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Peter Weller and Michael Carmine look warily upon something strange in their midst in LEVIATHAN—like ALIEN, but set underwater.


climax (Hudson complains about his character’s last-minute death, which is oddly perfunc- tory) and signs off with a cheap laugh punch which would have been funnier if Pays, not Weller, delivered the coup de fist. Cosmatos, on a roll thanks to RAMBO FIRST BLOOD PART II, reteams with OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN star Weller but neither do their best work.


The 2.35:1 Blu-ray transfer shows up shortcomings of rubber


monster effects but heightens appreciation for the ingenious faux-underwater process. Extras run to a trailer, interviews with Hudson and Elizondo and a 40m piece with Woodruff and creature designer Alec Gillis, who are san- guine about the quality of the film (Winston was offered this and DEEPSTAR SIX and Woodruff would have preferred to do the ri- val production) and hint at behind- the-scenes clashes which made for inconsistent effects work.


THE LOST EMPIRE


1983, Polyscope, 83m 19s, $14.95, DVD-1 By John Charles


We reviewed this wild Jim Wynorski fantasy/action/comedy film as a Tapes from the Attic title in VW 61:26. That Lightning Video release suffered from a pan&scan transfer that was rot- ten even for the era. The movie has finally reached DVD in its origi- nal 2.35:1 aspect ratio, though the


Angela Aames, Raven De La Croix and Melanie Vincz might have popped out more in 3D but they are hardly “flat anamorphic” in THE LOST EMPIRE.


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