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Old 01-29-2018, 08:19 PM   #361
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Did Evil Toons ever happen?

Doesn't sound like Retromedia product is very good, hopefully they'll collaborate with Vinegar Syndrome or something instead of trying to release on their own.
Yup I have evil toons.

Retro media stuff is OK not great in terms of quality. The quality varies a lot. Primarily source issues. But a lot better than previous DVDs, and the movies are a lot of fun.

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Old 01-29-2018, 08:24 PM   #362
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Did Evil Toons ever happen?
It did. Here's a brief review, which doesn't really have much to say about the transfer. I don't recall any issues with the charming Alien Factor or with Alien Dead. The site review of Rat Fink is quite positive.
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Old 01-29-2018, 08:25 PM   #363
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It did. Here's a brief review, which doesn't really have much to say about the transfer. I don't recall any issues with the charming Alien Factor or with Alien Dead. The site review of Rat Fink is quite positive.
Evil toons transfer is soft and dark from what I recall of my viewing. Probably a function of the low budget cinematography and special effects.

Not particularly bad or good, which is about where most Retromedia titles lie.

The blu rays all slaughter the previous DVD editions though. These are titles you buy for the fun content and not for reference 4k restorations.
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Can anyone comment whether The Ape / The Black Raven is actually now shipping from Amazon? I'm still sitting on a second copy of Octaman and really want to get the right release.
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Can anyone comment whether The Ape / The Black Raven is actually now shipping from Amazon? I'm still sitting on a second copy of Octaman and really want to get the right release.
I ordered mine a few days ago and received the correct disc after seeing someone over at the Monster Kid Classic Horror Film Board confirming the same thing.
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Old 02-09-2018, 12:03 AM   #366
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I ordered mine a few days ago and received the correct disc after seeing someone over at the Monster Kid Classic Horror Film Board confirming the same thing.
Thanks so much for the update. Much appreciated!
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Old 03-10-2018, 09:11 PM   #367
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Have The Ape/The Black Raven and Teenagers from Outer Space/The Giant Leeches been listed on this site yet?

They arrived in the mail today (on my first day back from a week-long hospital stay), along with Mysterious Mr. Wong/The Living Ghost.
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Have The Ape/The Black Raven and Teenagers from Outer Space/The Giant Leeches been listed on this site yet?

They arrived in the mail today (on my first day back from a week-long hospital stay), along with Mysterious Mr. Wong/The Living Ghost.
Can you give us a review? A/V quality?
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Old 03-10-2018, 10:55 PM   #369
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Can you give us a review? A/V quality?
'Tis gonna be a while. I've got a stack of stuff. I'll probably get around to The Giant Leeches first of those, though.
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Old 03-20-2018, 05:45 PM   #370
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Some more exciting Blus on the way later this year from Retromedia, including Alberto De Martino's HORROR (The Blancheville Monster, 1963), Herb Wallerstein's SNOW BEAST (1977) and Fred Olen Ray's THE PHANTOM EMPIRE (1988)!

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Good news. Snowbeast is the best!
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Old 03-20-2018, 06:33 PM   #372
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Let's hope it turns out better than the OCTAMAN Blu...
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Old 03-20-2018, 06:38 PM   #373
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C'mon Fred, you own the last remaining 35mm print of Invasion of the Blood Farmers - how about putting that out on Blu?
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C'mon Fred, you own the last remaining 35mm print of Invasion of the Blood Farmers - how about putting that out on Blu?
Is that what the Code Red dvd was sourced from?
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As the Helga Line fan I know you are, you won't want to miss Horror AKA The Blancheville Monster.
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Old 03-23-2018, 11:27 PM   #376
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Is that what the Code Red dvd was sourced from?
Probably, as it is purported to be the only surviving one.

Fred brought the print to the Schlockfest in London back in '95, and it was in pretty good shape. Who knows if it got played to death at festivals in the intervening time. He said he can't remember how he came to own it, though!
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Is that what the Code Red dvd was sourced from?
Code Red has a thoroughly abused print for their DVD, sweetened by a killer commentary from the director.

Fred had the 35 Neg for the DVD, hopefully he still has that.
Bring it on Fred!
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Is there any kind soul that would mind entering Teenagers from Outer Space/Giant Leeches into the system?

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Old 03-25-2018, 12:34 PM   #379
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I decided to eat my vegetables first with this double feature by watching The Cremators before watching Octaman.



An alien that exists in the form of a giant glowing ball of fire arrives on Earth and terrorizes a small lake community by rolling over people, burning them to ashes, and absorbing their matter into its own. A local environmental scientist, played by Marvin Howard, investigates the reasons for disappearances of a handful of citizens, and eventually realizes that the killings are associated with small meteorite fragments that the fireball tracks down to incorporate back into its mass. With the help of a beautiful love interest, played by Maria De Aragon (Blood Mania), he must find a way to stop the destructive fireball before it claims the lives of everyone in the town.

The 1972 sci-fi horror film, The Cremators, was directed by Harry Essex, who helmed Octaman the previous year and also wrote the screenplays for It Came from Outer Space (1953) and Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954). Despite its early 1970s production, this film has an old-school aesthetic reminiscent of Essex's 1950s monster movie scripts, and the result is an oddly charming endeavor that rises above its $50,000 budget and some rather wooden acting performances.

The special effects of the alien fireball as it rises out of the lake and stalks victims by rolling after them across sand dunes are the main attraction. As far as endearingly campy drive-in films go, one could certainly do worse.

Star Wars fans will be amused to note that Maria De Aragon played an uncredited role as Greedo in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.

This Retromedia Blu-ray presentation of The Cremators will not win any demo awards, but it's nonetheless a perfectly watchable slice of high definition fare from flawed source material. The Maria De Aragon interview is a welcome supplement.
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While studying radiation contamination in the waters of a rural Mexican community, two scientists, played by Kerwin Mathews (The 7th Voyage of Sinbad) and Pier Angeli (Batte of the Bulge), discover a small mutated octopus that is capable of surviving on land. After assembling a team to help them capture and study more such creatures, the scientists return to the village, where they are soon terrorized by a large walking octopus creature that uses its tentacle arms to kill off its victims one by one. It's up to the scientists to save the day, but the humanoid monster, who possesses vastly superior intellect, is several steps ahead, and it soon turns the tables on its pursuers when they try to hunt it down in a cave.

The 1971 sci-fi horror film, Octaman, was directed by Harry Essex, who helmed The Cremators the following year and also wrote the screenplays for It Came from Outer Space (1953) and Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954). This movie shares a lot of common ground with Creature from the Black Lagoon, in fact, with regard to its narrative, which concerns a creature who is only trying to defend its territory against human invaders. Angeli even stands in as the Julie Adams character in that film, since she is able to establish somewhat of a connection with the monster.

The obvious highlight of Octaman is the rubber creature costume, which has to be seen to be believed. The legendary Rick Baker, who worked makeup effects on such films as An American Werewolf in London and Videodrome, gives us a cool-looking creation whose appearances are well worth the wait through scenes of contrived dialogue. Unlike many such movies that inundate us with lengthy expositions and boring stretches only to reward us with a brief glimpse of a creature at the end, this one features the title character in all its crude glory throughout the film during several broad daylight attacks.

This movie will always hold a soft spot in my heart because I have fond memories of watching it on Sunday morning science fiction features during my early 1980s childhood. I will not go so far as to say that it's a great film, but it is quite lively and memorable thanks to the visuals of the title character.

Be on the lookout for Jeff Morrow (This Island Earth, The Creature Walks Among Us) as a scientist who participates in the expedition. Be on the lookout as well for David Essex, who also starred in The Cremators the following year, as a villager who helps the research team track down the tentacled being.

This Retromedia Blu-ray of Octaman is no great shakes as far as picture quality goes, but it is the best home video incarnation of this film to date, and I found it to be a highly enjoyable viewing experience. The close-ups of the creature look quite impressive, in fact. The audio quality is good enough that I did not mourn the lack of subtitles. The Rick Baker interview is a great extra feature.
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