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X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes aka 'X' [Blu-ray]
(Roger Corman, 1963)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: American International Pictures (AIP)
Video: Kino Lorber
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 22,773,765,723 bytes
Feature Size: 19,425,699,840 bytes
Video Bitrate: 25.69 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: May 12th, 2015
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1559 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1559 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1642 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1642
kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
• Special Features: Terror Vision! Legendary Director Joe
Dante on X (6:07)
Description: Dare To Look Into The Eyes Of Madness! Fantastic tale of heart-pounding suspense, this harrowing and terrifying sci-fi shocker will fascinate horror film fans. Starring Ray Milland (The Premature Burial), it charts the startling transformation of a doctor so blinded by ambition that he dares to glimpse eternity! When the brilliant Dr. Xavier (Milland) concocts a serum to improve human sight, he stumbles upon a formula for x-ray vision. Inspired by its awesome medical potential, but shunned by his short-sighted colleagues, the doctor tests the potion on himself, only to discover that his ability to see through walls, clothing and flesh is slowly eclipsed by and insatiable desire to look still further - even if it means seeing more than any mortal can bear! Featuring wonderful direction by the great Roger Corman (Tales of Terror) and a strong supporting cast that includes Harold J. Stone (The Wrong Man), John Hoyt (Blackboard Jungle) and comedy legend Don Rickles (Run Silent, Run Deep).
Ray Milland plays Dr. James Xavier, a world renowned scientist experimenting with human eyesight. He devises a drug, that when applied to the eyes, enables the user to see beyond the normal realm of our sight (ultraviolet rays etc.) it also gives the user the power to see through objects. Xavier tests this drug on himself, when his funding is cut off. As he continues to test the drug on himself, Xavier begins to see, not only through walls and clothes, but through the very fabric of reality!
Corman's intelligent sci-fi movie has a powerful performance from Milland as Dr Xavier, whose experiments with X-Ray eye-drops allow him to cheat at cards, diagnose patients' internal complaints, and see through women's clothing (fortunately for them, they're all standing with their naughty bits shielded by inexplicably opaque plants and pieces of furniture). As the treatment continues, however, Milland becomes terrified as he starts to see beyond the material world into the heart of the universe. The rudimentary special effects and cheapo production notwithstanding, this is an undoubted cult classic.Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Much to the delight of Corman fans - one of his most desirable titles has made it to Blu-ray from Kino Lorber. X: The Man With the X-Ray Eyes is brilliant fun! The image takes a wide step beyond the old DVD - from the The Roger Corman Collection DVD package (and compared three captures below). This is single-layered with a supportive bitrate for the 1-hour 20-minute quickie. There is a superior tightness and some depth not present on the SD. Skin tones normalize and contrast has some decent layers. The 1.85:1 aspect ratio has been maintained. There is some thickness to the visuals but this is more a function of the original appearance, I suspect, with appealing textures. Colors are bright with depth. This Blu-ray provides a consistent and vastly improved presentation for your home theatre one rainy Sunday afternoon.
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Subtitle Sample - Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
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Kino use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel at 1559 kbps and it seems to do a competent job of exporting the film's modest sound requirements.The score is by Les Baxter (The Comedy of Terrors, Panic in the Year Zero, US version of Baron Blood, The Beast Within) and is well supported via the lossless. There are some effects with depth, but it is the music that is memorable. There are optional English subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
Kino include the older audio commentary with Roger Corman as found on The Roger Corman Collection DVD package as well as a, delightful, new audio commentary by film historian Tim Lucas who always educates and entertains with his knowledge of the production. We also get 6-minutes of Terror Vision! where director Joe Dante talks about his love for X. There is also a rarely seen prologue that lasts for a full 5-minutes - for those curious. As well as an original theatrical trailer, we get a short segment with Mick Garris of Trailers From Hell. The commentaries are much appreciated!
April 14th, 2014
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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