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(aka "Terrore nello Spazio" or "Demon Planet" or "Terror en el espacio")

 

directed by Mario Bava
Italy/USA 1965

 

When the two exploratory spaceships Argos and Galliot pick up a distress signal from an unexplored, fog-shrouded planet, they lose contact when landing on the planet. A force overcomes the crew of the Argos and they attempt to kill each other, but they are able to regain their senses. Fearing that something similar has happened to the crew of the Galliot, Argos Captain Markary (Barry Sullivan, LOOPHOLE) and his crew - including Sonya (Norma Bengell, MAFIOSO), Wes (Angel Aranda, SATAN'S BLOOD), Tiona (Evi Marandi, PARIS WHEN IT SIZZLES), and Carter (Ivan Rassimov, SUPER BITCH) - disembark in search of the other ship. The crew of the Galliott were not so lucky, and the Argos crew bury some of the dead only to discover that the bodies of the others have disappeared in the interim. When members of their own crew begin to behave strangely and die, their exploration of the planet leads to the discover of the ship and remains of another non-human species. Other presumed dead members of the Galliott reestablish contact with the Argos crew, but they are no longer what they seem to be, and the graves of the buried crew members are now empty. The surviving members of the Argos crew race to repair the ship to escape the "demon planet", but whatever haunts the planet has other plans for them.

Long considered a major influence on the plot of ALIEN, PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES show cinematographer-turned-director Mario Bava (BLACK SUNDAY) achieving maximum atmosphere and chills on a minimal budget thanks to Bava's lighting and composition (the camera itself operated by credited cinematographer Antonio Rinaldi [BARON BLOOD]), the sets of Giorgio Giovannini (THE NAME OF THE ROSE) - although the ships have wooden soundstage floors - miniatures and mattes by Bava and special effects by Carlo Rambaldi (who would later work on the Ridley Scott film). Despite the sci-fi setting and themes, the film is as much a gothic spook show as any of Bava's other works. Several setpieces show him refining and establishing scares that anticipate similar sequences and shots in future works. For instance, the slow motion shots of the astronauts rising from their graves recall Javutich's resurrection in BLACK SUNDAY, which also contains in which a character's undead status is revealed by the accidental exposure of their rotting innards as seen here. A crash zoom into a lurking undead figure revealed by the closing of a cabinet door here would be repeated in the later BARON BLOOD, while the fog-shrouded planet both recalls the misty environs of earlier Bava films as well as KILL BABY KILL's backwards middle European village. The cast also includes Stelio Candeli (NUDE FOR SATAN) and Massimo Righi (BLACK SABBATH).

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 27 October 1965 (USA)

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Comparison:

MGM - Region 1 - NTSC vs. I.I.F./01 Distribution - Region 2 - PAL vs. Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the DVD Screen Caps!

1) MGM - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT

2) I.I.F./01 Distribution - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Distribution

MGM

Region 1 - NTSC

I.I.F./01 Distribution
Region 2 - PAL
Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:27:39 1:23:51 (4% PAL speedup) 1:27:50.265
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.89 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.38 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.85:1 - 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 30,607,631,781 bytes

Feature: 24,485,523,456 bytes

Video Bitrate: 31.92 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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MGM

 

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I.I.F./01 Distribution

 

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Kino Lorber Blu-ray

 

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1573 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1573 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentary:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1593 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1593 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

Subtitles English (CC), French, Spanish, none English, Italian, none None
Features Release Information:
Studio: MGM

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (4:3; 2:16)

DVD Release Date: 28 August 2001
Amaray

Chapters 16
 

Release Information:
Studio: I.I.F./01 Distribution

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• U.S. Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 2:17)
• Italian Poster
• Photo Gallery
• Posters and Trailers for 'The Cursed Medallion', 'What Have You Done to Solange?', 'and 'Dr. Goldfoo

 

DVD Release Date: 9 November 2005
Amaray

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: K
ino

 

1.85:1 - 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 30,607,631,781 bytes

Feature: 24,485,523,456 bytes

Video Bitrate: 31.92 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• 
Audio Commentary with Tim Lucas

• Original Trailer (2:17)

• Trailer From Hell with Joe Dante (3:47)

• Trailer From Hell with Josh Olson (2:28)

• Original Story by Renato Pestriniero (3:01)

• Stills Gallery (3:01)
• Alternate Music Score Highlights (20:31)

• Original Italian Opening (2:48)

 

Blu-ray Release Date: October 28th, 2014
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 9

 

Comments

NOTE: These Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

 

ADDITION: Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray (November 14'): I was so excited to see this in 1080P. You can truly say 'they don't make them like this anymore'. The HD image is improved over the SDs in most visuals areas. Colors are richer and deeper (cooler, more realistic skin tones), contrast is vastly superior. Overall it just looks more film-like with the SDs appearing flatter and softer akin to video. There is some depth and the BD may be marginally cropped in certain spots. You see the improvement is quite pronounced - even in the static screen shots below.

 

Kino Lorber use a DTS-HD Master in 2.0 channel at 1573 kbps. This is in English and certain DUBB'ed sequences are more obvious as to the sync'ing than others (Barry Sullivan being the only English-speaking performer, Norma Bengell did her dialogue phonetically). It does exports some pleasing depth in the effects. When Orion had the rights to the AIP titles, they did not have the music rights to this film so the VHS release from HBO had a replacement synth score by Kendall Schmidt (sampled for 20-minutes as part of the Blu-ray supplements). The rights were settled by the time of the MGM DVD release which has the original Gino Marinuzzi Jr. score (as does the Blu-ray). Also, the I.I.F. DVDs of What have they Done to Solange? and Super Bitch featured both English and Italian tracks (the former also had English subtitles) but the the Italian cut of Planet of the Vampires was cut differently than the US version (although MGM's restoration made use of Italian elements) so the I.I.F. DVD features only English subtitles (the same with their disc of The Night Child and le spie vengono dal semifreddo in which the English cuts varied greatly from the Italian cuts). Like Planet, these are all Fulvio Lucisano co-productions that he struck new masters for the 2005 Venice Film Festival and premiered on disc the same year. There are no subtitles on the region 'A'-locked Blu-ray disc.

 

One of the big treats of this Blu-ray package is the audio commentary by Tim Lucas (author of Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark) who details so much of the production noting differences in the Italian version and specifics of Bava's direction. It's wonderfully educational and entertaining. Aside from that Kino add the original trailer (English) two, brief, segments with director Joe Dante and another with writer Josh Olson. We get text screen of the 'original story' by Renato Pestriniero as well as a Stills Gallery. It is cool to hear 20-minutes of highlight of the above-mentioned alternate snyth-score. lastly is the 3-minutes of the original Italian opening credits/title.

Nice to see Kino-Lorber go the extra mile for this Blu-ray with the valuable commentary and other extras. For those who might be keen - I'll assume all who have read this far. Almost an essential for this genre. What a beauty!

 - Eric Cotenas and Gary Tooze

 

 


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Blu-ray

Extras: Blu-ray

 

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Distribution

MGM

Region 1 - NTSC

I.I.F./01 Distribution
Region 2 - PAL

Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

 




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