The Renown Pictures Monster Collection [DVD]
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Collection of classic monster movies. In 'Behemoth the Sea Monster' (1959) a nuclear test causes a dinosaur to surface and terrorise England. Awoken from its watery deathbed by radiation pollution, a paleosaurus emerges onto the English coast and begins casting fiery radioactive beams at the local population. Advised that the use of normal weapons would result in contamination, the military has to come up with another plan to stop the creature before it reaches London. In 'Womaneater' (1958) a scientist steals a powerful plant that feeds on women from the Amazon jungle and uses its mysterious serum to revive the deceased. 'Beast from Haunted Cave' (1959) follows a group of criminals who are terrorised by a giant creature while trying to complete a heist. In 'Gorgo' (1961) a giant dinosaur, which has been caught off the coast of Ireland, is put on display at London's Battersea Funfair, covered in chains. However, his mother is still at large and is prepared to demolish large parts of the capital in ordered to be reunited with her son. In 'Monster from Green Hell' (1957) a group of scientists investigate a number of irradiated monsters in an area of Africa known as Green Hell. In 'The Giant Gila Monster' (1959) a Texan community fights off the attacks of the titular monster after a teenage couple disappear. In 'The Crater Lake Monster' (1977) a dinosaur, hatched after a meteor crash, attacks the citizens of Crater Lake, California. In 'The Killer Shrews' (1959) a group, trapped on a remote island, are attacked by a horde of mutated giant shrews that have been created by a scientist trying to shrink humans. In 'The Strange World of Planet X' (1958) experiments with the Earth's magnetic fields cause objects and visitors from outer space to gravitate towards the planet. One such visitor warns that the scientific interference could lead to calamitous events in the planet's future. Finally, the documentary 'Man Or Beast' contains footage from some of Hollywood's earliest monster movies.
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If Renown are to reissue this at a later date they should look around for a much better copy to work from. It partially affected my enjoyment of the film... but only partially.
I haven't watched any of the other films yet... I DO have another copy of "Behemoth the Sea Monster" so it'll be interesting to compare the quality of that one too.
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