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Directed by Stephen Weeks
UK 1973

 

Horror icons Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing team up once again for an Amicus take on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novella Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, with Lee occupying the role of the scientist and his deadly alter ego. Directed by Stephen Weeks, making his first feature aged twenty-two, I, Monster presents an inventive take on an iconic tale.

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Christopher Lee stars in this Amicus production of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde where the names have been changed to Dr. Marlowe and Mr. Blake. Lee as Dr. Marlowe experiments with intravenous drugs that are suppose to release inner inhibitions. So comes forth Mr. Blake (also Lee) who gets more monstrous with each transformation. Peter Cushing plays his friend and colleague, Dr. Utterson.

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Theatrical Release: November 1971

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Review: Indicator - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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Runtime

Theatrical: 1:15:20.933

Extended: 1:20:39.709        

Video

1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,840,317,660 bytes

Theatrical: 18,776,698,752 bytes

Extended: 20,084,552,064 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.82 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1058 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1058 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentaries:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
BEHP Interview:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English (SDH), None
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1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,840,317,660 bytes

Theatrical: 18,776,698,752 bytes

Extended: 20,084,552,064 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.82 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Audio commentary with director Stephen Weeks (2020)

Audio commentary with Weeks and film scholar Sam Umland (2005)
The BEHP Interview with Peter Tanner - Part One, 1914-1939 (1987): an archival audio recording, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring the celebrated editor in conversation with Roy Fowler and Taffy Haines (1:15:05)
Introduction by Stephen Laws (2020): appreciation by the acclaimed horror author (5:57)
Stephen Weeks at the Manchester Festival of Fantastic Films (1998): archival video recording of the director in conversation (15:47)
Interview with Milton Subotsky (1985): archival audio recording of the famed producer (3:01:50)
Interview with Carl Davis (2020): the renowned composer discusses his score (18:07)
Image gallery: publicity and promotional material
* UK Original theatrical trailer (3:01) / US theatrical trailer (1:47)
Kim Newman and David Flint trailer commentary (2017): short critical appreciation by the genre-film experts (1:47)
Limited edition exclusive 36-page booklet with a new essay by Josephine Botting, Milton Subotsky on I, Monster, an archival interview with Stephen Weeks, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
World premiere on Blu-ray
Limited edition of 3,000 copies


Blu-ray Release Date:
October 19th, 2020
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ADDITION: Indicator Blu-ray (September 2020): Indicator have transferred Stephen Weeks' I, Monster to Blu-ray. It is cited as being from a "New 2K restoration by Powerhouse Films from original film materials". The Indicator offers two presentations of the film: the original 75-minute theatrical cut and the extended 80-minute version - seamlessly-branched on a single-layered Blu-ray disc. It is reasonably heavy in appearance and film-like, not particularly dynamic in appearance but the presentations are reasonably consistent with a few drops in quality, showing untoward softness, that look inherent in the production - no fault of the 1080P transfer. I appreciate the textures. 

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On their Blu-ray, Indicator use a DTS-HD Master 1.0 channel mono track (24-bit) in the original English language. It is authentically flat but exporting some depth in the film's effects. The score is by Carl Davis (Scandal, The General (1926), City Lights (1931), The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981) plus tons of TV work), and also has Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtsmusik. It sounds clean and consistent. Indicator offer optional English (SDH) subtitles on their Region 'B'-locked Blu-ray.

The Indicator Blu-ray offers a new commentary with director Stephen Weeks It is excellent. He covers that the film supposed to be in 3-D citing specific scenes, camera pans from right to left, how it could be viewed as a parable on drug usage, his feeling working with the actors, Producers Rosenberg and Subotsky. He is very measured, detailed and honest. I thought it was one of the best I have heard from a director, so far this year. There is also a second commentary with Weeks and film scholar Sam Umland recorded in 2005 and you can watch the film to a 1 1/4 hour BEHP interview with Peter Tanner - Part One, 1914-1939  from 1987. It is an archival audio recording, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring the celebrated editor in conversation with Roy Fowler and Taffy Haines. All three of these audio options are available on both cuts of I, Monster. Indicator include a new 6-minute introduction by Stephen Laws - an appreciation by the acclaimed horror author, an archival video recording of Stephen Weeks at the Manchester Festival of Fantastic Films in 1998 in conversation for over 1/4 hour, a full 3-hour archival audio recording interview with famed producer Milton Subotsky from 1985. he is highly interesting. There is a new 18-minute interview with Carl Davis, the renowned composer discussing his score, an image gallery of publicity and promotional material, both UK original theatrical trailer and US theatrical trailer plus a Kim Newman and David Flint trailer commentary from 2017 providing a short critical appreciation by the two genre-film experts. The package has a limited edition (3,000 copies) exclusive 36-page booklet with a new essay by Josephine Botting, Milton Subotsky on I, Monster, an archival interview with Stephen Weeks, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits. Phew - it is stacked.

Stephen Weeks' I, Monster is not Hammer, but Amicus (only a stone's throw away) with favorites Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. It has many of the genre conventions that fans love and I thought the Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde angle was well done. Weeks' new commentary really helped me garner more appreciation. There is a lot to enjoy here even with a mediocre horror effort - but it is genuinely scary and curious at times with great atmosphere. The stacked Indicator Blu-ray is a keeper for me. They just keep doing amazing work. We recommend!  

Gary Tooze

 


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