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Oooo! Oooo! Oooo!

September 5th, 2006

That’s the sound I made when I read this listing for an completely unanticipated, multi-disc DVD release of several Universal Studios ’50s sci-fi films, including one of the greats: The Incredible Shrinking Man! For years I’ve been bitching about the lack of a DVD of this one, arguably the last classic SF flick yet to be released.

Why it’s not coming out in a dedicated release is beyond me, but that’s okay, because one of the other movies in the set is another favorite of mine: The Monolith Monsters, an unusual tale of space crystals which grow into towering rock columns, only to shatter and restart the process. The ensuing hortizontal avalanche is brought off with fairly convincing special effects.

The remaining flicks are decidedly minor: Tarantula is a typical giant-monster-in-desert-town scenario; The Mole People is a dull underground empire with a few lackluster mole creatures; and Monster on the Campus (which I don’t believe I’ve ever seen) is about a prehistoric fish which turns people into ape-men. Go figure.

But who cares? Twenty bucks for two classics (and three not-so-much), and only two weeks away? Woo hoo!

While I’m on the subject, here’s a recommendation for another nifty ’50s sci-fi sampler, a single-disc collection of The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms and Them! for only ten bucks. Two of the best early monster flicks at an unbeatable price!

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