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The Colossus of New York [Blu-ray] (1958)

John Baragrey , Mala Powers , Eugene Lourie  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Baragrey, Mala Powers, Otto Kruger, Robert Hutton, Ross Martin
  • Directors: Eugene Lourie
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Widescreen, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2012
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,362 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Colossus of New York [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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After the accidental death of a brilliant scientist, his lunatic father and brother transplant the dead man's brain into the body of a giant robot. The operation is successful, but the Colossus Robot mourns for his wife and child and doesn't want to be the guinea pig in his father's psychotic project and starts displaying homicidal behaviors. Sci-Fi specialist EugŠne Louri‚ (Gorgo) directs this Frankenstein-flavored feature.

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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Finally, this classic gem from 1958 is getting a proper DVD release. This is one of my all-time favorite science fiction flicks.

Ross Martin plays a brilliant scientist who is tragically killed in an accident at an airport. His father, a brilliant brain surgeon played by Otto Kruger, can't deal with his son's death, so removes his brain and keeps it alive in a basement laboratory. He then enlists the aide of his other son to build a robotic body in which to house the brain. Once encased in steel, the brain continues to function - dangerously.

When I was a kid back in the '70s, this was one of those movies I had to watch every time it aired. I couldn't get enough of it. The robot in this movie is one of the coolest film robots ever. Plus the move has a very unique musical score. It's all piano but it is very effective. It more than captures the entire tragic aura of the story. I can't wait to get this DVD. Hopefully the transfer is magnificent. I'll update this posting after I get it.

Update: I never got around to buying the DVD, but I did get the Blu-ray. The picture and sound are completely awesome.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars rare creepy 50"s robot film August 8, 2011
By danny
very unusual 50"s sci fi starring an early ross martin that somehow became a lost film for who knows why, for years no one could get a quality print, now at last a beautiful print in anamorphic { fills the whole rectangular screen in proper ratio, no distortion,} one of the most creepy sci fi robots ever created in my humble opinion,interesting story that goes beyond many "b" drive-in movies of its period,primative but dramatic special effects might even be interesting to a young student of sci fi film, an absolute pristine high quality print from "olive films"
thank you olive films, what a pleasure to watch.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars review of disc, not film content August 9, 2011
I'm not going to talk about this film's story. You can check IMDb for that-- or some of the other reviews here on Amazon. They cover that subject well.
This is only about the new DVD from Olive Films.

I received my long-awaited DVD of "Colossus/NY" yesterday (Aug.8) and played it last night. (I didn't buy it here;-- I pre-ordered mine from DeepDiscount.)

My only other copy of this film was a VHS tape, purchased from the now-defunct HellFire Video in New York City. They were the only folks who offered it, way back when.--

The source print that HellFire used was very poor. It was dark and muddy. It could sometimes be difficult to make out much of what was on screen, especially backgrounds.
I kept that tape, anyway, because it was all I had. "Colossus" rarely made it to TV, or I would have recorded my own copy (off TV) long ago. I can toss that tape! The Olive Films DVD of the film isn't perfect, but it's very close! It's a really, really good job, and should satisfy any "Colossus" fan. The B&W image is clean and clear, the sound is also clear, and the film is presented in it's original widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78-1.

There are no extras, but that's fine with me. I'm just pleased to have a good quality print of "Colossus" after all these years.

I highly recommend this disc to those who want to enjoy this really eerie movie!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars EFFECTIVE, LOW-KEY SCI-FI CLASSIC November 4, 2011
By Casey62
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THE COLOSSUS OF NEW YORK (1958), is a thoughtful science fiction tale about a Nobel Prize winning scientist (Ross Martin) who is accidently killed, and whose brain is transplanted into a robot by the dead man's father (Otto Kruger) and brother (Robert Hutton). Unable to endure his wretched existence, the mechanical man decides to unleash his frustration upon humanity.

Directed by Eugene Lourie, this exceptional little B-film is just as good, if not better, than most movies of this type, and yet it's not given the attention it deserves. COLOSSUS' strength is in the characterizations, particularly Otto Kruger as the well meaning but ultimately misguided father, Robert Hutton as the envious other son, and Mala Powers as the dead scientist's wife whose worst suspicions are disregarded by everyone.

The robot in this film is pretty ominous, and the later scenes of it walking under the water, then rising up out of it against a backdrop of the Brooklyn Bridge has a genuinely eerie atmosphere. It also unexpectedly shoots laser beams from its eyes; this it does quite mercilessly at the climax of the film which takes place in the United Nations Building. The economical production methods are actually a plus factor in giving COLOSSUS its particular brand of effectiveness. A further addition to the creepiness is a stringent, all piano music score.

Olive Films has released a pristine, widescreeen edition of THE COLOSSUS OF NEW YORK that's worth picking up. This is one sci-fi gem that you'll be watching again and again.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Betty Davis Eyes July 30, 2011
I first saw this movie back in 1959 (age 8) and I found it so incredibly creepy in that it was
the epitome of malevolent sci-fi behavior (Gort). I was awestruck at his incorrigible mind set
and was freaked out when he fried everybody at the United Nations forum. The scene where he walks
across the floor of the East River was over the top. This film is a masterpiece much in the
same vein as the 'Quatermass' films.
Keith Owen
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
He had eyes that could kill. Different and short. Early sci-fi that worked for me.
Published 14 days ago by Mabelle Butts
5.0 out of 5 stars Good old Science Fiction Movie Has some History to it
Good old Science Fiction Movie Has some History to it.
Published 16 days ago by carlo
4.0 out of 5 stars ... have to be a hard core sci fi to like this one however it is cool...
classic hard to get you have to be a hard core sci fi to like this one however it is cool I recommend people buy it but don't pay over twelve bucks
Published 21 days ago by brandon d baur
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, needs a modern remake
Good movie, needs a modern remake.
Published 1 month ago by Don B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Collasus of New York
Saw this movie years ago. Had liked it then. Glad to know that it was on the DVD format and that old films like this one are finally being remastered.
Published 3 months ago by Kim Peters
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good sci fi romp
This is a short movie about a scientist who gets his brain transferred into a robot body.

He goes bad and eventually gets a change of heart when his son begs him to stop... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Zillalover
5.0 out of 5 stars Great rare flik finally avalable
Great transfer to DVD,very good sound it's good to see a rare flik like this finally avilable after all these years. This is highly recomended
Published 6 months ago by Craig E. Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Obscure 50's sci-fi flick gets top shelf treatment from the folks at...
Nice to finally be able to upgrade to this handsome Olive Films version of this cool, old sci-fi film. Now I can toss that crummy public domain copy I have in the trash. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Hose Nose
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Gothic
This film evoked a mood of futuristic effect with Gothic mood to create a film classic. Execution in noir style black and white photography gives film a timeless quality. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Oliver N. Ward
4.0 out of 5 stars A MUST for fans of this film and 1950s SciFi in general!
To preface these remarks, look elsewhere for plot synopses, critiques of the film itself, etc. There's plenty of info on that stuff all over the internet. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Murray Conklin
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