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4.0 out of 5 stars The Incredible Melting Man Arrow's region B Blu ray review
Please note the following review is for the Arrow UK Blu ray release of The Incredible Melting Man.

A wonderfully gorey and gloopy throwback to the sci-fi films of the 50s, The Incredible Melting Man is many things, most of them awful but if watched in the right frame of mind is as entertaining as it is silly.
The story for what its worth concerns three...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Smelting!
The Incredible Melting Man is written and directed by William Sachs. It stars Alex Rebar, Burr DeBenning and Myron Healey. Music is by Arlon Ober and cinematography by Willy Curtis.

Astronaut Steve West's body begins to melt after he was exposed to radiation during a space flight to Saturn.

Escaping from the hospital, West trawls the land in search...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Smelting!, 22 Oct. 2013
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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The Incredible Melting Man is written and directed by William Sachs. It stars Alex Rebar, Burr DeBenning and Myron Healey. Music is by Arlon Ober and cinematography by Willy Curtis.

Astronaut Steve West's body begins to melt after he was exposed to radiation during a space flight to Saturn.

Escaping from the hospital, West trawls the land in search of human victims to eat in the desperate hope of staving off the melting of his body.

It's as bad as you most likely have heard it is, and Rick Baker's makeup work is as good as you have heard it is! Intended as a horror parody but switched to being a "supposed" horror with some cuts and swipes requested by the studio, it's pretty evident upon viewing the film that was clearly the case. Tale doesn't add up to much more than the melting man of the title walking from one scene to another dripping in goo whilst meeting up with a host of bad actors. He's pursued by a pal who wants to help him, while it all builds to some fireworks at a power plant where the "big" battle unfolds.

You can't really do much with the story, after just 8 minutes of film he starts melting and once his bodily parts start falling off you just know he is beyond help. The tragic creature vibe is strong enough to hold interest, if you can stop yourself from laughing at everything else that surrounds him (it) during its Quatermass Experiment journey. The power plant scenes are nicely photographed, the final demise of the creature is bleakly sad and Baker really comes through with the only bit of quality in the piece. It's messy in more ways than one! But fun to be had if in a very forgiving mood. 4/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Incredible Melting Man Arrow's region B Blu ray review, 25 Dec. 2014
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Please note the following review is for the Arrow UK Blu ray release of The Incredible Melting Man.

A wonderfully gorey and gloopy throwback to the sci-fi films of the 50s, The Incredible Melting Man is many things, most of them awful but if watched in the right frame of mind is as entertaining as it is silly.
The story for what its worth concerns three astronauts who travel to Saturn to study the planets rings. Unfortunately for them they are exposed to high levels of radiation caused by a solar flare from the sun. This kills two of the men immediately and leaves the third astronaut, Colonel Steve West horribly disfigured and in a degenerate state which causes him to quite literally melt. Back on earth the Colonel awakes and is quite rightly disturbed by his now melted Crayola crayon appearance and promptly goes mad killing a nurse in the process and escaping into the Californian countryside. With his flesh literally falling of his skeleton, West finds he can postpone the condition and prolong the degenerative process by consuming fresh human cells turning him to cannibalism. With his mind going the way of his body he now remorselessly kills anyone unluky enough to cross his path whilst at the same time the last remaining piece of cerebral matter that is still Steve West is urging him back to his hometown. With the army and his close doctor friend on his trail, the putrifying mass must be found and destroyed before the public find out and a second planned mission to Saturn leaves the earth.
The Incredible Melting Man is a real like it or loath it kind of picture and for those who do loath it there is good reason. The story is full of holes, continuity is all over the place, the science is hokey and the acting unprofessional. The whole movie plays out like a failed pilot for a 70s TV show complete with a soundtrack that can't make up its mind whether is accompaning a straight horror movie or a comedy. The camera work is wobbly, the sets and lighting are terrible and the whole thing looks like it was shot on a shoe-string. But forgoing all of this I still have a fondness for this peculiar little movie. First and foremost the melting man effects are simply unbelievable especially when you consider this is a 37 year old movie. Created by the legendary Oscar winner Rick Baker, they have to be some of the most outrageous and gross transformations scenes ever commited to film. You literally see the star of the movie disintegrate over the course of 80 mins in an extremely graphic manner, leaving radioactive goo and body parts over the countryside. I also like the encounters West has with unsuspecting members of the public from the fisherman who he decapitates through to the little girl who truly believes she has seen Frankenstein's monster in the woods. The incredibly downbeat ending with its darker than dark conclusion is also great even if it is played tongue firmly in cheek. Alot of viewers definatly will not see the attraction in The Incredible Melting Man and I'm sure with a title like that its more than likely to raise a few titters before its even been given a chance to unspool before your eyes. But if your a fan of schlocky grass roots American drive-in horror and can forgive any of the film's shortcomings, then i'm sure you will find it as fun a ride as I did.

