Shout! Factory & Scream! Factory Present:
The Incredible Melting Man (1977)
X-Ray & Schizoid- Double Feature (1980/83)
Q The Winged Serpent (1982)
Dark Angel (1990)
Shout! Factory rose from the ashes of Rhino Records and is releasing retro pop culture media. My initial interest was struck when they starting releasing cult classic horror films under the Scream! Factory moniker.
LeeThe Incredible Melting ManOverview:
Colonel Steve West has just returned from an incredible history-making flight to Saturn when he is hospitalized with an ailment that baffles the entire medical community. His flesh is melting and to stay alive he must consume human flesh and blood. The infected Colonel West escapes from the doctors’ supervision and hides in the surrounding community where he begins to hunt for human flesh. Who can stop the Incredible Melting Man?
Featuring “excellent makeup effects” (Leonard Maltin) from six-time Best Makeup Oscar® winner Rick Baker (An American Werewolf In London, Ed Wood, Men In Black) and written and directed by William Sachs (Galaxina, Exterminator 2), The Incredible Melting Man delivers the gelatinous goods while humanizing a character rapidly losing his humanity. In short: it’s bloody good!Quick Specs:
Run Time: 84 mins, Rated R, Audio Format: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA, Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1, Region A, Blu-ray Disc release Date: July 30th, 2013.Quick Thoughts:The Incredible Melting Man
. Can you believe with that title the film takes a serious tone? Well it does and to say it not very effective would be an understatement. The effects from future Academy Award winner Rick Baker are decent, but calling the movie a b flick is a praise. I can see it being a guilty pleasure to some, but they must have seen it as a kid because fresh viewing in 2013 renders this one a bust.
Scream Factory does a commendable job with this low budget film, letting all the natural elements shine. Colors pop, details are apparent on almost every frame, however, when darker scenes take over, shadow details are missing. The Lossless Mono track is underwhelming but that is how it was recorded and no fault of the transfer. A funny note, the score is very
reminiscent (though earlier) of Harry Manfredini's score for Friday the the 13th.Special Features:
· Commentary with writer/director William Sachs
· Interviews with writer/director William Sachs and Academy Award winning makeup effects artists Rick Baker and Greg Cannom
· Photo GalleryX-Ray & Schizoid- Double FeatureOverview:
X-RAY, aka HOSPITAL MASSACRE (1982)
This movie will scare the life out of you! Susan Jeremy (Barbi Benton, Deathstalker) goes to a local hospital for a “routine examination.” Once inside, she discovers that someone doesn’t want her to check out…unless it’s in a body bag. A psychotic killer keeps her trapped inside the hospital, having fixed her x-rays to make it look like she has a terminal illness. Meanwhile, he brutally murders everyone she comes in contact with!
In this “lurid shocker” (Leonard Maltin), a newspaper advice columnist (Marianna Hill, Blood Beach) starts receiving threats from a mysterious person. At the same time, the female members of her psychiatrist’s (Klaus Kinski, Crawlspace) therapy group are being murdered one by one…by a maniac wielding a large pair of scissors. Could these incidents be linked? Donna Wilkes (Angel, Jaws 2), Craig Wasson (Body Double), Flo Gerrish (Don’t Answer The Phone) and Christopher Lloyd (Back To The Future) also star.Quick Specs:
Run Time: 89 mins ea., Rated R, Audio Format: English 2.0 DTS-HD MA, Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1, Region A, Blu-ray Disc release Date: August 27th, 2013.Quick Thoughts:
I must admit to being a slasher fan, and to have never seeing either of these before. I found myself enjoying this double feature quite a bit. X Ray
is set in a Hospital, much reminiscent of Halloween 2, however, here the building is full of people and the cat and mouse game a bit more psychological. Staring Playboy Playmate Barbi Benton, this one was a bit of a genre sleeper! The image is commendable for another low budget flick, and thankfully when the blood starts flowing, the colors pop nicely. Blacks are fine and I noticed no real negative issues plaguing the transfer. The audio is pedestrian thought working quite well for its intended purpose.Schizoid
didn't grab me as much as X Ray
, however, i did enjoy it as well. The cast of familiar genre faces (Klaus Kinski - Android, and Craig Wasson - Elm st 3 and Body Double) sure helped, especially Kinski who can make anything a bit more spooky. This hits one slasher prerequisite on the head,--it has lots of naked woman, too bad its lacking in the gore departments and does tent to drag a wee bit. Transfer-wise it it is really nice, with more detail and pop then expected. The audio fares well, but is just good enough. This is not a fault of the transfer, it was just the original design was weak to begin with.Special Features:
· Schizoid: Interview with actress Donna Wilkes – · Theatrical Trailer
· X-Ray: Interview with director Boaz DavidsonQ The Winged SerpentOverview:
“Q is a genuinely entertaining film. A terrific performance by Michael Moriarty, wonderful writing by Larry Cohen – it’s all a lot of fun! Recommended.” – Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
Its name is Quetzalcoatl, a dragon-like Aztec god that is summoned to modern-day Manhattan by a mysterious cult. But just call it “Q”…because that is all you’ll be able to say before it tears you apart! Roosting within the top of the Chrysler Building, this fearsome monster begins raining blood – from the bodies of window washers, construction workers and rooftop sunbathers alike – onto the streets of New York!
