Attack of the 50-Foot Woman

Attack of the 50-Foot Woman

Director: Nathan Juran Cast: Allison Hayes, William Hudson, Yvette Vickers
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Attack of the 50-Foot Woman

Nathan Juran's Attack of the 50-Foot Woman (1958) is one of the few movies of its genre, period, and budget that actually made it to laserdisc, back in the late 1980's; but good as that release looked, it's nowhere in the league of the Warner Home Video DVD of the movie. The film-to-video transfer here brings out whatever good there is, to the lighting and the simple (but occasionally suitably eerie) special effects on the ultra-low-budget shoot. But the real treat here -- beyond the movie itself -- is the audio commentary track, a discussion between author Tom Weaver and co-star Yvette Vickers. Long a cult-movie icon, Vickers proves a lively interview subject, funny, smart, and perceptive, and the little bits of information that she and Weaver provide about the movie significantly enhance the viewing experience. On the other hand, one wishes that Weaver could have structured the track and the discussion a little bit better -- he leaves out any mention of actors George Douglas and Otto Waldis, the latter a veteran of European cinema going back to Fritz Lang in the early 1930's. (It's doubly ironic that Weaver never mentions the two, because one of the appealing elements of the movie is its odd convergence of talents from across several decades and traditions in this unusual low-budget production -- and here are veteran western actor Douglas and expressionist cinema denizen Waldis in the same cast). The chaptering is generous and the audio mastering is the best this movie is ever likely to receive -- the volume is low, but with a boost it reveals details in Ronald Stein's score that are a delight to the ear. There's one suspenseful sequence in this the music underscoring is richly vivid -- the solo oboe is joined by the bassoon and then the cellos and basses come in, until the moment of a startling visual revelation when the brass rises up in a sting that leads to a powerful musical resolution. The image is presented in its proper non-anamorphic letterboxed aspect ratio (1.85-to-1) and the detail is amazingly crisp. Oh, and this is the theatrical edit of the movie, rather than the television version -- for the latter, in order to stretch the 66-minute running time to a more acceptable 72 minutes, a introduction was added with a statement about how scientists have suggested the possibility of a race of giants evolving on a planet with a different gravitational pull; and the scene inside the spaceship was "previewed"; for those who grew up with the movie on television, none of that introduction is here. But it's still great fun, and Weaver and Vickers' commentary enhance the enjoyment of the picture in the spirit in which it was made, each in their way defending the success of the special effects as they exist in the low-budget production.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/26/2007
UPC: 0085391145059
Original Release: 1958
Rating: PG
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:06:00

Special Features

Commentary by Yvette Vickers and Film Historian Tom Weaver.; Theatrical Trailer; Subtitles: English & Français

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Allison Hayes Nancy Fowler Archer
William Hudson Harry Archer
Yvette Vickers Honey Parker
Roy Gordon Dr. Cushing
George Douglas Sheriff Dubbitt
Ken Terrell Jessup Stout
Otto Waldis Dr. Von Loeb
Eileen Stevens Nurse
Mike Ross Tony (& Space Giant)
Frank Chase Charlie
Michael Ross Tony

Technical Credits
Nathan Juran Director
Mark Hanna Screenwriter
Edward Mann Editor
Jacques Marquette Cinematographer,Executive Producer
Philip Mitchell Sound/Sound Designer
Ronald Stein Score Composer
Carlie Taylor Makeup
Bernard Woolner Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Attack of the 50Ft. Woman
1. Credits [1:07]
2. Giving the Lady a Hand [4:00]
3. Poor Mixed-Up Mrs. Archer [5:44]
4. Bedtime For Nancy [6:38]
5. Doctor's Advice [3:30]
6. Out-of-This World Man [3:19]
7. Left Behind [3:45]
8. Lost and Found [4:45]
9. Don't Leave Town [3:08]
10. Astounding Growth! [2:19]
11. Big Feet [6:03]
12. Inside the Spaceship [3:51]
13. Giant Encounter [3:08]
14. She's Loose! [5:00]
15. Headed For Town [3:58]
16. Harry in Her Hand [3:39]
17. All to Herself [1:36]

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Attack of the 50-Foot Woman 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You can see through her. She doesn't quite get to 50ft in some scenes, while in others she's taller than the title promises (a bonus there). On the cover she has auburn hair, on the back, she's a blond and in the film, its dark. She drinks too much, loves too hard, has too much money for her own good and always falls for the wrong man - she is the 50ft WOMAN and she is on the ATTACK, but only in the last few moments of the film... as for the rest... it's a tale of a woman hooked on sour mash and her man, who's looking for fresh grapes. Love hurts. ATTACK OF THE 50FT WOMAN is a cautionary tale of what happens when aliens meddle in romance and what path of destruction a 50ft woman will leave in her wake trying to right the wrongs done to her. It's a campy, well shot, well performed, sketchy effects cocktail that is sure to leave you calling for another round, but at a mere 66 mins, closing time comes too early for this classy little film. ATTACK is a lot of fun, and more serious than you first realize, and honestly seems like two different films grafted together, yet neither completes (or compliments) the other very well. But, you don't really notice it too much as the film hurtles along from one idea to the next until the end. Commentary is included with Tom Weaver and Yvette Vickers (HONEY PARKER), and Yvette brings much of her experience both on ATTACK and on her acting career to the table, while Weaver brings a copy of her original script (with her handwritten notes), and some solid background information on the production - but, unlike other commentaries where Weaver is alone, he does not relate the full story, instead he interviews Vickers for information and insight. It's good, it's funny, and you do learn a lot, but I did miss the rapid fire delivery and depth of backstory that Weaver has brought to other commentaries. ATTACK is a smart film. The title and suggestive, yet inaccurate, poster art may turn some people away, but for the brave, and for the fans, ATTACK is a must have, and no collection would be complete without it.