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Creature From The Black Lagoon [DVD]


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  • Actors: Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno, Nestor Paiva
  • Directors: Jack Arnold
  • Writers: William Alland, Arthur A. Ross, Harry Essex, Maurice Zimm
  • Producers: William Alland
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Arabic, Czech
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Oct 2002
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006RHUZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,987 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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An expedition exploring the Amazon River discover a 'Gill Man' - half man and half amphibian. Thought by the team to be the missing link in human evolution, the creature is captured and kept under observation. While in captivity it falls in love with the chief scientist's (Richard Carlson) female assistant (Julie Adams), and kidnaps her before making its escape. Followed by two sequels, 'Revenge of the Creature' (1955) and 'The Creature Walks Among Us' (1956).

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Jack Arnold's horror classic The Creature from the Black Lagoon spawned not one but two iconic images: the web-footed humanoid gill-man with a hankering for women and the leggy, luscious Julia Adams, the object of his desire, swimming the lagoon in a luminous white bathing suit. Not since King Kong has the "beauty and the beast" theme been portrayed in such sexually charged (though chaste) terms. Arnold turns an effectively B-movie plot--a small expedition up a remote Amazon river captures a prehistoric amphibian man, who escapes to wreak havoc on the team and kidnap his bathing beauty--into a moody, stylish, low-budget feature. The jungle exteriors turn from exotic to treacherous when the creature blocks their passage and strands them in the wilds. Much of the film is shot underwater, where the murky dark is animated by shimmering shards of sunlight, creating images both lovely and alien (the studio-built sets of the creature's underground lair are far less naturalistic, but serve their purpose). As with most of Arnold's '50s genre films, he's saddled with a less than magnetic leading man (in this case the colorless but stalwart Richard Carlson) and a conventional script, but he overcomes such limitations by creating a vivid and sympathetic monster (helped immeasurably by a marvelous suit of scales and fins) and establishing a mood thick with atmosphere. The film was originally shot in 3-D. --Sean Axmaker

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By IM35461 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Oct 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This film was made in 3D and the quality of the 3D effect and the picture is pretty impressive.

The film is on the BD in both 3D and 2D should you not have 3D hardware.

Extras on the disc are not bad but are from the last release which seems to have been 10 years ago.

Well done Universal.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Roy Carnell on 6 Oct 2012
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At last a good quality 3D release of this classic monster movie from the fifties. If any film was crying out for a 3D release this was the one. The creature makeup/costume, the jungle setting and the underwater camera work are all enhanced when you see the film in 3D. I hope this release is a great success for Universal and that it encourages them to release 'It Came From Outer Space' and perhaps 'Revenge of the Creature'in Blu-Ray 3D.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JFab on 3 Nov 2012
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When I first ordered it I thought,sure they really remastered it and it will look fabulous. Well, what is that song, "Memories"? This is nothing short of outstanding. I remember seeing the original with the old glasses and the OK effects on the screen. This is without a doubt the best. 3D literally jumps of the screen and the effects are old school so they are well planned as to where they appear. The clarity of the motion picture is as noted before outstanding. I hope they bring back more of them and other studios will follow Universals lead. If you are an old movie buff like I am and enjoy excellent 3D and great sound then put on your scuba gear turn on the player and 3d TV and crank up the sound and oh yea, turn off the lights and be prepared to be immersed into another world that time may have forgotten.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Paddy O'Shea on 26 Dec 2002
Format: DVD
The Creature from the Black Lagoon is probably one of the most iconic monsters to have lurched from the Universal studios in the last 50 or so years. Recognisable by any film fan, this is a great disk. The film itself was originally a 1950's 3D shocker, concerning an ill fated trip to the titluar lagoon by a bunch of scientists chasing up a strange fossil of a fish/man hibrid. On arrival, finding that their camp is trashed they run into the creature who takes quite a fancy to Julia Adams.
Tame by todays effects standards, the film still commands attention and the special effects and underwater photography were groundbreaking in it's day. The film itself is a good copy and the sound, including the famous theme tune played everytime (literally!) the creature appears, comes across well on the disk.
The disk also features a specially made feature about the making of the film with contributions from surviving cast and crew. There is also a feature length commentary which, while informative and with several dry annecdotes about various people involved in making it, is at times rushed. As the film is only about 80 minutes long however, it is understandable.
This is part of a series of disks released by Universal featuring all their classic beasties and is well worth the money.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Gae on 8 Oct 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
After buying the Blu-ray 3D on Amazon, I posted this review on my blog recently ...

The movie is finally out on Blu-ray 3D and it looks fantastic. The parallax in this one is huge...just look at the separation between the background jungle trees as seen from the boat. The underwater shots look absolutely stunning and throughout the film there is a great sense of space between objects and characters which also have an obvious solidity to them. This is how 3D should look and it puts a lot of modern efforts to shame. Having said that, there are some problems evident. Occasionally, but only very occasionally, the 3D alignment is either incorrectly positioned or even in reverse, so that the 3D doesn't work. Also, there's the obligatory 2D moment too. This one scene occurs when Richard Carlson is underwater in the Lagoon. Also, the image quality varies from mainly beautifully rich (for a film of almost 60 years at least) to times where the image quality noticeably degrades (most obvious on a couple of scenes on the boat). Do these few anomalies spoil the overall succes of the 3D though? No, not at all. Creature From the Black Lagoon retains its status as a bona fide 3D classic.

(Possible slight spoilers) One other thing about the film that is worth pointing out is its influence on other film-makers, most notably Steven Spielberg. While watching the movie, I could see where Spielberg got a lot of his inspiration for Jaws. There's the shaking of the boat, the female underwater silhouette, the underwater leg grabbing, the block and tackle moments and just the general feeling of something menacing lurking beneath the water. All these elements were utilized in "Jaws" in a very similar fashion to how they appear in "Creature".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. R. Donaldson on 16 Nov 2010
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I first saw The Creature From The Black Lagoon as a wee kid and certain scenes gave me major frights. Upon watching it as an adult, it still has much in its favour. Fair enough we all know its just a guy in a rubber suit but thanks to imaginative direction and a solid workmanlike cast its still well worth watching if your a fan of creaky monster movies.
The scene where the creature swims along underneath the lovely Julie Adams has an eerie beauty to it. Also a scene where the crew are huddled together in the the boats wheel house created the same sense of ordinary people up against it as did Howard Hawks The Thing From Another World. CGI fans will no doubt be scornful of this film but I really enjoyed seeing it again. Any film that can bestow emotion upon and elicit sympathy for a man in a rubber suit can't be all bad. As for the disc the picture on the case is marvellous and for a fifties monster movie there are a plethora of extras including original trailers, a making of featurette. All this for under a fiver, a small price to pay to revisit the past.
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