Here’s another collection from Universal, which seems determined to mine its reputation for Thirties to Fifties science fiction and horror for all it’s worth. This set contains five goofy sci-fi flicks from the Fifties, including one gem (“The Incredible Shrinking Man”), one near-miss (“Tarantula”) and three that are so silly, you’ll grin for weeks after watching them (“The Mole People,” ” The Monolith Monsters” and the you’ve-got-to-be-kidding-me “Monster on the Campus”).
Come on, how many other monster movies can you name in which a pipe-smoking biology professor is turned into a bestial cave man after he’s bitten by a dead fish?
No bonus material, but the movies look good. For some reason, this set is only available through Best Buy, at least for now. (And although it has nothing to do with the movies, an extra promotional DVD plugging the new incarnation of “Battlestar Galactica” is included.)
If “Shrinking Man” and “Tarantula” had been issued on one disc as a double feature, that would be perfect. As it is, this is not a bad buy, but it may be too much for the casual fan.