Fifty three years ago I watched the Creature From The Black Lagoon for the first time on my 5th birthday. As a birthday present my dad would drag out his Bell and Howell projector and put in the reel of The Creature From The Black Lagoon film. Every birthday as my first present the family watched the picture. I watched it each birthday from age 5 to 17. Age 18 I went to college.The movie was great I enjoyed every minute of it. Sad to say I never watched it in 3D. Other reviewers have said the 3D version was great.
Two years ago I found the old projector in my parent's house after my parents had passed away but could not find the reel of The Creature From The Black Lagoon. I'm so glad that the old original TCFTBL was put on this Legacy collection DVD. It brings back so many happy memories of my family and I celebrating my birthdays with the Creature.
The Legacy DVD collection was great. This B/W DVD had great both visual and audio. I can't complain about anything! The acting, plot and directing were superb but the best INMO was the Creature. The full body rubber suit of the Creature was fantastic and super state of the art for early 1950s. Look at those horrible eyes, gills and clawed webbed hands and big feet! The Creature is seen effortlessly back swimming underwater looking up intently at the beautiful woman swimmer on the surface. You can see it is just iching to reach up and grab her. I pity the man inside the hot rubber suit on land in a hot/humid Florida day. The set was in Fl in the springs about 40 miles from where my family and I live today.
As a youngster I was always for the Creature and cheered when it got away out of the net and escaped in the Black Lagoon in the Amazon. Years later I realised this film was similar to King Kong as "beauty killed the beast". Both creatures were attracted to a beautiful woman and this led to their downfall. Like I said I have never seen TCFTBL in 3D. I can imagine the spear gun shots underwater at the Creature must have been great as well as the creature walking with his arms out right into the camera. Must have terrorized the little kids in the 50s (in a nice way).
Just shows everyone a great monster/horror movie can be made with NO 4 letter words, sex and nudity, disgusting graphic scenes like peoples heads getting sawed off like in some of today's horror movies. These graphic kinds of PG13 or worse ...horror/monster maybe OK for the older crowed ( I have no interest watching some cruelty like someones head getting cut off by a chainsaw or worse) but INMO NOT for a 5 year old. TCFTBL was the kind of movie you could let your 5 year old enjoy and the rest of the family would enjoy it too. The violence is directed to an inhuman horrible monster and visa versa...not human to human. I LOVED this movie on my birthdays age 5 -17. I weeped every time the creature got spear gunned and shot. I bawled my eyes out when the Creatures lifeless form drifts over the edge of the underwater cliff into deeper water.
Maybe someone can please verify this for me. The scene where the creature is holding the unconscious woman in its arms in the cavern passageway... was she truely unconscious? I heard from numerous people the actor playing the Creature bopped the woman's head accidentally on the side of the rocks and the director liked the authentic unconsciousness so much he kept the cameras rolling. True or false?...or is this just a myth.
I have never seen the Creature's Revenge or The Creature Walks Among Us. This DVD was great with these 2 bonus DVDs. Each was in B/W . The visual and audio were great. Great plots, acting and again the Creature stole the show. 3 cheers for the Creature. Again the Creature is attracted to good looking women and tries to capture them. I was so mad at the scientists trying to make the creature more human by making him use his lungs instead of his gills so they can have something to study for humankind going into outer space..Now it can't breath underwater and escapes and kills the mental wacko doctor that imprisons him. Again the Creature is attracted to a good looking woman. They even cloth the creature. I felt bad when the Creature kills the graduate student woman's German Shepard dog. The dog was only trying to protect the woman. Bad,bad Creature. All 3 movies as a collection INMO are in the top 5 monster/horror movies of all time and each movie is a 5 star movie!
There are bonus trailers of the movies as well as commentary and an original documentary Back to the Black Lagoon. This is a superb Legacy collection to pass down to your kids and their kids. Rated 5 stars plus.
WOW! It really is a combination Bluray 3D / Bluray disc! No crappy anaglyphs here! Beautiful picture and sound quality with perfect, beautiful black and white in three dimensions. As a prior user of a 1950's Realist 3-D slide camera I can safely say that 3D has never been better or easier than it is right now. Relish the moment...
I watched this before I watched the Shape of Water. A good science fiction movie. Not that creative though; I won't blow it for watchers but is very similar to another classic movie. I still enjoyed watching it and would recommend it.
I love old horror films and i've yet to watch this one. I'm glad I made this purchase and I recommend this film to fans of old horror movies. The first movie is a classic with awesome underwater camera work and a good score. I loved when he popped up out of nowhere but they seemed to use the same score everytime he pops up, even in the other two films.
Revenge of The Creature is a very good sequel. It shows a crew trying to capture the creature and it's just fun to watch.
Creature Walks Among Us is anther good sequel. While may not be considered a classic, it was still very enjoyable. This time the creature is captured and put in an amusement park setting.
All movie clock in around an hour twenty minutes, so you can watch all three within a reasonable amount of time. I highly recommend this set.
When I first saw this film as an eight year old at my brother's urging one dark night in 1954 I had no idea what I was going to see. For me it was a grand five star experience as I had never witnessed a 3D movie before. Technically, the 3D presentation was excellent as the LUXOR theater of the old Bronx had a very competent projectionist who must have taken great pains and some pride in his work. There were none of the usual 3D flaws or headaches, no parallax problems, and no blurring resulting in excellent alignment of the two images to form one 3D effect for the viewer. As much of the film was shot beneath the water these 3D images were all the more effective.
However, when I watch it now the only thing I can honestly say is that the Creature full body garment is the only thing that continues to fascinate me. Lost in the sands of time are the effective 3D presentation and of course the novelty and magic of that first time ever event.
The story is simple, and somewhat limited, but serves as a perfectly adequate background for this rare treat from Universal Studios. I can only rate the story 3 and 1/2 or perhaps 4 stars, but as an 8 year old would have rated it a 5 star film. If they could one day release it on some future HDTV format which includes the full 3D impact of my original screening I would love to own it at any price.
This particular box set includes the two sequels and very excellent technical documentaries on the making of Universal's Creature from the Black Lagoon.
I love this collection of The Creature From Black Lagoon. A fine set of three fun movies from the past and still hold up to good movie watching. I saw all three movie here at the movies as a kid in the 1950's at 25 cent and popcorn to eat on a Saturday afternoon with my friends. My favorite was always The Creature Of Black Lagoon and than Revenge Of The Creature. The Creature Walks Among Us kept me watching as a kid at the movies. The Legacy Collection (Creature From The Black Lagoon) just great fun.
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.