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Humanoids From the Deep (aka 'Monster') [Blu-ray]
Barbara Peeters + Jimmy T. Murakami (uncredited), 1980
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: New World Pictures
Video: Shout! Factory
Region: 'A'-locked (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 23,422,990,632 bytes
Feature Size: 15,856,607,232 bytes
Video Bitrate: 22.99 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: August 3rd, 2010
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
• Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes (7:19 in HD!)
• Posters and Stills
Description: Something evil is happening in the sleepy fishing village of Noyo. Fishlike humanoid creatures, spawned by mutant DNA, begin rising from the ocean looking to mate with the local women. Scientist Susan Drake (Ann Turkel) along with local fisherman Jim Hill (Doug McClure, The Land That Time Forgot) seek to investigate the cause of this invasion of creatures from the ocean floor. But when the annual Salmon Festival begins, some unwanted guests are about to crash the festivities. Also starring Vic Morrow (Message From Space), Cindy Weintraub (The Prowler) and Denise Galik (Don't Answer The Phone).
Regardless of its utilitarian title, it should be stated that Humanoids
from the Deep is about humanoids. This is important to note, because in
construction it is easily confused with a film about a great white
shark. It opens, for example, with an underwater POV shot, presumably of
one of the nefarious creatures of the title, and in short order people
begin to die watery deaths—an aural hallmark of Not John Williams’
composition accompanying each. This is an entertaining film, to be sure,
but these influences, in their clarity, amplify this film’s derivation,
framing its unmet potential as a more singular monster movie.
Firstly this is advertised as the "The Uncut International Version" and DOES INDEED seem to have all the previously discussed gore at around 1 hour 4 minutes (located, for now, on YouTube HERE).
Of the Shout! Factory Corman Blu-rays that we've covered so far under the 'Cult Classic' label - Death Race 2000 , Piranha, and Galaxy of Terror - this looks the most... polished. The image quality can be smooth and detailed but there are still instances of heavy grain and noise. It probably looked quite similar to this theatrically 30 years ago. This is only single-layered with a decent bitrate and colors look richer than SD could produce. The 1.85:1 aspect ratio film is framed for 1.78 here. It can surprise at times but is generally only modest looking overall. Hopefully the captures should give you a good indication.
Shout Factory remain true with a linear PCM 2.0 channel stereo track at a healthy 2304 kbps. Once again they avoid the fake bump and remix but the lossless transfer often sounds like it has minor separation... although it cannot. Screams and shrieks are buoyed with depth and bass to produce the required tension. There are no subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
Extras aren't bad at all with 7-minutes of "Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes". Here you will find an abundance of nudity - in HD. The most appealing supplement though is the 22-minute Making Of Humanoids From The Deep featuring new interviews with composer James Horner, and second Unit/Assistant Director James Sbardellati. We get 3-minutes of Leonard Maltin interviewing Roger Corman about his input in Humanoids From the Deep, less than a minute of TV and Radio Spots (:32 X 2), a posters and stills gallery and, the typical, New World trailers.
August 5th, 2010
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3500 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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Gary W. Tooze