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The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant [Blu-ray]

 

(Anthony M. Lanza, 1971)

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Harlequin Pictures

Video: Kino Lorber

 

Disc:

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

Runtime: 1:27:54.769 

Disc Size: 20,703,388,174 bytes

Feature Size: 18,040,172,544 bytes

Video Bitrate: 23.91 Mbps

Chapters: 8

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: November 24th, 2015

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1648 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1648 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 256 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 256 kbps

 

Subtitles:

English, None

 

Extras:

• Audio commentary by the RiffTrax trio and ex Mystery Science Theater 3000 legends, Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett

• Interview with screenwriter James Gordon White (9:08)

Radio Spot (1:02)

Original Theatrical Trailer (2:14)

 

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Description: What do you get when a mad scientist grafts the head of a maniac onto the body of a giant? A true cult classic that the Los Angeles Times calls "lots of fun"! When a brilliant yet obsessive surgeon is cast out by the medical community, he takes science to a shocking new level - by grafting the head of one man onto the body of another. But his terrifying two-headed creation escapes the lab and goes on a rampage! Cult director Anthony M. Lanza (The Glory Stompers) directed the original 2-headed monster classic featuring a script by James Gordon White (The Hellcats) and James Lawrence (The Loners) and a stellar cast that included Bruce Dern (Coming Home), Pat Priest (TV’s The Munsters) and broadcasting legend Casey Kasem (American Top 40).

 

 

The Film:

This ridiculous '70s exploitation quickie is notable mainly for its casting: Bruce Dern toplines as the crazed doctor Girard, with Munsters star Pat Priest as his beleaguered wife and top-40 DJ Casey Kasem (who also lends his talents to various voice-overs throughout the film) as a medical colleague. Girard's semi-successful attempts at surgically attaching additional heads to various lab animals leaves him a bit unfulfilled, and it's no time at all before he goes about performing the operation on a human being. He chooses as his first subject his caretaker's simple-minded but kindly son Danny (John Bloom), onto whose massive shoulders he adds the head of a demented killer (Albert Cole) who was recently gunned down while trying to invade Girard's home. The result is less frightening than pitiful as the morose Danny's personality is subjugated to the evil will of his unwelcome new head, whose psychotic rage continues unabated in his hulking new physique. Shoddy effects, a cheesy (and horribly miscued) psychedelic score and laughably bad dialogue have ingratiated this film to many bad-movie buffs' top-ten lists.

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE

 

On the other hand, Bruce Dern, as the dour scalpelwielder responsible for "The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant," really doesn't rate much sympathy. As a dedicated researcher who has clicked with two-headed snakes, rabbits and monkeys, if not with his photogenic, blonde wife, Pat Priest, he might have demurred in using a sex-crazed, homicidal maniac and a giant, mentally retarded farm hand for his human experiment. Movie plots notwithstanding, it soon becomes obvious that the best results he could expect would constitute an economy size menace to the community.

"Too much imagination can destroy a man," Dern's best friend warns long before the monster destroys a half-dozen citizens. Illustrating, in short, that two flawed heads, like two flawed films, are not better than one.

Excerpt from the NY Times located HERE

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

The single-layered Kino Lorber Blu-ray of The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant has some softness but it generally surrounds how the production attempts to disguise the two-headed effects. I wouldn't say the 1080P is remarkable but, most likely, superior to SD. No gloss and without damage. No depth. Colors shows some brightness and depth - detail and contrast are... blasť. This Blu-ray is standard for KL - decent, unmanipulated, single-layered transfer.

 

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Audio :

Kino Lorber use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 1569 kbps in the original English language. There are plenty of effects in the film - cars, farm equipment, meat manufacturing etc. and they come through flat but with a pinch of depth. The score is by John Barber - also credited as music supervisor on Teenage Seductress (?!?).It all sounds fine with clear consistent dialogue. There are no subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.

 

Extras :

More value than the film is the audio commentary track by the RiffTrax trio and ex Mystery Science Theater 3000 types, Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett and it's as sarcastic and humorous as you might imagine. I don't usually go in for these but this tickled my funny bone a few times. There is also a 9-minute interview with screenwriter James Gordon White, a radio spot and an original theatrical trailer.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant actually precedes the superior The Thing With Two Heads. But its poor reputation is justified - Bruce Dern can't save this super-turkey and Casey Kasem's distinctive voice will certainly reminded you of a Top 40 call. It doesn't have any charismatic "so baaad  it's good' appeal either, IMO. The Kino Lorber Blu-ray
is adept and did give me the opportunity to see the film in 1080P. I wish I hadn't. The true value of this package is in the commentary and for those appreciating that combination (poor film, amusing commentary) you can indulge. Everyone else - pass. 

Gary Tooze

October 27th, 2015

 

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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