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(aka "The Criminals of the Galaxy" or "Gamma I Quadrilogy Vol. 1" )

 

directed by Antonio Margheriti (as Anthony Dawson)
Italy 1965

 

It’s groovy to be a spaceman! The way-out ’60s meet the far-out 21st century in this psychedelic sci-fi head trip. Villains from überpowerful The Corporations think they’d found a way to defeat their rivals, the United Democracies: send robot minions to kidnap UD citizens, shrink them down to suitcase size and transport them to a planetoid for hideous human experiments. But a fearless rescue team is on the way! All that stands between the rescuers and success are four-armed androids in wraparound shades, martial artists wearing silk nighties and sporting sky-high hairdos, flying saucers swinging around the cosmos on strings like interplanetary yo-yos and more mod malevolence. It’s all wild, wild fun and fantasy, brothers and sisters!

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Theatrical Release: July 2rd, 1965

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

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:34:06
Video

1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.92 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
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1

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DVD Release Date: October 19th, 2010
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Chapters 10

 

Comments

After seeing Margheriti's War of the Planets I was primed for The Wild, Wild Planet.  It has more of the same - goofy costumes, funky special effects and nostalgic 60's art direction. It's classically bad - and partly in the kitschy, endearing sense. It's the genuineness of the performers, or rather their attempts, and the cheesy sets that carry the film into sci-fi cinema lore of uniquely horrible, yet appealing, gems of the screen. 

It's standard single-layered, progressive and anamorphic in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio and looks a little dull and flat. There are some speckles but nothing to overly distract from your viewing pleasure. Colors don't seem as vibrant as, say The Green Slime but there is enough to the image to put aside any strong complaints. Detail is not pristine but it is consistent and there appears to be some grain there. This is probably the best it will ever look for your home theater consumption.

The mono sound is uneventful and the DUBs are obvious but cute. There are no subtitles nor extras offered.

The appeal of The Wild, Wild Planet is directly proportional to your love of this expertly flawed brand of space adventure schlock. I'm a fan - I love watching this as an alternative to... just about anything else. Actually, I frequently get in the mood for revisiting these flics. This certainly isn't in the top echelon of this genre but those who fancy it - will get some fun.  

  - Gary Tooze

 



 

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