Frau Im Mond (1929) BluRay Review

frauDualcoverFrau Im Mond (Dual Format review, 2014)

aka Woman in the Moon

Director – Fritz Lang

Starring – Willy Fritlch, Gerda Maurus, Klaus Pohl, Fritz Ralp, Gustav von Wangenheim

Run Time – 160 minutes

Language – Silent, English subtitles

Black & white

Release date – Monday 25th August

Label – Masters of Cinema/Eureka!

Professor Mannfeldt (Pohl) is being ridiculed by his peers for his theories that the moon is full of precious metals, mainly gold. Helius believes him however and is a rich man who is very interested in space travel. They plan to make a visit to the moon for its ‘resources’ a reality.

But Helius’s home is ransacked by some henchmen of an evil American businessman named Walter Turner. He discovers Helius and Mannfeldt’s plan to go to the moon and he wants in, due to his greed. Walter tells them they either let him go with them or he will have his men ruin their rocket. They have no choice but to comply.

frau1The massive rocket is finally built and Mannfeldt, Turner, Helius and his assistant Windegger (von Wangenheim) and partner Friede (Maurus) board the vessel as they head to the moon to discover is the Professor’s theory is true or not. They make some startling discoveries.

Hailed by many as the last ‘epic of the silent era’ Frau Im Mond could rightly be just that. Frtiz Lang is known for cinematic brilliance like M and Metropolis but Frau Im Mond can be classified as a classic too. Made in 1929, a staggering 85 years ago, a lot of the methods used within make the film were decades ahead of its time.

The idea the moon contain tonnes of gold is laughable now but a very real belief back then. Fritz Lang was a big advocate of space travel and desperately wanted a mission to the moon to happen. He invested his own money in research and early attempts at creating a rocket to send into space. He was so confident that it would become a reality in 1929 he had planned for the ‘real rocket’ to be launched the day of Frau Im Mond’s première. Obviously this did not happen as space travel was decades away from happening.But it highlights how much the film and its subject matter meant to him.

The sequence in which the rocket to the moon is launched is stunning for its time. The direction, lighting and miniature models used are all light-years, no pun intended, ahead of anything in cinema of that era. Lang’s eye to detail, due to his knowledge on possible space travel, is seen the most during the sequence. The moon having no gravity was just a theory back then but Lang depicts the moon as being zero-gravity. Although he rather frivolously has the characters wear big boots with a massive lump of lead attached to each sole so they don’t ‘float away’. Also, no helmet and suit are required on the moon – they can breathe! It has an atmosphere.

frau2The performances are all noteworthy as, due to the film’s silent nature, all actors involved use more facial expressions and body language to express emotion. Pohl, who would go on to appear in several other Lang features, is outstanding as the gurning Professor.

They discover that the moon really does have plenty of gold in it. This causes certain characters to become greedy and decide to sabotage the journey back to Earth for their own financial ends. Lang depicts this greed has being something that will corrupt man and something that is to be feared. Although the end of Frau Im Mond will leave no one in doubt as to what the director think’s is the true driving force of the human spirit.

Master’s of Cinema’s HD transfer is strong and limits any remaining imperfections that are on the movie. Occasional lines and scratches appear onscreen but thankfully don’t detract from the film. Colour does seems a little faded in places although as it’s black and white it just make’s certain scenes seem a little grey in places.

The sole extra is a 15 minute documentary, in German with English subs, which reveals a lot of information not just on the film but also Fritz Lang’s previously mentioned belief in sending a rocket into space. The documentary compares Fritz ideas of how to travel into space to how close they were to when man final did go into space in 1968.

frau3He certainly knew his stuff. Frau Im Mond encouraged people to try harder in getting a rocket to the moon such was the films impact. It also was suppressed by the Nazi’s once they started their mission to get a rocket into space, they feared it was too realistic. A 36 page booklet is included and is full of photographs and study of Lang’s work by Michael E Grost.

