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Directed by Roger Corman
USA
1957

 

Nurse Nadine Story is hired by a mysterious stranger who requires continual medical care. When his requests for blood transfusions become more and more frequent, his horrible secret is revealed...he is, in fact, a space vampire!

***

Low budgets give little reason for regret when the often tacky effects are surrounded by so much imagination, good humour, and sheer joy in film-making as here. Not of This Earth is a minor sci-fi gem, with an alien (Birch; you can tell he's an ET by his briefcase and dark glasses, establishing him as infinitely superior to the moronic middle Americans on view) terrorising Earth (or a small backlot) in his quest for blood for the folks back home.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE

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Theatrical Release: February 10th, 1957

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DVD Comparison:

In2Film - Region 2 - PAL vs. Shout! Factory (Roger Corman's Cult Classics Triple Feature) - Region 0 - NTSC

 

1) In2Film - Region 2 - PAL LEFT
2) Shout! Factory (Roger Corman's Cult Classics Triple Feature) - Region 0 - NTSC RIGHT

 

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Distribution In2Film - Region 2 - PAL Shout! Factory - Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:08:04 (NTSC-> PAL conversion) 1:07:06
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.93 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.87 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.

Bitrate: PAL

Bitrate: NTSC

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)  English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles None None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: In2Film

Aspect Ratio:
1.33:1

Edition Details:

• none 

DVD Release Date: May 3rd, 2010

Keep Case
Chapters: 7

Release Information:
Studio: Shot! Factory

Aspect Ratio:
1.78:1

Edition Details:

• Commentary by Tom Weaver, John + Mike Brunas

• Interview with Roger Corman (11:46)

• TV Syndication Prologues

Above extras are also on Attack of the Crab Monsters that shares this disc

2nd disc has War of the Satellites and a Salute to Roger Corman featurette

DVD Release Date: January 18th, 2011

Transparent Keep Case
Chapters: 7

 

Comments:

ADDITION: Shout! Factory (Roger Corman's Cult Classics Triple Feature) - Region 0 - NTSC - Well, that didn't take too long (a little over than 6 months!) - we now have the Corman-a-holics at Shout! Factory to thank for this Roger Corman's Cult Classics Triple Feature which includes Attack of the Crab Monsters, War of the Satellites and Not of This Earth. For the latter film, it is a dramatic improvement - it is widescreen, anamorphic but, shamefully, interlaced (see sample at bottom) and shows a few damaged frames. This is a 2-disc set with Not of This Earth sharing the first DVD with Attack of the Crab Monsters. The second disc has War of the Satellites and a 25-minute tribute to Corman with Peter Fonda, Peter Bogdanovich, Joe Dante and others giving input. Unfortunately all three features are interlaced transfers.

Even with its flaws the NTSC transfer is vastly superior - most notable in detail and contrast. Audio seems cleaner as well and there is no PAL speedup. No subtitles are offered on the region free disc(s).

Both Not of This Earth and Attack of the Crab Monsters have commentaries by the triptich of Tom Weaver and John + Mike Brunas (authors of Universal Horrors) plus a 12-minute interview with Roger Corman and the 'TV Syndication Prologues' for both films. On the second disc you get War of the Satellites and the aforementioned Salute to Roger Corman piece on another dual-layered disc.

I don't think there is much that would dissuade Corman fans to avoid this Triple Feature. It's great fun despite the imperfections. Those keen on these sci-fi vintage popcorn entries should nab this package. Great for insomniacs!

***

ON THE UK DVD: I recently reviewed the 1988 version of Not of This Earth HERE and I am definitely not as big a fan of that remake - which, by the way, doesn't deviate much at all from the original script - just interspersed with Traci Lords T + A. But this 1957 film is more to my tastes. I'd have to say Beverly Garland's sexuality is far more erotic...and her acting a healthy notch higher too.

The stingy In2Film DVD from the UK exports a weak single-layered, progressive, transfer. It takes up about 4 Gig on the disc and has a few light speckles and marks but pleasantly grainy and gritty. While definitely hazy, and probably minor-ly contrast boosted, we are hoping a superior NTSC edition will surface soon. This should probably be widescreen and we can occasionally see a rounded corner. Audio is unremarkable and a bit scattered but I doubt it was very dynamic originally. There are no menus and no subtitles.

There are no extras at all but it has some attributes even beyond the innocence of the film - for example the price! This is currently less than $6.50 USD. This 50's sci-fi gem has nostalgic innocence and endlessly enjoyable charm. For those keen this is an easy recommendation. I see this was released right before Valentine's Day and I wonder how many sweethearts had a date at the theater to see 'Not of This Earth'! 

Gary W. Tooze


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1) In2Film - Region 2 - PAL TOP
2) Shout! Factory (Roger Corman's Cult Classics Triple Feature) - Region 0 - NTSC BOTTOM

 


1) In2Film - Region 2 - PAL TOP
2) Shout! Factory (Roger Corman's Cult Classics Triple Feature) - Region 0 - NTSC BOTTOM

 


1) In2Film - Region 2 - PAL TOP
2) Shout! Factory (Roger Corman's Cult Classics Triple Feature) - Region 0 - NTSC BOTTOM

 


1) In2Film - Region 2 - PAL TOP
2) Shout! Factory (Roger Corman's Cult Classics Triple Feature) - Region 0 - NTSC BOTTOM

 


1) In2Film - Region 2 - PAL TOP
2) Shout! Factory (Roger Corman's Cult Classics Triple Feature) - Region 0 - NTSC BOTTOM

 


1) In2Film - Region 2 - PAL TOP
2) Shout! Factory (Roger Corman's Cult Classics Triple Feature) - Region 0 - NTSC BOTTOM

 


1) In2Film - Region 2 - PAL TOP
2) Shout! Factory (Roger Corman's Cult Classics Triple Feature) - Region 0 - NTSC BOTTOM

 


1) In2Film - Region 2 - PAL TOP
2) Shout! Factory (Roger Corman's Cult Classics Triple Feature) - Region 0 - NTSC BOTTOM

 


1) In2Film - Region 2 - PAL TOP
2) Shout! Factory (Roger Corman's Cult Classics Triple Feature) - Region 0 - NTSC BOTTOM

 


1) In2Film - Region 2 - PAL TOP
2) Shout! Factory (Roger Corman's Cult Classics Triple Feature) - Region 0 - NTSC BOTTOM

 


1) In2Film - Region 2 - PAL TOP
2) Shout! Factory (Roger Corman's Cult Classics Triple Feature) - Region 0 - NTSC BOTTOM

 


1) In2Film - Region 2 - PAL TOP
2) Shout! Factory (Roger Corman's Cult Classics Triple Feature) - Region 0 - NTSC BOTTOM

 

 

Damage and Combing (interlaced transfer) on the Shout! Factory

 


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Distribution In2Film - Region 2 - PAL Shout! Factory - Region 0 - NTSC



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