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directed by Dan Milner
USA 1957

Beware Tabonga! On a remote South Seas island, no one is safe from this hideous…and unique…monster. Tabonga is part man, part tree, all doom. Formerly an island prince, he was unjustly put to death by a witch doctor. Now he’s returned to life with roots, branches and a vengeance. Against natives. Against visiting American scientists who investigate the tree’s radioactive green sap. Against anyone unwise enough to expect a tree to stay put. A macabre medley of creature feature, Polynesian kitsch and Atomic Age cautionary tale, From Hell It Came is the killer-tree movie you woodn’t want to miss!

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This uproariously bad monster mess is set on a remote tropical island, where a native prince places a curse on the elders just prior to his execution for breaking tribal law, promising to return from the dead for revenge. He does, of course -- but he can only manage to return from the grave as a giant walking tree. (His obvious displeasure with having assumed this shape is indicated by the tree-thing's permanently constipated expression.) There is some indication given that his resurrection has something to do with atomic testing taking place on the island, but this is obviously incidental to the real plot, which treats viewers to endless scenes of natives running in horror from a shambling, ticked-off rubber stump. In print, this sounds like broad comedy material, but the only laughs to be found in this clunker are purely unintentional.

Excerpt of review from MRQE located HERE

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Theatrical Release: August 25th, 1957

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Runtime 1:10:45 1:10:48.244
Video

1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.88 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 Disc Size: 22,119,870,181 bytes

Feature Size: 20,632,098,816 bytes

Total Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

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Audio Dolby Digital 1.0 (English) DTS-HD Master Audio English 1828 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1828 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Subtitles None English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1

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DVD Release Date: November 11th, 2009
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Chapters 8

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1.78:1 Disc Size: 22,119,870,181 bytes

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Total Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

 

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Blu-ray Release Date: April 25th, 2017
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Chapters 18

 

 

 

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ADDITION: Warner Archive - Region FREE - Blu-ray April 17': The contrast seems a notable improvement in the 1080P transfer - brighter whites and more layered black levels. This brings about a higher level of detail, depth and the new HD shows more information in the, also 1.78:1, slightly bastardized, frame. This has a max'ed out bitrate and look superb in-motion - far in advance of the SD.

Warner use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel (24-bit) and the meager sound effects benefit - as does the enthusiastic score by journeyman Darrell Calker who was no stranger to this genre having done scores for film such as Hercules and the Captive Women, Beyond the Time Barrier, The Amazing Transparent Man, My World Dies Screaming, The Flying Saucer etc. It gains another advantage over the SD - as well as offering optional English subtitles (see sample) and the Blu-ray disc is Region FREE - playable worldwide.

Only a trailer as an extra.

One of the 'so bad it's good' genre of 50's science-fiction-cum-horror titles that we love to indulge in on late Friday nights with a bushel-basket of popcorn. Enjoy!

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ON THE DVD: One of the cheesiest of the late 50's 'B' sci-fi schlock, From Hell It Came is a hoot with the boldly weak effects and laughably serious dialogue. I'm surprised that Corman wasn't involved in this somewhere.  There is some decent atmosphere and there are a few positives to the production but only those prepared to surrender themselves to the nostalgic charm of the genre should watch.

It's standard single-layered but progressive in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio and looks excellent. Image quality is supported by strong contrast and grey tone matched with surprising detail accented by a smidgeon of grain. Visually this is extremely impressive.

The mono sound is decent but unremarkable and, typical for the Warner Archive Mod discs, there are no subtitles, nor extras offered.

Those keen on the so-bad-it's-good genre of 50's sci-fi should consider this a must-own. It makes for a wonderful starter picture for a Friday Night Double Feature with an exceptional creature-feature like Them! as the main follower. Lotsa butter needed for this bowl of popcorn.  

  - Gary Tooze



 

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