Frau Im Mond really is a silent era epic that was a serious attempt at sci-fi before the genre became more widespread. The picture enhances Lang’s reputation as being a revolutionary and a master of cinema.

7 out of 10.

You can order Frau Im Mond HERE

Scintilla aka The Hybrid (2014) DVD Review


Directed By: Billy O’Brien

Written By: Steve Clark & Josh Golga (story), Rob Green, Billy O’Brien, G.P.Taylor (screenplay)

Starring: John Lynch, Morjana Alaoui, Craig Conway, Antonia Thomas, Beth Winslet

UK Certification: 18

RRP: £12.99

Running Time: 90 minutes

Distributor: Metrodome Group

UK Release Date: 18th August 2014

The old underground research facility orientated chestnut is one that has been quite prevalent in horror movies throughout the years, and so hearing that was the basis for Scintilla my enthusiasm was firmly muted. However, with the realisation that a) it was shot in Huddersfield and b) it was directed by Billy O’Brien, my despondency was markedly short lived. O’Brien’s debut feature was the superb Irish horror Isolation (2005), set in an environment of genetically mutated cattle it was bold, original and unrelentingly bleak – and despite his sophomore picture being the forgettable SyFy channel movie Ferocious Planet (2011), his stock with me was pretty high.

SCINTILLA 002We open with Powell (Lynch), who we discover is rotting in a sub-Saharan African prison and being tortured gleefully by a guard who is extracting his toenails one by one with a pair of pliers. Thankfully for Powell he’s about to be freed and sent as part of a team of mercenaries to the Former Soviet Republic of Azerjestan, more specifically the East Assetia enclave about which we’re told it’s in its 5th year of a civil war. He’s been asked to lead this team into the underground facility to take out the key scientist before his research is complete. He’ll be escorting Dr. Healy (Alaoui) into the facility, and Powell is told that she will be in overall charge and is also fully briefed on what needs seizing from this shady experiment.

As Powell’s team they get to the entrance of the facility they find it to be heavily guarded, with imprisoned dissidents kept in cages lining the entrance as if to dissuade any acts of rebellion. Fortunately they have a plan which revolves around sending a car with Harris (the superb Ned Dennehy) and the computer genius Williams (Chris Ellis-Stanton) in to gain control of the camera network to find a gap in the security perimeter which will then enable the team to sneak in. Once inside they must remain hidden from the armed militia at all costs, but the longer they’re in the facility the more they become aware that there is something far more sinister lurking in the shadows.

What lifts Scintilla above its contemporaries is a variety of things, none more so than John Lynch in the lead role. The Newry born actor brings a gravitas to the film as he did in Black Death (2010) and Ghosted (2011), and that elevates the movie to give it the credibility it needs. With able support from Ned Dennehy, Morjana Alaoui and Antonia Thomas the casting is just perfect which helps overlook the obvious low budget nature of the movie. That said, the set decoration and location scouting has been done to such a degree that the look of the movie belies the micro-budget it was produced for.

SCINTILLA 003With its slow, deliberate pacing, Scintilla may well irritate the band of hyperactive horror fans who expect to be jolted back into their seats with continuous shocks. For those of you who prefer your genre viewing with a more crafted and thoughtful means of exposition then this movie will undoubtedly appeal. It does have the propensity to lose its way a little in the final third, veering in and out of generic sci-fi schlock territory, but overall thanks to the additional of some strong gore and subtle VFX it manages to be a satisfying entry in the sparsely populated genre of British sci-fi / horror.

6.5 out of 10


The UKHS Ecstasy & Agony Showcase #11 – The Thing (1982) by Dean Sills

The UKHS Ecstasy & Agony Showcase #11:
The Ecstasy of THE THING (1982)

ThingPosterUKHS’ very own Parkinson, Sir. Dean of Sills, takes to the podium today, letting loose with a love-strewn appraisal of the Carpenter classic. It’s a Thing of beauty. See what we did there?

