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Indestructible Man DVDTee (Large) (1956)

Lon Jr. Chaney , Jack Pollexfen  |  NR |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lon Jr. Chaney
  • Directors: Jack Pollexfen
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Synergy Ent
  • DVD Release Date: September 21, 2010
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003QTBSXK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #636,378 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This DVDTee includes both a DVD of the 1956 film, The Indestructible Man, and a tee shirt featuring the original poster art. In this cult sci-fi classic, Lon Chaney stars as Butcher Benton, a death row convict sent to the execution chamber after being double-crossed by his cohorts and betrayed by his girlfriend. But when the prison hands his corpse over to a scientist for research purposes, he is bizarrely brought back to life like a 300,000-volt Frankenstein! Now there s hell to pay when this angry, and indestructible, man-monster sets out to settle the score! The film gained even greater prominence after becoming a favorite on Mystery Science Theater 3000.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Surfink
Format:DVD
Just watched my copy of Retromedia's remaster of Indestructible Man yesterday and directly compared it to both the Roan and previous Retromedia (Lon Chaney Collection) releases. With all due respect to the previous reviewer, the new transfer blows them both away in terms of sharpness/detail, contrast/brightness, and framing (matted at 1.66:1 anamorphic). There is still the usual minor speckling and blemishing, but this is far and away the best this movie has ever looked on home video, and obsoletes all previous DVD versions. A major upgrade from the Roan and Chaney Collection releases, with much-improved black/white levels and richer grayscale, and the definitive home video edition as of this date.

Does it look like a fully restored, major studio release? Of course not. And if Warner still has materials on this in their vaults and someday releases an official 1.85:1 widescreen, remastered DVD (two big ifs), will it look better than this? Most likely, yes. But, for now, if you want the crispest, best-looking version of Indestructible Man out there, this is it.

Note: The Retromedia DVD is listed on Amazon as the Bayview Entertainment/Widowmaker release, and has the words "Widescreen High Definition Film Transfer" at the top of the front cover and green-tinted likeness of Chaney.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "Man-Made Mobster" February 20, 2014
Format:DVD
Ultra-cheap 1956 rehash of Boris Karloff's "The Walking Dead" and Lon Chaney's "Man-Made Monster." This time around, Chaney portrays the resurrected criminal - doing his best amid the endless narration and recycled stock footage. Director Jack Pollexfen devotes more attention to sleazy noir than sci-fi horror. Sloppy editing and scripting (with inept dialogue worthy of Ed Wood) prevent "Indestructible Man" from being a lively drive-in gem.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars "Mastered from HD" my a#% April 24, 2013
By Tom
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The "mastered from HD" dub from Bayview/Widowmaker (the same public-domain DVD purveyor as Retromedia) offers the same ol' 16mm print. If you already have this title from any source, don't waste your money on this one.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dragnet meets Frankenstein's monster... May 25, 2013
Format:DVD
... is the best way I can describe the flavor of this film, which is not nearly as bad as its current low rating would have you believe. In fact, if you like 50's and 60's Allied Artist horror on the cheap, I think you'll like this one. Remember Allied Artists was a poverty row outfit, and they could usually afford just one star. In this case it is Lon Chaney Jr. as armed robber Charles Benton, betrayed by two other bank robbers who turned state's evidence at the request of sleazy lawyer Paul Lowe, who wants a fall guy for the robbery and a chance at a smaller split for the 600K payroll heist for which he hired the three thieves in the first place. Benton realizes all of this, and the last thing he says before he is executed is that he is going to get the three who betrayed him.

Now the lawyer isn't nervous at all, but the two other robbers think maybe Benton took some of the money - which at the time of his death only he knew the location - and hired a hit man for them. What they are definitely not expecting is for a couple of scientists to pay off the morgue attendant at the prison to hand over Benton's body. The pair are experimenting with electricity as a cure for cancer and need a fresh human body for their next test. Well "It's Alive!" turns out to be instantaneous tragedy for this pair instead of temporary triumph as in the case of Victor Frankenstein. Benton is unexpectedly brought back to life with a molecular structure that can't be penetrated by any substance, vocal chords burned out so he can't speak, superhuman strength, and with a desire to pick up where he left off and kill the three guys who betrayed him. I'll let you watch and see how this all pans out.

The Dragnet comparison comes from the voice over of police Lt. Dick Chasen who is narrating the whole story.
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