Director Larry Cohen (It’s Alive, Maniac Cop) “proves himself to be among the most creative, original and intelligent American horror film directors [with] this bizarre masterwork” (TV Guide), while the fantastic cast includes Michael Moriarty (Law & Order), who’s “fun to watch” (Roger Ebert) as a small-time thief who finds the nest of the creature, and Richard Roundtree (Shaft) and David Carradine (Kill Bill) as New York’s finest, hot on the serpentine tail of the bloodthirsty Q!Quick Specs:
Run Time: 92 mins, Rated R, Audio Format: DTS-HD MA, Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1, Region A, Blu-ray Disc release Date: August 27th, 2013.Quick Thoughts:
I really wanted to like Q The Winged Serpent
Writer/Director Larry Cohen is very hit or miss, but he did helm one of my all-time favorite b movies, 1985's The Stuff. Good news is I did have fun with it, despite it being a bit slow and really silly. The movie is not so much about this 'winged serpent' as it was about great character actor Michael Moriarty's Quinn. a thief and conman who stumbles upon the serpents lair. Its a fun 90 minutes for cult movie and B-flick fans.
The transfer is nice, with most frames looking clean and clear with finer details popping on close-ups. Black levels are stable but to shadow details are a bit lacking, but its not of too much detriment to the over-all look. Scenes with effects tend to look worse, possibly indicating a different film stock?? The audio fares better, thought its 5.1 mix sounded more like a big bold 3.0 Definitely worth it for fans.Special Features:
· NEW Audio Commentary with writer/producer/director Larry Cohen
· Theatrical Trailer and Teaser TrailerDark AngelOverview:
Detective Jack Caine (Dolph Lundgren, Joshua Tree, The Expendables) thought he’d dealt with every kind of crime on earth. But now, someone is using human bodies to manufacture narcotics. Someone – or something – not of this world.
To the Alien that has arrived on earth, humans represent ideal drug factories because of our endorphins. To detective Caine, the Alien represents mankind’s worst threat. If the alien’s mission succeeds, our planet will be destroyed. Together with his straight-arrow FBI partner (Brian Benben, Private Practice) and his girlfriend, the city coroner (Betsy Brantley, Deep Impact), Caine is going to send this alien home in pieces!Quick Specs:
Run Time: 92 mins, Rated R, Audio Format: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA, Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1, Region FREE, Blu-ray Disc release Date: August 27th, 2013.Quick Thoughts:
Wow! I remembered Dark Angel
when it showed up at my door, however, It used to be called "I come in Peace". I dug this movie back in the day and totally forgot about it. I am glad to report I had decent taste when I was a kid as I had a blast with this Dolph Lundgren flick. Dolph plays a cop who is on a case of heroin related deaths that leads him to...um...an alien. Crazy, fun and better made than expected. Enjoy!
Here we have another very nice transfer from Shout/Cream Factory that boast great black levels, color saturation that looks natural yet pops of the screen. This is an over-all pleasing image. The audio is well above average as well, with an overly aggressive surround mix that ads fun to the on-screen action. LFE never blew me away, but it was there enought.Special Features:
· Interviews With Director Craig R. Baxley And Actors Dolph Lundgren And Brian Benben
· Theatrical TrailerLee WeberAVS Forum Blu-ray ReviewsReference Review Systems:
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