William K. from HIGHLAND FLS, NY Reviewed on 11/23/2012...
This disc from RHINO does not have any dialogue. This is probably because the movie was so cheap they didn't have a sound stage. You can hear the music and sound effects but no dialogue. Yummy beach-movie veteran Susan Hart is here but the lighting is so bad you can't see her a lot of the time and to make things even worse she isn't wearing a swim suit. The Slime People's costumes (both of them) aren't bad. While the viewer doesn't need to hear the conversation to follow whats going on it still should have been included in the disc. Be advised. TPB
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There's a movie in there somewhere behind all that fog
Daniel Jolley | Shelby, North Carolina USA | 01/09/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Here's my take on The Slime People. There's a group of guys sitting around the studio trying to come up with a movie idea, one that won't be rejected like all of their previous submissions. From out of nowhere, the fog machine goes haywire and won't shut off, and the studio has to send everyone home. Before a tech can get there to fix the thing, though, these would-be filmmakers decide that this is the chance they've been dreaming of; they have to move quick, though, before someone fixes the machine. They quickly decide to make a monster movie; naturally, since this is the early 1960s, atomic testing will be used to explain how the whole mess is really our own fault and not the monsters'. But what kind of monster should it be? Someone yells out - "I know, let's make it slime people." Since the repairman is on his way and no one has a better idea, they go for it. This is what they came up with: these slime people have been living underground and in our sewers for a very long time; nuclear testing has put a burr in their collective saddle so they have come up top to take over our world - well, Los Angeles, anyway. They've got this machine that makes fog, and this fog lowers the temperature enough so that they can survive above ground; then there's a wall, a wall somehow made out of the fog, which seals the whole city within an impenetrable barrier. Brilliant, they all say - all but one - and get right to work. Mr. "Rain On Our Parade" keeps asking questions: What are we going to use to make the wall? Why do these Slime People all look strangely like Bigfoot? Why is there no slime actually involved here? You know the type. Look, they explain, it doesn't matter how dumb the monsters look, and we don't even have to build a fake wall at all - there's fog all over the place. People won't even be able to see the heroes half the time, much less the crummy sets and ridiculous monster outfits. Mr. Pessimist nods and then asks how apparently reptilian creatures, being cold-blooded, could survive beneath the earth and why, if they came aboveground, they would want to lower the temperature rather than raise it for their own comfort and survival. Don't worry about it, kid, they say; one of our characters is going to be a professor; when you have a professor in your film, you can say and do whatever you want. If the professor says it's so, the audience will believe it. The rest, as they say, is bad movie history.Maybe this isn't exactly how The Slime People came about, but it might as well have been. In many respects, it's your typical old monster-type movie, only this one has extra helpings of fog hiding a lot of what is supposedly happening. The whole thing is rather silly, really, yet The Slime People proves somewhat entertaining in spite of itself in a B horror movie sort of way."
Cannot watch a DVD title with no dialog track!
Ateusa Cappello | Baker City, OR USA | 09/29/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I was sooooo excited to see that Rhino Video was finally releasing this schlock 1962 B&W C-grade Sci-Fi/Horror gem, having worn out 2 VHS video copies of it. I grew up with this title, and it's still FABULOUS-as bottom-shelf as it gets. However, when I received my copy, it had no audible dialog track for the actors! I contacted Rhino for a replacement, having told them about the problem. After sending back the original copy at my own expense, I received a replacement approx. 1 mo. later. It too contained no dialog track. The sound track for the ambient sound (background/sound effects/musical score) is there, and the picture/transfer print is nice, but without dialog, it is thoroughly unwatchable. All in all, the most unsatisfying experience I have had with ANY DVD product ever. I don't know if I just happened to score the "mother lode" with 2 defective copies out of thousands, or what. I do know that I tried all available audio setting combinations available on my DVD player, and none would make the dialog track audible. I compared other DVD's to it on every setting imaginable, and they all worked flawlessly. I would say that the quality control of Rhino products is deplorable, and that their customer service dept's. cheif aim is to get you off of their backs. I give up. I'll get another VHS copy.
-Steven & Ateusa Cappello-Oregon"
One of my top ten movies
Russell Bishop | Rancho Cordova, Ca USA | 11/18/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This was a good movie. Most of these reviews say that its so bad its good. That by definition is a good movie. The problem is that a lot of these people either don't remember the late 50's and early 60's or they have forgot the times. I was a young kid when this came out. The first time I saw one of the slime people come out of the sewer I was pretty nervous. The hero is heroic, the girls are pretty (for their time), the professor was a genius about everything and the marine was what people saw a marine as in those days. Special effects are hoaky by todays standards. Of course there isn't a thousand people getting killed every five minutes either.Since it first came out on beta I bought a copy. I have had a copy ever since. I just ordered the DVD. I hope the sound works. If it doesn't I'll buy a new tape and convert it. This is a must have movie."
Where is the soundtrack???
Bob | CA | 12/07/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Beware! The Rhino DVD does not include the soundtrack. Let me qualify that statement; it has an incidental sound effects track, but not the dialogue track.I sent it back to Rhino, but they only sent along another silent copy. I asked them to check it out before they replaced it, but ...... I'm not going to ship back to Rhino; I already spent more than this turkey is worth and am not going to pay the shipping charges again.It's a shame as someone had done a great job on cleaning up the video-excellent clear and crisp visuals. A lot of effort for nought....a movie that appeals only to the lovers of bad films and rubber-suited monsters (you know who you are). If Rhino ever fixes their mistake, will someone please let me know?"
Passable DVD of grade-Z chiller
Surfink | Racine, WI | 09/19/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is another of those sentimental favorite Saturday-afternoon cheesy monster flicks, though I have to admit it's probably rough sledding for the mainstream movie crowd. While not the monumental mess that bad film junkies hope for, there's still plenty of horrible acting and bizarre dialogue and plotting, and the Slime People themselves are pretty cool looking (even if you can see their pants underneath the suits). Fans of Zappa-style "cheepnis" won't be disappointed. On the downside, it's a bit talky at times, and the younger crowd raised on Bottin and Baker and CGI may find it boring.
Rhino's DVD is plenty sharp and the source print is very clean with only some very light, sporadic speckling visible. The beginning and end of the movie exhibit very-good-to-excellent tonal values and detail, although the middle third or so looks quite dark. It appears that it was filmed this way (there's lots of fog everywhere and apparently these scenes were shot day-for-night, if badly). Other scenes interspersed with the dark sections look just fine. My Video Gems VHS pre-record appears quite a bit brighter, though it's also too contrasty, very soft, and lacking in detail; generally far inferior except for the brightness issue. Rhino's transfer appears to more accurately capture the values of the source material, though this leaves some scenes almost unwatchably dark. Fans of this movie will probably bear with it, others may find it rough going. No trailer, just chapter stops like other Rhino/Acme releases. All in all not bad for the money, but not spectacular either."