In an isolated lab on a barren planet, a group of scientists are experimenting with gene splicing to solve a food shortage. An experimental life form kills a bunch of lab animals and is contained in the lab where it spins a cocoon, and begins a transformation. When a bounty hunter is called in to contain the rapidly evolving genetic experiment, things get bloody.
I don't want to go into the story too much and spoil things for those who haven't seen this gem, so I'll mainly focus on the Blu-Ray quality / extras.
Long out of print on video, and previously available on a crappy (and ridiculously expensive)import DVD, Forbidden World finally gets the re-release it deserves on Blu-Ray!
A perfect mix of horror, sci-fi, gratuitous nudity, monsters and gore -Pure entertainment!
I have wanted to see this movie again for years, and had almost resigned myself to forking out the cash for the import DVD. When I saw that this was finally getting an American Blu-Ray release, I pre-ordered it immediately.
I was shocked at how good this blu ray transfer looked for a film this old! Extremely sharp pictures and vivid colors - I haven't seen this movie for over 25 years, but I don't remember it looking this good. A couple of the darker scenes are a little grainy, but overall a very impressive transfer.
A list of contents:
Disc 1 Blu-Ray: Widescreen Theatrical Cut, Roger Corman interview, Cast and Crew interviews, special effects featurette, poster and stills gallery,theatrical trailer, several other New World trailers.
Disc 2 DVD : 'Unrated Director's Cut' (full frame) with commentary by the director.
Picture on the DVD is still pretty great, and it was interesting to see how the additional footage changed the tone of the movie - The restored footage doesn't appear to be more graphic, it mostly adds a bit of comedy to the film.
Shout Factory did a great job on this one - they seem to have put a lot of time and effort into what is arguably an obscure title. With the recent glut of barely upscaled DVD prints being shoveled onto Blu Ray, it's nice to know that some studios are trying to give the fans a worthwhile product - Thanks for giving us something we thought we'd never see.
If you are at all considering a purchase, I highly recommend the 2 disc Blu-Ray set.