Picture:
I must admit that I was rather taken aback at the transfer offered up here by Arrow. Essentially the same as region A release from Shout!Factory, this uses the same MGM prepared source and looks dare I say it incredible!! Arriving with a 1080p AVC encoded MPEG 4 transfer and framed at the correct theatrical ratio of 1.85:1 this features a wonderfully detailed image. I had previously seen two DVD editions of this, the best being the anamorphic German release from CMV Laser Vision but this extremely robust Blu ray completely blows it out of the water. Fine detail is excellently realised and strong textures are in abundance from the 70s decor and clothing through to the often astonishing make-up effects. Colours are bright and often vivid and despite some often haphazard lighting contrast is reasonable. Blacks are fine if at times a little impenetrable and the print utilised is clean and free from all but a small amount of damage. Grain is visible and well rendered but the stock footage used to show space craft and the suns solar flares obviously looks extremely rough and sticks out like a sore thumb which of course is no fault of the Blu ray transfer and if anything highlights how good a restoration this mostly forgotten movie has received.

Audio:
The Incredible Melting Man's original mono soundtrack has been utilised here and presented uncompressed in a two channel LPCM mix. Obviously lacking in range, the track is just ok featuring clear but occasionally flat dialogue and effects. The music sountrack starts out being very thin and tinny but does develop a little with the 70s cop show synth score exhibiting a smidgen of depth. The track is free from damage and hiss and has no distortions to report. Hardly a sonic overhaul, this just gets the job done and sounds alot brighter and better balanced than the previous SD DVD releases.

Extras:
Essentially the same as the US release but with the added inclusion of a super 8mm version of the film and another of Arrow's glossy insert booklets. The extras for this film are great. First up is an informative commentary track with the director William Sachs who goes at length to say how the finished version of The Incredible Melting Man we see today is far different to how he planned it thanks mainly to an interfering studio and producers. There is a wealth of interesting information and Sachs appears to remember it all quite well. Definalty worth a listen if you have any interest in the movie.
Next up are a pair interviews featuring the director William Sachs and make-up effects artist Rick Baker. Sachs again covers similar ground to his commentary, sounding quite rightly a little sour over the finished film. Rick Baker admits he didn't want to do the movie so asked a ridiculous fee which the producers accepted. The piece runs for nearly 20 minutes and is presented in 1080p.
A much shorter interview with one of the assistant effect artists Greg Cannom is also included running just over 2 minutes and as to be expected you get the usual list of theatrical trailers, radio and tv spots and a picture gallery.

