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Zaat (Blu-Ray + DVD Combo Pack) (1971)

Paul Galloway , Marshall Grauer , Don Barton  |  NR |  Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Galloway, Marshall Grauer, Wade Popwell
  • Directors: Don Barton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dolby, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Cultra
  • DVD Release Date: February 21, 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006OT0TD4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,163 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Brace yourself for one of the craziest, silliest, notorious (and most sought-after) underground monster movies of the 1970s. Something s fishy in the tiny Cypress Grove after a disgruntled ex-Nazi scientist emerges from his makeshift lab on the outskirts of town as a half-human, half-catfish monster and begins polluting the local waterways, creating a scary breed of amphibious mutants. The locals put a desperate call out to the Inter-Nations Phenomena Investigations Team (INPIT), whose special agents show up in a groovy RV, equipped with a six-wheeled dune buggy-like Amphicat. But will it be enough to handle the deranged creature and his army of deadly catfish? This late-night/drive-in classic sprang to life when a crew of industrial filmmakers at Barton Films in Florida decided to try their hand at producing a feature film. The decision to make a creature feature came when owner Don Barton concluded that this was the kind of film that could be produced on a tight budget and still get booked into theaters. Writers Ron Kivitt and Lee Larew came up with the kooky sci-fi/horror plot after reading an article in a wildlife magazine that warned of the environmental threat posed by a breed of walking catfish. A tragic end befell the film, however, when the distributor went bankrupt on the eve of its nationwide release. This left creature film fans scouring the underground for decades in search of rare bootleg copies (which by now existed under myriad titles, including <ital.>Blood Waters of Dr. Z.<ital.>, <ital.>Attack of the Swamp Creatures<ital.>, <ital.>Hydra<ital.> and <ital.>Legend of the Zaat Monster<ital.>). This DVD represents ten years of work in bringing movie fans the ultimate collector s edition of this lost classic. Bonus features include: Original Movie Art Postcard, Origina 35mm Trailer, Before & After Restoration Demo, TV Spots & Outtake Footage, Radio Interview, Photo Gallery, Audio Commentary, and Spanish Subtitles.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Part Man ... Part Fish ... All ZAAT! March 19, 2012
Monster movies have a formula, and I'm not talking about the one that changes the man into the beast. (Rim/shot) Often times, there's an evil scientist: check. Often times, the scientist has been shunned by his fellow nerds: check. Often times, the scientist's driving angst forces him to turn into the monster: check. Often times, the monster falls head-over-heels with some comely female decked out in panties and a bathrobe: check, check. (Rim/shot) Often times, the scientist becomes obsessed with turning this lass into a monstery female as his mate, his own little ZaatGirl to his ZaatMan: check. Now, all you have to do is throw all of these elements into the cinema blender, mash it up real well, throw in a heavy dose of diabolical rhetoric, blinking science equipment, and some heavy-handed acting ... and you have ZAAT, the baddest of the bad monster movie ever made on the big bad Earth!

As for the story ...

Disillusioned ex-Nazi scientist Kurt Leopold (played with grim stoicism by a skinny and pasty Marshall Grauer) disappears into a run-down lab in rural Florida. (Wait a minute, you say: what's an ex-Nazi doing with an abandoned lab in rural Florida, of all places? Don't ask, I say!) He's convinced that the way he can rule the world is to become part-fish. (Wait a minute, you say: what in the Sam Hill was this ex-Nazi thinking in order to jump to this conclusion? Don't ask, I say!) But can the motley crew of a young black biologist (Gerald Cruse), a redneck sheriff (Paul Galloway), and two sexy government agents for the Inter-Nations Phenomenon Investigations Team (Dave Dickerson and the stunning Sanna Ringhaver) pool their strokes of genius before the world's forever flushed up a creek without a paddle? Only time will tell ...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What the heck is Zaat??? January 19, 2014
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Sorry for the punny title summary. :-)

ZAAT (aka "The Bloodwaters of Dr. Z") is an dreadfully stupid movie, make no mistake about it folks! Luckily, it's one of those that's so bad it's good. You have to wonder just what these folks were thinking (or smoking) when they dreamed this mess up. The "plot" concerns a disgraced scientist working in the everglades who dreams of turning himself and the tasty female of his choice into hybrid catfish people so that they can rule the world. (Honest!) He also plans to turn everyone else into mutant catfish people so that we can all live together in aquatic harmony. (No word on whether Catfish Hunter thought this was a good idea or not.) A scientific investigation agency sends in a trio of good guy scientist types, (picture a mix of X-files, Scooby-Doo and The G.I. Joe Adventure Team), to get to the bottom of the dastardly goings-on before it's *GASP!* too late!

