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Directed by David MacDonald
UK 1954

 

A new restoration of the 1954 British black-and-white science fiction film Devil Girl from Mars directed by David MacDonald and starring Patricia Laffan, Hugh McDermott, Hazel Court, Peter Reynolds, and Adrienne Corri.

One winter evening in a lonely Scottish inn, guests become prisoners when Nyah, a pitiless Martian with a robot minion, lands on earth and traps them within an invisible wall. With Martian males extinct after a battle of the sexes, Nyah aims to capture breeding stock on Earth. As escape attempts falter, the helpless humans must decide which one of them will die to save the others and possibly the world.

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Eight people at a remote Scottish inn find themselves confronted by a woman from Mars, who has landed her flying saucer for repairs but intends to soon conquer the Earth and enslave its men for breeding purposes.

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Theatrical Release: May 2nd, 1954

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Review: Studiocanal (Cult Classics) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Studiocanal (Cult Classics) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:16:57.625         
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1.37:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 31,885,605,747 bytes

Feature: 26,348,777,472 bytes

Video Bitrate: 38.91 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
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LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit

Subtitles English, None
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1.37:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 31,885,605,747 bytes

Feature: 26,348,777,472 bytes

Video Bitrate: 38.91 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

NEW Audio Commentary with Kim Newman and writer & journalist Barry Forshaw
NEW Interview with novelist and critic Kim Newman (18:14)
Stills gallery (1:17)


Blu-ray Release Date: January 15th, 2024

Standard Blu-ray Case inside slipcase

Chapters 12

 

 

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

ADDITION: Studiocanal (Cult Classics) Blu-ray (January 2024): Studiocanal (Cult Classics) have transferred David MacDonald's Devil Girl from Mars to Blu-ray. It is cited as being from "a new restoration". This was on DVD in the US from Image Entertainment way back in 2006, reviewed HERE. We've compared some captures below and this new 1080P looks marvelous. It is on a dual-layered disc with a max'ed out bitrate and the contrast is significantly better layered - mostly brightening the image to show more detail, sharpness tights significantly and there is more information in the frame. There was only one sequence with a slight bit is less-perceptible damage and otherwise this looks fairly perfect - nice texture and the HD presentation was very appreciated on my system.  

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On their Blu-ray, Studiocanal (Cult Classics) use a linear PCM dual-mono track (24-bit) in the original English language. Devil Girl from Mars has loud effects of the 'flying saucer' spaceship, a mechanized robot, freeze-ray explosions, even a good olds fashioned revolver etc. that come through with surprising impact. The score was by Edwin Astley (Visa to Canton Contraband Spain, The Giant Behemoth 1962's The Phantom of the Opera, The Naked Prey) adding some inventive flavor to this sci-fi gem. NOTE: "Astley reused his Saber of London TV series score for this film" and Devil Girl from Mars's sound editor was Gerry Anderson of Supermarionation fame! The audio is clean with consistent dialogue in the uncompressed transfer but can appear out-of-sync, although I didn't notice it in three viewings - others have. There were similar complaints of the DVD with some suggesting it was a post-DUB issue. Studiocanal (Cult Classics) offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'B' Blu-ray.

The Studiocanal (Cult Classics) Blu-ray offers a new commentary by Kim Newman and writer & journalist Barry Forshaw. They discuss the film for its strong camp reputation, the Danzinger brother producers - "Masters of the get-it-in-the-can filmmaking", their TV work, composer Edwin Astley (Danger Man), the cast; Patricia Laffan, Hugh McDermott, John Laurie, Hazel Court, Peter Reynolds, and Adrienne Corri, as well as comparable film efforts and much more. There is also another 18-minute interview with Newman who I'm in total agreement of his adoration for the film and it's unique alien character and theme that "Mars needs Moms". Discussed is World Without End, where men become listless and unappreciative of the gorgeous women around them. Both commentary and interview are excellent. There is an image gallery and the package has four art cards (see image below.)      

I have always loved Devil Girl from Mars. Nyah's (Patricia Laffan - Quo Vadis, 23 Paces to Baker Street) fetishistic-ally striking costume, as a literal alien dominatrix, has supreme camp value. Part of my huge appeal is the out-of-the-way British Inn / Pub and characters - escaped convict, scientist, journalist, model, barmaid and the elderly couple innkeepers who add a humorous edge. As Kim Newman related this is the only film of its kind made in Britain in 1954. This "B" movie has an erotic undertone with an aggressive leather-clad Nyah demanding strong men to repopulate her planet. You wouldn't guess this was such a low-budget film as the plot is surprisingly ambitious with nods to Robert Wise' The Day the Earth Stood Still. I also see Edgar Ulmer's The Man From Planet X in it. I was thrilled that Devil Girl from Mars came to Studiocanal (Cult Classics) Blu-ray. Perfect. We give this a strong recommendation!

Gary Tooze

 


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