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Reviewer: Dave
Review Date: September 17, 2000

Released by: Something Weird Video
Release date: 8/22/2000
MSRP: $14.99
Region 1, NTSC
Full Frame 1.33:1



The Story

inline Image James (Steven Vincent) is obsessed with science-fiction magazines. He spends so much time reading them that his wife threatens to throw them all away. She complains that he's so obsessed that it's been ages since they've last made love. He shuts her up by making love to her, but as soon as they're done and she falls asleep he quickly grabs another magazine and begins reading. It's at this point where the movie becomes the actual story he's reading.

inline Image The year is 2069, Colonel James Granilla (Steven Vincent), who is actually an alien in human disguise, is sent to intercept a "Terranian" space vessel that is headed towards his homeland, Planetaria. While in travel his ship is overtaken by mutineers and he's forced to flee in a "space canoe", which he steers into the path of the Terranian ship. He makes his way on board, introducing himself as a Colonel from Kansas City, the loan survivor (thanks to his "super-sonic sneakers") of a ship crash. Mother, the ship's lesbian captain, tells him he can stay, that they'll be able to use his for some of the heavy lifting jobs.

inline Image James must now fulfill his primary goal - to destroy the crew and their ship before they can land on Planetaria. He decides it's necessary to learn and participate in Terranian sexuality (which happens to be the same as human sexuality) in an attempt to learn their weaknesses. While he finds the idea disgusting, he must do it for the sake of his people. He watches the a few crew members during sexual intercourse, including the captain's lesbian sex. Finally one of the female crew mates makes her move on James. He reluctantly makes love to her in order to convince the crew he's human. Soon he's able to secretly sabotage the ship, programming it to crash into an asteroid. His plan fails; they dodge the asteroid but are forced to land on an actual asteroid. Of course, once on the surface everyone begins having sex with one another, with James being the focus of all the females. Turns out James is so good he can even make a lesbian captain go straight. When the captain remembers that the ship has a reserve fuel cell, they begin preparing for departure. James has grown fond of these female Terranians and must now decide whether to destroy the ship or go on living as a Terranian, enjoying the sexual pleasures they offer.

inline Image Space Thing is very appropriate for the Something Weird Video line that is distributed by Image Entertainment. It is exactly that...something weird. The movie is all about t&a, which it definitely has lots of. Some of the acting is actually decent, but most is downright awful. There isn't much of a story here, as you can probably tell by my summary. It's an exploitation movie that mostly consists of long, drawn out sex scenes. Of course, we also have the sci-fi part of it that's thrown in. In that regard, we get some horrible effects. They're so bad I was literally laughing when I saw them. I mean, we're talking about a model Star Trek space ship, turned backwards, being strung around in a dark room that represents outer space. The lunchroom seats in the space ship are rubber garbage barrels turned upside down. It's really the type of movie everyone should see, mainly because you gape in wonder how something like this could be made. If you're a fan of Plan 9 From Outer Space, consider this the exploitation/sci-fi equivalent. It's a really good BAD movie!

Image Quality

Image Entertainment presents Space Thing in a full frame transfer in its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio. Definitely a nice transfer here that is fairly sharp and grain free, but there are some minor problems. The colors are a bit faded, but that's not really a fault of the DVD. This is a low budget movie from the 60's after all. There are a few print blemishes that appear, mostly nicks and scratches, but the majority of the movie is blemish free. Only other problem would be some white specks that occasionally appear. None of these problems are going hinder your enjoyment of the movie, however. Definitely a fine job by Image Entertainment on this one.

Sound

Space Thing is presented in Dolby Digital Mono sound. Dialogue and sound were clear throughout the movie with no hissing, pops or other distortion evident.

Supplemental Material

inline Image Image Entertainment and Something Weird Video have gone all out for their Space Thing DVD release, providing a good amount of extras. First there is the audio commentary with Mike Vraney from Something Weird Video and producer David F. Friedman. Dave starts the commentary off with a classic quote - "Space Thing makes Planet 9 From Outer Space look like Citizen Kane". Yup, that about sums up my feelings too, Dave! Mike acts as the moderator, asking Dave a variety of questions throughout the film, his past work, the "soft x industry" and much more. Overall a good commentary; I really enjoyed listening to Dave discuss such a wide variety of topics, and it was nice that right off the bat he admitted this was a bad movie. As Mike from SMV says, it's bad but that's what's so good about it.

inline Image There are two short subjects included on the DVD. First is "Roll-Oh The Robot", running at about 3 minutes. It's about a housewife daydreaming about having a robot in their home. The robot, named Roll-Oh, helps with such chores as opening the door, fetching the paper, make the bed, etc. It's amusing, especially since the robot looks like a refrigerator with feet. The next short subject is titled "The Dance of Tomorrow", running at about 4 minutes. It's about items of tomorrow - futuristic cars, highways, etc. Wasn't all that interesting. I mostly enjoyed Roll-Oh - I want one!!!

Next is the David F. Friedman gallery of exploitation art. As the name suggests, it contains artwork for various David F. Friedman movies. Some of them are quite interesting, and it's definitely fun to look at all of them. Lastly, there is a theatrical trailer that runs over 4 minutes in length (it's explained in the commentary that Dave loved long trailers, having some as long as 7 minutes). All of the extras were very enjoyable, which most fans are going to enjoy. They definitely add to the total value of this DVD.

Final Thoughts

'A good BAD movie' sums it up I think. You really have to see this to believe it. This is the type of movie where you buy a couple cases of beer, call the buddies over, send the ladies out for the night and then laugh your ass off. Definitely check it out. Image did a nice job with the DVD, providing a good transfer with some nice extras.

Rating

Movie - C
Image Quality - B-
Sound - B+
Supplements - B

Technical Info.
  • Color
  • Running time - 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Unrated
  • 1 Disc
  • Chapter stops
  • English Dolby Digital Mono

Supplements
  • Commentary track with Mike Vraney from Something Weird Video and producer David F. Friedman
  • 1940s Archinval Short Subject: "Roll-Oh the Robot"
  • 1950s Archival Short Subject: "The Dance of Tomorrow"
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • David F. Friedman Gallery of Exploitation Art

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