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Zaat (Blu-Ray + DVD Combo Pack)

3.9 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • 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.)
  • 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 (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006OT0TD4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,068 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Edward L Zimmerman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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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Sorry for the punny title summary. :-)

THE STORY: A disgraced scientist working in the everglades dreams of turning himself and the tasty female of his choice into hybrid catfish people so that they can rule the world. 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!

THOUGHTS: ZAAT (aka "The Bloodwaters of Dr. Z") is an dreadfully stupid movie, make no mistake about it. 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. It's also available as a release as one of the 'experiments' on Mystery Science Theater 3000, and it's even funnier when it's getting torn a new one. Either way, ZAAT is a helluva weird viewing experience.

THE BLU-RAY: The release of this oddball clunker on Blu-ray is cause for both great joy & great sadness. On one hand it's cause for euphoric celebration because bad movie lovers like myself would never have believed in our wildest dreams that we'd EVER see this misfit motion picture receive a legit release. There are some nice bonus features as well. One the other hand, this Blu-ray is cause for heart-breaking misery because Cultra, the company that produced this release, utilized DNR (digital noise reduction) to make the transfer look cleaner, which isn't unusual. The problem is that they went waaay overboard when they selected the amount of reduction to use.
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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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By erasure242 on April 20, 2012
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I was excited that Zaat finally made it to DVD... but I was totally blown away with the fact that it was a Blu-Ray DVD Combo.... Zaat in 1080p... Fans of cheesy low budget flicks will love Zaat... It is a throwback to the days of 1950's drive-in monster movies... Filmed in Jacksonville Florida, this movie has it all... Fans of MST3K will also know this as "Blood Waters of Doctor Z"... Great Blu-ray features and excellent picture. The only complain is the commentary... It sounds like they recorded it in a windstorm on a cassette tape. Otherwise this Blu-ray/DVD combo is awesome for any cheese lover...
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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.
In the morgue scene the corpse breathes. Boom mics appear in various scenes. Apparently the production had a film editor, but nobody knows why. Pointless and downright silly narrative monologue at the beginning with bad folk music in the background. Crew shadows everywhere. Monster standing around waiting for cue. Hanna Barbara cartoon like sound effects. A monster that wears a Phillis Diller feather boa. NOBODY in the film can act. Miles of "stock footage" that sticks out like a goiter on a prom queen. One of the best scenes in the movie is when the monster is in the lab freaking out and tearing the place apart. He "acts" like a 3 year old birthday boy after somebody flicks a booger on his cake.

This movie has been described as;
* Deplorable
* Horrible
* Crap

And, it's HILARIOUS! An all time classic!

If you're a fan of bad (and I mean really bad) movies, you're going to love this! The HD 1080p transfer isn't like James Cameron going back with his touch as he did to Titanic. This transfer shows a little wear...and it actually enhances the retro experience. There's a restoration featurette on the Blu-ray that shows the sharpening, color correction and digital noise reduction they used and it's pretty impressive. This Blu-Ray version is guaranteed to be the best treatment you'll ever see given to this film and it looks pretty darn good, even on a projector screen.

Everybody knows the phrase "B Movie". Well, this is a Z Movie. And the Z is for, ZAAT!
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