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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 (39 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Baragrey, Mala Powers, Otto Kruger, Robert Hutton, Ross Martin
  • Directors: Eugene Lourie
  • Format: 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 (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,930 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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36 of 38 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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41 of 45 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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12 of 14 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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6 of 6 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 23 days 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 1 month 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 2 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 2 months ago by Stacey Conklin
4.0 out of 5 stars A Callous Father, Deceptions, & a Descent into Madness
If you are Jeremy Spensser, you have been called a genius - your experiments, with developing crops that can be grown in cold climates, promises to alleviate the chronic shortage... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Magnifying Glass
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sci-Fi Classic
The music is just perfect for atmosphere, it sets just the right mood. The idea of transplanting the brian is nothing new in movies. The twist here is using tv for eyes. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Flickering Light Screen Play 48
5.0 out of 5 stars ADVICE MORE THAN A REVIEW
This is indeed a creepy film that gets a big charge from the lugubrious Van Cleave solo piano score. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Chuck Snow
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare science fiction classic, finally available on Blu-ray!
After waiting decades for a DVD of The Colossus of New York – a movie I've loved since I first saw it in 1958 – this amazing Blu-ray is a dream come true. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bruce Cook
That is, Jeremy (Ross Martin) Spensser's brother Henry (John Baragrey) had to be a huge fan of movie monsters because the one he designed, the Colossus of New York, was a composite... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Richard J. Oravitz
5.0 out of 5 stars It was scary back then
So Scary when I watched it years ago and today its a great old movie that I love to rewatch.
Published 7 months ago by Barbara Gonzales
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