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(aka 'Insect Woman' or 'The Bee Girl')

Directed by Roger Corman
USA 1959

 

In this sci-fi/horror classic, a fluid from queen bees is extracted and used in a potion as a Youth Serum promises to be the new product for a sagging cosmetic company. The founder of the company wants to be the one to test it. She uses too much and becomes... the wasp woman!

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A film that highlights Corman's ability to ring interesting changes on proven formulas. The she-creature and the havoc she wreaks are both predictable enough, but it's a novel touch that she's a beautician, and that her metamorphosis is caused by experiments with new cosmetics ingredients. Susan Cabot (always Corman's favourite female sadist-figure) anchors the sexual mayhem in a very credible characterisation.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE

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Theatrical Release: October 30th, 1959

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DVD Review: Synergy Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC

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Distribution Synergy Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:12:24 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 3.14 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 2.0) 
Subtitles None
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Release Information:
Studio: Synergy Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Large Tee Shit with Wasp Woman poster art

DVD Release Date: December 7th, 2010

Transparent slim Keep Case
Chapters: 4

 

Comments:

Wow - is this ever bad. I love these type of grassroots cheapo sci-fi films but this DVD package is the pits. Aside from the transfer being interlaced (see 'combing' capture below), hazy, frayed edges, damage, and filled with artifacts - it only takes up 1.7 Gig on a single-layered disc with no extras and a pitiful 4 chapter stops. Is Synergy Entertainment aware that people own HD TVs now? I wouldn't recommend this disc for a CRT. Like other Corman 50's efforts of the same genre - Not of This Earth, and the lesser film It Conquered the World, on DVD - it is barely watchable - even for the less a/v discerning.

Also it is cropped (should be 1.66-1.85) - Thanks Marvin!

NOTE: I am interested in the upcoming Roger Corman's Sci-Fi Classics - with Attack Of The Crab Monsters, War Of The Satellites and Not Of This Earth - from the reliable Shout!Factory. 

For the exorbitant price Synergy are flogging The Wasp Woman here you do get a TEE shirt, large size, with the film's poster on it. But seeing this is a PD flic - for a fraction of the price you can pick up a number of equally poor DVDs that actually include another film (like Attack of the Giant Leeches or The Giant Gila Monster). I apologize for putting this on our release calendar. The Wasp Woman is great fun but this package is a rip-off. 

Gary W. Tooze

 



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