Robot Monster, a review by addicted2dvd
Starring George Nader, Claudia Barrett, Selena Royle, John Mylong, Gregory Moffett, Pamela Paulson, George Barrows. Screenplay by Wyatt Ordung. Special effects by Jack Robin and David Commons. Music by Emma Bernstein. Produced by Al Zimbalist. Co-produced and Directed by Phil Tucker.
Ro-Man, a sex-starved robot monster (dressed in a gorilla suit and diving helmet) has destroyed all of humanity with the exception of a small band of survivors. It's up to these last brave souls to repopulate the human race and destroy the mighty Ro-Man and his commander, The Great Guidance.
If Ed Wood's PLAN NINE FROM OUTER SPACE speaks to you, Phil Tucker's Golden Turkey Award-winning film will scream. Scored by the legendary Acadamy Award winning composer Elmer Bernstein (maybe his finest score other then CAT-WOMEN OF THE MOON) and photographed on-location at scenic Bronson Canyon, ROBOT MONSTER leaves it's residue in the Hollywood Hall of Fame. Exciting 2-Dimensions. No special glasses needed!
OK... first let me say I did not pay much at all for this movie... if it cost anything much I would have left it sitting right there. But all I paid was a measly 10¢... That's right... just one thin dime. going by the cover I would not of spent more then a dollar for this disc... and then I think I would of had to think about it. Looking at this one's cover I saw Low budget and cheesy. And I was not wrong about it... but all the same the storyline was a bit enjoyable... far from what I would call a favorite... and no more then a fair movie... but it is one of those ones that you can enjoy making fun of when watching with a group of people. So that right there gives it some value. And with the price I paid I certainly can't complain. Watching this movie actually makes me want to throw a movie watching party just so we can sit there and laugh at this movie before watching the real movies.
(From Weekend Movie Marathon: Unwatched DVD Collection on April 20th, 2008)
The Wreck of the Mary Deare, a review by Rick
The Wreck of the Mary Deare
The freighter Mary Deare is adrift in stormy seas. Her bulkhead is leaking, her captain is dead and the crew has abandoned ship – all except for one man. That man is exhausted first officer Gideon Patch, who has taken command. Appearances indicate he's a madman. But Patch isn't a man who relies on appearances.
The Wreck of Mary Deare is part seafaring adventure, part mystery, part courtroom drama and, with screen titans Gary Cooper and Charlton Heston onboard, all heroic. Michael Anderson (Around the World in 80 Days, Logan's Run) directs from a screenplay by famed spy novelist Eric Ambler. And Richard Harris, in his first year of film acting, gives notice of his talent with an intense portrayal of a seaman who may be part of a duplicitous agenda. We're in treacherous (and exciting) waters – all ahead, full steam!
An OK movie. The story was a bit screwy I thought. It’s almost like they added bits to it just to try to make it more suspenseful, even though they weren’t needed. Some of the scenes with the original captain’s daughter fell into this category. They also left some plot lines untouched, like when Heston found Cooper coming out of the coal bin.
Most of the scenes had both Gary Cooper and Charlton Heston in them, which I likes. It seems these days when movies have multiple big name stars in them they are hardly on screen at the same time (Ocean’s 11 type movies excluded of course). The one thing that really seemed to jump off the screen at me was how much better of an actor Cooper was compared to Heston. Cooper stole every scene I thought. His body language, facial expressions, even the tonality and pitch of his voice, all were perfect for the scene at the time. Heston’s performance seemd flat in comparison.
If I were to watch it again it would be to focus even more on the acting, but I don't see that happening anytime soon
(From DCO third annual November Alphabet Marathon - discussion/review/banter thread on November 10th, 2009)
Sliders Marathon, a review by addicted2dvd
Season 4: Disc 4
15. NET WORTH
Virtual reality takes on new meaning when the Sliders are split up on a world addicted to an internet-addicted world and get caught up in a dangerous romance between an Online girl and and Offliner.
This is a pretty good... but standard episode. Felt mostly like a filler episode to me.
16. SLIDE BY WIRE
Maggie's double seizes an opportunity to go to a different world with the unknowing Sliders, while the real Maggie is left behind in a brutal military experiment.
This is a very good episode. I liked how they went from a technologically advanced world to where one where technology is forbidden. I also liked how they took the wrong Maggie with them and had to go back for her. Something they couldn't have done in the earlier seasons.
17. DATA WORLD
The Sliders check in to a glamorous hotel with strict rules of decorum, but once the idyllic retreat has "scanned" them, they find themselves encrypted in a computer program they can't escape.
This is a good episode... played more for fun. Because of that it had quite a bit of Comedy in it. I especially liked the fighting scene.
18. WAY OUT WEST
The spirit of the West is alive and kicking when the Sliders land in an Old West town and face a showdown with their old nemesis, Mr. K.
This is a good episode. This is one I actually enjoyed quite a bit... and it does have a Kromagg in it. This one you are back in the Old West once again. It is also one of the very few (I can't even remember another one) where at the end of the episode we don't see them slide to the next world.
(From Sliders Marathon on December 12th, 2009)