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Village of the Giants (1965)

Tommy Kirk , Johnny Crawford , Bert I. Gordon  |  NR |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tommy Kirk, Johnny Crawford, Beau Bridges, Joy Harmon, Robert Random
  • Directors: Bert I. Gordon
  • Writers: Bert I. Gordon, Alan Caillou, H.G. Wells
  • Producers: Bert I. Gordon
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2001
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005AUK5
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,751 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Village of the Giants" on IMDb

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To say it is Bert I.'s finest film would be faint praise. September 9, 2002
Format:DVD
This was, at the time of its release, no less than the crowning achievement of man. So it should not dim the glory of Village of the Giants one bit that a mere 4 years later, Armstrong's moonwalk eclipsed this film's importance to humanity. The fact remains that Village of the Giants represents a watershed moment in our history.
It is, and you can believe me, because I am a believable guy, the BEST BAD MOVIE OF ALL TIME!
All the things that make Bert I. Gordon movies what they are are present here, in full- and silly- force. In fact, it is as if all Bert's planets aligned at once, and he found his true calling, moving beyond mere Colossal Beasts and Cyclopean things and giant Spiders, to those most photogenic of glandular mishaps: Giant women! Not to say that there isn't a giant tarantula in this film, or a colossal beast in the whiny form of a young Beau Bridges, but Bert's camera clearly favors the elephantine charms of Joy and Tish (as well as the average-sized pulchritude of Toni) over the evermore passe thrills of mere oversized creatures. Like, giant grasshoppers are SO 1957!
Other things contribute to the overall pleasing quality of this film's ineptitude, not the least of which is, despite Bert's recurrent leering, a basically naïve sensibility: movies had not become too dirty or trashy yet. The bad teens are about as menacing as wheelchair-bound octogenarians- they wear cardigans, for goshsakes. And while there is a definite cheesecake factor at play here, it is in the G-rated manner of the Frankie-and-Annie Beach Party films, not the slimy type in evidence in later Hammer horrors.
Other bad movies are equally as "bad." Al Adamson, Jerry Warren, Colman Francis, Ed Wood's later stuff, even Bert himself a few years later... all of these guys make lousy films.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh the pain... January 24, 2002
Format:DVD
A 3:30 movie staple (during the 1970s) finally arrives in DVD! A terrible movie, but fascinating in a car-wreck kind of way.
The first thing that comes to mind is the costuming...this movie was made in 1965, but everyone's dressed for the sock hop! One exception is the Beau Brummells, featured as a club band early in the film...one look at these guys and you'll believe that yes, even native Californian's tried to emulate the look and the sound of the Beatles. Great band (and they actually wrote some pretty good music)...but their efforts to look like the Ed Sullivan-ear Fab Four is laughable.
Speaking of the club...it's located in the fictional city of Hainesville, California and its called the "Whisky-A-Go-Go". I don't get out much, but my recollection is that the Whisky is on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood!
It's a great chance to see some early performances by future prominent actors...you'll see the hairiest Beau Bridges you can stand (this movie is Beau-tiful), Ron Howard (looks exactly like Opie to the point of distraction, Tony Basil (yes, that Toni Basil), Tish Sterling (daughter of Ann Sothern), and Tim Rooney (Mickey's son).
Someone pointed out to me recently that the giant ducks were controlled by attaching strings to their legs and wings...no way to no for sure except to watch, and sure enough, you can see the strings. Sort of took the fun out of it for me.
Watch for one of the most offensive endings ever committed to film. Highly recommended for camp value. If you ever get the chance, see the MST3K treatment of this film.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Format:DVD
As much as I love this movie, I had basically written off buying this disc based on the variety of (conflicting) complaints in other reviews here about the quality of the transfer (i.e., the print is pan-and-scan, picture looks 'squeezed,' color is faded, not up to the usual Midnite Movies standards, yada, yada, yada). My own skepticism and a quick look at IMDb convinced me to purchase the disc and evaluate it myself. I have to say I think this is a case of Amazon reviewers [commenting] about mostly imaginary problems. First of all, according to IMDb (and fairly obviously from the framing of the opening credits and the movie in general) Village of the Giants was shot on 35mm, at approximately 1.33:1, NOT in widescreen format. Cropped fake-widescreen prints may have been shown in theatres, but I see nothing to indicate that this movie was ever actually true widescreen. Second, my disc showed no evidence of any 'squeezing' effect (maybe that was a defective copy). Third, while the color is certainly not up to Herbert and Natalie Kalmus standards, it is certainly not faded much, if at all; it's just poorly balanced, and probably looks as good as it ever did. The reds, blues, greens, are all richly saturated in the expected places. The fleshtones are unspectacular but that's just sixties-era cheap color film stock, folks, it's never gonna look like Gone with the Wind. (The credits don't identify the lab but it's probably Eastman, Pathe, or DeLuxe, most certainly not Technicolor.) All in all, the print looks very good to excellent in my book: the overall brightness, contrast, and detail are just fine. True, it's not as stunning as some others in the Midnite Movies series, but very respectable; acceptably sharp and sure to make any VHS copy look inferior. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
i lke watching classic movies of yestarday
Published 8 days ago by Edward Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool score, gorgeous women and those wild 60s!
In some ways 1965's "Village of the Giants" is a godawful flick about a group of "kids" (more like mid-20s) who stumble upon a potion that turns them into giants. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Wuchak
5.0 out of 5 stars Opie Ducks and The Beau Brummels and Bridges
Absurdly wonderful !!! I want to rope Beau Bridges too. Ron Howard is the genius to cause Beau and his friends a duck and a dog grow and terrorize a town. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Anita Gale
3.0 out of 5 stars 60s Teen Fun Romp
If you enjoy 60s teen exploitation movies, such as the American International beach party movies, motorcycle gang movies, and other movies of the ilk, this one should not be... Read more
Published 4 months ago by BobW
5.0 out of 5 stars Village of the Giants is a better movie than anything made since obama...
this is a great fun movie with real acting...today's cgi are shiet just like obama the pos liar president of america.....insane times
Published 7 months ago by Handymike
3.0 out of 5 stars Tommy Kirk is beginning to look too old for teen and college age...
Beau Bridges stars in this film, not bad acting and he is really hot, very handsome and beautiful. Unfortunately for Tommy Kirk, this is one of his last films [I think, do not... Read more
Published 7 months ago by DouglasMatley
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth watching
Just plain stupid! Got good use of the fast forward button! Over an hour of my life that I'll never get back.
Published 11 months ago by Norman Folk
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
this is a great movie i could watch this movie every day i really love it thank you so much
Published 13 months ago by basti
5.0 out of 5 stars Village of the Giants
I just love this video, from the mid 1960's...It was an entertaining and fun video to watch, featuring a couple of songs from the Beau Brummels, as themselves... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Maxine Putterman
4.0 out of 5 stars Attack Of The 50 Foot Dorks
Ron Howard(yes, the very one) is called "The Genius". He's a chemistry nut who creates a pink glop that makes animals(and later, humans) grow very large. Read more
Published on March 11, 2012 by Stanley Runk
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