Roger Corman's first movie as a producer arrives on DVD in a decent if not exceptional transfer, courtesy of Rhino Records' Acme Video line. Then again, the producers can be forgiven if the movie does look less than impressive -- Corman and director Wyott Ordung shot the whole picture for less than 16,000 dollars, and while Floyd Crosby (, ) was the cinematographer, there were few miracles that even he could work on a budget like that, except to get the shots cleanly and efficiently, and make use of whatever lighting was on hand during the five or six days of shooting. was a perennial favorite on "Chiller Theater" and other horror and sci-fi film showcases from the beginning of the 1960s, and it eventually turned up on . This print looks better than the source for that showing. One dusk shot of a cow looks dark and faded, but most of the picture looks amazingly good for a 48-year-old feature shot for less than they spend on the catering for most films today -- even Bob Baker's puppet work looks decent, despite the filmmakers' original attempts to obscure the details of his shots as much as possible. The only deficiency derives from the original production; some of the dialogue can be difficult to hear, but that's only because of the low-budget location shooting near the ocean, and the audio levels are at least fairly high. The disc opens to the menu automatically on start-up and the two choices are easy to maneuver around. The dozen chapters are more than generous on this 66-minute feature, and one only wishes that there was a trailer. The packaging is roughly patterned after Image Entertainment's work in this area, and the $9.99 list price makes Monster From the Ocean Floor very attractive to fans of cheap horror and sci-fi.
In an interesting side note, the writer of Robot Monster, Wyott Ordung, went on to direct Roger Corman’s first film production in 1954, Monster from the Ocean Floor. (Wyott even appeared in the film as ‘Pablo’. So there you go.)
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