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Wild, Wild Planet (Warner Archive) 
Written by: on December 8th, 2010

Theatrical Release Date:
Italy, 1965
Director: Antonio Margheriti
Writers: Renato Moretti, Ivan Reiner
Cast: Tony Russel, Lisa Gastoni, Massimo Serato, Carlo Giustini, Franco Nero, Enzo Fiermonte

DVD released: October 12th, 2010
Approximate running time: 94 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
Subtitles: N/A
DVD Release: Warner Archive
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95

Synopsis: A diabolical scientist has been hired by a corporation to create a master race.

Wild, Wild Planet was directed by Antonio Margheriti (Cannibal Apocalypse), a versatile Italian filmmaker who work spans just about very genre of cinema. The screenplay for Wild, Wild Planet was co-written by Ivan Reiner (The Green Slime). The cinematographer on Wild, Wild Planet was Riccardo Pallottini, a frequent collaborator of Antonio Margheriti’s. Some of their more notable collaborations include The Virgin of Nuremberg, Castle of Blood and The Long Hair of Death. Wild, Wild Planet’s far out score was composed by Angelo Francesco Lavagnino (Beatrice Cenci). Wild, Wild Planet is the first film in a Quadrilogy films. The other films are as follows The War of the Planets, War Between the Planets and The Snow Devils.

The meandering plot keeps thing simple. The special effects are jaw dropping amateurish, even when compared to other Sci-Fi film’s from this era. The characters which populate this film are lifeless vessels that evoke no sympathy. The only remotely interesting characters are the main villain, a diabolic scientist named Mr. Nurmi, his trench coat wearing henchmen with four arms and their female handlers. Of course it is these villains who steal every scene they are in.

Obvious flaws side, fortunately all is not lost as there are few areas in which this film does well. Most notably the film’s visuals. The film’s standout moment visually is the film’s explosive finale. Also production values look very good considering the limitations of this production. Another enjoyable aspect of this film is its cheesy dialog and kung fu fighting femme fatales. Performance wise the only cast member who leaves any lasting impression is Massimo Serato’s delirious performance as the film’s main villain Mr. Nurmi. Another performance of note is Franco Nero (Django), in one of his first starring roles. Ultimately Wild, Wild Planet is a cheaply put together Sci-Fi romp that aspires to be nothing more than mindless fun. And what a blast it is.

The DVD:

This Burn on demand DVDR from Warner Archive presents Wild, Wild Planet in an anamorphic widescreen that retains the film’s original aspect ratio. This is a strong transfer that boasts nicely saturated colors and black look consistently good throughout. The source used is in great shape with only minimal instances of print debris. In general the image looks crisp and there are no issues with compression. It should be noted that the end credits look rougher than the rest of the film and that there a few instance were miniature / FX shots do not look as crisp as the bulk of the transfer does.

This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. The audio is also in great shape as everything sounds clear and balanced throughout.

This release comes with a static menu that offers only one option play the film. To navigate chapters you have to manually go forward or backwards via your remote control. There is no extra content. Overall Wild, Wild Planet gets a very good audio / video presentation from Warner Archive.

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