Blu-ray w/DVD)/Queen Of
Outer Space (1958/Allied
Artists/Warner Archive DVD)/Terry
Fator Live In Concert
B & C+/C+/C/B- Sound: C+ & C/C/C+/B- Extras: B/C+/C/D
Main Programs: B-/C/C/D
Of Outer Space
is now only available from Warner Bros. through their Warner Archive
series. All can be ordered from the links below.
is the strangest mix of comedy releases we will ever likely feature
in one text...
(1962) is a much-loved Italian comedy about a goofy extrovert
(Vittorio Gassman) and calm law student (Jean-Louis Trintignant) who
is unluckily interrupted and asked to go on a small road trip with
the wildman until he cannot get back home and they get into all kinds
of trouble. Unfortunately, the goof is inappropriate as one can get
and courts endless trouble throughout. I understand the appeal, but
despite some great locales and camerawork, I was never a big fan of
the film, though seeing it look this good have a better appreciation
for it and its popularity.
has issued it on Blu-ray in a solid presentation that gives viewers
the best chance to see what they think of the film. I found it
predictable then as now and just am not as much a fan, but it is at
least a minor classic of Italian cinema and everyone should give it a
look. Some of this is even funny.
in this great slipcase packaging include a DigiPak with a nicely
illustrated booklet on the film including informative text by Phillip
Lopate and Antonio Monda and a third piece of vintage text by
Director Risi, while the film in both formats add the Original
Theatrical Trailer, a new intro by fan and Director Alexander Payne,
1983 Trintignant interview for a TV broadcast of the film, 2004 Risi
interview with Jean A. Gili, 2006 documentary A
with Risi interviewing friends & collaborators, excerpt from the
program, clip from a 2012 documentary that goes back to the beach
location in the film and new interviews with film scholar Remi
Fournier Lanzoni and screenplay writer Ettore Scola.
Of Outer Space
(1958) was Allied Artists attempt to have their own version of the
big MGM hit Forbidden
(1956, now on a great Blu-ray release) starting with a story by the
great Ben Hecht. However, it was something he had in a drawer and
even Charles Beaumont (of the original Twilight
et al) rewriting it as an up to date screenplay did not help. With
Zsa Zsa Gabor as a pretty woman and Laurie Mitchell as the deformed,
vengeful title character, we get 80 minutes of a howler of a camp
classic with bad visual effects in CinemaScope and Eastman Color by
dress from Forbidden
even turns up with sets in the same color schemes, but this is just
silly and funny, with Gabor chewing up her scenes well and Eric
Fleming leading the men as astronauts about to get more trouble than
they expect. It is worth seeing once for the laughs, but it has a
following. See why.
include a feature length audio commentary track with Tom Weaver
hosting actress Laurie Mitchell and an Original Theatrical Trailer.
Fator Live In Concert
(2014) follows his stage act with puppets and he has talent, but this
show was no better than the previous Vegas show we covered at this
is still a good introduction to what he can do, but it did nothing
new for me. Still, it is about as good a place to start if you have
never seen the comic in action.
include Digital Copy, several featurette clips, a feature length
audio commentary track and a kind of Music Video.
Kotcheff's nadir, Weekend
(1989), has sadly made it to Blu-ray in the US after first hitting
overseas in the format. We covered the DVD years ago at this link:
has not improved, someone is crack-headed enough to talk about
remaking it and it is worse than ever.
are no extras.
1080p 1.85 X 1 black & white, digital High Definition image
transfer on Sorpasso comes from its original 35mm camera
negative and the results do not show the age of the film very much,
while the anamorphically enhanced DVD version is expectedly softer.
The Blu-ray is easily the best-looking entry on the list and I had
only minor issues with its detail at times.
1080p 1.85 X 1 AVC @ 27 MBPS digital High Definition image transfer
on Bernie can show the age of the materials used, but is
superior a transfer to the DVD we reviewed a long time ago.
anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image on Space looks good for
its age with only minor color and print issues, but should be issued
on Blu-ray at some point. Unfortunately, the anamorphically enhanced
1.78 X 1 image on Fator is just too soft, digital shoot or
for sound, the DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Stereo lossless mix on
just passes up the PCM 2.0 Mono on Sorpasso
as the best sounding release on this list. Bernie
has barely distinguished Pro Logic surrounds from its Dolby System
A-type analog theatrical release, while the original theatrical
monophonic sound on Sorpasso
comes from its optical 35mm soundmaster, but cannot overcome its age.
lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 on Fator
can compete with that Blu-ray's PCM 2.0 Mono, but the lossy Dolby
Digital 2.0 Mono on the Sorpasso
DVDs are the sonically weak presentations here that disappoint.
can order Queen
Of Outer Space
among the many Warner Archive DVDs and now Blu-rays by going to this
link for them and many more great web-exclusive releases at: