Mar 262019
 

The Deadly Mantis is a bit of a lame 1950s sci-fi-fantasy film that is more boring though some of the small scale scenes with the mantis wasn’t half bad at least, it was far more interesting watching the “MST3K” episode included than the movie itself…

 

 

The Deadly Mantis
(1957)

Genre(s): Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror
Shout Factory | NR – 79 min. – $27.99 | March 19, 2019

Date Published: 03/26/2019 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Nathan Juran
Writer(s): Martin Berkeley (screenplay)
Cast: Craig Stevens, Alix Taton, William Hopper, Florenz Ames, Donald Randolph
DISC INFO:
Features: Commentary, MST3K Episode, Theatrical Trailer, Still Gallery
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 1.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 30.75 GB
Total Bitrate: 39.85 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

Shout Factory provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.


PLOT SYNOPSIS


What’s worse than a horde of locusts? A gigantic man-eating praying mantis, released from a million years of deep, frozen sleep and ready to claw its way to world domination. This menacing insect kills everything in its path while scientists and military men work feverishly to stop it. Craig Stevens stars as the commander in charge of putting an end to this beastly insect with William Hopper as the paleontologist and Alix Talton as his beautiful assistant, a photojournalist, assigned to help in this epic battle between man and mantis!

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.75/5


Not exactly heavy on features, there is a new Audio Commentary with Film Historians Tom Weaver and David Schecter, the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode on the movie, the Theatrical Trailer and a Still Gallery.

 


VIDEO – 4.25/5


Shout Factory releases The Deadly Mantis onto Blu-ray where it has been given a new 1080p high-definition transfer taken from a 2K scan of the original film elements. Outside of some of the stock footage and a few shots which are littered with dust marks, scratches and dirt, the bulk of the movie doesn’t look half bad with sharp detail while the natural film grain and noise was retained.

AUDIO – 4.0/5


The disc includes a nice sounding, with some good crispness, DTS-HD Master Audio Mono track. Despite being a singular track, there is some modest depth especially when the mantis actually attacks.

 


OVERALL – 2.5/5


Overall, The Deadly Mantis is a bit of a lame 1950s sci-fi-fantasy film that is more boring though some of the small scale scenes with the mantis wasn’t half bad at least, personally it was far more interesting watching the “MST3K” episode included than the movie itself… The transfers itself for both the video and audio were both respectable, as was the new commentary track.

 

 

 

 

Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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