Though I do have a decent grasp of the names of directors for cinema of a certain era, I had to look this one up as it didn't conjure up any immediate visions in my head. But Edgar G. Ulmer was a storyteller from an era of Hollywood wherein talented folk could toil endlessly in low-budget or B-Movie fare, for which he was well known. Eventually, he managed to throw off the 'low-budget' credentials and graduated to more respectable projects, though many of them stray well beyond the boundaries of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Late in his career, he dug deep into the well of inspiration and delivered three flicks to the world of genre entertainment: The Man From Planet X (1951), The Amazing Transparent Man (1960), and Beyond The Time Barrier (1960). While none of these titles may be all that distinct, it's still great to know that a craftsman like Ulmer left a mark with his visual flair in his storied days in Tinseltown.
In any event, the fine folks at Kino Lorber have put together an impression trifecta of these signature works, and it's coming available for pre-order soon. I thought I'd share some of the specifics with you below (in my standard cut-and-paste) fashion. Interested parties are encouraged to check these out at your earliest convenience.
As always, thanks for reading ... and live long and prosper!
[The Man From Planet X / Beyond the Time Barrier / The Amazing Transparent Man]
Prebook Date: 2/22/22
Street Date: 3/22/22
Label: KL Studio Classics
BD SRP: 39.95
BD Item #: K25821
BD UPC: 738329258214
Genre: Sci Fi / Horror
Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Actors: Robert Clarke, Darlene Tompkins, Marguerite Fields, Douglas Kennedy, William Schallert
Black & White
This collection features three sci-fi shockers directed by the sensational Edgar G. Ulmer (The Black Cat, Detour).
THE MAN FROM PLANET X (1950) – On the coast of Scotland, where there’s enough fog to hide an alien landing, an astronomer discovers that one has actually occurred. But it’s soon realized that the creature, the “Man from Planet X,” has definite plans—not for friendship, but for domination—unleashing “out-of-this-world” havoc on the villagers!
BEYOND THE TIME BARRIER (1960) – In 1960, U.S. Air Force Major William Allison pilots the X80 jet, which is capable of speeds up to 5,000 miles an hour and reaching heights of more than 100 miles above Earth. Upon nearly reaching outer space, Allison is unaware that the X80’s tremendous velocity has propelled him through a time barrier and into the post-apocalyptic year of 2024. He soon finds himself held captive in an underground city known as the Citadel, whose inhabitants have been menaced by mutants and a deadly virus. Now Allison must find a way to return to the past and warn humanity of impending disaster.
THE AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN (1960) – In this pulse-pounding sci-fi classic, safecracker Joey Faust is snatched out of prison and made invisible with an atomic ray gun, apparently—and transparently—for the sole purpose of stealing nuclear fuel for a villain named Krenner and his beautiful moll Laura. But when Faust realizes his radiation-generated new look is slowly poisoning him, the tables are quickly turned, and his simple heist could now become the decade’s most horrifying nuclear nightmare of vengeance!