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The Incredible Melting Man [Blu-ray]

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Product Description

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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • 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 (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00C7E3EDW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,990 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Incredible Melting Man [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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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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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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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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You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll laugh so hard that you'll cry. I seriously doubt that director William Sachs (HITZ - 1988) had this in mind when he was making this so-bad-it's-good horror film whose only redeeming values are the gruesome effects by Rick Baker. When astronaut Steve West (Alex Rebar, who would later write and executive produce DEMENTED and executive produce TERROR ON TOUR - both 1980) is contaminated while viewing the Sun through Saturn's rings during Scorpio 5's mission, he is the only one to come home alive. Unfortunately he is slowly melting and needs human blood and skin to stay alive. He tears off half the face of the attending nurse while escaping into the woods. He then tears the head off a fisherman (we see his head floating down the river, eventually dropping down a waterfall and splitting wide open in slow motion). Dr. Ted Nelson (Burr DeBenning), an old friend of Steve's, is sent out to look for him with a geiger counter (since Steve is, of course, radioactive), all on the hush-hush since the Government doesn't want to scare the populace. Ted walks around the woods yelling: "Steve! It's Ted Nelson! I've come to help you!", before finding Steve's ear lying on the ground. (I guess Steve couldn't hear him!) A bunch of smoking youngsters and a horny elderly couple are the next to run into Steve. Fortunately, the kids escape Steve but the elderly couple are not so lucky. There's also a rather nasty electrocution. The film is so chock full of absurd situations that MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 did a great job of poking fun of it in their 7th season. It's one of their best episodes that has yet to reach the market. The best part has to be Ted yelling at two security guards: "I'm Ted Nelson! I'm Ted Nelson!" before one of the guards puts a bullet in his head.Read more ›
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Format: DVD
Clearly, this campy outing ranks with "Night of the Lepus" and "X-The Man with the X-Ray Eyes", but you can't help the emotional attachment that underscores a story rich in special effects...the songs "I Fall to Pieces" and "Stuck on You" come to mind. "The Incredible Melting Man" derives its energy from the hapless victim of a space flight gone horribly wrong - Alex Rebar in his singular most notable (and only) acting stint, plays Steve, one of three astronauts who fly by the rings of Saturn - Steve announces his exhilaration at how the sun looks through those rings (his last transmission)... Now, being treated at an earth-based hospital - his two companion astronauts having succumbed to a deadly space disease - Steve literally comes apart...losing body weight the old fashioned way...a piece or two at a time. Not for the squeamish - you will laugh, you will cry - you will see a man literally dissolve in a gooey mass that reminds you of the last time you left your Three Musketeers bar outside in the hot car...you can't look away! This movie follows the themes of "The Quatermass Experiment (The Creeping Unknown)" and "The First Man into Space". Rick Baker provides stunning special effects...I remember making a large pot of chocolate oatmeal, peanut butter drop cookies shortly after seeing this movie and marveling at the gooey, sticky batch - sweet!
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