5.0 out of 5 stars Good thing it was made in the 50's
This movie is one of the best horror/scifi/monster movies ever! Its shows how good monster movies could be even after the Golden Age of Universal's horror into the fifties where there were more chessy than classy monsters terrifying audiences. A marine humanoid goes after a human girl for whom he is attrached to. May sound hoaky but this movie is nothing of the sort. If...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Jack Arnold's Creature from the Black Lagoon
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...
Published on Jun 1 2002 by Charles Tatum
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2.0 out of 5 stars Should have included a Field Seqential 3-D version!,
This review is from: Creature from the Black Lagoon (Full Screen) (DVD)Not that many people are aware of the Field Sequential 3-D.
This is a 3-D TV system that uses special shutter glasses that can be purchased here through Amazon in a set that includes 3 DVD's using this process. This system Is the only way to view a 3-D film effectively on TV to date. The result is about 90% close to the effect you will see in a theatre showing.. like IMAX and Disney and Universal.
These glasses are made of sturdy plastic and clear not these cardboard red and blue pieces of garbage, so you can view the film without constricted to seeing red and blue colors and with this system you will see more actual 3-D depth with the films true colors.. It's really amazing!
For some add reason the big studios haven't adapted to include a separate version of a 3-D title in this great format.
"House of Wax","Kiss Me Kate","Friday the 13th Part 3", "Robot Monster, "Cat Woman on the Moon", "Creature from the Black Lagoon" and "Jaws 3" are all now in 2-D DVD, but were originally shown in 3-D and could have been included using the Field Seqential 3-D system on the same disc with the 2-D version.
In Japan in the late 80's there were a few 3-D titles released using Field Sequential and can be found on e-bay converted to DVD and VHS.
Why aren't the studios producing these now!
I boycott any film DVD release that was originally intended to be seen in 3-D that's only presented in a 2-D version or anaglyph (Red and Blue Glasses).
Since this is out of print maybe we can hope that Universal will wake up and produce a new version containing Field Seqential 3-D!
5.0 out of 5 stars Good thing it was made in the 50's,
This review is from: Creature from the Black Lagoon (Full Screen) (DVD)This movie is one of the best horror/scifi/monster movies ever! Its shows how good monster movies could be even after the Golden Age of Universal's horror into the fifties where there were more chessy than classy monsters terrifying audiences. A marine humanoid goes after a human girl for whom he is attrached to. May sound hoaky but this movie is nothing of the sort. If it had been made today, it would proably be another crapfest like "Sabertooth" or "Reptilian" made by the Sci Fi channel. The characters wouldn't be likable (Yeah I think Mark's a jerk) and the Creature would just have no pride. This movie was good enough and the Creature is cool enough to be included alongside Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolfman, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Bride of Frankenstein and the Phantom of the Opera. To stand alongside such a classy work of Gothic art like Dracula or the first two Frankensteins is pretty good. This movie got me into old horror movies. Now I am a classical horror fanatic thanks to this movie. Above are the eight characters I think of when I think of horror
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I thought it would be, now one of my favorites.,
This review is from: Creature from the Black Lagoon (Full Screen) (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.
5.0 out of 5 stars THE GILL-MAN OF THE AMAZON.....,
This review is from: Creature from the Black Lagoon (Full Screen) (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...
5.0 out of 5 stars The origional Jaws!,
This review is from: Creature from the Black Lagoon (Full Screen) (DVD)The 1950's brought us many sci fi horror films such as The Mole People, This Island Earth, and Attack of the Crab Monsters. The best of the bunch, however, is Universal's classic monster film Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) directed by Jack Arnold.
The make up effects were outstanding in this film! The Creature itself looked great and the actor under the outfit was able to move around very well under it. I am also impressed with how easy it looked for the actor in the Creature costume to swim under water, alghough I am sure it wasn't.
The story line was origional. The film was scary. The Creature is a great character and great addition to the classic Universal monster collection. If you are going to get a Universal monster movie don't go diving into a lagoon, dive into this film, you wouldn't be disappointed.
Before Jaws, it was Creature from the Black Lagoon that made people terrified of going swimming!
5.0 out of 5 stars Universal's original "Jaws" of the 50's,
This review is from: Creature from the Black Lagoon (Full Screen) (DVD)I had the pleasure of seeing this film last Fall on a movies in the
park festival and it still brings in a packed house. Who would't go
see the age old story of beauty and the beast so skillfully done by
Director Jack Arnold.
The story is that of a group of Amazon explorers on the thier way
Universal maybe slow at getting thier golden age 50's sci-fi film
5.0 out of 5 stars All Time Classic!,
This review is from: Creature from the Black Lagoon (Full Screen) (DVD)This would be an all time classic among monster movies.You
would have to rank this up there with Frankenstein,Dracula,and the Wolfman.In this movie an expedition travels to the Amazon
after a fossil is found.They have no luck until as a last resort they enter the Black Lagoon.The leading lady goes swimming and is
quickly observed by the Creature From the Black Lagoon.The creature falls in love with the leading lady.When the Creature is discovered by the expedtion they make several attempts to capture him.The Creature eventually captures the leading lady.
This just adds to the excitement of the movie.The Creature has a
very original costume for 1954.The scenery is also very original.
This movie is very definitely a collector's item.Buy it. You will
4.0 out of 5 stars The Demon of the Amazon,
This review is from: Creature from the Black Lagoon (Full Screen) (DVD)The classic feature "The Creature of the Black Lagoon" is the latest DVD in Universal's Classic Monster Collection. In a forbidden lagoon on the Amazon, a scientific expedition searches for the fossilized remains of an "amphibious missing link" and discover a living specimen that falls for the head scientist's female assistant. When attempts to capture the creature failed, the powerful beast plots his revenge upon the scientists. Though not the scariest feature in the Universal Monster Collection, "The Creature of the Black Lagoon" is a solid and effective Sci-Fi film that features one of the most inventive movie monsters. This 1954 film contains a well-paced storyline, interesting characters and great underwater photography. The "Gillman's" scaly design is quite remarkable. The cast includes Richard Carlson, Julie Adams and Richard Denning.
Universal earns high marks for giving a classic monster feature a great DVD presentation. The film is presented in its original fullscreen format. The DVD contains a stunning B&W picture quality with great clarity. The 2.0 Dolby Digital sound is well preserved and surprisingly clear. The DVD also includes audio commentary with film historian Tom Weaver, theatrical trailers and "Back to the Black Lagoon" featurette. With such fine picture quality and interesting supplements, "The Creature of the Black Lagoon" earns a solid "B".
5.0 out of 5 stars What's the problem...?,
This review is from: Creature from the Black Lagoon (Full Screen) (DVD)Is anyone else out there as annoyed as I that this film (maybe the whole trilogy) isn't re-released on DVD? Regarding the horror films of the 50's, this MUST stand as a classic. It doesn't make any sense. Whoever has the rights to these films is too ignorant to the fact that there is a public waiting for this type of fare (for that matter, "King Kong" and "This Island Earth"... Anyone else agree...?
5.0 out of 5 stars A Monster Movie That is Good Clean Fun,
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This review is from: Creature from the Black Lagoon (Full Screen) (DVD)I have seen "Creature From the Black Lagoon" many times,and I love it. I t is one of my favorite monster movies. For a person who loves old monster movies,this is certainly a good, fun movie to watch. I especially liked the gill man costume.I also liked seeing the beautiful Julia Adams with her beautiful hair all wet while swimming in the lagoon, she looked more beautiful in the bikini and wet,slicked back hair.Anybody who loves old monster movies,and Julia Adams,I recommend this movie
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