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Zombies! Werewolves! Atomic Mutation! Intergalactic Avians! Let this quartet of classic terrors take you back to the golden age of B-Movie Monsters!

A mob boss hires an ex-Nazi scientist to reanimate his dead thugs in Creature with the Atom Brain. An auto-accident survivor is used as an experimental subject to create a vaccine for nuclear fall-out with hair-raising side-effects in The Werewolf. Treasure hunters get more than they bargained for in the search for a cargo of diamonds that went down with a sunken ship when they discover the zombified crew members are guarding the loot in Zombies of Mora Tau. Meanwhile, an enormous bird from outer-space descends to chow down on the people of planet Earth in The Giant Claw!

Four fantastic feature presentations from prolific producer Sam Katzman with a bounty of brand new extras and a raft of new writing by a range of respected raconteurs. These Cold War Creatures are coming for you!

Special Features

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations of all 4 films
  • Original uncompressed mono audio for all films
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Fully illustrated 60-page collector’s book featuring extensive new writing by Laura Drazin Boyes, Neil Mitchell, Barry Forshaw, Jon Towlson and Jackson Cooper
  • 80-page collector’s art book featuring reproduction stills and artwork from each film and new writing by historian and critic Stephen R. Bissette
  • 2 double-sided posters featuring newly commissioned artwork by Matt Griffin
  • Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork for each film by Matt Griffin

Disc 1 - Create with the Atom Brain

  • Brand-new introduction by historian and critic Kim Newman
  • Brand-new audio commentary by critic Russell Dyball
  • Sam Katzman: Before and Beyond the Cold War Creatures, a brand-new feature-length illustrated presentation on the life, career and films of Sam Katzman by historian and critic Stephen R. Bissette
  • Condensed Super 8mm version of Creature with the Atom Brain, produced for home cinema viewing
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Image Gallery

Disc 2 - The Werewolf

  • Brand-new introduction by critic Kim Newman
  • Brand-new audio commentary by critic Lee Gambin
  • Beyond Window Dressing, a brand-new visual essay exploring the oft-overlooked role of women in the films of Sam Katzman by historian and critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
  • Condensed Super 8mm version of The Werewolf, produced for home cinema viewing
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Image Gallery

Disc 3 - The Zombies of Mora Tau

  • Brand-new introduction by critic Kim Newman
  • Brand-new audio commentary by critic Kat Ellinger
  • Atomic Terror: Genre in Transformation, a brand-new visual essay exploring the intersection of mythical horror creatures and the rational world of science in the films of Sam Katzman by critic Josh Hurtado.
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Image Gallery

Disc 4 - The Giant Claw

  • Brand-new introduction by critic Kim Newman
  • Brand-new audio commentary by critics Emma Westwood and Cerise Howard
  • Family Endangered!, a brand-new visual essay examining the theme of Cold War paranoia in Sam Katzman monster movies, by critic Mike White
  • Condensed Super 8mm version of The Giant Claw, produced for home cinema viewing.
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Image Gallery
studio:
Arrow Video
Run Time:
293 mins approx
Director:
Edward L. Cahn

Fred F. Sears
Certificate:
12
Actor:
Richard Denning

Joyce Holden

Gregg Palmer

Mara Corday
Subtitle Languages:
English SDH
Aspect Ratio:
1.78:1

1.85:1
Main Language:
English
Number of Discs:
4
Region:
B
Brand:
Arrow Video

Cold War Creatures: Four Films from Sam Katzman - Limited Edition

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Arrow Film - Join the Cult!

Zombies! Werewolves! Atomic Mutation! Intergalactic Avians! Let this quartet of classic terrors take you back to the golden age of B-Movie Monsters!

A mob boss hires an ex-Nazi scientist to reanimate his dead thugs in Creature with the Atom Brain. An auto-accident survivor is used as an experimental subject to create a vaccine for nuclear fall-out with hair-raising side-effects in The Werewolf. Treasure hunters get more than they bargained for in the search for a cargo of diamonds that went down with a sunken ship when they discover the zombified crew members are guarding the loot in Zombies of Mora Tau. Meanwhile, an enormous bird from outer-space descends to chow down on the people of planet Earth in The Giant Claw!

Four fantastic feature presentations from prolific producer Sam Katzman with a bounty of brand new extras and a raft of new writing by a range of respected raconteurs. These Cold War Creatures are coming for you!

