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The Demon Planet has Never Looked Better!!!
on October 31, 2014
I was first introduced to the Planet of the Vampires several years ago when it came out on a Midnite Movie DVD. I was expecting a really cheesy film like most of the sci-fi produced during that era. As I watched it, I was amazed at the similarities between it and one of my favorite sic-fi horror titles. From the "U" shaped spaceship, to the call from an alien planet, to the way the exhaust from the landing spaceship pluming up around the ship. If you haven't guessed, I'm talking about Ridley Scott's original classic, "Alien". Even the design of the planet's surface is similar. Now, I'm not saying that Ridley Scott completely copied this film, but it is evident that it served as an inspiration. After all, while the images may be alike, the stories are quite different. Actually, Scott claims to have never seen this film. If you're simply expecting a good cheesy sic-fi horror flick, you may be pleasantly surprised as I was to find that it's actually quite a good film. Aside from getting a really good film with this package, you also get a big upgrade from the DVD. The picture is amazingly sharp and clear. Considering this is not a major title, I was quite surprised to find a good handful of extras on this new HD release. You get an audio commentary, some trailers, two short features titled Trailers from Hell with Joe Dante and one with Josh Olson. While these are only about 3 min. each, there is a lot of information packed into them. There is also a still gallery, alternate music opening highlights, original Italian opening credit, and the entire original shorty story by Renato Pestriniero. With all of these features, it is now clear why the price is a little higher than I originally expected when I first heard this gem was coming to Blu-ray. If you've never seen this movie before, and you like a good creepy, atmospheric film, I would suggest you check it out. If you have the old DVD, then I suggest you use it as a coaster and invest in this upgrade. If you're a fan of the film, you definitely will not be disappointed.