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Colonel Steve West has just returned from an incredible history-making flight to Saturn when he is hospitalized with an ailment that baffles the entire medical community. His flesh is melting and to stay alive he must consume human flesh and blood. The infected Colonel West escapes from the doctors’ supervision and hides in the surrounding community where he begins to hunt for human flesh. Who can stop the Incredible Melting Man?


Featuring makeup effects from six-time Best Makeup Oscar winner Rick Baker (An American Werewolf In London, Ed Wood, Men In Black) and written and directed by William Sachs (Galaxina, Exterminator 2), The Incredible Melting Man delivers the gelatinous goods while humanizing a character rapidly losing his humanity. In short: it s bloody good!

Additional Features

Depending on which supplemental feature you watch or hear on the Shout! Factory Blu-ray of The Incredible Melting Man, the 1977 creature feature was either a travesty of unfulfilled filmmaking ambition or a campy goof from start to finish. Both sides of the story are presented on the disc through interviews with its principal players--writer-director William Sachs (Galaxina) and special effects makeup artists Rick Baker and Greg Cannom. Sachs is definitely in the former camp, as evidenced by his somewhat bitter-toned commentary track, which details the myriad ways in which the film's producers and other third parties undermined his attempt to make a picture that hewed closer to the black comedy of E.C. Comics. Sachs is also featured in a 20-minute interview segment that also features multi-Oscar winner Baker--though it should be noted that the two men are interviewed separately, which occasionally creates some amusing contradictory moments (Sachs praises Baker's work, while Baker good-naturedly bemoans the picture's cheapness and his attempt to get out of the assignment by drastically inflating his fee--which the producers accepted). Fellow Oscar-winning artist Greg Cannom, who served as Baker's assistant on the film (along with an uncredited Rob Bottin and Craig Reardon), gets his own brief interview, during which he discusses his early career and collaboration with Baker. For Melting Man fans, the interview and commentary extras, however divergent in tone, make this Blu-ray a must-have, while the collection of promotional material--two theatrical trailers and a radio spot, all of which hinge on Baker's then-newfound fame via Star Wars (1977) and King Kong (1976), and a gallery of production stills, lobby cards, and advertisements--preserves the film's gleefully goopy charms. --Paul Gaita

Special Features

• Audio Commentary By Writer/Director William Sachs

• Interview With Academy Award®-Winning Make-Up Effects Wizards Rick Baker, Artist Greg Cannom and Writer/Director William Sachs

• Theatrical Trailers


Product Details

  • Actors: Alex Rebar, Burr DeBenning
  • Directors: William Sachs
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: July 30, 2013
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00C7E3EDW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,867 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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3.8 out of 5 stars

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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful By J. Reynolds on January 15, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
The ending scene in this superlative film set an unusually high standard for special effects in cinema. We see the poor man sitting there, the live actor, skin all runny and saggy -- then, seamlessly, he dissolves right before our eyes. I have lain awake nights contemplating how they achieved that effect, for there was no cutaway, no editing, no shift of view: The man simply melted. One explanation is that the real actor truly did melt because we certainly never saw him again after this flick.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By REDRORY on May 29, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I remember seeing the Incredible Melting Man as a child. It used was a film regularly aired by creature feature.I thought it was the most frightening movie of all time, and the melting man the scariest thing since Danny Glick from Salems Lot. I got the chance to see the Melting Man again a couple of years back courtesy of Blockbuster video, and I was surprised by how creepy I still found the film to be. Okay, so the acting is terrible, the plot rediculous, but the special effects are chillingly real, the music seethes as a sort of rabid sounding Three Dog Night, and hey, it's just plain scary. Fans of the horror genre will love it. I recomend it 100% to anyone looking for a cheap and creepy cinematic thrill. Beware of the woods and waterfalls, as I'm sure you will after you have seen the film. Good nasty fun with a pretty disturbing ending awaits!
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By D. Steigman on September 2, 2011
Format: DVD
One of the bigger low budget horror films in the 1970s has made it to DVD via MGM MOD, while it may not be the pressed disc official release the transfer of this is really outstanding. It looks great in 18 x 9 widescreen with daytime scenes looking overall spectacular as well as the night scenes also being well done.
As for the film itself, for those not familiar with it, it is about a man , Steve (Alex Rebar) who is the survivor of three astronauts who fly to Saturn and get attacked by the planets radioactivity. He wakes up in a hospital bed only to find himself melting into a sticky gooey thing and needs blood to survive. He escapes from the hospital and is pursued by his friend, Dr. Ted Nelson (Burr Debenning) from the remainder of the film. Great special melting gore effects by Rick Baker. This also has B Movie legend Myron Healy as a General and Cheryl Rainbeaux Smith as a model. This has a little nudity and a modest amount of gore but nothing like a Lucio Fulci or Dario Argento gorefest. It has its campy moments, a little tongue in cheek and some lousy acting, but that's what makes these movies fun ! :)
The running time for this is 86 minutes, so as to whether it is 'uncut' or not I would say it could very well be. I have seen the Vipco DVD which was an awful Alpha Video looking transfer and the CMV laservision which was letterboxed and both seemed to be around the same running time.
The DVD also contains a full screen trailer.
I would say any fan of the film should pick this one up because it looks as good as its going to get and it is our long overdue USA release. MOD or not, this movie is a keeper for anyone who loves this genre.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BD Ashley on July 5, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN is touted on the video box as "The first new horror creature" (This is of course in 1977). With earlier 70s horror classics helping usher in a new era of grossness and graphic violence; among them THE GORE GORE GIRLS ('72), THE EXORCIST('73), THE OMEN & CARRIE (both '76); it's inevitable that someone should update the old creature features of the nuclear 1950s with the newer, innovative gross-out factor audiences the world over were pining for (Not me. I wasn't born until 1980).
Writer/Director William Sachs and the legendary Rick Baker delivered that in spades with their 1977 cult classic THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN.
Following an accident in space, the sole survivor; astronaut Steven West (Alex Rebar) awakens in hospital to find his flesh is melting and he is slowly going insane. Of course he does what anyone would do when faced with a distressing situation like this: he chases a chubby nurse down the corridor with a towel dangling from one nostril resulting in Nursey running through a pane glass window in slo-mo while being pursued by the Incredible Melting Man. Hilarious stuff.
After escaping West/Melting Man does what any other B horror creature would do. He goes on a violent rampage because the radiation is making his killer instinct grow and also making him stronger- but his mind is also decomposing. Pretty soon his collegue Dr Ted Nolan (Burr DeBenning) and the police are trying to stop the rampaging maniac before he infects the entire town.
INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN is actually pretty shallow, but how could you hate a movie like this? Amusing bits include the head of one of the Melting Man's victims floating downstream and over a waterfall and a couple of kids aged around 10 smoking. Oh no! How injurious to the NZ public good!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brian on March 27, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
When astronaut Steven West returns to earth from a visit to Saturn, he brings back with him a horrible disease that very literally begins melting away his flesh! This hideous affliction is further worsened when the poor man realizes he must turn cannibal in order to survive.
William Sachs directs from a screenplay that, believe it or not, updates the old 1950's sci-fi film "First Man Into Space." I personally got a rise out of Rick Baker's gory special effects. To say they're merely convincing would be an understatement. The stuff on display in this flick is positively unsettling! For a movie released in the late 70's, this really delivers the gruesome goods. While the story's premise may seem laughable, at times even more farfetched, the tried and true horror buff should find something to savor here. The ending is a particular sight to behold. One, I'm sure, you'll never forget.
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