Special Features

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations of all 4 films
  • Original uncompressed mono audio for all films
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Fully illustrated 60-page collector’s book featuring extensive new writing by Laura Drazin Boyes, Neil Mitchell, Barry Forshaw, Jon Towlson and Jackson Cooper
  • 80-page collector’s art book featuring reproduction stills and artwork from each film and new writing by historian and critic Stephen R. Bissette
  • 2 double-sided posters featuring newly commissioned artwork by Matt Griffin
  • Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork for each film by Matt Griffin

Disc 1 - Create with the Atom Brain

  • Brand-new introduction by historian and critic Kim Newman
  • Brand-new audio commentary by critic Russell Dyball
  • Sam Katzman: Before and Beyond the Cold War Creatures, a brand-new feature-length illustrated presentation on the life, career and films of Sam Katzman by historian and critic Stephen R. Bissette
  • Condensed Super 8mm version of Creature with the Atom Brain, produced for home cinema viewing
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Image Gallery

Disc 2 - The Werewolf

  • Brand-new introduction by critic Kim Newman
  • Brand-new audio commentary by critic Lee Gambin
  • Beyond Window Dressing, a brand-new visual essay exploring the oft-overlooked role of women in the films of Sam Katzman by historian and critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
  • Condensed Super 8mm version of The Werewolf, produced for home cinema viewing
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Image Gallery

Disc 3 - The Zombies of Mora Tau

  • Brand-new introduction by critic Kim Newman
  • Brand-new audio commentary by critic Kat Ellinger
  • Atomic Terror: Genre in Transformation, a brand-new visual essay exploring the intersection of mythical horror creatures and the rational world of science in the films of Sam Katzman by critic Josh Hurtado.
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Image Gallery

Disc 4 - The Giant Claw

  • Brand-new introduction by critic Kim Newman
  • Brand-new audio commentary by critics Emma Westwood and Cerise Howard
  • Family Endangered!, a brand-new visual essay examining the theme of Cold War paranoia in Sam Katzman monster movies, by critic Mike White
  • Condensed Super 8mm version of The Giant Claw, produced for home cinema viewing.
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Image Gallery
studio:
Arrow Video
Run Time:
293 mins approx
Director:
Edward L. Cahn

Fred F. Sears
Certificate:
12
Actor:
Richard Denning

Joyce Holden

Gregg Palmer

Mara Corday
Subtitle Languages:
English SDH
Aspect Ratio:
1.78:1

1.85:1
Main Language:
English
Number of Discs:
4
Region:
B
Brand:
Arrow Video

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Great collection of fun 1950s b-movies

Cold War Creatures: Four Films From Sam Katzman These four films produced by Sam Katzman during the 1950s offer fun and campy hours of entertainment. The four films included are each entertaining in their own way, even if none of them reach any dimensions of "high art." Creature With the Atom Brain is directed by Edward L. Cahn and features zombies, brought to life by strange sciences of a German doctor. He is discovered by an ex-gangster boss who was betrayed by his underlings. In doctor's experiments he sees a chance to exact his vengeance upon those who wronged him. The police begin to look into the wonderous quality of the murders, leading them on a collision course with the murderous duo. Creature is a brief but entertaining romp with likable main characters and there are even some pretty high and possibly emotional stakes. You could say that the "bombardment" does not stop for a moment, but there is still the scene explaining the ludicrous science that brought the corpses back to life. The plot is pretty simple, but the typical cold war paranoia and the non-sense technobabble make it a bit more fun. A mix of crime, sci-fi and horror, the film is pretty interesting but in the end the film leans heavily on the police work. Actors are generally fine, delivering an acceptable performance that adds to the entertainment value. Nothing worth of master class, but sufficient. The Werewolf directed by Fred F. Sears is a scientific spin on a werewolf tale. Main character, Duncan, is changed into a werewolf in a ludicrous plot by two doctors who aim to survive the nuclear holocaust by injecting the select few with their irradiated wolf serum. Lycanthropy is of course an unfortunate side effect of this concoction. Duncan, without memory of what happened, wanders into a town of Mountaincrest where he struggles and fails to keep his wolf at bay. All the sheriff's men begin a hunt for the murdering beast, with the two doctors and even Duncan's wife and son thrown in the mix. The Werewolf is highly entertaining, containing genuine emotional storytelling. The sheriff, Jack Haines, is torn between his duty to protect the town's people and his desire to do the right thing by trying to help Duncan. Arrival of Duncan's wife and child raise the stakes with Duncan's final fate hitting that much harder in the end. The werewolf makeup isn't quite the level of Wolf-Man but works fine. Zombies of Mora Tau is possibly the weakest film in the set. A team of divers arrive in Africa in order to find a diamond treasure that sunk with a ship over 60 years earlier. Unbeknownst to them, the diamonds are protected by the zombified members of the crew. As remarked in the introduction by Kim Newman, the noticable thing in the film is the cause of the zombies. Gone is the pseudo-scientific explanation offered in The Creature with The Atom Brain: voodoo curses are back in business. Other than that the film offers very little. Marjorie Eaton is a standout performance of the film, eclipsing almost all the other actors in personality, wit and delivery. The Giant Claw is the most famous film in the set, thanks to the look of the giant bird. The look of the monster alone almost makes the film worth watching. There is no doubt that the special effects are the most interesting thing the film offers. Other than that the film doesn't offer much. It is a pretty standard b-movie stuff, with some likable characters. Scientific explanation for the bird is pretty funny. B-movie and science fiction fans will find that there is enough here to warrant a watch, maybe couple watches. All in all, the offering is pretty good. Some movies clearly come ahead of the others, but that is to be expected. You know what you are buying if you make a decision to get this set. Genre fans have a lot to enjoy here, along with some nice extras and additional books with writing, art and posters.

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