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(aka 'Reptilicus - Il mostro distruggitore')

Directed by Sidney W. Pink
USA
1961

 

Danish engineers drilling for minerals in Lapland find the tail of a prehistoric beast and send it to the distinguished Professor Martens in Copenhagen. The door of the refrigerated room in which the remains are stored is accidentally left ajar, and the rise in temperature enables the tail to grow new tissue. American Gen. Mark Grayson of the United Nations arrives in Copenhagen to maintain an alert on the creature, which continues to regenerate itself and grows to an enormous size. Though the general undertakes the mission reluctantly, he becomes attracted to the professor's daughters, Lise and Karen. One night, the monster escapes into the forest and begins to terrorize the countryside. The armed forces fail in their efforts to combat the monster with conventional weapons. A flamethrower forces the creature into the ocean, and a depth charge severs one of its feet, but the creature returns to wreak destruction on Copenhagen. As a last resort, a deadly narcotic is fired into its mouth with a rocket. Though the monster appears to have been destroyed, its severed foot begins the process of regeneration.

Posters, Comic Book, Lobby Cards etc.

Theatrical Release: February 20th, 1961

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Runtime 1:21:09  1:21:36.391 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.85 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s  

1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,365,707,767 bytes

Feature: 21,684,848,640 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 31.47 Mbps

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Bitrate:

Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)  LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles Japanese, None English, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Run

Aspect Ratio:
Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• none 

DVD Release Date: March 20th, 2009

Keep Case
Chapters: 6

Release Information:
Studio:
Shout! Factory

 

1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,365,707,767 bytes

Feature: 21,684,848,640 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 31.47 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (1:59)
• Photo Gallery (2:41)

• Radio Spot (1:00)

 

TENTACLES: (in 1080P)
• Theatrical Trailer
• Photo Gallery
 

Blu-ray Release Date: June 16th, 2015
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 16

 

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - July 2015':  The new Shout! Factory release is, obviously, a huge advancement on the interlaced, open-matte, DVD from 2009. Unfortunately, it didn't help the film any... most of the Monster effects and military stock footage are still quite poor. The 1080P is in the 1.66:1 aspect ratio. It comes bundled with Tentacles from 1977 (a few captures below) - another horrendous 'dog' but has some star power. Lossless audio in both and optional English subtitles. The only extras are the trailers, photo gallery and Radio Spot. Trust me, the best thing about Reptilicus is the title and Tentacles is not far behind. Save your money unless you LOVE baaad cinema.

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ON THE DVD: I was curious about Reptilicus because the MGM (Midnight Movie) version seemed OOP everywhere and fetching big bucks. I also was hoping this Japanese DVD might be widescreen. I got my answers - unfortunately it is NOT widescreen and its appeal lies in the fact that it is such a baaaad film. We're talking Ed Wood bad - terrible effects, weak performances - uggg. So bad, it's good.

The Japanese RUN Corporation DVD is interlaced, single-layered, probably taken from VHS, and generally looks pretty weak. An improved transfer wouldn't make the film any better but it might be more watchable. I`ll keep my eyes open for that MGM at a decent price.

It has optional Japanese subtitles on the region 0, SD disc. It's value lies in its digital scarcity and ¸Reptilicus is the type of film to watch with friends for an amusing start to a double feature. I loved watching stuff like this - but that's me. For most there is no value here. 

Gary W. Tooze

 


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Worst Effects Ever?


Directed by Ovidio G. Assonitis

USA / Italy 1977

Having ripped off The Exorcist with Devil Within Her, Oliver Hellman here does a follow-up Italian job on Jaws. Taking Tentacles to the lab for analysis would reveal many similarities to its finny predecessor, with the following exceptions: wit, imagination, storytelling skill. Huston is grotesque as the type of grizzled investigative journalist who wears his nightdress on the porch. Winters is worse in yet another of her fat flustered parts, and Fonda must have needed the few days' work as 'Mr Whitehead', whose drilling company sends the octopus mad with its vibrations. One scene Jaws doesn't have, thankfully, is ichthyologist Bo Hopkins addressing his killer whales as though they were long-lost buddies from 'the streets' whence he came. They duly dispatch the monster, which incidentally seems of quite normal size, as in Grizzly.

Excerpt from Timeout Film Guide located HERE

 

 

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