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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

Directed by Roger Corman
USA 1955

 

After the world has been destroyed by nuclear war, an unlikely group of survivors take refuge in a mountain retreat. With tensions mounting and trust all but gone, they discover that fighting each other is the least of their problems. Something outside is stalking them ... something dangerous ... something mutant. This '50s sci-fi classic stars Richard Denning (Creature From The Black Lagoon) and Touch "Mike" Connors (Mannix) and is produced and directed by Roger Corman.

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After a nuclear attack, an unlikely group of survivors, including a geologist, a crook and his moll, and a prospector, find temporary shelter in the remote-valley home of a survivalist and his beautiful daughter, but soon have to deal with the spread of radioactivity - and its effects on animal life, including humans.

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Theatrical Release: December 1955

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Distribution Lions Gate - Region 1 - NTSC Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:18:33      1:19:07.200
Video 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.19 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

2.0:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 32,194,224,419 bytes

Feature: 22,467,508,224 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate DVD:

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio English (Dolby Digital mono)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1669 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1669 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 None English, None
Features

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

Release Information:
Studio:
Shout! Factory

 

2.0:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 32,194,224,419 bytes

Feature: 22,467,508,224 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

NEW Audio Commentary With Film Historian/Author Tom Weaver and David Schecter
Roger Corman Godfather of the 'A's (39:32)
Theatrical Trailer (1:43)
EXCLUSIVE 18" X 24" FOLDED POSTER featuring our artwork


Blu-ray Release Date: December 21st, 202
1
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Shout! Factory Blu-ray (March 2022): Shout! Factory have transferred Roger Corman's Day the World Ended to Blu-ray. Shout! Factory are selling it on their site as 'exclusive, limited to 1,500 units.' It is cited as being from a "NEW 2K Scan Of A Fine Grain Film Element". Where the Lions Gate DVD was in, and around, the 2.35:1 aspect ratio, the Shout! Blu-ray was in the proper SuperScope ratio of 2.0:1. You can see that some information is removed on the Blu-ray - mostly on the left edge as compared to the 2006 DVD. There is a shade more information on the bottom of the frame. The 1080P is an obvious leap in terms of image quality with layered contrast and beautiful fine grain. It does still have some, more than occasional, vertical surface scratches. Despite that this HD presentation looks very appealing.

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On their Blu-ray, Shout! Factory use a DTS-HD Master dual-mono track (24-bit) in the original English language. Day the World Ended has minor aggressive moments, with the irradiated 3-eyed creature, that come through with, predictably, modest depth. There is a brooding score by AIP regular Ronald Stein who has done more than his share of this genre (Attack of the Crab Monsters, Dinosaurus, Journey to the Seventh Planet, Queen of Blood, She Creature, It Conquered the World, Not of This Earth, Dementai 13, Spider Baby etc.) It does add some suspense and excitement sounding effective via the lossless transfer. This music includes the S.F. Blues solo by Pete Candoli for Adele Jergens' (Ruby) attempt at seductive dancing. Shout! Factory offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Shout! Factory Blu-ray offers a commentary by film historian Tom Weaver (author of A Sci-Fi Swarm and Horror Horde: Interviews with 62 Filmmakers). He's always very informative and fun with plenty of fascinating details. Tom discusses scenes scripted for, but not in the film Day the World Ended as well as censored sequences. He has included recreation voices of quotes taken from his in-person interviews from way back or biography tidbits. These recreations include actress Lori Nelson, producer Alex Gordon, actor Mike Connors and others. David Schecter comes on to discuss details of the music in the film for about 10-minutes. He discuses the career of Ronald Stein and fine details on the score including the use of a theremin. It's an exceptionally well-prepared commentary that is, unfortunately, not mentioned on the Shout! Factory webpage at the writing of this review. Included as the new (2012) 'Roger Corman Godfather of the 'A's' directed by Constantine Nasr. It fills in many details of the impresario's notable efforts running just shy of 40-minutes. Lastly is a theatrical trailer and the package has an exclusive 18" X 24" folded poster (the first film poster shown above). It now hangs on my wall.  

Roger Corman's Day the World Ended is pure schlocky fun. I'm always up for a black-and-white apocalyptic plot with the conflicts of a handful of survivors - see Panic in Year Zero! and The Last Man on Earth. This has a lesser-seen 'creature' - a victim of the atomic radiation from an unspoken nuclear tragedy. This is more addictive Roger Corman pragmatic fun - his first sci-fi film direction. Unlike Shout's Blu-ray of The Brain Eaters this has some excellent supplements including the commentary, documentary and poster. It still seems pricey but true fans will indulge with its AIP lovable appeal. The limited edition Shout! Factory Blu-ray can only be bought from their website at present. A keeper for me - taking me back to my innocent childhood and Saturday afternoon matinees on the tube. To each his own.

Gary Tooze

 


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