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I MARRIED A MONSTER FROM OUTER SPACE ($15) is a solid, entertaining and fun "B" fifties science fiction movie saddled with an exploitive title that makes the movie sound almost laughable. However, in typical paranoid fifties fashion, I MARRIED A MONSTER FROM OUTER SPACE features an allegorical story representative of Americaís "takeover from within" by communists. The plot finds ordinary men in a small town being replaced by alien look-alikes, who want to save their dying species by finding a way to reproduce with human women. I MARRIED A MONSTER FROM OUTER SPACE stars Tom Tryon as Bill Farrell, a man who is replaced by an alien on the eve of his wedding to Marge Bradley (Gloria Talbott). Of course, the new bride suspects that there is something different about the man she thought she knew and loved, but it takes Marge a year of living with Billís odd behavior before she gets proof that he isnít the same man. The cast of I MARRIED A MONSTER FROM OUTER SPACE also includes Peter Baldwin, Robert Ivers, Chuck Wassil, Ty Hardin, Ken Lynch, John Eldredge, Alan Dexter and Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom.

Paramount Home Entertainment has made I MARRIED A MONSTER FROM OUTER SPACE available on DVD in a 1.78:1 wide screen presentation that has been enhanced for playback on 16:9 displays. Considering that this is a forty five year old "B" sci-fi flick, this is a very good black and white transfer. In general, the image appears very crisp and boasts a good level of detail. There are some soft looking shots, plus a couple of brief sequences that appear to come from materials that appear several generations removed from the original negative. Blacks are usually dead on, while the whites appear clean and the picture produces a nicely varied grayscale. Other than the dupey looking segments, the film elements are in good shape for their age, displaying few blemishes. A noticeable grain structure appears through much of the film, but never seems excessive. Digital compression artifacts are always well contained.

I MARRIED A MONSTER FROM OUTER SPACE comes with a perfectly fine Dolby Digital monaural soundtrack. Just about all of the background hiss and other audible anomalies have been cleaned up in the mastering process, leaving the feature with a fairly smooth sound quality. Fidelity has the expected limitations for a film of this vintage, but the sound isnít harsh or brittle sounding. Dialogue is crisp and remains totally understandable. No other language tracks are provided, but English subtitles have been included. The basic interactive menus allow one access to the standard scene selection and set up features, although no supplemental content has been provided.

I MARRIED A MONSTER FROM OUTER SPACE is a fun fifties science fiction movie, which should delight fans, especially since it is finally been offered in a widescreen format. Paramount has done a good job with the presentation, giving one little to complain about. If you are a genre fan, with a particular love for fiftiesí sci-fi, I MARRIED A MONSTER FROM OUTER SPACE is a must have. Recommended.



I Married a Monster From Outer Space (1958)


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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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