Conclusion:
Hardly a classic movie, this has evidently got a decent enough fan base to warrent this almost Criterianesque treatment both Arrow and across the pond Shout!Factory have lavished on it. The Incredible Melting Man for obvious reasons will be best remembered for its icky effects if nothing else and this Blu ray represents great value if you fancy wallowing in all its gloopy glory. The extras offered here are very worthy and the picture transfer is even better making this the definitive version.
For the record Arrow's Blu ray comes as a double play release as it also contains a DVD version of the movie and as with most of their release sports a reversible cover.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A trip down memory lane you need not take., 31 Dec. 2013
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Mr. Stephen Kennedy "skenn1701a" (Doha, Qatar) - See all my reviews
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When I was a young(er) lad than I am now, back in the late 70's, I spent one particular day full of excitement, as we had planned to go to the cinema to see "THE SAVAGE BEES", which, for reasons relating to my age and perhaps not knowing any better, I was quite excited about. Imagine my despair and anguish then, when we reached the cinema, a half hour train journey away, only for me to be turned away. It turned out that although the certification for "The Savage Bees" was PG, the accompanying feature (this being in the 70's and in the days of double features), "The Incredible Melting Man", was not and I could not get in to see either of the movies as a result. I spent a train journey home with my mum, rubbing some `dust from my eye' vowing that one day I would see this film.
Well, thanks to this bluray release, that time has come, and I finally saw what I had been missing all these years... one of the most awfully acted and directed movies of a time when cheap and nasty movies were abundant. It has two qualities which redeem it slightly - it falls into the `so-bad-its-good' category, in a "Plan 9 From Outer Space [Blu-ray] [1959] [US Import]" kind of way, making it quite chuckle worthy if you are in that frame of mind - and one can only imagine that you know what you are getting into, when you buy an ultra low budget 70's movie called "The Incredible Melting Man". The second is Rick Baker's make up, which surely must have inspired the make up for Pizza The Hut in Mel Brooks "Spaceballs: 25th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] [1987] [US Import]". It's gloriously gloopy and daft, must have been awful for the actor, but actually is just a little disturbing, when you see eyeballs popping out of sockets etc. However the tension which the movie seems to spend much time trying to build prior to each killing as the melting man tries to replenish his human cells (yes, really..) is undone by the hammy cries as the pursuer finds some gloop on a tree and declares "My God, it's his ear.."
The accompanying interviews seem to indicate that the director had more genuine comedy or pastiche in mind, but whether that is true or not, the result is a mess. Pardon the pun. It looks cheap, has hammy acting, was shot on cheapest locations, has almost zero plot.. and although I'd have to say it is in some ways quite unique, I just can't find it in me to give this more than one star, despite Rick Bakers wonderful makeup.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Incredible Melting Talent., 8 April 2014
Let's be honest, there are far worse movies out there than The Incredible Melting Man. But boy, not many.
This isn't all bad, a little hammy filled with unintential comedy moments. But two things will strike you when you watch the movie. (1) the acting is dire, (2) everything right down to the DVD case feels cheap.

Let's rewind a little and talk about the acting. Alex Rebar in the tiny role he has as a human is god awful, there are no two questions about it. His famous one line about not seeing anything until you see the sun through the rings of Saturn feels not only forced but also that he took 900 takes to get it right, and still failed. Though Rebar should be credited in his make up, he gets the look and posture right and looks like something out of a classic Universal or Hammer horror pic. Burr De Benning- such a great name plays the doctor and our would be hero. Very flat performance, but that's nothing compared to his wife played by Judy Nelson. Absolutely horrific! Even Troll 2 would have turned her down- she hasn't worked in the industry for 30 years since.
Acting vet Mylan Healey plays it more for laughs- as it should be, he plays a general who seems more interested in where the next beer and chicken leg is coming from, and bless him he gets it before meeting Mr Melt.

The two redeeming qualities here are the strangely powerful social commentary at the films climax about space travel and the dangers that lie ahead, and the gross out effect of Rebar finally melting. Kudos to Rick Baker for that.

So two stars here- but don't let that put you off, if you like low budget trash, with literally no gore, and a few unintentional laughs, it's worth picking the movie up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful memories from childhood., 13 Dec. 2014
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Classic 70s sci fi. No need to go over the story again. Yes, it's a more, or less straight rip off of the Hammer film 'The Quatermass Xperiment', but updated 20 years with some gruesome special effects, and minus the fantastic story of Quatermass, or the tension.
However, when the film was released in the UK back in 1977, it played as part of a double bill with another film called 'The Savage Bees', which shouldn't have been on TV, let alone a cinema. I actually coaxed my Grandmother into taking me to see it as I was only 11 at the time - it was an AA certificate, and you had to be 14 to see it. Anyway great presentation here on blu ray, better quality than I actually saw all those years back with dome great extras, well worth the money for nostalgia alone.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sticky fingers indeed!, 4 Jun. 2010
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Following Universal's triumphant release of Jaws in the summer of `75, it became virtually impossible to break free from the clutches of the rival studio's relentless output of blood-lusting, man-eating monsters. Fox deservedly struck gold with Alien, Roger Corman affectionately sank his teeth into a side of ham with the never less than entertaining Piranha, and TV stations around the world shivered their younger viewers' timbers with Snowbeast.

In the midst of all of this flesh-tearing silver screen carnage, bottom feeder schlock jockey William Sachs brought us his rather unique take on this ever expanding genre, featuring a creature guaranteed to bring his victims to a sticky end.

Astronaut Steve West is the sole survivor of a disaster in space. Rushed to hospital with severe radiation burns, he finds his flesh beginning to melt because of a strange extra-terrestrial contamination. When he escapes from his doctor's care, he sets in motion a bizarre series of cannibalistic killings in order to stem his own deterioration.

