Arrow Video has to announced the UK Blu-ray and DVD release of The Incredible Melting Man, the ‘70s cult classic which saw special effects legend Rick Baker (Thriller, An American Werewolf in London, Men in Black) lend his hand in creating another memorable horror creature. This new edition arrives on 13th October 2014 in time for Halloween. Originally starting life as a comedy under the title The Ghoul from Outer Space, writer-director William Sachs clashed with the film’s producers over the tone of the film believing that the studio thought he was making a serious film when he was in actual fact making a parody of the horror genre.
However, despite the clash and the mix of genres, The Incredible Melting Man has had remarkable staying power due to the credible comedic performances given by nearly everyone in the cast, even a group of kids who run into Steve during an ill-fated game of hide-and-seek. Of course, the effects from Baker still manage to turn one’s stomach decades after they were put on film. Additionally, the score by Arlon Ober (and the Cosmic Consort Orchestra) provides a pitch-perfect accompaniment to the on-screen action. Finally, the film looks darn good. Some viewers have complained about the lighting being flat but the restored print makes the film look as good as it ever could be.
When spacecraft Scorpio V returns to Earth following a mission to Saturn, two of the crew are dead and the third, astronaut Steve West, is in a critical condition. Critical, that is, until he rises from his hospital bed to bite chunks out of a nurse before escaping into the surrounding countryside. The authorities set about trying to track Steve down before he claims any other victims, but they don’t know the really bad news yet – Steve is also highly radioactive!
The Incredible Melting Man offers up a wealth of show-stopping B-movie moments in its relatively modest running time – chief among them, the scene in which a disembodied head floats down a river only to smash messily on the rocks further downstream – but the real star of the show here is Baker’s ultra-icky special effects work which let you see the Melting Man’s transition in all its gooey, glistening glory.
The movie will make its UK Blu-ray debut in a newly restored transfer with a host of extra features including an audio commentary with writer/director William Sachs, a Super-8 digest of the film, an interview with legendary make-up artist Rick Baker and an interview with William Sachs.
Alongside this, the Blu-ray disc will also include a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin and a sizable collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film.
The Incredible Melting Man will be released in the UK as a dual format release (Blu-ray and DVD in one happy package) on 13th october 2014 by Arrow Films at the RRP of £24.99.
The disc will feature a High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the feature, transferred from original film elements, plus the original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray) and optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
The following special features will also be included:
Audio Commentary with William Sachs
Super 8 digest version of the film
Interview with writer/director William Sachs and make-up effects artist Rick Baker
Interview with make-up effects artist Greg Cannom
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film