The horror film I love the most is John Carpenter’s The Thing. It’s far in front of the others, just like Lewis Hamilton in his F1 Mercedes. It’s Carpenter’s dark masterpiece; a real classic. So why do I love it so much? And what does it mean to me as a movie lover?

The Thing is unique in so many ways, from Kurt Russell’s outstanding performance as MacReady, a wisecracking helicopter pilot who is part of a twelve man research team stationed at a remote Antarctic research station; to the sheer, palpable sense of paranoia that grips the camp as they try to work out just who hasn’t been inhabited by the intergalactic shapeshifter. Entering the station in the form of a dog, we, the audience, know from the start it’s not of this world – Carpenter shows us as much during the opening credits – but MacReady and the rest of the team don’t have a clue!

The thing that gets me most excited about, er, The Thing is the way that we are totally unaware of who is still human and who is now alien. Once we get to see the alien for the first time it’s a half-formed monstrosity that scares the crap out of us, but at the same time are eyes are glued to the screen wanting to see much more and know how far the Thing will go to survive. The special effects may have dated a little from the first time I saw this but it’s still outstanding to watch; the creature-effects artists Rob Bottin and Stan Winston have created are really cool and gut-wrenchingly horrifying. And they’re still better than most current CGI effects.

The film is a remake of Howard Hawks’ 1951 science fiction classic The Thing from Another World which remains faithful to the short story upon which both are based, John Campbell’s Who Goes There?.

thing2I love the characters and each actor is superb in their roles. It’s a great cast, with the likes of Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Donald Moffat,David Clennon, Richard Masur and T.K. Carter. The atmosphere and setting is fantastic. My two favourite scenes from the movie are when Cooper attempts to revive Norris with a defibrillator. Norris is now The Thing and his chest opens up and becomes a pair of jaws ripping Cooper’s arms off. MacReady blasts the Thing with his flamethrower but the head of Norris detaches itself from his body and turns into a strange looking spider, which is oddly hilarious especially when the spider tries to escape and David Clennon as Palmer (with a bewildered look on his face) delivers the best line in the film, “You gotta be fuckin’ kidding.” The dialogue throughout the film is bloody awesome.

The other scene that gives me a real buzz is the blood testing scene with MacReady taking blood samples from all the surviving researchers in separate Petrie dishes and burning each one with a hot wire just to see who is still human and who is not! Another cracking line in the film comes from Gary (Donald Moffat) in this scene, he is tied up and tested last due to MacReady thinking he is the Thing but Gary turns out to still be human, shouting out while still tied up on his own, “I know you gentlemen have been through a lot, but when you find the time, I’d rather not spend the rest of this winter tied to this fucking couch!”

The Thing means so much to me as a movie lover because I am a huge Elvis Presley and Clint Eastwood fan. I know, wait a minute, you are all probably thinking what the hell does The Thing have to do with those two? Well, the film connects these two legends in so many ways, basically thanks to Elvis and Clint it’s the reason I first discovered this awesome film. Kurt Russell was the kid whom Elvis pays to kick him in the shins in It Happened at the World’s Fair. Kurt would later go on to play Elvis in Elvis. This 1979 tv movie which was directed by John Carpenter. In The Thing, Kurt Russell’s character is a loner, displaying the mannerisms of Eastwood.

thingselfieI once read that on the set of Escape From New York, the presence of Lee Van Cleef inspired Kurt Russell to talk in a raspy voice just like Clint Eastwood in the Man With No Name trilogy. The soundtrack for the Man With No Name trilogy was done by Ennio Morricone who also did the haunting score for The Thing. So thanks to Elvis and Clint I became a fan of Kurt Russell and John Carpenter.

When I first watched The Thing with my Dad I remember it freaking me out a little, with it’s jaw-dropping frightening special effects. I was even looking at our pet dog, Sheba, a little different wondering if she was one of those things! Viewing the film today, it’s clear to see this is a well acted, horror, sci-fi action flick that has stood the test of time and become one of the best horror movies ever created that gets a big thumbs up from me!


