Wednesday, May 9, 2007

POSITIVELY NO REFUNDS DOUBLE FEATURE: THE BRIDE AND THE BEAST/THE WHITE GORILLA

VCI unearths two low-budget gorilla flicks, and make no bones about their quality: they’re horrible, which is why this disc is called the POSITIVELY NO REFUNDS DOUBLE FEATURE.

BRIDE AND THE BEAST (1958) chronicles the strange relationship between a big game hunter’s new wife and his pet gorilla. Under hypnosis, it is discovered that she was a gorilla in a previous life! Written by the infamous Ed Wood, Jr. and directed by Adrien Weiss, this bizarre "thriller" drags a bit, but is worth seeing for it’s sheer strangeness.

The companion feature, WHITE GORILLA (1945), is even worse. The producers took footage from a silent, 1927 serial called PERILS OF THE JUNGLE and added in some new footage of Ray "Crash" Corrigan (UNDERSEA EMPIRE) as a rare white ape and as the hunter that stalks it.

BRIDE is presented in a nice 1.66:1 anamorphic transfer, while WHITE GORILLA is presented full-frame. The disc is loaded with vintage Advertising and photo galleries, trailers, and informative, entertaining commentaries by film historian Tom Weaver and super fan/gorilla actor Bob Burns (THE GHOST BUSTERS).

For fans of really strange old movies, or someone looking to cure their insomnia, THE POSITIVELY NO REFUNDS DOUBLE FEATURE might be worth a look.

BUY: The Bride & The Beast / The White Gorilla