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Fire Maidens of Outer Space [Blu-ray]


(Cy Roth, 1956)



Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Criterion Films

Video: Olive Films



Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:20:54.850

Disc Size: 17,811,869,182 bytes

Feature Size: 17,744,781,312 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.98 Mbps

Chapters: 9

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: July 30th, 2013



Aspect ratio: 1.66:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



DTS-HD Master Audio English 856 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 856 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)






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Description: Fire Maidens of Outer Space is B sci-fi filmmaking at its best - Outrageous epic about a group of astronauts who encounter a lost race of scantily clad women from Atlantis on the thirteenth moon of planet Jupiter. Of course, all the nubile young ladies are starved for male company and the Earthmen eagerly offer to help. But first they have to combat an indestructible hideous monster that has terrorized the lovely maidens. The film's camp highlight comes when the maidens perform an interpretive dance to the music of Alexander Borodin. Anthony Dexter, Susan Shaw, Paul Carpenter star in this camp classic. This is the uncut 80-minute version of the film, originally released at 73 minutes. Story, screenplay and direction by Cy Roth (Combat Squad, Air Strike).



The Film:

This silly British-made space opera finds distant ancestors of the lost civilization of Atlantis -- all of them nubile young ladies, of course, and starved for male company -- residing for some unexplained reason on the thirteenth moon of Jupiter, where they are discovered by an Earth exploration team headed by Anthony Dexter. The Earthmen offer to help the Atlantean cuties return home and re-establish their fallen city, but only manage to rescue one of them after they come under attack from a cheesy monster known as the "Black God." The film's camp highlight comes when the maidens perform an interpretive dance to the music of Borodin.

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE

Astronauts find the lost civilization of Atlantis on the third moon of Jupiter. It's a civiliation of beautiful females and one doddering old man.

Title check: Oops; I forgot to check if my print said FIRE MAIDENS OF OUTER SPACE or FIRE MAIDENS FROM OUTER SPACE, both of which are now believed to have been legitimate titles for the movie. We are in outer space, there are maidens, and when they worship, there is fire, so I guess I can't blow the whistle on the movie on any of these points.

Excerpt from Dave Sindelarof located HERE

Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Fire Maidens of Outer Space arrives on Blu-ray from Olive Films. This is only single-layered and the print used has plenty of speckles and minor scratches. Actually the main feature is stellar in comparison to the rocketship stock footage - which is really... amusing. Contrast has some layers but overall the visuals lack consistency with some being crisp and other being a lot more murky. Love the grain! There is no real depth but this is all certainly watchable in the original 1.66:1 aspect ratio without detrimental flaws. The Blu-ray improved the presentation over an SD rendering but the films meager effects coupled with the damage actually add to its nostalgic 'B' charms.

















Audio :

Audio is transferred to a DTS-HD Master mono (original) track at 856 kbps. There is no real score (a couple of pieces in space by Trevor Duncan) but the 'Fire Maidens' do dance to Borodin's Polovtsian Dances. Actually, I didn't know that was big with Atlanteans. It is all pretty unremarkable but audible. There are no subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.


Extras :

No supplements - not even a trailer which is the bare-bones route that Olive are going with the majority of their releases.



Well, what can you say? Surely the title alone should give you an idea of what we have here. Fire Maidens of Outer Space is awful. But is it in the 'so bad it's good' category? I suppose that depends on your tolerance. It's not at the level of Ed Wood, but about as unpolished at times. Effects are laughable. Heck, if you want to curl up to some real bad 50's cinema and a bowl of popcorn - this is grappling for top spot. The Blu-ray (cool cover) is fine, typically bare-bones and a worn, speckle-filled presentation. Charming. Go for it. 

Gary Tooze

July 23rd, 2013




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