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directed by Bert I. Gordon
USA 1957

 

Lovely Susan Winter organizes an expedition deep into the wilds of Mexico. She hopes to find her aviator fiancÚ, lost after his plane crashed. Instead she and her three male companions find behemoth bugs, giant battling lizards, mountains practically glowing with uranium, and a 25-foot-tall human beast with a single eye, a melted-cheese-sandwich face and a very scary attitude. If you like nifty ’50s horror, The Cyclops is the kind of over-the-top frightfest that’ll have you spilling your popcorn. Among the cast: Lon Chaney (The Wolf Man) as a manipulative wheeler-dealer who’d just love to become a uranium millionaire…no matter the danger to the rest of the expedition. Writer/director Bert I. Gordon (Beginning of the End, The Amazing Colossal Man) masterminds the menace.

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Theatrical Release: July 28th, 1957

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

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:05:34
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1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.51 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 Dolby Digital 1.0 (English)
Subtitles None
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Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio: - 1.78:1

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DVD Release Date: October 12th, 2010
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The Cyclops is typical Bert I. Gordon cheese with the transformed 'creature' looking too much like the one in his War of the Colossal Beast. Also having the giant's evolution in 'mysterious Mexico'. The fan rub here is that about ten seconds are missing from this Warner Archive DVD presentation - at the point when the big guy bawls like a baby when he removes the burning stick after it is thrust into his lone ocular. If Warner doesn't have the missing few seconds - I wonder who, the heck, does?

It's standard single-layered but progressive and looks exceptionally good. This is labeled under the Warner's new "Re-mastered Edition" marquee and the image is very impressive with solid contrast, textured grain and no untoward damage. The 1.78 anamorphic visuals look surprisingly good despite the single-layering.

The mono sound is decent but unremarkable and there are no subtitles offered. There are also no supplements - not even a trailer and only one single menu screen.

As long as you aren't going to get flustered over the missing 10-seconds - this should give you all you are looking for in a 'B' creature feature of this era. Meaning - hokey monster effects, barely a plot, the earthy sexiness of Gloria Talbott and the assuring visage of Lon Chaney Jr. . When I was about 11 or 12 and my parents were grocery shopping on a Saturday afternoon - it was films like The Cyclops that kept me entertained. The illusions are shattered but funny how it still does today - only now it's a late Friday night with buttered popcorn.

NOTE: Warner Archives has re-pressed The Cyclops, adding the missing 10-second footage. People who purchased the original pressing can call Warner customer service (866) 373-4389 and request a free updated disc. You just have to prove that you purchased the disc before December 1st, 2010 (thanks Curt!). 

  - Gary Tooze

 



 

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