Classic Sci-Fi Ultimate Collection 2 [Import]
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Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime with give captivating sci-fi films in THE CLASSIC SCI-FI ULTIMATE COLLECTION: VOLUME 2! This fascinating collection will mesmerize you with supernatural tales from the golden age of Hollywood -- "Dr. Cyclops", "Cult of the Cobra", "The Land Unknown", "The Deadly Mantis" and "The Leech Woman". Loaded with innovative special effects, these shocking classics capture the fun and excitement of a time that will not soon be forgotten! Each film is presented in its original aspect ratio (either anamorphic widescreen or full frame, depending on the year it was released) and includes Dolby Digital sound.
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But as so many others have written, why make it so difficult to obtain? Would you rather have the vultures drawing huge profits off of YOUR product?! I can't even find these sets on the Universal Home Video website!
Also, what's with the formatting of "The Deadly Mantis"? It is the only late 50's film that's not presented as matted widescreen, yet it is not truly full-frame! It appears to be a pan-and-scan of a matted widescreen master! For those who have the VHS of this film, compare a few shots and you'll see. As this film was run on Monsters HD, I'm guessing the DVD was made from the HD master. So why crop it rather than presenting it as 16:9 like "Cult of the Cobra" and "The Leech Woman". Some may call this OCD, but as someone with both filmmaking and film exhibition experience I notice these things.
Now that the HD DVD battle is over, will Universal be releasing in Blu-Ray and will these titles eventually be included?
The brilliant physicist Dr Thorkel (Albert Dekkar) summons four explorers to Peru. They discover a rich source of radium and a half-mad Thorkel who shrinks them down to one-fifth their normal size when they threaten to stop his unorthodox experimentation.
Cult of the Cobra (1955)
While stationed in Asia, six American GIs witness the secret ritual of Lamians (worshipers of women who can change into serpents). When discovered by the cult, the High Lamian Priest vows that "the Cobra Goddess will avenge herself". Once back in the United States, a mysterious woman enters into their lives and accidents begin to happen. The shadow of a cobra is seen just before each death.
The Land Unknown (1957)
On a naval expedition to Antarctica, three men and reporter Maggie Hathaway (Shirley Patterson) crash-land in a crater 1000-m below sea level. There, they encounter steamy tropical forest, dinosaurs, carnivorous plants, and human footprints, as Maggie's clothes become more and more abbreviated.
The Deadly Mantis (1957)
The calving of an Arctic iceberg releases a giant praying mantis, trapped in suspended animation since prehistoric times. It first attacks military outposts to eat their occupants, then makes its way to the warmer latitudes of Washington and New York. A paleontologist (William Hopper) works together with military units to try to kill it.
The Leech Woman (1960)
A faded beauty (Coleen Gray) leaves a trail of murder from Africa to the United States when she discovers a compound that will restore her lost youth--when consumed with fluid from the pineal gland of the newly dead! I've been waiting for this Saturday Afternoon Matinee favorite for years! Seeing this on the Saturday afternoon's "Shock! Theater" which aired a different classic Sci-Fi/Horror movie each weekend, I never forgot the cool scene where the old woman is transformed from a decrepit hag to a ravishing beauty!
Grab some snacks! Get comfortable and kick back for some cool `50's sci-fi b-movie classics that will give you a few chills and more than a few chuckles! I highly recommend this dvd collection to fans of classic sci-fi and `50's camp! I recently just got my dvd set from Best Buy for only $19.99! Check it out! You may still be able to get this awesome set for just under $20.00 bucks before the inventory runs out!
Perhaps one day when MCA/Universal smarts up, they will place these and their other classsic sci-fi movies in a deluxe box set with plenty of extras, but until then, this set will do.