Three Movies in Five Weeks!
J. Earles | Mooresville, INDIANA United States | 01/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The movies weren't classics, the acting and scripts were average at best. So why would anyone be interested in these three films shot 45 years ago? If you know any of the people involved, if you are a movie fan, if you recognize the name of the director Roger Corman, then you will want this DVD.
Corman himself doesn't interact with anyone in a commentary, but does give some interesting background at the beginning of each film. He has no pretensions about the work, but tells us exactly what he was trying to do and what he had to go through to accomplish it. It's great to hear his views on all three films.
My favorite revelation is that Corman first thought of Allison Hayes (the 50 Foot Woman herself) as the lead in the THE LAST WOMAN ON EARTH, but after seeing Betsy Jones-Moreland in a play, decided to offer her the role instead.
The main delight here is THE LAST WOMAN ON EARTH. The movie itself is a low budget mishmosh. The glory on this DVD is the commentary by its stars Betsy Jones-Moreland and Antony Carbone. They are joined by Steve Latshaw and Fred Olen Ray. If you are tired of "educated" commentaries that build films up into things they were never meant to be - listen to the struggles of Moreland and Carbone. All situations were met with impunity. They frankly discuss co-star Edward Wain - who is in reality future Academy-Award winning screenwriter Robert Towne.
The movie is shown in widescreen (as is THE CREATURE FROM THE HAUNTED SEA) and for the first time in many years in Eastman color.
All the movies are fun (CREATURE has a commentary by Moreland, Carbone, and Latshaw).
Director-writer Joel M. Rapp does a commentary for the third film, a war movie called BATTLE OF BLOOD ISLAND.
Extras include a photo album that actually shows lobby cards rather than stills, trailers from 11 Corman films, extra scenes filmed for the movies to add time when they were marketed for television a few years later, and individual trailers for the trilogy films.
But if ANY of these titles are familiar to you, or you are interested in this era of filming, this disc, at a bargain price, will make a fine evening's entertainment!"
Really cool storyline
Mr. S. gilbert | melton Mowbray England | 02/08/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"...after much searching I finally found THE VERSION...this one!
this IS indeed the colour version and also has the director introducing the film and making of voice commentary from 2 of the actors as well which as a great bonus.
i first saw this film on sci-fi free tv ages back and then went to amazon.co.uk. to buy the dvd...of which i bought 2 versions trying to find the colour version [the last one had a false description that it was in colour...when that arrived it was a black and white version]
this is the only version i have found that is the original colour print and NOT a black and white copy like all the other dvd's out there.
I really can't put my finger on what i really like about this film but i have 3 versions of this at home now so there must be 'something' special about it! Maybe it's the idea of the storyline and making the sci'fi
side of it believable much more than "i am legend" or "the omega man".
I would say if your going to get this film then this is the dvd set to opt for over all the overs as it's the only one in colour and has the making of extras plus 2 more films on the disc as well.
a 5 star film in my opinion."
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Rod Torfulson | 01/03/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Creature From The Haunted Sea looks and sounds terrible. I've yet to watch the other 2 features, but if you're buying the set for Creature (like I did) then stay away, it really looks pitiful."