Astro-Zombies

The Astro-Zombies

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Director: Ted V. Mikels

Cast: Ted V. Mikels, Wendell Corey, John Carradine, Tom Pace

     
 

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Okay, so the digital video technology that underlies this DVD is more sophisticated than any thinking that went into the conception or any talent that went into the production of Astro Zombies -- at least this is the movie presented in its optimum state. The film-to-video transfer is so clean and sharp, that the few major flaws in the condition of the film

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Okay, so the digital video technology that underlies this DVD is more sophisticated than any thinking that went into the conception or any talent that went into the production of Astro Zombies -- at least this is the movie presented in its optimum state. The film-to-video transfer is so clean and sharp, that the few major flaws in the condition of the film element stand out that much more; by the same token, the movie is a kind of pop-culture delight, from the shots of characters driving Ford Mustangs to the period go-go dancer entertainment at the club where three of the characters go to talk. The whole of Astro Zombies looks like a really well preserved example of those Scopotone performance videos that turn up every so often on AMC's American Pop; the sound is also decent despite the obviously hasty nature of the production (if principal photography on the 91 minute feature took more than 10 days this writer would be amazed); and even the trailer is in decent shape, given that it's over 30 years old. The DVD is of sufficient quality, in its sound and image, to bring out the little details that were likely missed when Astro Zombies ran in drive-ins, such as the music that seems to have been lifted from those ultra-cheap Richard Cunha horror chillers of the late 1950's (Missile To The Moon etc.); and the sound-effects that seem awfully familiar from any number of 1960's sci-fi series. The movie starts up automatically, skipping the menu, which has to be accessed manually and includes a reasonable 10 chapters (it's hard to believe that anybody would want a more detailed breakdown of the action) and the theatrical trailer, which includes a clever "in" joke reference to Tura Satana's most famous screen performance, in Fast Pussycat, Kill Kill. Astro Zombies will never be mistaken for a good movie, but the DVD is about as good a presentation as it's likely ever had or ever will have.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/26/2000
UPC:
0014381660326
Original Release:
1967
Rating:
NR
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
1:31:00

Special Features

Theatrical trailer

Related Subjects

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Wendell Corey Holman
John Carradine Dr. DeMarco
Tom Pace Eric Porter
Joan Patrick Janine Norwalk
Rafael Campos Juan
Tura Satana Satanna
William Bagdad Franchot
Joseph Hoover Chuck Edwards
Vincent Barbi Tiros
Victor Izay Dr. Petrovich
John Hopkins Thompson
Vic Lance Chauffeur
Lynette Lantz Ginger
Wally Moon Mike Webber
Egon Sirany Foreign agent
Rod Wilmoth Astro-Zombie

Technical Credits
Ted V. Mikels Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Kenneth Altose Executive Producer
Nico Karaski Score Composer
Robert Maxwell Cinematographer
Wally Moon Art Director
Art Names Editor
Wayne Rogers Executive Producer,Screenwriter

Scene Index

Chapter Index
0. Chapter Index
1. Main Title [4:34]
2. A Strange Mystery [13:49]
3. The Creation of a Monster [14:17]
4. The First Victim [7:19]
5. Stakeout [7:56]
6. New Experiments [10:53]
7. Setting a Trap [12:45]
8. Uninvited Guest [8:14]
9. Closing In [7:04]
10. Zombies Amok [4:20]

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