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Color Out Of Space

Paul Dorsch , Jurgen Heimuller , Huan Vu  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Dorsch, Jurgen Heimuller, Ingo Heise, Philipp Jacobs, Michael Kausch
  • Directors: Huan Vu
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: BRINK
  • DVD Release Date: August 21, 2012
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0085X315U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,063 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Arkham, 1975: Jonathan Davis' father has disappeared. His tracks lead to Germany, to the Swabian-Franconian Forest where he was stationed after the Second World War. Jonathan sets out to find him and bring him home, but deep in the woods he discovers a dark mystery from the past. Based on H.P. Lovecraft's short novel ""The Color Out of Space"".

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AWKWARD START - BUT GREAT ADAPTATION. October 28, 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I've recently found myself re-reading Lovecraft's works and found that new productions, bringing his stories to film, were available. This story was one of my favorites. Whatever you may think of his writing, Lovecraft set a standard that was, and still is, employed by authors of gothic and horror fiction.
Most attempts at translating his works to film have been dismal abominations.
Although there are major changes and important elements left out, overall this German production worked for me as a small budget homage to the original story.
The first few minutes are the only real detraction due to some dreadful acting by a character who, fortunately, has no re-occurring appearances. Afterwards, the acting is in keeping with any larger budget flick. The effects are minimal but several are quite creepy and work very well in the black and white format. The horror could have been intensified and extended if certain elements of the original story had been included but thank goodness we have this much.
I find it laughable whenever I hear about the considerable inability to translate Lovecraft to film when it's been done in so many movies with obvious 'borrowings' from his descriptives yet with rare acknowledgement.
This is worthy of any Lovecraft fan. Give us more!
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Adaption of an H.P. Lovecraft Story November 16, 2012
Format:DVD
The Color Out of Space is considered to be H.P. Lovecraft's most unfilmable work largely because Lovecraft often wrote of things "beyond description" or that human language lacked the ability to convey. So when I heard that an independent filmmaker in Germany had tackled the work, my expectations weren't very high. After watching The Color Out of Space (originally titled Die Farbe which is German for The Color) I came away extremely impressed. The filmmaker managed to capture the eerie feeling of Lovecraft's story which is something that is very hard to do, only a couple of films out there have managed to pull that off.

Purist and hardcore fans of H.P. Lovecraft's work will complain about some changes that were made to the story, including one at the end. I loved the twist that's included near the conclusion. It both surprised and shocked me, which doesn't happen very often. Fans of Lovecraft and independent horror should find The Color Out of Space well worth seeking out.

I also liked that it included a Limited Edition Exclusive Newspaper Cover from the film. One side in German(where the film takes place), and translated in English on the other side.
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43 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wunderbar! July 2, 2012
By UbiK
Format:DVD
If you are enjoying the 'Mythoscope' retro-styled films of the HPLHS you will want to see DIE FARBE, a German adaption of THE COLOUR OUT OF SPACE (as of course the gentleman from Providence would have insisted it spelt!).

Shot in sumptious B&W with a very competent cast and clever effects, Huan Vin shows that he is a talented director and writer that clearly understands HPL's vision of otherwordly horror that relies largely on suspense and concept rather than outright violence. In relocating the story to rural Germany the story loses very little from the original, and the inclusion of WW2 takes it into another direction entirely.

The first five minutes are a little poorly realized with some very noticeable green-screen that took me back to the Color Seperation Overlay technique of the 70s, but once the filming shifts to almost entirely location-work in the German countryside the production does not make a wrong step. It looks terrific with atmospheric locations and period design.

In all it has impressive acting, music and visuals and is a superb compliment to Whisperer in Darkness if you want to run your own HP Lovecraft Festival at home!

Hopefully Huan will be making more adaptions in the future because it is clear from the extras that he is a huge fan of HPL.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cassic HP Lovecraft film noir March 28, 2013
By Mitch10
Format:Amazon Instant Video
There are reasons not to see this film. First thing I'll say is that if you haven't ready and enjoyed any HP Lovecraft books, you may not enjoy it. Likewise if you think movies need to be "younger and edgier" you probably won't be able to sit through even 10 minutes The Color Out of Space." And the final insult to the iPhone generation; it's mostly in German with subtitles! "Oh, dear lord, not a Foreign film!? Why can't everyone speak English like normal people?!"

But, yes it WAS fun to watch. The actors in this film are believable and well cast. At time it felt more like watching a documentary rather than a film. No harrowing over the top Oscar performances, just subtle actors and actresses taking on the lives of simple folk.

It's shot in black and white with the kind of film noir cinematography that was popular in the 40's and 50s. Personally, I prefer camera shots that are longer than the Hollywood standard 5 seconds per cut. Some takes in this movie are nearly a minute long before the camera shifts perspective. That gives yo plenty of time to take in all the texture in the dust and cracks in the plaster or the mud on the children's shoes. The movie is full of quiet despair and despondency so palpable you not only can feel it, you can almost taste it. No happy ending to be found here; this is Lovecraft after all.
Basically, this is a classic Lovecraft story; bleak, foreboding and dismal. Also like all his stories, it takes forever to get moving along. Lovecraft put a lot of effort into foreshadowing. Worse (or better if your tired of the over-hyped schlock out of LaLa Land) it's a horror story with nothing jumping out at you from the shadows, no living dead reaching up through the ground to grab you leg and no blood spurting out of severed arteries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must see if you like the strange
actually used this movie for a class project,very good,weird but good.
Published 1 day ago by prideworks
4.0 out of 5 stars True to the spirit of Lovecraft.
I have seen two good adaptations of H. P. Lovecraft stories. One of these was the very excellent 'silent-movie-style' film, 'The Call of Cthulu'. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Billbo
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely, quiet little horror story
What a lovely, quiet little horror story. Lovecraft would be so pleased. The adaptation is simple, the dialogue brief. the images clear. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Sandra Lynn Olsenn
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovecraft would be proud!
The Color Out of Space, originally Die Farbe, is the greatest adaptation for The Colour Out Of Space by Lovecraft you're ever likely to find. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Adaptation
Very good adaptation of the short story. While not 100% true to the source material, I think they did an outstanding job on capturing the feel. Read more
Published 1 month ago by james b lawson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good adaptation of the story
The DVD was in good condition and the film was a well done adaption of the story. I recommend it to fans.
Published 1 month ago by Gesellschaft
5.0 out of 5 stars Great adaptation
This film is in German with English subtitles but that doesn't take away in the least from the movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Danny Hatcher
3.0 out of 5 stars Subtle noir sci fi horror
I appreciate films that are different, and this one is. That this film is shot in black and white adds to the subtlety of the story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ron Baker
1.0 out of 5 stars Sloooooooow
Somewhere in Germany somebody had an idea: What if we take a great H.P. Lovecraft story and put it on the screen so slowly that it will put people to sleep. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Basementwatch
4.0 out of 5 stars Very faithful adaptation of the short story
Even with the locale change to Germany and a time change to shortly before WWII, it stuck pretty close to the short story and had the same sort of dread component. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stephen Jarjoura
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