Shout Factory has gotten the rights to release Roger Corman *classics* and to my pleasant surprise we are getting a couple of rarities that have never been on DVD. Those movies are Demon of Paradise & Up from the Depths, scheduled for early 2011.
Both of these films are presented in anamorphic widescreen and they are very beautiful prints..very clear, very clean..sharp. They never have or will look better. These films were produced/backed by Roger Corman.They are both USA/Philippine co-productions. Both films are supposed to have been shot in Hawaii & havent found much evidence, besides links and the films itself saying they were shot there..
Both are in color & contain some gore but nothing revolting or graphic.
DEMON OF PARADISE was directed by Cirio H. Santiago & is basically a Creature from the Black Lagoon ripoff killing tourists in the Hawaiian ISland. The monster is basically a man sized amphibious monster. It's on odd looking monster. There is some good scenes with the monster & a decent story to keep things moving along.
UP FROM THE DEPTHS is directed by Charles Griffith (who did a lot of movies with Corman) and is a Jaws ripoff with a giant shark munching on Hawaiians. This is not to be confused with Monster Shark aka Devil Fish about a shark octopus which was an MST3K experiment.
Both films are of the grade B (or Z for that matter) category but there are those that enjoy a campy good monster movie, such as me for example. Depending on your tastes you might think these are utterly awful or really get a kick out of watching these.
For those that are into these movies, you are in for a treat. With Shout Factory releasing this, Piranha, Humanoids from the Deep & Kingdom of the Spiders, I think there is hope for other obscure titles out there. Since they have gone into the Corman New World library we have gotten Galaxy of Terror, Forbidden World , Deathstalker, Battle Beyond the Stars, Warlords of the 21st Century for the first time on DVD. For classic Corman fans we will get a DVD release of Attack of the Crab Monsters / Not of this Earth / War of the Satellites in 2011.
Getting back to this DVD - in closing, I can say having Up from the Depths and Demon of Paradise on a double feature DVD with what I expect to have royal treatment from Shout Factory I have given it 4 stars - the entire product basically. The movies aren't great but the DVD will be, even if the transfers are really well done.
I hope to see more obscure or cult horror / independent studios' monster movies down the road..