- Actors: George Maharis, Richard Basehart, Anne Francis, Dana Andrews, John Larkin
- Directors: John Sturges
- Format: PAL, Colour
- Language: English
- Classification: PG
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- VHS Release Date: 1 Sept. 1998
- Run Time: 110 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00004CWXC
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 234,340 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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When a lethal microbe is stolen from US germ warfare research laboratories, scientists face a race against time to retrieve it. The madman responsible for the theft wants America to cease all war research, and proves his intentions are deadly serious by wiping out an entire Florida community with the virus. Los Angeles is the next intended target, so a government agent (George Maharis) is appointed to prevent the mass destruction.
Top Customer Reviews
Quality of Picture 3/5
Lets get this one out of the way first. If your looking for a good quality digitally remastered version, this is not it and I doubt one exists at the time of this review. The picture is grainy but is the at the quality level i would expect from this level of film transfer of a 1960s film. I personally feel this version is slightly better than the Spanish and English versions of the DVD.
Again this feels like a transfer of an old print and therefore the sound will not be at the quality expected on other "remastered" DVDs from that period
The extras are very limited and include some photo stills and the trailer.
Film Review 3/5
Rotten Tomatoes has rated the film at 60% for critics and 43% for users. The film seems a little dated now but is an interesting thriller which keeps pace even if the Science is a little outdated.
I wouldn't claim that The Satan Bug is up to the same standard, but it is still in my view well worth watching. The first part set in an isolated laboratory surreounded by emply desert is partcularly impressive, enhanced by one of Jerry Goldsmith's best scores.Later, when the action shifts away from the laboratory, the film becomes more of a routine thriller, though competient enough. Richard Basehart is probably the best known actor, though all the cast (including Ed Asner as a heavy) turn in workmanlike performances.
As several reviews have mentioned poor picture quality I was slightly doubtful about buying the MGM dvdr version (out of stock at the moment). I don't think this deserves the most adverse comments, This is clearly taken from an unrestored release print with the inevitable loss of quality that this implies. It is however in anamorphic 1:2.35 ratio and perfectly watchable, though obviously not up to one taken from a high quality negative.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Unusually hard to find title on DVD,so this Italian import version will have to do.You can only watch the film in English and have to put up with the Italian subtitles which CANNOT... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Andrew
Great film, I enjoyed this much more than the book which is a bit heretical I suppose. Would like to see more of these films released, especially for region 2 who seem to suffer in... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Nigel Short
a great film-even if time has not aged it well-but still above par over most films of that era.considering the source material,the picture/sound are really good..... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Dirk Lerxt Pratt
Quite terrifying film, for its era, somewhat like the later Andromeda Strain.Published 20 months ago by Ian Patterson