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Puppetmaster [2D & 3D]

Paul LeMat , William Hickey , David Schmoeller  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul LeMat, William Hickey, Irene Miracle, Jimmie F. Skaggs, Robin Frates
  • Directors: David Schmoeller
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Razor Digital Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 1, 2007
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406,364 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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PUPPETMASTER He's Cutting A Few Strings. His Death Is The Only Beginning... For no apparent reason, an aged puppetmaster carefully packs away the marionettes of his craft and shoots himself. Those who come to mourn, or defile, his passing little suspect the final performance that's been planned. The Beloved creations left behind have a little life in them and they're not playing for laughs. They may be small, but their appetite for murder is MONSTROUS! Who's pulling the strings?

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars good horror movie, with awful fake 3D August 4, 2007
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A marionette maker dies, but his puppets don't... and they have a vengeful, murderous dark side. This is a classic low budget horror movie that works well. Watch it in 2D here or elsewhere (ASIN: B000A8OJOK ), or get the full series boxed set (ASIN: B000FNYXYQ ).

This (2D version) is the first movie in the Full Moon series of Puppet Master films. (No relation to a Donald Sutherland movie by a similar name.) This movie was good enough to launch a long series of sequels, and is a clever premise.

Included is what is advertised as a 3D version -- don't believe it. Most of it looks like a flat image that was just pushed back in depth slightly, but is still flat. Then there's inside-out, broken, eye-strain / nausea inducing imagery that doesn't conform to any definition of 3D that I'd use. The DVD author simply offsets the video by one or two frames in one eye, and on rare occasion (less than 2 percent of the movie, apparently) this produces something that looks somewhat like 3D. The other 98 percent of the time, it just looks like unwatchable poop.

The original filmmakers did not do this 3D conversion. It does not even look like an earnest attempt.

This is a +4 star horror movie, with a -2 star fake-3D assault to the eyes. Hence the 2 star rating.

If you haven't seen Puppet Master and like low budget horror movies (I do), then this DVD is probably worth purchasing (for the 2D version). -- If you like 3D (I do) or think the 3D might be a fun extra, then this is probably NOT the DVD for you, since the 3D is extremely un-3D and a complete waste of money. Saying that this is bad fake 3D, would be a gross understatement.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Apparently someone out there had the good sense to re-release the box set of the brilliant Full Moon series "Puppetmaster". Fans of the series will recall the previous ill luck that befell the original release back in 2000 when they had to recall the sets due to licensing issues with the now defunct Pioneer. (According to rumor, Full Moon had not gotten approval from Pioneer to sell the series on DVD.)

The box set is comprised of the first seven films in the series, from the first wonderful Puppetmaster to the inferior sequels that came after it. I have to admit- I really didn't like the later movies nearly as much as I did the first three. They have their "charm", I suppose, but overall they're just a little too cheesy for my tastes. There is also an additional disc in the boxset, a collection of trailers for the films. I have to admit that as far as extras go, I was a little underwhelmed. It's been about 20 years since the first film was released- wasn't there anything else they could put in there?

Now for what the series is about. Since Amazon has no description of the actual series, I'm going to give a brief outline of the series. Killer puppets that frequently end up in the hands of the wrong people. Ok, so maybe it's a bit more complex than that, but the beauty of the series lies in how the series' creators were able to take a simple idea & turn it into one of what is arguably one of the most infamous series in horror. Forget Jason & Freddy. If you haven't seen this series or at least the first movie, you can't call yourself a true horror movie buff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm For the Puppets May 6, 2012
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Do we really have to get infinite details on the 3D or production qualities of this film? The truth is, it works emotionally because Toulon, in this movie, cares about his puppets, and they strike back in a world that frankly doesn't care about much of anything. When the skeleton puppet is rushing through the hotel to warn his master that he is in danger -- that's loyalty. And it works for the story line. Movies aren't about production values, folks, they're about a story, unless you are a nitpicky little creep.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite horror movies May 24, 2013
By Cward55
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The movie that started it all with killer dolls and it is an amazing movie for horror fans to add to their collections. This movie is fantastic in everyway. The acting is 80s cheese of course and the plot is so over-the-top but I love it. Of course the major selling point of this movie is the killer dolls and they are so awesome looking. The stop motion effects in this are top notch and look fantastic still to this day. The pacing can be a little slow at times and I wish they would show the dolls more causing mayhem but it's a small complaint. Amazing horror film all the way. Also the Blu-ray transfer is fantastic. Looks great and sounds great.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A pioneer to the art of killer puppet b October 20, 2009
As Sid's OctoberGreatSuccess is more then half way through we decided to turn the evenings focus on to an old cult classic from 1989. This lackluster gem takes Sid back to a time with many favorable memories always adding in a little charm to a film that's really not all that great. For the stuffy film watcher Puppet Master's extreme low budget will come across as a joke and will be passed by with ease. For us it's one of the reasons we enjoyed it so much. We find a lot of enjoyment in the art of B and that's the reason Puppet Master is a four star event. Yeah the quality is the [...] times but that's exactly how we remember it anyway.

We start off many years ago in a hotel where puppet creator Andre Toulon awaits Nazi capture. He had come across an ancient Egyptian formula to create life, which he chose to use on his puppets, getting the Nazi's attention. Being that they could use his knowledge they go to get him, but he offs himself before they have the chance. Now flash forward 50 years with a group of horribly acted psychics who come across the old hotel and do a little investigating. What they don't realize is the puppets have been awakened and are ready to start picking them off one at a time. Our favorite out of the four would have to be Pinhead who has the strength of a true gym meatstick. He gained our respect by proving he could contest the Tall Man in the "backhand of the year" department when he puts the smack down on one of the female psychics. Good good, great stuff.

So for the film that put Full Moon on the map and kept Charles Band from a long career of dumpster diving, we have to say we did enjoy. The first half hour does move very slowly but heats up nicely once the puppets make their angry appearance.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I love it-all the movies
Published 6 days ago by Traci Lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
added to my collection
Published 1 month ago by clyde
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it more as a kid...
This has some really cool parts (murder scenes) but... I'm just kinda over this series, it's tired for me... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jason A.
2.0 out of 5 stars These Puppets are Killer!
The best part about this movie is the puppets but you don'y get to see them enough. Its a bit slow moving until the very end.
Published 5 months ago by MK
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky production values.
This is the first of the Puppet Master movies, and the best. The video quality is decent, but their are some really weird production issues in this release. Read more
Published 5 months ago by D. Barber
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Such a classic movie. Takes you back to a better time. Great picture quality and great sound too. A+ +
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless classic
This is a timeless classic, I've watched this movie over and over growing up and I'm a big fan of the puppet master series. Read more
Published 7 months ago by RAM
3.0 out of 5 stars OK story
It was just OK to me. Plot was weakly presented. The acting was not first class to support the plot
Published 7 months ago by Patches
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifically terrible!
Awesome in the same was as Sharknado! This movie is funny and creepy at the same time. Who is the master of puppets?
Published 9 months ago by T. Walters
4.0 out of 5 stars Get your puppet on!
Classic horror film, with an original story. Demonic puppets terrorizing guests at a retreat. This movie is worth watching if you haven't seen it
Published 10 months ago by Mr. Whiskers
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so? its Puppet Master finally UNCUT! worth the 20$, but yes the 3d side is a joke.
Aug 31, 2010 by rqm4adrm |  See all 4 posts
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