gene Fowler Jr.
USA 1958

"Shuddery things from beyond the stars, here to breed with human women!"

 

For one reason or another I never put this in the same class of films true 'B-Pulp-sci-fi' icons like This Island Earth or  The Brain That Wouldn't Die . It always seemed less cheesy and more obvious... perhaps a little less innocent. It does, however, have a lot of the imperfect elements that I do enjoy from this era - such as corny overacting and and limited budget for special effects. I always try to reflect on why I enjoy this genre of cinema so much. It borders on being identified as the primordial soup of exploitation films, which I detest. Perhaps it comes down to the irony of simplicity vs. allure. In attempting to capture audience dollars films like this try, with great naiveté, to employ some silly and comical gimmicks. In the case of "I Married a Monster From Outer Space" it is in the title itself, as well as the limited onscreen appearances of the "monster" visage. 

 

The "aliens from Outer Space are slowly switching places with real humans" plot can make for great cinema with all the possible corollaries of our own unsupported fears and idiosyncratic bigotries (see "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" or many "Twilight Zone" episodes as the keystone examples). All-in-all, this is still another fun way to spend a late Friday night, eating pizza and envisioning yourself as a teenager in a 1950's drive-in.  out of

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Theatrical Release: October 1958 - USA

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Distribution Paramount Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:17:45
Video 1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.38 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 Dolby) 
Subtitles English, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Paramount Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.78:1

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DVD Release Date: September 14th, 2004

Double Lock Keep Case
Chapters: 12

 

Comments:

This DVD has a good image, acceptable audio and excellent subtitles. There are no extras. I saw just a shade of chroma in some scenes that exhibited strobing, but otherwise this is a fine presentation with above-average contrast levels. A trailer, liner notes or commentary would have been appreciated. out of   

Gary W. Tooze

 




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