Read all the previous Ecstasy & Agony pieces by clicking them:

#1 Dead & Buried (1981) by Duane Hicks 

#2 The Happening (2008) by James Pemberton 

#3 Sleepstalker (1995) by Matty Budrewicz

#4 A Serbian Film (2010) by Oli Ryder

#5 A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Dead (1985) by Dave Wain

#6 Cabin In The Woods (2012) by Joey Keogh

#7 Battle Royale (2000) by Mark Pidgeon 

#8 Avia Vampire Hunter (2005) by Andy Deen

#9 La Jetee (1962) by Stuart Anderson

#10 The Shining (1980) by Stuart Smith

Lifeforce (1985) Arrow BluRay Review

lifeforce1Lifeforce (1985) Arrow BluRay Review

Director(s): Tobe Hooper
Cast: Steve Railsback, Peter Firth, Frank Finlay, Mathilda (Gorgeous)
May, Patrick Stewart
BBFC Certificate: 18
Running Time: 116 (International version)/101 minutes (American
Theatrical release)

The simple fact is is that I owe the director, Tobe Hooper an apology for the poor box office performance of his 1985 movie, Lifeforce. I propose this seemingly bold statement because it was partly my fault why the movie wasn’t a great success at the time, let me explain. 1985 was a strange old year all round. Bob Geldof was busy feeding the world with his live Aid, I gave money and watched the whole event in a haze of beer. I also spent a
great deal of time throughout that year’s summer at a variety of open-air Rock gigs , much of it seemingly in perpetual rain, all of it in a haze of beer. It was in truth, my year of hedonistic fun.

There were also parties, plenty of parties – well at least that’s what I seem to remember as time has passed. Yes, Lots of parties filled with music, bad food, girls and all in a haze of beer. However, 1985 wasn’t just my year of self-indulgence (there are indeed some who know me that would argue that I’ve had many other years of me, me, me, in addition to just that one), it was also a year of strange contradictions in the science fiction movie world.

It was the year that produced science fiction perfection in the form of*Brazil*, *Back To The Future*, *The Quiet Earth* and *O-Bi, O-Ba: The End of Civilisation*. However, it was also the year that brought us *Morons From Outer Space*, *Cocoon* and *Weird Science*………

Now it could well be that most years are full of such cinematic contradictions, however this particular year stands out for me for one particular reason. It was during one particular hazy beer episode in June of 1985 when it was suggested by a female friend of mine that we go and see a movie that week. Of course it would have to be sci-fi or horror – she was
a major Gothic horror buff herself, which was one reason why we were close. The other was that she was drop-dead delicious. Anyhoo, the choice of movie going came down to two simple choices: the current box office smasher, * Cocoon, *or a lesser known sci-fi/horror film, *Lifeforce*, that had been released around the same time, but to less glowing reviews.

Well, I say it was a simple choice, however it quickly became apparent that it was far more complex than that. The problem was that she wanted to see the aforementioned piece of sentimental syrupy claptrap directed by that guy who used to be Richie Cunningham in ‘Happy Days’ (Cue, my very bad Fonzie impression), whilst I wanted to see the intriguing looking film about space vampires directed by the guy who made a rather good
flick about a Leatherfaced, chainsaw-loving guy and his slightly eccentric family in Texas. I would love to say that I held out for days with my side of the argument, citing the quality of director Tobe Hooper’s previous work and the profound effect that his work had had on not only within the genre’s that we both loved, but on the wider cultural landscape as a whole.
However, those who know me well will not be in the least surprised to learn that after a small discussion, I quickly relented and agreed to watch * Cocoon. *Did I mention that she was drop-dead delicious?………..

The consequence of my not sticking to my movie-going principles and instead thinking with my, er, well you know, was that *Lifeforce *was released to underwhelming box office returns. It found itself in a disappointing fourth place, losing a head-to-head battle against Cocoon, earning just over $11,000,00 at the US box office. I did manage to see Tobe’s movie when it came out a year or so later on video (in which the film was finding something of a new resurgence), but the damage had been done. I’m sorry Tobe, I really am.

