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Alex Whittaker,played by Paul Le Mat(Melvin and Howard, The Burning Bed), and three other gifted psychics are investigating rumors that the secret of life has been discovered by master puppeteer Andre Toulon, played by William Hickey(Prizziâs Honor, The Name of the Game). But the psychics quickly discover Toulonâs secret of death in the form of five killer puppets-each one uniquely qualified for murder and mayhem. Tunneler has a nasty habit of boring holes in people with his drill bit head. Ms. Leech regurgitates killer leaches that suck her victims dry. Pinhead strangles his enemies with his powerful vice-like hands. Blade has a gleaming hook for one hand and a razor- sharp knife for the other. And Jester, the ruthless brains of the bunch, is absolutely merciless. Together, they are an army of skilled assassins, diabolically programmed to guard the deadly secrets of the PUPPET MASTER. Special effects wizard, David Allen(Willow, Batteries Not Included), brings Toulonâs killer puppets magically to life with the incredible flair that earned him an Academy Award Nomination for his work on Young Sherlock Holmes.

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Product Details

  • Actors: William Hickey, Irene Miracle, Paul Le Mat
  • Directors: David Schmoeller
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Full Moon Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003L4Y5BM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,818 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Puppet Master" on IMDb

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A marionette maker dies, but his puppets don't... and they have a vengeful, murderous dark side. This is a classic low budget horror movie that works well. Watch it in 2D here or elsewhere (ASIN: B000A8OJOK ), or get the full series boxed set (ASIN: B000FNYXYQ ).

This (2D version) is the first movie in the Full Moon series of Puppet Master films. (No relation to a Donald Sutherland movie by a similar name.) This movie was good enough to launch a long series of sequels, and is a clever premise.

Included is what is advertised as a 3D version -- don't believe it. Most of it looks like a flat image that was just pushed back in depth slightly, but is still flat. Then there's inside-out, broken, eye-strain / nausea inducing imagery that doesn't conform to any definition of 3D that I'd use. The DVD author simply offsets the video by one or two frames in one eye, and on rare occasion (less than 2 percent of the movie, apparently) this produces something that looks somewhat like 3D. The other 98 percent of the time, it just looks like unwatchable poop.

The original filmmakers did not do this 3D conversion. It does not even look like an earnest attempt.

This is a +4 star horror movie, with a -2 star fake-3D assault to the eyes. Hence the 2 star rating.

If you haven't seen Puppet Master and like low budget horror movies (I do), then this DVD is probably worth purchasing (for the 2D version). -- If you like 3D (I do) or think the 3D might be a fun extra, then this is probably NOT the DVD for you, since the 3D is extremely un-3D and a complete waste of money. Saying that this is bad fake 3D, would be a gross understatement.
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Apparently someone out there had the good sense to re-release the box set of the brilliant Full Moon series "Puppetmaster". Fans of the series will recall the previous ill luck that befell the original release back in 2000 when they had to recall the sets due to licensing issues with the now defunct Pioneer. (According to rumor, Full Moon had not gotten approval from Pioneer to sell the series on DVD.)

The box set is comprised of the first seven films in the series, from the first wonderful Puppetmaster to the inferior sequels that came after it. I have to admit- I really didn't like the later movies nearly as much as I did the first three. They have their "charm", I suppose, but overall they're just a little too cheesy for my tastes. There is also an additional disc in the boxset, a collection of trailers for the films. I have to admit that as far as extras go, I was a little underwhelmed. It's been about 20 years since the first film was released- wasn't there anything else they could put in there?

Now for what the series is about. Since Amazon has no description of the actual series, I'm going to give a brief outline of the series. Killer puppets that frequently end up in the hands of the wrong people. Ok, so maybe it's a bit more complex than that, but the beauty of the series lies in how the series' creators were able to take a simple idea & turn it into one of what is arguably one of the most infamous series in horror. Forget Jason & Freddy. If you haven't seen this series or at least the first movie, you can't call yourself a true horror movie buff.
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The movie that started it all with killer dolls and it is an amazing movie for horror fans to add to their collections. This movie is fantastic in everyway. The acting is 80s cheese of course and the plot is so over-the-top but I love it. Of course the major selling point of this movie is the killer dolls and they are so awesome looking. The stop motion effects in this are top notch and look fantastic still to this day. The pacing can be a little slow at times and I wish they would show the dolls more causing mayhem but it's a small complaint. Amazing horror film all the way. Also the Blu-ray transfer is fantastic. Looks great and sounds great.
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Do we really have to get infinite details on the 3D or production qualities of this film? The truth is, it works emotionally because Toulon, in this movie, cares about his puppets, and they strike back in a world that frankly doesn't care about much of anything. When the skeleton puppet is rushing through the hotel to warn his master that he is in danger -- that's loyalty. And it works for the story line. Movies aren't about production values, folks, they're about a story, unless you are a nitpicky little creep.
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This is the first of the Puppet Master movies, and the best. The video quality is decent, but their are some really weird production issues in this release. First, the menu is in Italian. Hmmm. Second, whoever (OK then...whom ever), handled the sound editing must have been asleep at the wheel. Often, the background sound was louder than the foreground sound. For example, while the actors are exchanging dialog indoors, we hear the ocean--louder-- in the supposed background. Still, the movie is a minor little classic and, I suppose, a must for a horror movie collection.
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The names Puppet Master and Charles Band are virtually synonymous. This, the flagship film of Full Moon Productions (or whatever Full Moon name it’s going by now), has become a cult favorite and pretty much a must-see film for anyone calling himself/herself a true horror fan. Since its release in 1989, it has inspired nothing less than nine sequels (and counting). Charles Band has made some pretty lousy movies over the years, but Puppet Master quickly dispels any lowered expectations of being nothing more than a cheap and cheesy little horror film. The puppet special effects are quite natural, the acting is surprisingly good, and I think the film retains a healthy sense of uncertainty about the nature of the deadly puppets on display here.

It all starts in 1939, with Andre Toulon and his puppets holed up in a room in a Bodega Bay, California hotel. Having discovered the secret of eternal life in some Egyptian artifact, Toulon has used that knowledge to animate a small group of handmade puppets. These include a Jester whose head consists of three different parts that can spin around to produce the most dramatic of facial expressions; Blade, whose blade and hook appendages make him ideal for dangerous spy missions; Pinhead, a bulky he-puppet with a diminutive head; Tunneler, with a drill-like head; and Leech Woman, who specializes in vomiting up killer leeches. Just before a pair of Nazis arrive to snatch him and his secret knowledge, Toulon manages to hide the puppets inside a wall and then makes sure that his enemies will get nothing out of him when they arrive.
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