To pigeon hole this film as shallow would be an understatement. However, to dismiss it as a waste of time would be unfair. THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN does offer an evening of mindless fun for those willing to surrender themselves to its paranoiac 1950's sci-fi storytelling style. The entire cast delivers its lines with the same sense of stilted cadence and overbearing sincerity that made that generation's movies such a camp delight, and it works here, as long as you arm yourself with a hefty sense of play-along humour. In addition, Rick Baker's pre-Thriller prosthetics lend the production a technical value far in excess of its overall calibre...this movie must have proved quite a calling card for that gifted young fellow in the years before his American Werewolf triumph at the 1983 Oscars. Credit should also be given to the movie's cinematographer, Willy Curtis, who manages to bridge the less interesting scenes with a number of rather eye catching sunsets that almost contradict the artlessness of the movie's main body.

With Hollywood currently remaking its entire 70's back catalogue, it would be interesting to observe how Tinseltown would go about putting a new spin on this old timer. With a decent screenplay, and a whole lot more emotional content, they could conceivably lead our sticky fiend into the 21st century with his gloopy sights set on the horror A-list. Saying that, with all of the discarded eyes and ears on show here, one could argue that T.I.M.M. has already paved the way for David Cronenberg's rather similar stage by stage dismantling of Jeff Goldblum in his perfectly crafted remake of The Fly. Perhaps the powers that be should simply relegate this one to the B-movie archive after all, and consider that fact triumph enough.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Back to the old Seventies !, 9 Dec. 2014
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A typical Seventies B-movie , in the same style of some Hammer Science Fiction movies from the fifties , like the Quatermass movies . It has some chilling moments . The meltingproces of the unfortunate astronaut reminds me of an old Edgar Allan Poe story : "The case of Mr.Valdemar".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bad movie gets luxury treatment, 13 Sept. 2013
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This is a favourite of mine from the 70's and the first AA picture ( 15 now) I saw when I was actually 13.
Scared me witless at the time, but now I can appreciate it for the badly acted, poorly scripted B movie mess that it is.

HD sure does give movies a new lease of life, and this looks stunning even for a cheap exploitation film of the 70's. Great colour and really vibrant detail that leaps off the screen, and really catches your eye.
I'll forgive the terrible music and awful fashions, and enjoy this for what it is, a fun slice of monster mayhem, with some truly revolting ahead of their time makeup effects that do convince you this guy is slowly melting away.

This is region A blu-ray so in the UK you will need a multi-region player to see it. Vital if you love this kind of film, as they won't be putting this sort of thing out in region B for a long time, if ever.
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1.0 out of 5 stars "I'm not scared, just ashamed", 17 July 2004
It's a low budget affair as you would expect and starts with stock footage of spaceships floating around.
It relies on spurious 'scientific' reasoning (radiation from looking at the Sun through the rings of Saturn) to explain the astronaut Steve West's affliction. The plot then cuts straight to his hospital bed.
Similar to 'The Quatermass Experiment' in many ways, the 'creature' , (Steve) displays very little signs of humanity and is totally anonymous.
The film seems more about the guy trying to catch him - Dr Ted Nelson and his pregnant wife. The film revolves around their relationship and the threat Steve poses to their happiness.

The acting is a little better than most films of this calibre and the camerawork & effects are professional enough (lots of sunsets and silhouettes).
In fact the effects are the cornerstone of the movie: visceral and slimy.
It's very slow in places and but then livens up for an attack. They went for a lot of suspense in the build-up and it just grates on the nerves after a bit.
There are incongruous comedy scenes (supposedly to relieve the tension but they don't work and just serve to aggravate the viewer more).
It's a lot about threat: threat of radiation and 'contagion' from his dripping limbs, physical threat to kids and a pregnant woman, but thankfully they didn't stoop that low. Just an array of innocent bystanders and cops.
"I'm not scared, just ashamed" the doctor says at one point. I echo his sentiments
They left the last bit to best. It's quite effective, ironic and very depressing.
There are no happy endings here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 70's B Movie in the so bad it's good league, 7 Nov. 2014
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Classic 70's B Movie in the so bad it's good league, showcasing great effects from Rick Baker. Awesome upgrade to Blu Ray, picture quality is excellent. Great extras.
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