So when I found out that the good people at ARROW FILMS were due to release a remastered edition of *Lifeforce *BluRay, then I thought that possible redemption might finally be mine.

lifeforce2*”Follow me lads, what’s the worst that could happen?”*

*Lifeforce *is based on Colin Wilson’s novel ‘The Space Vampires’. The screenplay was written by non other than Dan O’Bannon (Alien, Total Recall & Return of the Living Dead) and directed by the aforementioned friend of leatherface, Tobe Hooper. So far, so good.

The movie begins with a joint British and American Space shuttle mission researching Halley’s Comet when they discover that within the head of the Comet is an enormous alien space ship, seemingly derelict. Naturally, our intrepid Astronauts waste little time in spacewalking from the *Churchill* (the shuttle) over to the alien vessel where they discover the interior to be more organic in nature rather than mechanical. They soon come across a huge number of alien corpses, who are remarkably bat-like in their appearance.
Amidst the floating corpses the crew find what appear to be three naked humanoid bodies in glass boxes, apparently in some kind of suspended animation.

At this stage the wise move would be to leave the alien lifeforms where they are and get assistance, thereby not risking bringing anything harmful back to their ship that could run amok and, well, kill them all……….. So naturally the crew decide to bring the three humanoids back to the ship and return to Earth. The consequences are naturally dire, as contact is lost with the shuttle and a rescue mission is launched, sending the space shuttle Columbia to find out just what the heck is going on. The rescuers soon find that the interior of *Churchill* has been almost completely decimated by a fire. All that has survived the trip back to Earth are the three glass containers with the humanoids inside, who are immediately transported to the European Space Research Centre in London (yes really,

At this point things start to go pear-shaped as the aliens turn out to be anything but nice as they begin to literally suck the life out of their captors and in turn set off a chain event of transforming the populace of London to a fellow life sucking Zombies. The race is on to save humanity from having the life-force sucked out of it by these space vampires.

lifeforce3*”Look at me everybody, apparently I’m a bit gorgeous”*

Now before I start with such lesser topics as dialogue and plot, I’ll get to it straightaway. When I mean ‘it’, I mean something far more important, and one of the foremost associations that many minds have with this movie (both positive and negative) – her name is Mathilda May. The 18 year old French girl & in only her second acting experience, plays the female vampire completely naked throughout the film (well except for in a couple
of brief scenes). I will leave it up to others far more able and qualified to examine whether this is another example of cinematic female exploitation (after all, neither of her fellow male aliens at any time display the ‘sexual tackle’ bestowed upon them), or if the filmmakers intention it was to exemplify the message of the female empowerment of her
sexual irresistibility to all. Whatever the view some may have, the truth that cannot be denied is that her brave and fearless performance has a genuine spectral and supernatural edge about it that perfectly compliments the genuine erotic nature of her appearance and interpretation. I do not wish to dismiss the suggestion that it is exploitation, however it is the stuff of a million male fantasies – now maybe that’s the real reason why my girlfriend didn’t want me to go and see it……….

*Lifeforce* it neither a bad film or a great one, however it does have clear examples of both extremes within it. The movie didn’t perform at all well on it’s initial cinematic release, and while that may be partly my fault, it’s safe to say that critics and audiences alike were intrigued and confused in equal measure on it’s first viewings. In part this is due to the movie’s numerous influences, it’s almost as if the homages were fighting to be acknowledged. A prime example are the opening scenes where the astronauts first come across the alien ship and travel through its interior is a clear reference to Ridley Scott’s masterpiece, *Alien.*

lifeforce4*”Nothing to see here guys….move along, move along”*

The fact that the screenwriter was also responsible for writing that seminal movie is perhaps no coincidence with the slow atmospheric build up as the humans head towards the alien ship and then the journey through a very organic-living spacecraft interior (all accompanied by a majestic
musical score by Henry Mancini).

