February 28th, 2006

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She’s just a devil woman with evil on her mind...

At the Christmas Tree Shop last weekend, I picked up Devil Girl from Mars and Frankenstein's Daughter on a single-sided DVD from Catcom for $5.99. I'd debated a full week before buying it, because I'd been burned by poor-quality Catcom DVDs in the past (steer clear of their transfer of Metropolis).

What a pleasant surprise this one was, though! These two hard-to-find films had clean, crisp pictures. My only complaint is the sound on both was somewhat muffled, as if they'd tried to restore it in some way. But hey, turn up the volume and it's really not a problem.

Devil Girl from Mars was Britain's answer to the '50s B-movie craze. The special effects are actually quite good for the time (except for a ludicrous robot that looks like a cardboard refrigerator box). But since this is a British film, people talk all the time. Blah, blah, blah. You wish they'd shut up and bring in more of the sexy Devil Girl in her Flash Gordon- meets-Batgirl suit.
Frankenstein's Daughter (not to be confused with the far inferior Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter), is actually a terrific B-movie about two mad scientists. One is a descendant of Dr. Frankenstein assembling a she-male in the lab (out of parts from 1957 Playboy playmate Sally Todd!). The other a kindly old man trying to develop a serum to stop the aging process, but whose formula transforms his niece into a hideous creature with huge eyebrows and a nice rack.
For no particular reason, the disc includes a Popeye cartoon and some silly commercials from the 1950s, including one for the Remco Movieland Drive-In toy car set I wish, I wish, I wish I had!
That's all for now, kids.