1958, 61m 2s (Scream Factory BD)
Directed by actor Bruno ve Sota (DEMENTIA, ATTACK OF THE GIANT LEECHES), this dirt-cheap AIP acquisition is an uneven but consistently intriguing riff on Robert A. Heinlein's 1951 novel THE PUPPET MASTERS. Heinlein noticed and sued the film's (uncredited) executive producer Roger Corman, but the case was settled out of court. The novel was not officially adapted to the screen until 1994.
A 2K scan from a fine-grain element, this Scream Factory release (Region A) is a limited edition of 1000 copies sold exclusively though the Shout! Factory website. (Clicking on the blue title above will take you there.) Though the packaging describes the video as 1.37:1, it is presented on disc in anamorphic 1.78:1 and the compositions always appear to be perfectly balanced. There are a couple of instances where the film grain on faces is overly active and noticeable but there’s no denying this is the best the film has ever looked. There are no supplementary features. Collectors of AIP and dark sci-fi curiosa are advised to pounce fast, while supply lasts.
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