Another more implicit influence on *Lifeforce *are the various parallels to the familiar Dracula story with Vampires brought back to our shores only for him/her to escape and wreak havoc upon the people and place it finds itself in. This reference is has been clearly identified by Tobe Hooper himself who says in one of the interview extras that he consciously wanted the alien spacecraft to have an authentic classical Gothic look, or as he puts it “The look of the ship in my head was Dracula’s castle….”

Indeed, The whole movie can been seen as a disjointed concoction of of different themes within one movie – we start with a traditional creepy strange alien found in space, then we move onto to an alien invasion of earth with the final third of the film morning into a more modern day obsession of a Zombie apocalypse taking over one of our major cities.

This very unevenness has confused and distracted critics and audiences alike ever since it’s initial release.

lifeforce5Yes, this is something of a mishmash of a concept and film, though that could be explained in part by the films legendary complex and problematic production and post-production history. Not only did the film-shoot quickly fall behind schedule, it soon started to go well over-budget as the film studio, Cannon, began to lose what little control it had over it’s films finances (hence one of the many reasons for the demise of one of the last great hopes for the British cinema industry). The result was the non-filming of key scenes and some lingering mechanical issues with the Zombie characters malfunctioning on a regular basis. These were but two problems, there were many, many more.

Things didn’t get any better in post-production when it seemed at times that the movie would never see the light of day. The initial cut of the film came out at 128 mins which Tobe Hooper said was needed to fully cater to the ambitious themes, messages and feel of the movie – otherwise, he said, the story just wouldn’t make sense. However both the film company and the home distributors practically choked on their prawn sandwiches at
the expansive running time and insisted that nearly 30 mins was chopped off, many of them taking place at the beginning of the film on the space shuttle *Churchill*. Not only that, it was felt that the ‘overtly British’ feel of the film would put off wider (American) audiences so a number of the British performances (notably that of Nicholas Ball) were not only trimmed, some were cut completely, but also some voices were over-dubbed with American actors – Tobe was not pleased.

lifeforce6*Finlay and Finch search frantically*

* for their careers*

Another uneven quality to the film is the acting and certain plot issues. *Lifeforce* boasts something of a stellar British cast with the likes of acting stalwarts such as Frank Finlay, Peter Finch, Nicholas Ball and a pre-Star Trek Next Generations Patrick Stewart – to name but a few. Some of the performances, particularly from Finlay are truly excellent and evenly played and only rarely encroaching on the territory of the ‘Ham’. However,
some of the other performances are less convincing, for example, Steve Railback’s performance in the central role being at times somewhat toe-curling and bordering on histrionic.

The dialogue too at times is hard to believe, with such lines as “Don’t worry. A naked girl is not going to get out of this complex.” ….. which is soon to be followed by the classic* “Now she has clothes”. Shakespeare this aint.

Oh and yes, there are certain plot issues that I’ve always had. For instance, just what the hell sort of organisation brings back three potentially threatening aliens back to Earth and puts them in a complex guarded by a few unarmed middle-aged overweight men?

lifeforce7However for all it’s faults, and there are quite a few, I truly love this movie. What it occasionally lacks in logic, structure and dialogue, it makes for in spades in other areas. Mathilda May is not only delicious
but utterly convincing in her role as the life sucking alien. The special effects provide a knuckle ride of an experience at times from the
beginnings of the alien ship exploration through the blue light life forcing sucking visuals and finally right through to London’s violent Zombie apocalypse.

Some may call this a so-bad-that-it’s-good-guilty-pleasure of a movie experience, but it’s far more (and better) than that. It is almost Tobe Hooper’s whole career in one single movie – periods of brilliance mixed with moments of ordinaryness and all surrounded with a modicum of chaos. Hooper has not directed a movie of the stature and budget of *Lifeforce* since, that may be down partly to his own reserved character and well-known shyness or partly due to the politics of contemporary film making. Tobe
Hooper deserves much more than that.

