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Monday, March 7, 2016

Kino Lorber Studio Classics - GOG on 3D Blu-ray

GOG (1954; Herbert L. Strock)
This movie starts with a woman waving a large hypodermic needle at the camera and then poking it right in your into the face of the audience. I like it when a movie doesn't waste time trying to pretend it's something other than what it is. GOG is going to be a straightforward evil robot monster movie, but one with an emphasis on the 3D and sequences that can showcase it. But GOG doesn't show its hand as an evil robot movie for a good little while. At first it's more like a slasher movie. Kinda intense actually for a movie like this. It is a good attention getter I must say though as it compelled me to watch further. The 3D looks very good on this disc. The movie is always looking for an easy opportunity to have people walking behind shelves, desks and walls there's a definitely a slight FORBIDDEN PLANET vibe about the film, which is interesting because GOG precedes that movie by a couple years. It may have been an influence on other films too. CHOPPIMG MALL is hinted at here with a pair of robots who drive around on treads and become deadly. GOG also may have inspired the 80s Classic REAL GENIUS a bit as well. There's a whole bit about a large mirror in space and using light to burn up millions of people. It makes sense that a movie like this would in spire people in that way. It really does feel like the kind of movie you could have caught on The Late Late show. It has lots of expository science-y dialogue and some cheesy romance and a monster. What more could you want on a Saturday night? I've mentioned this here before, but I really love these old 3D movies and how they keep showing up on Blu-ray these days. Hollywood used 3D in a different and simpler way back then. It's  quite delightful. Another thing that's delightful is seeing Herbert Marshall in this movie. Talk about a guy who classes up your film. He plays a perfect scientist. Some would say he's slumming it being in this thing and they'd be right, but he's still so entertaining. He runs a lab that may possibly the most unsafe work environment in the world. Like FINAL DESTINATION unsafe. It's bad news. But at least Marshall gets to operate a flame-thrower.And thankfully Richard Egan is there as the passable handsome male presence that can save us all. A very young William Schallert even has a walk-on and he is always a pleasant surprise. Recommended late night viewing.
Special Features:
-Audio Commentary by Film Historians Tom Weaver, Bob Furmanek and David Schecter
-A Restoration Demo
-2003 Interview with Director Herbert L. Strock
-Trailer Gallery

GOG can be purchased on Blu-ray here:

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