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directed by Kinji Fukasaku
USA / Japan / Australia 19
68

 

After a perilous mission to a huge asteroid, a crew returns to its space station, unaware a bit of ooze from the asteroid clings to a crewman’s uniform. The green goop grows – into murderous, tentacled monsters. And as station members fight to live, gunk from the monsters’ wounds turns into more monsters! That’s the story. Now enjoy as our heroes fight to preserve Earth and, unintentionally, our own senses of humor with a movie that Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times called “one of the funniest made-in-Japan sci-fi monster movies ever.” Kinji Fukasaku, whose later work was championed by Quentin Tarantino, directs. The world would be a far more bleak and joyless place without marvels like The Green Slime.

****

Designed as an unpretentious fantasy adventure for sci-fi and action fans, The Green Slime was a fun Saturday matinee in its day but compared to contemporary films in the same genre, it looks more and more like a parody. "The Green Slime" are clearly actors in monster suits - some of the goofiest you'll ever see - and the dialogue is consistently leaden with such cliched moments as the station's doctor (Ted Gunther) trying to save the slime from destruction: "Don't kill it, it's a magnificent discovery!" It also doesn't help that the film is burdened with a romantic triangle subplot - Gamma III nurse Lisa (Paluzzi) is torn between former boyfriend Jack (Horton) and current beau Vince (Jaeckel) - that continually brings the action to a grinding halt.

On the plus side, the special effects, miniature sets and art direction have an almost childlike innocence about them; the theme song is a catchy psychedelic rock 'n roll number by Richard Delvy (someone needs to release this as a single); the go-go party scene conjures up fond memories of sixties hairstyles and fashions; and Robert Horton and Richard Jaeckel deserve some kind of award for playing their roles absolutely straight without laughing.

Excerpt of review from TCM located HERE

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Theatrical Release: December 19th, 1968

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:30:00
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.21 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

Audio Dolby Digital 1.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen - 2.35:1

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DVD Release Date: October 26th, 2010
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Ohh my - an honest to goodness 'Creature Feature' with all the trimmings. This is the real-deal folks - there isn't any filler here - it's all monsters, some gore, slimey ooz, hi-tech space station models and if that's not enough what about Bond Thunderball SPECTRE hottie Luciana Paluzzi! Huh? The 'we vs. they' ideal and internal conflicts are set-up very early. This is WELL in advance of its IMDb rating of 3.7/10. What are those voters thinking?

It's standard single-layered but progressive and anamorphic transfer in the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio looking surprisingly good. This is labeled under the Warner's new "Re-mastered Edition" marquee and is certainly impressive considering. Black levels and colors are strong while detail is consistent with minimal impinging noise. Lots of colorful effects. The disc supports the film with a fine video transfer - I don't have any complaints - as I don't suppose this will ever reach Blu-ray (Hmmm... I guess I can request).

The mono sound is decent but unremarkable and there are no subtitles offered. The title song "Green Slime" by Richard Delvy is the BEST! (I mean that - wait till you hear it!) There are no supplements - not even a trailer - which is a shame I'll bet any trailer for this film is super-cooool.

The glaring inaccuracies like 'fire burning in the vacuum of space' are just enough to elevate this masterwork to whole other class of hokiness. The Green Slime has just become one of my favorite films. I'm addicted to its nostalgic charms - I had so much fun in my viewing and I can't wait to show my buddies one 'guy night' with a mini-keg and massive bowls of heavy-buttered popcorn. Ohhh... and potato chips - yea, love potato chips. DON'T miss this gem folks - it's a prize!  

  - Gary Tooze

 



 

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