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Creature From the Black Lagoon

4.6 out of 5 stars 508 customer reviews


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Editorial Reviews

Scientists drug and capture the creature, who becomes enamored with the head scientist's female assistant (Julie Adams). The lonely creature, "a living amphibious missing link," escapes and kidnaps the object of his affection. Chief scientist (Richard Carlson) then launches a crusade to rescue his assistant ans cast the ominous creature back to the depths from where he came. Well-acted and directed, and with Bud Westmore's brilliantly designed monster, Creature From The Black Lagoon remains an enduring tribute to the imaginative genius of its Hollywood creators.

Special Features

  • Back to The Black Lagoon
  • Feature Commentary with Film Historian Tom Weaver
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Cast and Filmmakers
  • Production Notes
  • Recommendations

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno, Nestor Paiva
    • Directors: Jack Arnold
    • Writers: Harry Essex, Arthur Ross
    • Producers: William Alland
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
    • Subtitles: 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: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: August 29, 2000
    • Run Time: 80 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (508 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: 0783240953
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,813 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Creature From the Black Lagoon" on IMDb

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    By Michael R Gates VINE VOICE on November 7, 2001
    Format: DVD
    Though it features the weakest of the classic Universal monsters, THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON is still a first-rate horror film. Two decades before Steven Spielberg's JAWS made us fearful about swimming too far beyond the beach, this classic movie made us believe that something weird and evil could be lurking below the water's surface.
    The story revolves around a scientific expedition in the Amazon jungle. Spurred by the recent discovery of a strange fossil, the scientists hope to find evidence of what may be the "missing link" between humans and the first of our ancestors to have crawled up out of the sea. Then, while collecting rocks and fossils from the bottom of a sequestered little lagoon, they unwittingly intrude upon the lair of the titular creature, a fish-like humanoid--or "gillman"--who just might be a living example of the fossils they seek.
    Unlike the other rubber-suit monsters in B-grade horror flicks from the 1950s, the eponymous monster in this film does actually look real and frightening. Especially scary are the close-up shots of the creature when he is out of the water. Gasping for air, his mouth opens and closes in short spasms as the fins on his gills gesticulate in a parallel rhythm, and he quite convincingly comes across as a giant mutant fish with nothing but most malevolent of intentions.
    Even in black-and-white, the underwater photography in THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON is absolutely beautiful, and it is often cited as one of the best aspects of the film. Much of this underwater footage was shot in protected nature reserves in Florida, and though it was not directed by the film's primary director, Jack Arnold, it fits in seamlessly with Arnold's top-notch above-water directing style.
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    "Creature From The Black Lagoon" would have to go down as one of the classic titles of the 1950's horror/Sci Fi genre. Too often dismissed as drive-in fodder, this film is a real classic and is a film which grows more on me with each screening. Indeed I find more to like about this production all the time. It's enduring popularity is a great testimony to its excellent production values, good acting, intelligent storyline, and the real claustrophobic atmosphere it engenders.
    "Creature" also boosts one of the most memorable of Universal's great gallery of classic monsters in the form of the Gillman superbly realised by the genius of designer Bud Westmore. Coming quite late in the long tradition of Universal monsters the Gillman is right up there with such memorable creations as Dracula, Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein and The Wolfman. He was to return to the screen in two sequels "Revenge Of The Creature" and "The Creature Walks Among Us" however it is for this original effort that he is justly remembered. The story in reality is a simple one. A rare find of a clawed hand that has no relationship with any known link in evolution is unearthed during an excavation in the Amazon jungle. The possibilty of a sensational find prompts a group of scientists to set out on a expedition to find the rest of its body only to discover themselves having to deal with a live ancestor of this fossil in the form of a strange underwater Gillmam. Much to their distress they find themselves trapped in the eerie and mysterious Black Lagoon having to literally fight for their lives against this creature who is not only aggressive towards those that disturb his Amazion shelter but begins killing off the expedition team one by one.
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    By A Customer on October 4, 2000
    Format: DVD
    They don't get any better than this: my favorite film "monster." The last word is quoted because like the other great "monsters" (The Phantom of the Opera, The Wolf Man, The Mummy, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, the Frankenstein monster, King Kong), they are really sympathetic, misunderstood beings. In "Creature" and the 2 excellent sequels, we increasingly feel for the Creature, who longs to love, but only gets intruded upon, burned, harpooned, caged, probed, shocked, vivisected, shot at, all in the name of science. It's a trilogy that improves with age, with the beautifully designed 'Creature' costume a landmark. Julie Adams and Richard Carlson play sympathetic scientists (she asks "will he live?" after the Creature is drugged and banged on, he stops the men from continually shooting the Creature at climax), while Richard Denning is cast as a "big-game hunter" type who ultimately gets his. The famous underwater scene with the exquisite, dark-haired, beauteous Adams in a stunning one-piece white bathing suit swimming on top of the water while the Creature (Ricou Browning) below mirrors her movements is poetry. On land the Creature is less graceful, masterfully mimed by Ben Chapman. Picture quality is fine, and the disc features great commentary by Tom Weaver, and a superb 40-minute documentary, featuring scholars, and Adams, Chapman, Browning, Lori Nelson ("Revenge of the Creature") discussing the films. A top-notch package.
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    Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
    I chose to give the full five stars first because I love the old 3D movies, and second because this Blu-Ray edition is the first one I've watched that actually came closest to the 3D experience of watching it in the movies. Congratulations to all concerned on finally processing one of these 3D for HDTV movies right. Hope they start using this process for all the old classic 3D movies.
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