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Creature From the Black Lagoon: The Legacy Collection (Creature from the Black Lagoon / Revenge of the Creature / The Creature Walks Among Us)
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CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON
Where better to start than the beginning? You probably know the drill: a group of scientists - one of whom happens to look particularly gorgeous in a white bathing suit - putters down the Amazon in search of the fossils of a 'missing link' between man and fish, only to find the living truth hiding out in a forgotten tributary. And it becomes clear that the Gill Man wants only two things: female companionship and solitude from everybody else. The plot pretty standard sci-fi fare for the 1950s (and earlier when you consider the first two movies are naught but a submerged remake of 'King Kong', but more on that later), but it's the execution of it that sets CFTBL above all other contenders of the era.Read more ›
What also stands out in the Creature movies is that humanity in general comes off as the bad guys and the Creature is the most sympathetic figure. Acting in a generally defensive manner, the Creature is subjected to greater and greater torments. He actually is similar in this fashion to King Kong (which is not surprising, since the first two movies, when combined, are essentially remakes of that giant ape classic).
As is typically the case, the first movie - The Creature from the Black Lagoon - is the best in the bunch. Several scientists - as well as the essential female love interest - go to South America in search of the bones of a legendary fish-man, only to find a living one instead. The Creature develops an interest in the woman even as it wages war with the intruders in its Black Lagoon, leading to several deaths before the final confrontation.
In Revenge of the Creature, the Creature is captured and brought to a marine amusement park, where it is chained up, studied and displayed for the masses. (In both this movie and the third one, there is a lot of confusion between salt-water and fresh water life, with the Creature forced to alternate between the two.Read more ›
Still, you can't blame the studio too much, as recreating the polarized, dual projector 3-D experience at home is no easy feat. No, these films were NOT shown in the inferior red/blue anaglyph format back in the 50s, though they have been shown that way on TV and in some revivals. Those versions look awful, and are an insult to the original 3-D versions. I'm glad they chose not to include downconverted anaglyph prints on the DVD, and the ColorCode format is even worse. The only choice for good 3-D at home is field sequential, but the glasses are $30 a pair and can't be included in the box. The studio COULD have included a FS 3-D version of the first and second films along with the modified flat print along with instructions on how to purchase the glasses if people were interested. However, even FS 3-D isn't perfect so at this time we will have to live with flat versions on this set. I've seen the original 3-D versions of these movies in all their polarized, clear glasses glory and for sure, people seeing these movies flat are missing out.
The final film, CREATURE WALKS AMONG US, was an ordinary flat film.
The extras on the set are worth the price alone, all films have audio commentaries, and REVENGE and WALKS AMONG US have cast member participation!
A great set, if not perfect.
P.S....the films are all B/W as intended.
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Underwater creep-fest. Great for a weekend of fun. Clear copy. Quick delivery. Happy.Published 23 hours ago by Chuckles
This is the absolute worst of the Universal Studios alleged monsters. Don't waste your time or money on this mess.Published 1 month ago by The Purple Heart
One of my all time thrillers. I was just a kid when I went to see the three Gill Man episodes. It was nice to see Lori Nelson how she looks today on the documentary they displayed... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Richard Millea
Love this fabulous collection of the Creature from the Black Lagoon!Published 2 months ago by Rosaline V. Valdez
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That's an often repeated error. Neither CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON nor REVENGE OF THE CREATURE were originally shown in the inferior red/blue anaglyph method. Like all of the other classic 3-D movies, these were originally released in polarized (clear glasses) format. The anaglyph... Read More
Nov 25, 2009 by S. Phillips | See all 5 posts
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