Monsters and Madmen

Monsters and Madmen

DVD - 2006
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Atomic Submarine: A series of mysterious sinking plagues the northern seas. Great trans-arctic submarine liners are vanishing without a trace! The nuclear powered U.S.S. Tiger Shark, the most advanced sub in the fleet, has been undergoing around-the-clock modifications to prepare for an urgent top-secret mission: to discover the cause of the Arctic disasters, and put an end to it! First man into space: A cocky test pilot disobeys orders and takes his experimental aircraft higher than anyone has flow before. Bombarded by cosmic rays, he crashes to Earth as a murderous creature. The haunted strangler: In this terrifying story, set against the sinister background of London in the gaslight days and reminiscent of the unsolved "Jack the Ripper" case, a number of young women are found brutally murdered. " Corridors of blood: Set in the primitive hospitals of 19th century London, this recounts the story of the unfortunate Dr. Bolton, an early pioneer in anesthesiology, showing his gradual addiction to drugs and his dealings with grave robbers.
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, [2006]
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9781934121146
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE MONST
Characteristics: optical,mono
4 videodiscs (Not rated)(5 hrs., 15 min.) : sound, black and white, mono. ; 4 3/4 in. + 2 booklets (ea. 19 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm)
Notes: Bonus set features: new, restored high-definition digital transfers, audio commentaries by producers Richard and Alex Gordon and writer Tom Weaver, new video interviews with cast and crew, censor cuts, original theatrical trailers and radio spots, stills galleries and booklets featuring essays by producer John Croydon and critics Maitland McDonagh, Bruce Eder and Michael Lennick
"Atomic Submarine" was originally released in 1959 by Gorham. "First man into space" was originally released in 1959 by Amalgamated Productions. "The haunted strangler" was originally released in 1957 by Amalgamated Productions. "Corridors of blood" was originally released in 1958 by Amalgamated Productions


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Jan 09, 2014

While Criterion routinely reissues films by some of the world's greatest directors (Kurosawa, Godard, Bunuel), they are not strictly high-brow, as this box set of mostly forgotten 50s b-movies proves. Why did they choose to rescue these particular low-budget, MST3K-worthy films? Beats me, but they are pretty enjoyable. In "The Atomic Submarine," the crew of the title sub encounter an underwater alien, while in "First Man Into Space," an astronaut returns from space as a monster. Both of these are better than their titles indicates. I was looking forward to the two Boris Karloff films, but both are rather disappointing and you'd be better off seeking out the films he made with producer Val Lewton. Each film is accompanied by a short documentary, as well as an essay.


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