Blu-Ray News #368: Edgar G. Ulmer Sci-Fi Collection.

Man, I can’t wait for this! Kino Lorber has announced a three-picture Blu-Ray set of Edgar G. Ulmer science fiction movies, coming in late March. Of course, Mr. Ulmer was a master at making a decent movie for an insultingly paltry amount of money and time. Just look at Detour (1945) or The Naked Dawn (1955) for evidence of that. These three science fiction things show that same level of ingenuity, along with Ulmer’s habit of giving bigger parts to actors normally seen in second lead or character parts.

The Man From Planet X (1951)
Directed by Edgar G, Ulmer
Starring Robert Clarke, Margaret Field, William Schallert

Shot in a week on leftover sets from Joan Of Arc (1948), you’d think that the biggest line item in the budget was the smoke machine, since the picture uses tons and tons of fake fog to approximate a Scottish moor and hide things they don’t want you to see. The alien’s suit is really cool and the overall effect — from the fog to the spacesuit to the alien’s musical language — is creepy as hell. 

The Amazing Transparent Man (1960)
Directed by Edgar G, Ulmer
Starring Marguerite Chapman, Douglas Kennedy, James Griffith, Ivan Triesault

Beyond The Time Barrier (1960)
Directed by Edgar G, Ulmer
Starring Robert Clarke, Darlene Tompkins

Ulmer did these two pictures back to back over two weeks in Dallas, Texas, for Miller-Consolidated Pictures. Robert Clarke, the star of The Man From Plant X, had just directed and starred in The Hideous Sun Demon (1960). He was the producer of Beyond The Time Barrier and brought in Ulmer to direct. When Miller-Consolidated Pictures went broke, AIP bought these up (for pretty much just the lab costs) and released ’em as a twin bill. 

Seeing these in high definition is gonna be a real treat. Highly, highly recommended.

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Filed under 1951, 1960, DVD/Blu-ray News, Edgar G. Ulmer, James H. Griffith, Kino Lorber, William Schallert

4 responses to “Blu-Ray News #368: Edgar G. Ulmer Sci-Fi Collection.

  1. Walter

    Toby, somehow or other, I don’t think that I’ve ever viewed these small budget Edgar G. Ulmer Si-fi movies. I’m an admirer of all the people who managed to make something out of almost nothing. They really have to be creative and Ulmer was.

    Why do you think Kino Lorber chose these particular three movies to release on Blu-ray?

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    • I’m guessing the material came available to ’em from someone. Not sure who has the rights. The Amazing Transparent Man has come out from a number of companies — in varying quality.

      Ulmer’s Detour has been given the Criterion treatment, which it certainly deserves. And you can get his The Black Cat from Universal (DVD) or Shout Factory (Blu-Ray).

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  2. Walter

    Toby, as you well know, the licensing rights to these type of movies can be a maze, but I’m glad they are available. I did some research and it looks like MGM still owns licensing rights to these movies and they are being released domestically through United Artists Releasing(the former Mirror Releasing).

    THE BLACK CAT(1934) is a favorite of mine. It is an eerie suspenseful masterpiece. What a top-notch cast of Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, David Manners, Julie Bishop, Harry Cording, and Lucille Lund. I first viewed this movie by renting by mail a MCA/Universal vhs tape from Home Film Festival back in the early 1990’s.

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  3. john k

    Robert Clarke will always be remembered for these Ulmer pictures and,
    of course his own cult Sci Fi no budget efforts.
    THE HIDEOUS SUN SEMON got a pretty wide release around the
    flea pit cinemas in the UK where it was called BLOOD ON HIS LIPS.
    I recently purchased Imprint’s Blu Ray of Ida Lupino’s OUTRAGE
    where Clarke has the second male lead-it’s fun to see him in a serious
    role as Mala Powers hapless boyfriend.
    The male lead is Tod Andrews best known for another cult horror
    FROM HELL IT CAME. I always remember Andrews from The Grey Ghost
    a TV favorite of mine as a kid
    OUTRAGE is not an easy film to watch,especially as it’s “message” has
    been virtually ignored over the decades but it’s release is certainly timely.
    Lupino’s direction is wonderful especially in the unbearable “stalking”
    scene;small wonder Scorsese has been such a long admirer of the film.
    Paramount supplied Imprint a sparkling new 2K restoration which looks
    impressive to say the least.
    I was amused to see Hamilton Camp play a cheeky shoeshine boy and
    never realised that Mr Camp was in fact a Brit.
    I remember him from his folksinging days and also as the composer
    of Quicksilver Messenger Service’s “Pride Of Man” my favorite track
    of that band.
    There’s something wonderful about seeing these old black & white
    movies getting such stunning restorations.

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