The release of this oddball clunker on Blu-ray is cause for both great joy and great sadness. On one hand it's cause for euphoric celebration because bad movie lovers like myself would never have believed in even our wildest dreams that we would EVER see this bizarre motion picture get a legit home release. Doubly delightful to see that it got the Blu-ray treatment to boot! There are some neat extras on the disc and the packaging is pretty sweet, too. However, this Blu-ray is also cause for heart-breaking misery because Cultra, the company that produced this Blu-ray edition, chose to utilize a DNR (digital noise reduction) filter to make the transfer look cleaner, which isn't all that unusual. They problem is that they went waaay overboard when they filtered the source material to master this movie; everything has a slick sheen to it that wasn't there originally.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Hell, Man, I Ain't No Scientist!"... April 1, 2013
The eeevil Dr. Leopold turns himself into a walking-catfish-man(!!), and goes on a murderous rampage. In his quest for world domination, he captures a hippie chick, tries to turn her into his mate, and kills her instead. More murders ensue, as Leopold is hell-bent on wiping out humanity and creating a race of his own kind. Meanwhile, a hick sheriff and his assistant are on the doctor's trail. ZAAT (aka: BLOOD WATERS OF DR. Z) is about as brain-cell-obliterating as a movie can get. If you value your IQ level, then you might want to hold off on subjecting your grey matter to this baby! Start out w/ something harmless, like ATTACK OF THE GIANT LEECHES or HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP. Then, move on to TRACK OF THE MOONBEAST or OCTAMAN. After this preparation, ZAAT should only cause minor brain cancer. Please, proceed w/ extreme caution!...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Zaat January 31, 2013
What horrifying creature will be unleashed when Nazi scientist Dr. Kurt Leopold injects himself with his own sinister serum, ZAAT? Half man, half catfish, ALL TERROR! The mad mutant monster sets off into the Everglades to spread his pollution with the intent of taking over not just all of Southern Florida, but the entire universe!! What is ZAAT, exactly? A mind-blowingly absurd and absolutely horrendous creature-feature that throws back to the "Do It Yourself" Horror films of Roger Corman. After seeing ZAAT, one would welcome the CREATURE FROM THE HAUNTED SEA any day, as Dr. Leopold's mutant form look more like a cross-breed between a baboon and a mossy green turd than a catfish. The film is a failure on all fronts, and it would be completely unwatchable were it not for the fact that the audience becomes glued to the screen, wondering where the hell the plot could possibly go next? At one point, the monster attempts to take a mate (with deadly results), and later, the town sheriff punishes us by making us listen to a full fifteen-minutes of terrible folk singing before locking the group up for their own protection. Despite the film's recent rediscovery and remastering, ZAAT is sure to fall right back into obscurity where it belongs, far away from the young, impressionable minds that might mistake this for Horror.

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
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5.0 out of 5 stars Filmed in the first tourist city in the State of Florida!!!
A classic made in my home town of Green Cove Springs that my Grandfather had a bit part in.
Published 2 months ago by 1NRA
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Corny low budget stupid story line ... In other words great flick
Published 2 months ago by Scott Ray Pierson
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! The Mona Lisa of bad movies comes to Blu Ray.
In one wide shot of the creature returning to the lab, he's wearing tennis shoes. Woops!
But it doesn't stop there my friends. Nooooooo. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Artanis Regnis
3.0 out of 5 stars A really crap movie.
If you really want to see this tripe?get Blood waters of Dr.Z.its the same movie.Zaat is the name of the formula he uses. Read more
Published 7 months ago by J.R.Love
5.0 out of 5 stars Zaat DVD
Excellent picture and sound quality. Loved this movie. Very glad it came out on video. If you like those cheaply made monster movies of long ago, add this one to your list.
Published 13 months ago by Kenneth K.
2.0 out of 5 stars This was kind of crappy
The product itself is okay, but damn this movie is boring and so slow I just fell asleep on it. The droning voice of the narrator can put anybody to bed. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Andre
5.0 out of 5 stars A "so bad it's good" cult classic
Is this movie silly??? Yes it is. But that's the whole point. People that run this movie down,just don't get,that this is not supposed to be taken seriously. Read more
Published 19 months ago by SideshowBob
1.0 out of 5 stars Another piece of crap
Cult movie yeah right this is a failed attempt to make a new monster movie in the 70s. Pass this title by...
Published 21 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!
What a fantastically horrible movie! Available previously only in the MST2k edition; whose intervention I despise. The restoration is great and the blu-ray is stunning. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Tim
1.0 out of 5 stars I can't imagine watching this movie without the MST3K riffing!
As others have stated here, this laughably bad movie is also known as "The Blood Waters of Dr. Z" - It was featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000 in it's final season and it was... Read more
Published on May 2, 2012 by Ivan Closhnovitz XVIII
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