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Product Details

  • Actors: Rock Hudson, Barbara Carrera, Diane Ladd, Roddy McDowall, Anne Schedeen
  • Directors: Ralph Nelson
  • Writers: Anita Doohan, Jack W. Thomas
  • Producers: Anita Doohan, Arnold H. Orgolini, Michael S. Glick, Sandy Howard
  • Format: NTSC
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Video Tr/Anchor Bay
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302241944
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,089,656 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

I didn't even finish watching this movie.
Kristen
The story line is different and the cast is pretty good.
golfer01
I guess the 70s were the time for the B movie genre.
Parisian Byndum

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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14, 2000
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Shame on Passport Video. My VHS Tapes look better than this DVD. The transfer looks to be off someones 6 hour tape. What a waste. I'll think twice before I purchase another Passport Video.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 12, 2004
Format: DVD
EMBRYO is about Dr. Paul Holliston (Rock Hudson), a scientist who has recently lost his wife (also a scientist). Holliston hits a doberman with his car (a 3 ton cadillac) on his way home one stormy night. He rushes the dog home to his lab, where he is unable to save her. However, the doberman is pregnant, so the good doctor keeps the doggy fetus alive, injecting it with an experimental growth hormone. The little canine grows at an amazing rate, reaching adulthood within hours! Holliston names the dog "Number One" and is astonished by it's intelligence (the dog gets it's own food out of the fridge, drops the empty bowl in the sink, opens doors, etc.). Unbeknownst to the doc, Number One also has a mean streak, as is displayed when it kills another dog and hides it's body. Of course, Holliston thinks everything's great, and soon looks for a human fetus to try his serum on. He gets his chance when another doctor helps him acquire a fetus from a doomed prostitute. Back in the lab, Dr. H. performs his latest experiment with similar results. He watches as the fetus grows up at super-speed. Next thing he knows, he's got an adult woman on his hands (Barbara Carrera), with superior intellectual powers matched only by her exotic beauty. Some of the best parts of the movie come when she is busy absorbing knowledge. Named "Victoria", she is introduced at a party as Holliston's new assistant. In one fun scene, Victoria plays an arrogant chess master (Roddy McDowall) to a humiliating finish. Unfortunately, things get serious when Victoria starts getting sick and figures out that she is not long for this world. This causes her to seek out the method by which she can stay alive, at the expense of others. A pretty good mad scientist thriller, EMBRYO has enough creepy / funny moments to keep my interest...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Terry J. Murray on November 1, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
all i can say about this purchase is "BUYER BEWARE".
could barely make out this movie the transfer was so BAD!!!
if anyone has acquired a decent transfer please contact me with details.
saw this as a kid at the drive-in and had fond memories of it. could only tolerate a few minutes of the dark choppy mess with even crappier audio. yuck
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Merle E. Causey on February 23, 2012
Format: DVD
I've been stupid enough to purchase this dvd from two different companies. The first version I purchased was produced by Passport Video. The movie had the worst picture quality I have ever seen on a dvd, including blurry images, video drop outs, and poor sound. The dvd looked as though it was a transfer from a fourth generation vhs copy. Then I saw that Diamond Entertainment was selling a version which they advertised as "Fully restored and enhanced digital master". Total nonsense. The video is just as bad as the dvd produced by Passport Video. I'm just going to wait and hope that this great little film shows up on television in high definition, and record it onto dvd for my personal viewing pleasure.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "maelstrom1" on May 22, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I have seen Embryo twice on television and I have enjoyed it both times. It is an interesting drama with a touch of science that presents the dangers of cloning, which is quite a futuristic view since the movie was released in only 1975, decades before "Dolly", the cloned sheep. For the most part, it is scientifically sound and is an original concept for a movie.
Rock Hudson stars as the doctor who finds an injured dog on the road and takes it home to nurse back to health. The doctor has been working on advanced growth formulae, however, and is able to regenerate (or clone) the dog within a matter of weeks. He is thrilled with his success and decides to make the giant leap to cloning a human. Not only does this intrigue the viewer, but introduces an eerie and suspenseful feeling about what is going to happen, especially when his "cloned" dog has an encounter with a small white dog (you'll have to see the movie to find out what happens here).
His "cloned" human is a girl named Victoria, nicely played by Barbara Carrera. Within days she is a beautiful, fully-grown adult with the remarkable ability to learn quickly and retain knowledge. She becomes very close to the doctor and helps him with his research. Then, near the end of the movie, something goes terribly wrong. It shows how an experiment can take a turn for the worse and is a warning to the limits of human testing. You will definitely have to watch the end of the movie to understand what I mean.

Embryo is successful as both a drama and pseudo-science movie. It was merely by chance that I watched it on T.V., but I'm glad I did because it was well worth it. The acting by Hudson and Carrera is well done, but I think the story idea itself makes this movie good. I recommend this movie to anyone who has an open mind to science and the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Horror Freak on December 12, 2013
Format: DVD
This film makes you think about real issues like genetic experimenting, cloning, drug side effects and fooling with mother nature. The plot of the 1975 film Embryo is about a scientist named Paul Holliston played by Rock Hudson who hits a Doberman one dark and stormy night. He brings the dog back to his laboratory and lays it on a table. After examining the badly injured dog he realized that she is pregnant. In an attempt to save her three pups Dr.Holliston removes them and injects them with a growth hormone. Two of the pups die but one servives. After the mother dog dies and the pup must live without her blood Dr. Holliston administers more of the drugs to the pup. He begins growing at an incredibly fast rate and in a short amount of time is fully grown. At first his experiment seems to be a huge success. The dog who the doctor names number one is perfectly formed and highly intelligent. He quickly learns tricks like getting his own food dish and putting it in the sink when he is finished. But, we soon see that number one has a dark side when the dog is outside by himself and he sees a little dog who is barking st him. Number one picks the dog up in his teeth shacks him until he is dead hides him in the grass and then number one gets in the doctors car and closes the door behind him so that the doctor will not know what he has done. unaware of the dogs evil side the doctor decides to experiment on a human fetus. The human fetus also grows very quickly and in a matter of weeks is an adult woman who the doctor names Victoria. Victoria and the doctor are very close and even have sex together! Then Victoria begins having crippling abdominal pains. She doesn't tell the doctor but trys to find out what the problem is herself. When she learns that she is aging rapidly and will die.Read more ›
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