Written by: Carroll Jenkins on November 12th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: USA / Japan / Australia, 1968
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Writers: Bill Finger, Ivan Reiner, Tom Rowe, Charles Sinclair
Cast: Robert Horton, Luciana Paluzzi, Richard Jaeckel, Bud Widom, Ted Gunther, David Yorston, Robert Dunham
DVD released: October 12th, 2010
Approximate running time: 99 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Warner Archive
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
Synopsis: The Green Slime are Coming!
Basically the fusion of a Japanese crew and American actors, plus Luciana Paluzzi (Muscle Beach Party) and produced by MGM, but filmed entirely in the Toei studios. The result is both sub-par and sublime. The script is rather trite: a love triangle with two males deadlocked in a mating ritual – while the fate of the Earth is at stake. First from the threat of a meteor collision and then from invasion by the Green Slime. The ‘special’ effects are plentiful with lots of attention to detail, and nary a can of silver spray paint was spared in the production of this film.
The mature Green Slime monsters put the She Creature to shame for sheer audacity, and this is marginally the better movie of the two (faint praise intended). But this release in the 2:35 aspect ratio is crucial to enjoyment of the spectacle. Now you can see it / them. Instead of extreme close-ups of muppet mouths with flashlight eyes inside and lobster clawed tentacles flailing away electrocuting people, here are the entire incredible and incredulous beings. A whole bunch of them too, in unbelievable detail.
Another MOD (manufactured on demand) DVD-R from Warner Brothers, this is a Remastered Edition release, and looks great in widescreen [with no subtitles and no extras].
A Kitsch movie classic of the first magnitude, the promotional campaign was at least as memorable as the move. The incredible psychedelic garage title track was released as a 45, while the posters had two banners: The Green Slime are Coming . . . and The Green Slime are Here!