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Creature from the Black Lagoon


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  • Actors: Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno, Nestor Paiva
  • Directors: Jack Arnold
  • Writers: William Alland, Arthur A. Ross, Harry Essex, Maurice Zimm
  • Producers: William Alland
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Mca (Universal)
  • VHS Release Date: Aug. 28 2001
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783245130
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,199 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This is one of my all time favourite monster movies (I would rate it right up there with the original Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolfman, and Mummy................Universal was the king of the early monster movies). The Blu-ray looks great......significantly better than the regular dvd version. What is really surprising is the 3D version (included on this disc)......................It is terrific (if you have a 3D setup)! Considering the fact that this movie is almost 50 years old, the quality of the 3D is almost shocking.
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By Jon Lidolt on Nov. 13 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The Creature From the Black Lagoon is a real eye opener for any fan of the current crop of 3-Dimensnional films. The pictures have a realism that's lacking in most of today's stereo motion pictures. For want of a better explanation, the images in the Creature From the Black Lagoon just look real. Even in Hugo, my favourite of the current crop of 3-D films, the actors don't appear naturally rounded the way we would see them in real life, but somewhat flattened. It's almost like the filmmakers are afraid of the technology or have been given bad advice.

The Creature From the Black Lagoon is not only a hoot to watch, but a great example of what 3-D motion pictures from the 1950's were able to accomplish. And all of this without the aid of digital technology.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Hayes on May 28 2004
Format: DVD
First of all, I am fairly new to these classic monster movies. I have seen Dracula before but that was it. I knew that the Creature dvd was out of print and considerably rare, so when I stumbled upon it for $25 I knew I had to give it a shot. I am glad because it turned out to be a great movie, a true classic to be sure.
The story revolves around a scientist who discovers the hand of some unknown creature in the rocks. Knowing it was a water based creature, he heads back to get an expedition together to further explore his finding. The thought was that this creature could be the link between man and aquatic animals. When two scientists dive into the black lagoon they encounter the creature, and one of the scientists becomes determined to kill the creature in order to get the credit for this find. Later Kay, played by Julie Adams, goes for a swim in the lagoon and becomes the object of the creature's desires. That is all I will say about the plot, but you need to see this classic for yourself because it has such a great story, great acting, and the underwater scenes look terrific.

I love this movie now, and I am sure any fan of classic monster movies will too, that is if you havent seen it already. I was lucky enough to find this for a reasonable price but since it is out of print it is in high demand, selling for around $60 and up on Amazon/Ebay. Also there are some great extras on the disc, such as the 40 minute Back to the Black Lagoon which goes behind the scenes for The Creature and two sequels made after it. There are also theatrical trailers and posters which are interesting to see. Since I liked this so much I will view The Monster Legacy set, but I am sure the Creature will rank right at the top with the best of them. Get this if you can, you won't be sorry you did.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charles Tatum on June 1 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This famous Universal picture features the giant gill man, who has risen in infamy to take his place right up there with the Wolf Man, Dracula, and Frankenstein's monster.
On a dig in the Amazon, Antonio Moreno discovers the fossilized skeletal remains of a hand that has webbed fingers. He takes it back to a biological institute, where hunky guys Richard Carlson and Richard Denning await. Carlson is the good guy, Denning runs the institute and is just out for fame and fortune, Mother Earth be darned. Accompanied by Carlson's girlfriend, Julie Adams, the group return to the site in a rust bucket of a boat. Someone (or something) has killed the natives left to guard the site.
The group puts a strange theory together that the rest of the fossil must have been washed down to a local lagoon, called the Black Lagoon. Adams thinks it should be called "the Beautiful Lagoon" when they arrive there (thanks, Julie, go lie down). As Carlson and Denning put on aqua lungs and bicker, we see a strange creature in the water, a half man and half fish.
The creature from the black lagoon starts offing some of the boat's native crew, and is captured. Then it escapes, only this time hurts a white scientist guy. NOW we are mad. A couple of natives is one thing, but when you hurt anglos, you are in for it. The film then falls into an unfortunate routine: the burly men come up with a plan, gill man outsmarts them and kills or maims somebody, burly men come up with new plan. Toss in Carlson and Denning fighting worse than George Jefferson and Flo, and you have a cult horror sci-fi flick.
Some of the stuff here is silly. Adams' only role seems to be to look cute in a one piece and scream every time the stealth like gill man gets on the boat, which is often. Denning and Carlson's arguing grates.
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Format: DVD
Probably the most celebrated monster film of the 50's (it even had a small role in "The Seven Year Itch"), "Creature from the Black Lagoon" deserves re-issue along with it's two sequels "Revenge of the Creature" and "The Creature Walks Among Us". The legendary tale of an ill-fated expedition up the Amazon after the discovery of a humanoid claw fossil remains a favorite for so many reasons. The Gill-Man monster suit and the leading lady Julie Adams are two reasons in my book. The Creature still looks good on film and Adams was the perfect heroine in her short-and-halter top oufits and, of course, that white swim suit. The underwater scenes of the Creature swimming underneath her in the lagoon have stayed in my memory all these years. Director Jack Arnold created a lasting film that may not hold up as well as it once did, but it's a treasure for sci-fi/horror fans all over the world. Richard Carlson and Richard Denning provided the stalwart male drama and heroics but the Creature's pursuit of Julie Adams is what gives this classic that strange sort of sex appeal that lies underneath the terror. It's a beautifully photographed b&w thrill ride for those of us who never get tired of watching it. Out of print? For now maybe. But he'll be back. And maybe with his sequels...
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