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Imagine my surprise, then, when I watched the two movies in this double feature (both are on a single DVD that appears to be pressed, not burned-to-order) in one sitting and enjoyed them both very much. Oh, there's no way anyone could call these "good" movies, not by any stretch of the imagination. But they're really not bad at all, given their limitations of budget, talent and special effects. These types of films tend to show up as blurry, washed-out, jerky, late-late-late-night offerings on obscure television channels, with 10 minutes of commercials for every four or five minutes of movie. The transfers of "The Crawling Hand" and "The Slime People" on this DVD are so crisp and sharp that the movies look better than they are. Kudos to VCI Entertainment for either finding excellent source material or for doing some good restoration. The plots aren't bad, either. Both movies are logically consistent based on their initial premises (the same can't be said for many modern films). The sound tracks are also fine. The dialogue is clear and precise, and the unobtrusive music doesn't drown out the actors' voices. Included on the DVD are two trailers and a 55-minute audio-only interview with actress Susan Hart by sci-fi film expert Tom Weaver that provides fascinating details and remembrances about making "The Slime People.Read more ›
THE CRAWLING HAND/SLIME PEOPLE
Here we have two very good transfers of 2 very guilty pleasures. Again VCI goes all the way with stuff one would not think deserving of the lavish release that this certainly is.
The highlight for me was the conversation with Roger Corman and `50s top guru of the genre, Tom Weaver. Tom has been interviewing people since forever, it seems, and he knows exactly how and what to ask his interviewee in order to get all the facts down for the history books. His conversation here with Susan Hart is a perfect example of a "Weaver-talk" that comes off absolutely cozy and informative.
Thank you VCI! I only wish that ALL vintage Horror-Sci Fi-Fantasy films could have the coverage that these two admittedly minor but schlockingly fun films are given here. There are a handful of commentators who are worth the purchase of a DVD no matter what film is contained therein. Mr. Weaver is right at the top of these select few. Please, VCI, keep this guy busy!
Also see Creepy Creature Double Feature Vol. 1 with THE MONSTER FROM THE OCEAN FLOOR and SERPENT ISLAND. The same excellence (and Mr. Weaver) is there also.
the sheriff. "The Bird's the Word" made great background music.
The creatures in The Slime People were good for a laugh. The love storylines were a little silly, but I enjoyed this movie.
If anything, "The Crawling Hand" is even sillier, and, to my taste, not as much fun as "The Slime People" because it's so talky. Good, but not great.
Good price and good print for both films. No nonsense entertainment.
This is a very good deal from the folks at VCI. Two films on one disc and they look fairly decent to boot. Lots of PD (public domain) copies of these flicks floating around and they look quite awful in comparison. Sadly, we are almost certain to NEVER see these films get frame-by-frame restoration along the lines of the recent Ben-Hur and The African Queen Blu-rays, even though I personally think they deserve it. ALL films should be as clean, sharp and clear-sounding as possible. Just because. Besides, many films might not have the bad reps they have today if quality copies existed to judge them by, instead of the murky, washed out, pan&scan, fluttery-sounding junk copies that clog dollar DVD bins around the country. Oh well. For the price you cannot go wrong. These are fun films. 4 STARS.
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Good old fashioned monster flicks. B movies for sure but I hadn't seen the Slime People since I was a kid.Published 10 months ago by poppad75
Both prints of the two movies are excellent. The sound quality in The Slime People is a great improvement over the old Rhino version. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dennis Matthews