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The Manster or "Nightmare" or " The Two-Headed Monster" or "The Split" or "The Manster - Half Man, Half Monster" [Blu-ray]
(George P. Breakston and Kenneth G. Crane, 1959)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: United Artists of Japan
Video: Shout! Factory
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 19,523,428,440 bytes
Feature Size: 19,103,324,160 bytes
Video Bitrate: 30.99 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: August 29th, 2017
Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2112 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2112 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Description: Before you started eyes, a man will change into
What we have here is a different type of mutant monster. It's not a giant ant from the sewers of Los Angeles or a humongous scorpion from Mexico. It's a manster. You know, part man, part monster. The unlucky title creature is Larry Stanford (Peter Dyneley), a brash American reporter who hopes to land a front-page story about some startling new developments in the field of medical experimentation. Yeah, well he gets his front-page story all right. You could say he IS the story. Ol' Larry becomes an unwitting guinea pig for the evil Dr. Suzuki (Tetsu Nakamura) who drugs his tea and injects him with a mutation serum. First, Larry experiences a personality transformation. He becomes a surly alcoholic with an insatiable lust for women. Another side effect is worse; he develops a hairy right claw that wants to kill, kill, kill.....and does. Even Larry's own wife, Linda (Jane Hylton), isn't safe from her husband's crazed behavior. Then, things really get weird. Is that an eyeball emerging from Larry's left shoulder? Pretty soon he's sporting an extra head that looks like an angry pineapple but his own head ain't so pretty either unless you like fangs and excessive facial hair. The slobbering is a nice extra touch. We won't reveal anything else except The Manster proves two heads AREN'T better than one.Excerpt from TCM located HERE
Tokyo is being terrorized by a crazed beast. But this time it’s not Gojira, he needed to use up some vacation time and took the day off.
A deranged scientist (aren’t they all that way in these movies) has finally run out of family members to do experiments on and he really needs a new lab rat to continue his “important” work. Conveniently, a “dumb as a stick” writer shows up at his house to do an article about him. Not long after arriving, the mad scientist who’s also known as Dr. Suzuki offers him a drink that’s been laced with a “ruffie” and after a couple of sips he passes out. Jeez! What a lightweight. While Larry (that’s the guy’s name) is unconscious Mr. “I can give you a great deal on a boat, atv, car or motorcycle” Suzuki shoots him up with some kind of genetic experiment, similar to those govt. flu vaccinations.Excerpt from MRQE located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The Manster comes to Blu-ray from Shout! Factory - and is a quintessential part of our listing of 50s and 60s science-fiction that have made it to the new format. The image quality is reasonable - on a single-layered disc with a high bitrate. It has speckles and slight damage (see last capture) but the higher resolution has produced some decent contrast layered. There is a bit of softness but also occasional impressive detail in close-ups. Overall, a wholly watchable presentation.
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A standard lossless DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel stereo track at 2112 kbps (24-bit) supports minor effects and Hirooki Ogawa's original score that advances drama and some suspense. It sound clean without notable flaws and abundant depth. There are optional, yellow, English subtitles (see sample) on the region 'A' Blu-ray disc.
The only supplement is a photo gallery. A fun commentary would have been appreciated.
September 14th, 2017