Written by: Michael Den Boer on September 24th, 2008
Theatrical Release Date: Mexico, 1970 (Santo Y Blue Demon En La Atlantida), Mexico, 1970 (Santo Y Blue Demon Contra Los Monstruos)
Directors: Julián Soler (Santo Y Blue Demon En La Atlantida), Gilberto Martínez Solares (Santo Y Blue Demon Contra Los Monstruos)
Cast: Santo, Jorge Rado, Rafael Banquells, Agustín Martínez Solares, Silvia Pasquel, Magda Giner, Juan Fava, Rosa Maria Pineiro, Griselda Mejía, Marcelo Villamil, Carlos Suárez, Juan Garza, Olga Guillot, Alejandro Munoz Moreno (Santo Y Blue Demon En La Atlantida), Santo, Pilar Pellicer, Carlos León, Antonio Raxel, Santo, Alejandro Munoz Moreno, Jorge Rado, Carlos Ancira, Raúl Martínez Solares, Hedi Blue, Adalberto Martínez, Vicente Lara, Manuel Leal, Gerardo Zepeda, David Alvizu, Fernando Rosales, Carlos Suárez, Margarita Delgado, Elsa María Tako, Yolanda Ponce, Manuel Alvarado, Carlos Corona (Santo Y Blue Demon Contra Los Monstruos)
DVD released: April 29th, 2008
Approximate running time: 86 minutes (Santo Y Blue Demon En La Atlantida), 82 minutes (Santo Y Blue Demon Contra Los Monstruos)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame (Both Films)
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Spanish (Both Films)
DVD Release: Lionsgate
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $9.98
Santo Y Blue Demon En La Atlantida: A Nazi scientist using the lost city of Atlantis as his home base threatens to destroy civilization with a nuclear bomb. The Nazi scientist wants the third Reich to rule again and if his demands are not meet he will follow through on his threat of nuclear annihilation. With very little time to spare Santo is enlisted to find the nuclear bomb, disarm it and end the Nazi scientist’s diabolical plan.
Santo Y Blue Demon En La Atlantida was directed by Julián Soler whose other notable films include Castle of the Monsters and Aladdin and the Marvelous Lamp. Santo vs. Blue Demon in Atlantis is the English language title for Santo Y Blue Demon En La Atlantida. Besides composing scores for several Santo films composer Gustavo César Carrión’s other notable score include The Vampire, The Vampire’s Coffin, The Black Pit of Dr. M, The Man and the Monster, The Living Coffin, The Brainiac and The Curse of the Crying Woman.
The plot for Santo Y Blue Demon En La Atlantida is heavily rooted in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre. The Nazi Scientist never really poses a threat for Santo and his hideout is not that secluded or hard to find. One the Nazi scientist shifts his attention towards Santo he loses sight of his original goal. By the time he is ready to follow through on his original threat the real danger has passed. The plot feels like a mish mash of ideas that never fully form one cohesive narrative.
Rodolfo Guzman Huerta and Alejandro Munoz Moreno reprise their roles as Santo and the Blue Demon. Santo has seen better days with only his fight scenes offering any replay value. The Blue Demon is underused and regulated to the background for most of the film. The acting is poor all around with no performance coming off as memorable.
Santo Y Blue Demon Contra Los Monstruos: Bruno Halder a sinister scientist seeking revenge against his brother and niece is resurrected by Waldo his faithful sidekick. Besides his minions of zombies Halder enlists the help of Wolfman, Franquestain, a Vampire, a Mummy and a Cyclops. Once again the survival of mankind is put in the hands of Santo.
Santo Y Blue Demon Contra Los Monstruos was directed by Gilberto Martínez Solares who also directed Santo Y Blue Demon En El Mundo De Los Muertos. Santo and Blue Demon against the Monsters is the English language title for Santo Y Blue Demon Contra Los Monstruos. Supplying another superb score is composer Gustavo César Carrión.
The plot for Santo Y Blue Demon Contra Los Monstruos is minimal. At the core of the story is a scientist named Bruno Halder who is angered by his family who shunned his experiments. There is much more than a basic revenge plot and a film populated with just about every monster imaginable. Despite the lackluster plot the film is very entertaining and there is never a dull moment.
Once again Rodolfo Guzman Huerta and Alejandro Munoz Moreno cast in their respective roles as Santo and the Blue Demon. Since this film is all about action both actors are in top form. Besides the various monster many inspired by the Universal Pictures monster films of the 1930’s. Another character that stands out is Bruno Halder right hand man a hunchback midget named Waldo.
Overall Santo Y Blue Demon En La Atlantida is a tedious affair that never overcomes is flaws while Santo Y Blue Demon Contra Los Monstruos is a fun film that overcomes its short comings.
Both Santo films included with this release are presented in a full frame aspect ratio and they both look like they are in their original aspect ratio or at least open matte presentations. Both transfers have some mild print damage that crops up from time to time that is inherent of their source material and it is never detracts away from the presentation of the film’s. Santo Y Blue Demon En La Atlantida has some of the same color issues that are present in Loins Gates transfer for Santo Y Blue Demon En El Mundo De Los Muertos. Scenes with stock footage look more faded and blown out then the rest of the scenes which for the most part look nicely saturated. Black levels and details remain strong throughout. Overall Santo Y Blue Demon En El Mundo De Los Muertos gets an above average transfer from Loins Gate. Even though the DVD box art say’s that Santo Y Blue Demon Contra Los Monstruos it is actually in black and white. The image looks detailed and black levels remain solid throughout.
Both releases come with one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in the film’s native Spanish. There is some mild background noise present in Santo Y Blue Demon En La Atlantida. The audio mix for Santo Y Blue Demon Contra Los Monstruos is the best sounding of the four Santo films released by Loins Gate. No English subtitles have been provided for this release.
Extras for this release include bios for Santo (Rodolfo Guzman Huerta) and Blue Demon (Alejandro Munoz Moreno) all text is in Spanish. Loins Gates DVD release for Santo Y Blue Demon En La Atlantida appears to be the film’s first official region 1 DVD release. Santo Y Blue Demon Contra Los Monstruos was previously released in region 1 by a company named Alter Films/Hannover House. The Alter Films/Hannover House DVD release was in color while the Lions Gate DVD release is in black and white. The Alter Films/Hannover House DVD also comes with English subtitles to go with the Spanish language track. Overall another affordably priced Santo double feature from Lions Gates that Santo fans will want to snatch up until there are English friendly DVD releases of these films.