One is for certain is that I love this film. Yes it is unevenly chaotic at times and utterly brilliant at others – it sort of reminds me of myself…….

lifeforce8It is widely considered (well at least between me and a mate after an online discussion yesterday) that in the last year or so, Arrow Films have noticeably raised their game in terms of the quality of their releases. Whatever your opinion on the quality of the movie itself, one cannot deny that once again they have kept up the constantly high standard of treatment and packaging. In terms of the visual treatment, the effect is simply jaw-dropping with the crispness and colour quality that at times overwhelms the visual input – the transfer is simply excellent.

The BluRay release comes on two separate discs – one with the original American theatrical release version and the other is the international version which is the far superior of the two as it is the fuller 116 min cut and resembles far more Hooper’s original look for the film rather than the one cut and butchered by the American distributors.

The restoration in particular highlights the high standard of the original lighting, photography and especially the special effects which were put into the film’s production – The scenes of, and inside the alien ship, together with the subsequent ‘battle for London’ simply take on a further breathtaking quality of clarity and detail. The film is now quite simply a stunning visual feast for the eyes.

The ears don’t lose out either as a result of the restoration, the music and sound effect quality means that the restored master audio mix is astonishing in it’s clarity, adding tension and fear during the action sequences and providing a genuine level of atmospheric on other set-pieces. All of which serves to envelop and consume you completely as it combines with the visual elements – It is quite possibly the best sound ‘re-vamp’
for a BlueRay release that I have heard for quite some time.

lifeforce9As usual Arrow films provide a genuine profusion of extra special feature
goodies to further tempt us.

*2-Disc Blu-ray Special Edition Features:*

– *High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation *of both the Theatrical and
International Versions, transferred from original elements by MGM with
supervision by director Tobe Hooper

– Optional uncompressed 2.0 Stereo PCM and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio Surround

– Isolated Music and Effects Sound Track

– Optional English SDH *subtitles *for the deaf and hard of hearing

– *Audio commentary* with Tobe Hooper, moderated by filmmaker Tim Sullivan

– *Audio commentary* with Academy Award-winning visual effects artist
Douglas Smith, moderated by filmmaker and scholar Howard S. Berger

– *Audio commentary *with make-up effects artist Nick Maley, moderated by
filmmaker Michael Felsher

– *Cannon Fodder: The Making of Lifeforce *- An epic UK-exclusive look at
the genesis, production and release of Lifeforce featuring interviews with
Hooper, producer Michael J. Kagan, editor John Grover, actors Aubrey Morris
and Nicholas Ball, makeup artist Sandra Exelby, screenwriter Michael
Armstrong, sound designer Vernon Messenger, artistic designers Tom Adams
and Douglas Smith and effects artist John Schoonraad

– *Space Vampires in London*: An interview with Tobe Hooper

lifeforce10*Blimey, someone still looks a bit hot….*

– *Dangerous Beauty:* An interview with Mathilda May, Lifeforce’s iconic

The still remarkably gorgeous French actress talks candidly about the
strange experience of being 18 and able to speak virtually no English in
London AND spending most of the production naked. Her account of the nerve
it took to stand and perform with out any clothes on in front of so many
people and her lack of regret of the experience whilst acknowledging that
she wouldn’t do it again, is refreshing and humorous. She gives a lovely
account of her time before and during the movie recounting how all her
dialogue was learnt phonetically in her only one previous acting
experience. Indeed, she confides that much her English speaking performance was
leant from listening to and copying Frank Finlay’s magnificent speaking

– *Carlsen’s Curse*: Star Steve Railsback looks back on Lifeforce and his

– Original *Theatrical Trailer*

– *Reversible sleeve* featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by
Gary Pullin

– *Collector’s booklet* featuring new writing on the film by science
fiction expert Bill Warren, a new interview with Oscar-winning visual
effects artist John Dykstra by Calum Waddell, illustrated with original
archive stills and posters

My love of the movie and the work that Arrow films have done in the
remastering means that I must give it 8.5 out of 10.