Icons of Horror Collection - Sam Katzman

Overview

Columbia-TriStar, which had been known for maintaining ridiculously high prices on the DVDs of its vintage films, seems to have reversed course radically with this double-DVD set, containing four low-budget (but surprisingly rewarding) horror films produced by low-budget producer Sam Katzman. A B-movie specialist who sought quality but often couldn't afford it, Katzman's record was an uneven one except in one respect -- none of the pictures that he made ever lost money, and some of them, such as the four ...
See more details below
DVD (Wide Screen / Subtitled)
$21.21
BN.com price
(Save 7%)$22.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (DVD)
  • All (10) from $15.00   
  • New (7) from $16.15   
  • Used (3) from $15.00   

Overview

Columbia-TriStar, which had been known for maintaining ridiculously high prices on the DVDs of its vintage films, seems to have reversed course radically with this double-DVD set, containing four low-budget (but surprisingly rewarding) horror films produced by low-budget producer Sam Katzman. A B-movie specialist who sought quality but often couldn't afford it, Katzman's record was an uneven one except in one respect -- none of the pictures that he made ever lost money, and some of them, such as the four represented here, were, dollar-for-dollar, in terms of cost versus box office, among the most successful of his entire output. And one of them, The Werewolf, is among the best films ever made in its particular horror sub-genre. Creature With The Atom Brain, The Werewolf, Zombies of Mora Tau, and The Giant Claw have entertained horror audiences on television for decades, but none was ever regarded highly enough to make it to laserdisc. Now all four are together in Sam Katzman: Icons of Horror Collection, which is a nicely produced collection with some reasonably enjoyable supplementary features. Creature With The Atom Brain (1955) has been transferred full-screen (1.33-to-1), while the other three movies are presented in the non-anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85-to-1. Zombies of Mora Tau has been given a dozen chapters, while each of the others get 16 chapters The transfers on three of the titles are uniformly excellent -- Katzman may have been known for his low budgets, but these movies have been extremely well-preserved and, in at least three of these cases, transferred even better. The sound is consistent as well, for once, and fairly loud, too. The exception is Zombies Of Mora Tau, which has been transferred too dark -- it's possible to adjust for part of the problem, but even after raising the brightness on one's monitor, so that one can at least see something in the underwater and night sequences (which was never a problem in television showings of this title), the picture is still too dark for the movie to be appreciated properly. It's the one disappointment in this collection. Otherwise, each of the two DVDs comes with trailers from each movie plus a handful of other pictures in the same genre -- disc one also contains an episode of the Katzman-produced serial Mysterious Island, which seems to be here for its sheer silliness (but it is fun in its strange way); disc two is appended with a thematically relevant Mr. Magoo cartoon and Midnight Blunders, a terrible 1936 short featuring Tom Kennedy and Monte Collins -- produced by many of the same people who worked on the Three Stooges work, it makes the Stooges' work look witty and sophisticated, by comparison. These special features are all accessible through an easy-to-use menu on each disc.
Read More Show Less

Special Features

Sinister Savages: Chaoter 2 of Sam's 1951 serial version of Mysterious Island; Hilarious Mr. Magoo cartoon Terror Faces Magoo; Ultra-rare comedy short Midnight Blunders (never before on video or tv); Original trailers for all four features; Bonus trailers for other sci-fi classics
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/16/2007
  • UPC: 043396220744
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 2:24:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 14,682

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Sam Katzman Producer
Read More Show Less

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Giant Claw/Creature With the Atom Brain
1. Opening Credits/Late-Night Larceny [7:11]
2. "The Strength of an Ape" [6:40]
3. "Deceased??" [4:42]
4. Radioactive Emanations [7:41]
5. Home for a Spell [5:20]
6. "Your Lives May Be in Danger" [5:34]
7. A Short Film [5:24]
8. Reign of Terror [4:42]
9. "Gosh, Your Hand Is Cold" [5:57]
10. "I Told You I'd See You Die!" [5:05]
11. Out the Window and on the Run [6:04]
12. Brawl of the Dead [4:40]
1. Opening Credits/Introduction [4:04]
2. "Something in the Sky" [4:54]
3. "A Flying Battleship That Wasn't There" [4:46]
4. Rescue and Explanations [3:00]
5. "I Saw La CocoƱa!" [6:31]
6. Tracking the UFO [3:33]
7. Breakfast [1:48]
8. "A One-Man Birdwatcher Society" [5:56]
9. "Just Shoot It Down" [5:50]
10. Mind Over Anti-Matter [4:45]
11. Worldwide Panic [1:19]
12. "Why Did That Bird Come Here?" [6:32]
13. "A Million Times Worse" [4:29]
14. Hot Rod to Hell [2:11]
15. "We've Got Kitchen Sinks to Spare" [7:19]
16. "It's Headed for New York City!" [7:04]
Disc #2 -- Zombies of Mora Tau/The Werewolf
1. Opening Credits/So This Is Africa [5:49]
2. "You Didn't Learn Such Things at School" [10:07]
3. "The Only Way to Fight Them" [5:21]
4. Snatching the Blonde [9:09]
5. "Are They Supposed to Be Good Swimmers" [5:55]
6. Recuperating [4:16]
7. Rescuing Mona [3:32]
8. "Cold As Death" [5:16]
9. Fire Under Water [6:44]
10. "They're Coming Onboard!" [6:00]
11. "I Just Wrote a New Deal!" [4:47]
12. A Parting Gesture [1:59]
1. Opening Credits/"Just Passing Through" [6:43]
2. "Those Are Wolf Tracks" [3:50]
3. A Visit to the Doctor [4:44]
4. "I Know I Was Dreaming!" [5:31]
5. I Want to Know...What I Am!" [6:10]
6. Planning for the Apocalypse [6:34]
7. "You're Going to Shoot Me? Why?" [4:35]
8. Settings Traps [5:26]
9. Caught! [3:23]
10. Briefing Mrs. Marsh [4:24]
11. "I Don't Want His Wife to See This" [2:47]
12. Tearful Reunion [8:41]
13. "Somebody Did It to Him?" [3:38]
14. Witless Protection Program [3:06]
15. Jailbreak and Pursuit [4:05]
16. "Now He Can Go Home" [5:43]
Read More Show Less

Menu

Disc #1 -- The Giant Claw/Creature With the Atom Brain
   Play Creature With the Atom Brain
   Play the Giant Claw
   Subtitles
      English
      Subtitles Off
   Scene Selections
      Creature With the Atom Brain
      The Giant Claw
   Special Features
      Mysterious Island - Episode 2 "Sinister Savages"
      Original Theatrical Trailers
         The Giant Claw
         Creature With the Atom Brain
         It Came From Beneath the Sea
         Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers
Disc #2 -- Zombies of Mora Tau/The Werewolf
   Play Zombies of Mora Tau
   Play the Werewolf
   Subtitles
      English
      Subtitles Off
   Scene Selections
      Zombies of Mora Tau
      The Werewolf
   Special Features
      Midnight Blunders
      Terror Faces Magoo
      Original Theatrical Trailers
         Zombies of Mora Tau
         The Werewolf
         20 Million Miles to Earth
         The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously