Written by: Michael Den Boer on April 21st, 2007
Theatrical Release Dates: Hong Kong, 1975
Director: Hua Shan
Cast: Danny Lee, Yuan Man-tzu, Wang Hsia
DVD released: October 3rd, 2006
Approximate running time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Mandarin, Dolby Digital Stereo Mandarin, Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Image Entertainment
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.99
Synopsis: An evil princess named Dragon Mom (Terry Liu) unleashes mutant monsters upon the people of earth causing chaos and destruction. Earth’s only hope for survival is left in the hands of its greatest minds that have created a being simply known as Inframan (Danny Lee). Now that the playing field has been leveled will Princess Dragon Mom and her minions be able to stop Inframan?
Super Inframan is equal parts Kaiju Eiga, Kung Fu, Superhero and Sci-Fi. This Shaw Brothers production is a melting pot of ideas that all seem to mesh together even though on the surface such an idea of combining these things would sound disastrous or even crazy. Super Inframan embodies all that is fun and cool in Asian monster films. The monsters are primitive in design. The Costumes and sets are outrageous looking. The plot moves along quickly as we move from one attack to the next. To director Hua Shan’s credit he manages to create an atmosphere and mood that exceed the films many limitations. The films many actions scenes are all well done wall to wall crazy martial arts throw downs.
One of the things that make’s Super Inframan so enjoyable is the character known as Princess Dragon Mom and her innate sense of style. She also has a very stylish look lair which is populated by her diverse and colorful array of villain henchmen. The other thing that is very cool about this film is its hero Super Inframan show is a Frankenstein like version of several Japanese and other Asian super hero characters. The films plot while outlandish and not thoroughly thought out is an engaging romp that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. Ultimately Super Inframan is a film that is all about having fun and therein lays this film’s greatest powers.
Super Inframan is presented in an anamorphic widescreen which retains the films original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Colors look vivid and nicely saturated throughout. Details look sharp and remain stable through out. Overall the source material is in great shape and the transfer looks amazing.
This release comes with three audio options a Dolby Digital 5.1 and mono Mandarin mixes and a Dolby Digital stereo English mix. The two Mandarin mixes are in the best shape of the three audio mixes included. The English audio mix has a few minor instances where the audio levels are distorted. Removable English subtitles that are easy to read and follow have been included.
Extras for this release include a photo gallery with twelve stills, a promotional art gallery with ten stills and a PDF file interview with director Hua Shan which can be accessed via a DVD-Rom. Other extras include a collection of Shaw Brothers trailers including a trailer for Super Inframan. Also included with this release are a collection of trailers for other Asian films also released by Image Entertainment. Rounding out the extras is a collectable booklet which comes with liner notes about Super Inframan. There is an Easter egg hidden on the extras menu that will take you to a brief seventeen second clip.
Even though the extras are kind of a mixed bag as they offer more fluff then substance Image’s Entertainments overall presentation of Super Inframan is more then affordable and its comes with a solid audio/video presentation.