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Directed by Hugo Grimaldi, Arthur C. Pierce
Italy / USA 1965

 

An alien is dispatched from a faraway galaxy to take over the Earth by "duplicating" humans and creating a race of zombies resembling animated pottery in this low-budget sci-fi film. Enjoy the opening and closing shots of the alien spacecraft resembling a Christmas tree bauble dancing in space, the faces of the "duplicated" humans shattering like a cheap vase when thrown to the floor, and the formative "duplicates" as they are cooked up in the lab in individual coffins. The alien's heart is softened by the persevering goodness of a beautiful blind woman, deeply conflicting his motives as the film plods to its "climactic" confrontation between the humans and their counterfeit duplicates.

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Theatrical Release: March 3rd, 1965

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Review: Anolis Entertainment - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Anolis Entertainment - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:19:54.666         
Video

1.40:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 25,498,659,346 bytes

Feature: 22,287,575,040 bytes

Video Bitrate: 31.69 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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DTS-HD Master Audio English 1572 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1572 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

DUB:

DTS-HD Master Audio German 1578 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1578 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
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Dolby Digital Audio German 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB

Subtitles German, None
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1.40:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 25,498,659,346 bytes

Feature: 22,287,575,040 bytes

Video Bitrate: 31.69 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

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Audio commentary with Ingo Strecker and Mirko Rekittke (In German)
German trailer (2:31)
US trailer (1:36)
German Programme (0:59)
Picture gallery (2:15)


Blu-ray Release Date:
October 16th, 2020
Standard Blu-ray Case inside slipcase

Chapters 9

 

 

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ADDITION: Anolis Entertainment Blu-ray (October 2020): Anolis Entertainment, out of Germany, have transferred The Human Duplicators to a single-layered Blu-ray with a high bitrate. It is in the odd 1.40:1 aspect ratio. The image is extremely poor. It looks like a second generation from an analogue source. The image is very dirty with plenty of light marks and scratches. There are color flecks and it is a bit of a mess although I don't know of another BD or even a DVD, although SD version surely exist.

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On their Blu-ray, Anolis Entertainment use a DTS-HD Master dual-mono track (24-bit) in the original English language or a German DUB. It's about the same level as the video - maybe a notch higher with a score by Gordon Zahler (The Navy vs. the Night Monsters, Women of the Prehistoric Planet, Wild Women) and Desmond Leslie's Caliban and Ariel. It can sound awkward at times. Anolis Entertainment offer optional German subtitles on their Region 'B' Blu-ray.

The Anolis Entertainment Blu-ray offers an commentary by Ingo Strecker and Mirko Rekittke in German. They seem to be having a good time. There are also trailers, a programme and an image gallery. It's a nice package with O-card slipcase and a liner notes booklet with photos and and essay, in German.

The Human Duplicators is a real slapdash dud. It's not such a bad idea - another 'Body Snatchers' take and I liked some of the recognizable cast; George Nader, Barbara Nichols, George Macready, Hugh Beaumont, Richard Kiel, Dolores Faith and one of the two gals pushing the bodies around, or rather the Asian girl being duplicated in the giant tube is listed as Kim Satana (who may be Tura Satana?) Anyway, it looks very Grindhouse with the production weaknesses and miserable HD appearance but still maintains the 50's and 60's sci-fi allure that we appreciate. Yes, it's so bad it's good. The Anolis Entertainment Blu-ray is the initial entry in a "Fantastic rarities No. 1" series but it's pricey and only for completists of our Atomic Age Molemen From Planet Z page.

Gary Tooze

 


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