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Scott Kimball

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I Married a Monster from Outer Space



Studio: Paramount

Year: 1958

Rated: NR

Length: 77 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 English Mono

English subtitles; Closed Captioned in English

Special Features: None

SRP: $14.99 USD


Release Date: September 14, 2004




What could be wrong with the men in a small town in the 1950’s?

Newlywed Marge Farrell (Gloria Talbott) is alarmed at the changes in her new husband (Tom Tryon). He doesn’t seem to be the same man she married.

It turns out that he isn’t. Bill and a number of other men in town have been taken over by monstrous aliens whose goal is to impregnate Earth women in an effort to revive their dying race. Marge stumbles onto their plan and must convince someone to believe her, and to help her stop the aliens.

But, who can she trust?

I Married a Monster from Outer Space is a fairly solid “B” movie from 1958.

Video
The film is presented in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. There is a moderate amount of dust and scratches on the print, but I’ve seen far worse on prints of this age.

The image is high in contrast with mid-tones that are a touch on the dark side. Whites are bright, but not blown out, and black levels are good, for the most part. A few scenes exhibit less than perfect black levels. Shadow detail is okay.

The image is sharp, only occasionally displaying a fine halo - the artifact is really quite mild and only rarely visible for a fleeting moment.

There appears to be a change in the source print about 39 minutes into the film. The image goes from a sharp, relatively grainless picture to a much softer, grainier picture. This lasts until about 40:20, when the picture clears.

Overall, a decent outing for an old “B” movie.

Audio
The audio is 2 channel Dolby Digital Mono, seemingly taken direct from the source without modification.

For an original, unrestored mono track, I don’t really have any complaints. There is little hiss in the soundtrack, dialog is clean and intelligible. The track seems to represent the original element well.

Final Thoughts
If you like the old “B” sci-fi movies, I Married a Monster from Outer Space represents the genre well. The transfer is perfectly acceptable for such a bargain outing on DVD. With an MSRP of $14.99, you’ll likely see this at your local discount store for under $10.
 

Michael Elliott

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Thanks for the review Scott.

There's a huge cult following for this title so it's good to know the V/A is decent. I should be getting my copy on Friday.
 

Joe Karlosi

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Good 50s flick. Bought it immediately and watched it last night. Quite a lot of white specks on this print.
 

Bill>Moore

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Sounds good. I was on the fence in regard to buying it the other day, but I think I'll make the jump.
 

Zen Butler

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Steve, you liked this? There just may be hope for you. Did you discuss with Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat if this was solid, real sci-fi? :) I'd clear it with him first.
J/K Joseph +Zen sings+"Close every door to me..."
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Steve Christou

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Zen-san I don't think Joseph would be caught dead in this thread, not his cup o'tea m'afraid, the science of IMAMFOS is far too illogical, fantastical and unexplainable. File under 'monster movie'.;)
 

Dave Scarpa

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I picked this and Conquest of Space up have'nt watch Married Yet, conquest comes out next month. We need more 50's scifi films, I'd like the Mysterians, the Collosal Man flicks, The Monolith Monsters, and for god's Sake where's the Incredible Shrinking Man !
 

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Just watched it last night...good flick. I thought the effects were especially good for a low budget movie.
 
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Cool, I didn't realize this had released. It's on my must-have list fer sure!

The spot you mentioned at about 39 minutes is probably wear and tear on the tail of the 2nd reel, caused by being slapped around after the changeover.

Watch for the cue marks in the upper-right hand corner, and see if the picture gets better after the second que (if you care).
 

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