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Directed by Bert I. Gordon
USA 1965

 

A small town runs into big problems when teenagers hit a growth spurt, turn into gallivanting Goliaths, lead an anti-elder rebellion and terrify anyone under seven feet tall! Featuring Hollywood teen stars Tommy Kirk (The Shaggy Dog), Johnny Crawford (TV’s The Rifleman), Ron Howard (TV’s Happy Days) and Beau Bridges (The Landlord), this fantastic, effects-laden tale delivers gargantuan, sexy entertainment loaded with rock ‘n’ roll. Eleven-year-old Genius (Howard) mixes up some super-goo with his chemistry set, turning cats and ducks into giants. When a group of wild teenagers see the results, they gobble it up too and turn into towering tyrants, challenging adults and making mayhem while the world desperately searches for an anti-teen antidote. It’s the teen scene you’ve never seen—from cult legend Bert I. Gordon, the director of The Cyclops, The Amazing Colossal Man, Attack of the Puppet People, The Magic Sword and Picture Mommy Dead. The stellar cast includes Joe Turkel (The Shining), Joy Harmon (Cool Hand Luke), Tisha Sterling (Coogan’s Bluff) and Toni Basil (Easy Rider).

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"Genius" accidentally invents "goo" which causes living things to rapidly grow to an enormous size. Seeing an opportunity to get rich, some delinquent teenagers steal the "goo" and, as a result of a sophomoric dare, consume it themselves and become thirty feet tall. They then take over control of the town by kidnapping the sheriff's daughter and dancing suggestively.

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Theatrical Release: October 20th, 1965

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:21:15.328        
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1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 27,861,191,131 bytes

Feature: 26,648,500,224 bytes

Video Bitrate: 39.36 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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DTS-HD Master Audio English 1975 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1975 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, None
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1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 27,861,191,131 bytes

Feature: 26,648,500,224 bytes

Video Bitrate: 39.36 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
• Theatrical Trailer (2:36)


Blu-ray Release Date: February 22nd, 2022

Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 9

 

 

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NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (March 2022): Kino have transferred Bert I. Gordon's Village of the Giants to Blu-ray. It is cited as being from a "Brand New 4K Restoration by StudioCanal". The 1080P image looks quite pleasing with only the matte effects looking, predictably, weaker. There may be a shade of a green cast at times but overall the image quality shows depth and true, is slightly faded, colors. This has a max'ed out bitrate and authentically reflects the available source print.

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On their Blu-ray, Kino use a DTS-HD Master dual-mono track (24-bit) in the original English language. Village of the Giants has hardly any aggressive moments but performed music numbers - Marianne by Mike Clifford, Woman and When It Comes To Your Love performed by the The Beau Brummels and Little Bitty Corrine by Freddie Cannon. The score is by Jack Nitzsche (The Hot Spot, Blue Collar, The Indian Runner, Hardcore, The Crossing Guard, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Personal Best, 9 1/2 Weeks) - his "The Last Race" theme would later be used as the main title music for Death Proof, Quentin Tarantino's portion of the film 'Grindhouse', in 2007. Kino offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-ray offers a new commentary by Tim Lucas. He discusses the film's 'Teenager Hedonism' expression, how Village of the Giants was an important turning point in cinema's morale of the day, the poor quality of the matte shots - identifying them as they appear onscreen - how this is loosely based on an H.G. Welles novel "The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth", direct quotes about children of established actors in film, plus the careers of Beau Bridges, "Mr. BIG" Bert I. Gordon, Tommy Kirk, Joy Harmon, Ron Howard (and that his father is in the film as one of the Deputies,) Tisha Sterling, Tim Rooney (son of Mickey Rooney) referencing other film connections throughout. He also tells us about the the legality of the hallucinogen LSD at the time of production and much more. It's as thorough, and informative, as you could imagine. He's the best. There are also some trailer including one for Village of the Giants.  

Bert I. Gordon's Village of the Giants is campy fun and never takes itself very seriously. It is considered by many to be 'teensploitation' - and is filled with gyrating bodies of young actresses with plenty of dancing akin to the 'Beach Party' cycle of films. It's quite harmless and amusing to see in the present day - over 50-years later. I saw it as a raunchier Disney-esque piece of Drive-In fodder. Who can forget Joy Harmon from Cool Hand Luke? Plenty of nostalgia here and the Kino Blu-ray has the valued Lucas commentary and a fun way to start a double-feature night with another Gordon, modestly-budgeted, classic. How about Attack of the Puppet People? Enjoy!

Gary Tooze

 


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