Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Plan 9 From Outer Space/Robot Monster|
Actors: George Nader, Gregory Moffett, Gregory Walcott, Tom Keene, Claudia Barrett
Directors: Edward D. Wood Jr., Phil Tucker
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Image Entertainment Release Date: 10/28/2003
Super Science Fiction Double Feature
scotbot | the Negative Zone | 06/03/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This bargain set is totally worth the price and should be in every self respecting film aficionado's collection. PLAN NINE is probably the best film ever made about grave robbers from outer space. Ed Wood remarkably prefigures such modern day director/auteur efforts as Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and Independence Day with his skillful use of absurd dialog and incongruous plot twists... not to mention his mastery of the one-take-shot. Bela Lugosi and a cavalcade of amateurs almost star in this jaunty classic of Atomic Age suspense. Beneath the luster of the fast paced action and excitement lies a real message, or warning, about how mankind has let his technology and lust for violence outpace his understanding and respect for the precious gift of life. Seriously. There are some fascinating, if unwittingly conceived, observations on the heroic archetype to uncover if you watch closely. Without giving away any spoilers, I can definitely say that things happen and SOMEONE is responsible. Only a stupid, stupid person with an ancient juvenile mind would fail to appreciate the profundity of this astounding film. I would, however, concede that this film is not for everybody... I would recommend it only for people that have seen it and liked it. This DVD includes a genuinely interesting, nearly two-hour long documentary about the making of Plane Nine and the people involved. ROBOT MONSTER touched me very deeply. However, I am happy to say that I have recovered enough to talk about it openly. At first I thought that I had just dreamt that I saw this film, but when I saw the DVD on my shelf I realized that it was, in fact, a real movie. It is actually hard to describe this film other than to say that it is literally like a fever dream, but I'll try. Ro-Man XJ2 is a beleaguered robot-gorilla in a diving helmet who can never seem to please his superiors or do anything right. He's charged with the daunting task of destroying all of humanity and, of course, he messes it up. You see, among the last few living Hoo-Manz (Ro-Man XJ2's affectionate term for humans) is a cutie of the female persuasion who makes Ro-Man XJ2 feel all tingly inside. This, of course, unravels into a charming tale of self-discovery and personal growth that will tug at your heartstrings while the fate of all hoomanity is in the balance. Yes, it's that good! In all seriousness, the reality of this infamous disaster's creation and the grief that haunted the people involved does make me sad. I just wish for the filmmakers to know that my friends and I enjoyed it thoroughly, and it made us better people for having seen it. After all, it is a noble occupation to entertain and make people happy. This DVD is 2D (the original theatrical release was 3D) and includes the pulse-pounding trailer."
A different kind of entertainment
L. MATOS | Californiah | 01/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The used pack for about 7 bucks is quite a deal.
PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE:
My goodness. This is a classic! Poor picture but not boring. You feel how serious, resourceful, and passionate Wood is about directing. The actors (which most weren't) also took it seriously, making the whole thing very innocent and naive. The cheesy storyline is a perfect match for the performance. Good entertainment for all ages, with no blood, bad words, nothing like that (well, it says humans are "stupid"). Each time you watch you find new flaws. I've seen it several times. Cool to play when friends come over. The documentary that comes with the DVD is very good - longer than the movie itself but worth watching. Plan 9 well deserves the fan clubs it has.
I expected this one to be a very bad movie. However, I'm not sure it's a movie. It looks like a long skit written by school kids and performed by adults. It's kind of repetitive and boring. The "dramatic wanna be" ending made me sick. Tucker really crossed the line on this one. This DVD will make a good white elephant gift >:) But this movie is very entertaining for people who aren't watching a movie. I mean, if you own a club or a store at the mall and put this movie on a 14 inch tv with no sound (image only), it will get a lot of attention. Just be sure to obtain proper permission (this crap copyrighted).
The 5 stars go to plan 9. Consider Robot Monster a bonus.
Viper | Kingston, Ontario, Canada | 08/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I ordered this DVD on a lark based on reviews that it was the worst movie ever made. It did not disappoint. This is the best money I've spent on a movie in a good long time. It's hard to believe this movie was a serious attempt by it's director and producer to make a horror movie. The 1953 was a different time for sure, but it provides hours of entertainment in 2005 and endless fodder for dinner table jocularity. It's a hilarious must have for every home collection."
Low budget masterpieces!
Ladaga | Chesapeake, Virginia United States | 02/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ed Wood's films are no cinematic masterpieces, but their entertainment value is unmatched. Plan 9 is the most fun of all his films and a real treat to watch. Getting Robot Monster along with it is a bonus. Although not as enjoyable as plan 9, it was good enough for a few laughs."