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(aka 'Le vampire de l'espace')

 

Directed by Jim Wynorski
USA 1988

 

When a mysterious stranger (Arthur Roberts, Up In Smoke) arrives in town, he hires Nadine (Traci Lords, Blade, Cry-Baby) as his private nurse. Although the pay is great, she becomes more and more suspicious of the stranger when his request for blood transfusions become more frequent. After some junior detective work, Nadine finds out that her new boss is not who he appears to be... and he is not even from our planet!

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Theatrical Release: May 20th, 1988

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DVD Review: Shout! Factory - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Shout! Factory - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:20:39 
Video 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.42 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 5.1) 
Subtitles None
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Release Information:
Studio: Shout! Factory

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• Commentary with Traci Lords and Jim Wynorski
• Original DVD Commentary with Jim Wynorski
• Nadine's Story (11:28)
• Trailers for Not of This Earth (1988 + 1957 version), Galaxy of Terror, Starcrash
• Photo Gallery

DVD Release Date: November 2nd, 2010

Transparent Keep Case
Chapters: 13

 

Comments:

Firstly, this movie was the pits. Really awful. It steals actual footage from other Corman films like Piranha and Galaxy of Terror. It has lousy effects and even worse acting. The only thing it did was make me wish I was watching the 1957 original.

There was an earlier version on DVD from 2001 but we don't have it to compare. The Shout! Factory edition is dual-layered, anamorphic (1.78) and progressive. It looks quite strong - there is some noise but the print is very clean and colors appear natural. I don't see any digital manipulation.

Audio is unremarkable but close, I'll wager, to the way it was produced. Dialogue is clear and consistent. There are no subtitles offered on this region 1 NTSC disc.

Extras include the original DVD Commentary with director Jim Wynorski and a second one with Traci Lords and Jim Wynorski which has some humor. There is also 'Nadine's Story' - which is an 11-minute interview with Lords - still looking pretty hot. There is also a clunky photo gallery and trailers for Not of This Earth (1988 + 1957 version), Galaxy of Terror, and Starcrash.

Only hardcore Corman fans need apply - or maybe those interested in seeing some Traci Lords skin. There is no way I can recommend this - even to those who enjoy baaad (three 'a's) cinema. The 1957 version came out earlier this year in the UK HERE - and I'll be picking it up. 

Gary W. Tooze

 



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