Directed by Phil Tucker
Starring George Nader & Claudia Barrett
Image ; Region 0 ; NTSC ; Full-Frame ; Mono English
Trailers : Robot Monster, Plan 9 From Outer Space, Brider Of The Monster, Jail Bait, Rocketship X-M, Destination Moon
After wiping out the vast majority of earth's population with his decalcinator ray, the Ro-Man is informed by his leader, The Great Guidance, that a small group of survivors remain nearby. In his attempts to vanquish these last few 'Hu-Mans', Ro-Man finds himself doing the unforgivable - falling in love.
'Robot Monster' needs little more introduction. Phil Tucker's classic piece of 'so bad it's good' science fiction rivals the far more (or less?) popular 'Plan 9 From Outer Space', not only in ineptitude, but more importantly, in entertainment. At a mere 62 minutes, 'Robot Monster' could barely be described as a feature film, but this works in its favour. It's fast-paced and doesn't suffer from the tedium that can occur once the novelty's worn off (as it did with 'Plan 9').
Image Entertainment has produced a nice and crisp transfer from such an old and low-budget film. This was never going to be demonstration material, so to expect anything more than a merely functionaly video and audio transfer would be somewhat over-optimistic.
Especially considering the short length of the film, it's a terrible shame that this disc is so light on in the extra features department. All you get is a handful of trailers of other shlock classics. It would have been wonderful if Image had also provided a 3D version of the film. Surely if such presentation is to ever be realised in the home cinema, DVD provides the perfect opportunity. Yes, it would never be as effective as it would be on a 30 foot screen, but it would have been fun nevertheless.
Despite the lacklustre, bare-bones treatment, 'Robot Monster' is well worth picking up given its low price and its well-earned status as one of the best worst movies of all time.