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Terrore Nello Spazio
     

Terrore Nello Spazio

Director: Mario Bava, Barry Sullivan, Norma Bengell, Angel Aranda

Cast: Mario Bava, Barry Sullivan, Norma Bengell, Angel Aranda

 

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Though the great Italian genre director Mario Bava was known more for his melodramatic gothic horror films than anything else, his 1965 film Planet of the Vampires shows that he was also adept at working in the science fiction genre. MGM Home Entertainment's DVD is a great treat for Bava fans, as the film's transfer is absolutely beautiful to behold. The

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Though the great Italian genre director Mario Bava was known more for his melodramatic gothic horror films than anything else, his 1965 film Planet of the Vampires shows that he was also adept at working in the science fiction genre. MGM Home Entertainment's DVD is a great treat for Bava fans, as the film's transfer is absolutely beautiful to behold. The director's visual trademarks (garish color filters, ingenious optical special effects) are perfectly showcased here. The film has never looked so surreal and visually startling on home video as it does here. The picture is presented in its accurate theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, though it has not been enhanced for widescreen televisions. Regardless, the transfer is excellent and free of any noticeable compression problems or digital artifacts. Colors never bleed and the overall picture appears stable throughout. Great to finally see this low-budget pulp science fiction film look so sharp and crisp after all these years. The English mono soundtrack is clean throughout and perfectly suitable. Additionally, MGM/UA has restored the original music by Gino Marinuzzi, Jr., which had been removed and replaced by a generic electronic score when Orion Pictures had this movie out on VHS and laserdisc in the 1980s. The disc has also been equipped with French and Spanish subtitles. A great and very hysterical theatrical trailer has also been included. Interesting to compare the trailer's subpar visual condition to the remastered quality of the film itself. An overall excellent bare-bones disc and a must for any Bava fan.

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All Movie Guide - Derek Hill
Though not considered one of director Mario Bava's greatest achievements, Planet of the Vampires is nevertheless a pulp science-fiction lover's dream. Many of the director's stylistic trademarks are well represented here, from his extensive use of color filters to his imaginative camera shots and gothic horror preoccupations. At times, the film looks like a pulp cover come to life -- the garish primary- color glow of the alien landscape; the undead crewmen, wrapped in plastic, rising from their makeshift metal tombs; the discovery of the massive "vampire" skeletons inside the creatures' crashed spacecraft; and the crew wearing tight black leather uniforms with lightning bolt insignias on their chests. Bava makes the most out of his limited budget, giving the film a surreal pop art glow that puts many bigger productions to shame. Along with It! The Terror From Beyond Space (1958), this atmospheric sci-fi shocker would go on to influence Ridley Scott's big-budget B-movie, Alien (1979).

Product Details

Release Date:
08/28/2001
UPC:
0027616865649
Original Release:
1965
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:28:00

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; English: mono; French & Spanish language subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barry Sullivan Capt. Mark Markary
Norma Bengell Sanya
Angel Aranda Wess
Evi Marandi Tiona
Fernando Villena Karan
Stelio Candelli Mud
Massimo Righi Nordeg
Mario Morales Eldon
Ivan Rassimov Kell
Rick Boyd Keir/Key
Alberto Cevenini Wan

Technical Credits
Mario Bava Director,Screenwriter
Samuel Z. Arkoff Producer
Alberto Bevilacqua Screenwriter
Salvatore Billitteri Associate Producer
Callisto Cosulich Screenwriter
Romana Fortini Editor
Amato Garbini Makeup
Antonio Gimeno Editor
Giorgio Giovannini Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Louis M. Heyward Screenwriter
Fulvio Lucisano Producer
Gino Marinuzzi Score Composer
Gabriele Mayer Costumes/Costume Designer
Ib Melchior Original Story,Screenwriter
James H. Nicholson Producer
Antonio Perez Olea Score Composer
Antonio Rinaldi Cinematographer
Antonio Román Screenwriter
Rafael J. Salvia Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Main Title/Touchdown [10:06]
2. Is Everyone Crazy? [7:49]
3. "Urgent! Help Us!" [2:21]
4. "Killing Each Other?" [6:52]
5. "Keep A Sharp Watch!" [5:12]
6. Mind Control [6:06]
7. "Tell Me Who Did It!" [2:46]
8. Dead...Or Alive? [4:38]
9. Former Visitors [9:41]
10. Grave Concerns [3:02]
11. Body On Loan [2:56]
12. The Detonators [5:09]
13. "You Can't Harm Us!" [2:00]
14. Escape...or Not? [7:06]
15. "You're One Of Them!" [4:36]
16. Earthbound/Credits [4:47]

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