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Brainiac [Import]

Abel Salazar , Ariadna Welter , Chano Urueta    Unrated   DVD
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3.0 out of 5 stars Frank Zappa Fans May 16 2007
If you are a fan of Frank Zappa you might be aware of his enjoyment of and thus referencing of cheap horror flicks. The song "Cheapnis" from the album Roxy and Elsewhere is about the movie "It Conquered the World." starring Lee Van Cleef. Well, if you've read this far you may be interested to know that this is the movie that track one from Bongo Fury-Debra Kadabra is about. Im sorry, but I have not seen this movie yet. If someone out there reading this who is familiar with both Bongo Fury and this movie Brainiac, the horrible off key trumpet in Debra Kadabra refers to the guy who "grows brainiac fingers."
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1.0 out of 5 stars Brainiac DVD Debut Disappointing April 11 2002
Disappointing DVD transfer of the classic turkey, The Brainiac. Beverly Wilshire released this DVD in 2000 and it's too bad they just picked up any old copy and transferred it to the digital medium. The video is scratchy and there are several places where the audio skips. There is even an inexcusable long pause during a reel change. I guess you get what you pay for. Maybe someday one of the better companies will release The Brainiac in all its glory. Until then, we're stuck with this copy. Abel Salazar is turning over in his grave!
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5.0 out of 5 stars No no Jerk-rod!!! Aug. 4 2013
By Bt
This transfer is the way this film is supposed to be brought to us! There's even a small space in the middle where the English audio goes to Spanish and back to English again! This is a classic bomb that belongs right where it is. Casa Negra knew exactly what they weren't doing when they released this. Folks, you'll never see stuff like this anymore and for me, being a Schlock Movie connoisseur, this ranks in my top five for sure. Thanks.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars EL BARON DEL....BRAINS? Sept. 1 2006
By Mark Norvell - Published on Amazon.com
CasaNegra continues it's top-notch quality preservation of old Mexican horror films with "El Baron del Terror" or "Brainiac". The film is absolutely ridiculous, cheaply made but beautifully shot in gorgeous b&w. And it's this wonderful quality that CasaNegra preserves. The print is immaculate, enabling you to see fine details like the unbelievably cheap sets and the unbelievably cheap "comet" that brings our monster "el baron" to earth 300 years after he was burned alive for heresy, debauchery, sorcery and so on. One thing must be said, though, the story is imaginative. But the baron (played by the producer Abel Salazar), in monster form, is one of the screen's most ludicrous looking things I've ever seen. He's hysterical. And likes brains, which we won't get into because he keeps them unrefridgerated and, well, nobody seemed to catch that they would SMELL after a while? Anyway, this is a fun film that's enjoyable to watch in such beautiful, sharp condition and to savor and share with your friends who also might enjoy hoots like this. The dialogue is not to be missed either. Says a detective, "A maniac with knowledge is a threat." Hmmm...guess so. Please enjoy!
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brain Casserole, Anyone? Aug. 28 2004
By Robert I. Hedges - Published on Amazon.com
This is an amazing film from our friends in Mexico. I give it five stars for hilarity and pompousness in equal combinations. You will be unable to stop rolling your eyes at this film.

The premise is that in 1661 this guy, Baron Vitelius of Astara, was burned as part of the Inquisition in "New Spain" (Mexico), and he vows revenge on the descendents of those who wrongfully executed him in 300 years, when the comet that was overhead at the time of the execution returns. We know he is serious, because he appears to have ill defined magical powers, including the power of invisibility, which for some reason he does not use to escape the fire.

In 1961, right on schedule, the comet returns, the Baron riding along with it, only now he is the Brainiac, a monster who must eat human brains. The comet needs an aside here: never before has a comet looked this hokey in all of film history (you simply must see this for yourself), and secondly, the comet lands (!) by gently dropping to the ground with a thud. It appears to be papier-mache. No smoke, no crater, nothing. Then Brainiac gets out. Amazing.

Brainiac is able to transform himself into a suave Baron who eats brains out of a casserole dish after he removes them (intact, somehow) from his victims skulls using his tubular, bifurcated tongue while in his Brainiac form. After we meet the Brainiac we get to a long monologue that was not dubbed into English, so perhaps it was a great scene, but somehow I doubt it. In the end he succeeds in killing the descendants of his old rivals and meets his own demise, oddly enough through the genius of special effects, in his underwear.

The special effects throughout this film are delightfully bad, and none is worse than the puffy, hyperventilating Brainiac himself with his rubber forked tongue and hairy hooves that he uses like big, hairy tweezers.

This movie is so bad you almost feel sorry for it. It is un-scary and tedious, yet pompous, pretentious, and so badly executed that like a train wreck, it is impossible to look away.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD, Great Classic Sept. 18 2006
By B. Murray - Published on Amazon.com
First of all I would like to mention the quality of the image and sound, is superb. This movie was made in 1962 and you will never notice that, what a great job doing the transfer.

The Villian of the movie get's killed by fire when the movie starts and swears to come back and kill the descendants of those who took his life, and no he is not Freddy Krueger ;)

Two hundred years later he comes back to fulfill his promise. Of course this time he can transform himself into a "horrible" monster, of course is a very cheesy one and it will make you laugh a lot, This classic has all the elements of a fun campy horror movie, cheesy monster and FX's, some bad acting, some not that bad acting and specially "The Look", you will understand it when you watch it :D
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Brainiac" gets its just desserts! Aug. 31 2006
By M. Conklin - Published on Amazon.com
FINALLY, an excellent-quality DVD of this "so-bad-it's-good" Mexican horror film!

Previously available DVDs have been of HORRIBLE quality, so much so as to be nearly unwatchable.

CasaNegra's new release is first-rate. I won't outline the plot here because other reviewers have done it already and probably much better than I could.

In fact, that's one thing that bugs me about many DVD reviews, here and elsewhere; mainly, too much time spent recounting an already-familiar plot and not enough time devoted to commenting on the QUALITY of a particular DVD release. I don't need to hear a synopsis of "Plan 9 From Outer Space" for the millionth time, I want to know how the new, colorized version compares with previous releases on DVD.

Back to the topic at hand. CasaNegra Entertainment scores on all fronts! So far I've purchased all 4 of their releases: "Curse Of The Crying Woman," "The Witch's Mirror," "The Brainiac," and "Black Pit Of Dr. M." I've watched the first three, and they do not disappoint. The source prints are excellent. All include original Spanish soundtracks with optional English subtitles, and optional English-dubbed soundtracks as well as audio commentaries.

The only reasons I didn't give this one 5 stars are:

1.) Given CasaNegra's obvious dedication to this genre, they should have caught the misspelling of "bizarre" as "bizzare" in the "bonus" essay on the film. But given that the author is listed as "Casamiro Buenavista" (if that is indeed the author's real name), one might surmise that the individual is Hispanic, in which case I am virtually certain that his English far surpasses my Spanish, so perhaps I am being too picky on this detail. Still, if I were CasaNegra I would have corrected it.


2.) There is a segment during the dubbed English soundtrack where the dubbing inexplicably disappears and we are left to puzzle over the translation, at least until/unless we turn on the optional English subtitles. This occurs during a couple of the other CasaNegra titles as well.

Come to think of it, that may be a little too picky also.

So, never mind, I'm giving this one five stars! Buy it!

And also check out Ultratumba Productions' model kit, "El Baron Del Terror"! (GOOGLE "Ultratumba Productions" and "El Baron Del Terror.")
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRAINIAC Nov. 13 2006
By James S. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
I never thought I would see such a good print of this title. The DVD revolution is fantastic.
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