Con­tam­i­na­tion

The Eggs Fac­tor

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated / Dvd & blu- ray - Rus­sell Lewin

Re­lease Date: OUT NOW!

1980 | 15 | Dual- for­mat Blu- ray & DVD Di­rec­tor: Luigi Cozzi Cast: Ian McCul­loch, Louise Mar­leau, Marino Mase, Siegfried Rauch, Gisela Hahn

Back in the ’ 80s Con­tam­i­na­tion was an of­fi­cial video nasty, yet here it is avail­able with a 15 cer­tifi­cate. Okay, so it’s had that since 2004, but no won­der: aside from a few ex­plod­ing peo­ple there’s not much in it to war­rant “nasty” sta­tus – nor that much of in­ter­est oth­er­wise.

The inspired- by- Alien plot has ex­tra- ter­res­trial eggs ar­riv­ing on Earth, in a cargo ship that drifts into New York har­bour, its crew dead and mu­ti­lated. Sur­vivors star Ian McCul­loch in­ves­ti­gates, but be­fore he meets the “Alien Cy­clops” re­spon­si­ble we suf­fer a very saggy mid­dle sec­tion in which not much hap­pens in a for­eign ho­tel. Di­a­logue is dire, the gen­eral plot’s pretty dopey and those com­bus­tion spe­cial ef­fects are more likely to raise tit­ters than gasps nowa­days.

One for nas­ties com­pletists, who this swanky Blu- ray is prob­a­bly aimed at any­way.

Ex­tras: More than it de­serves: a com­men­tary by Fan­go­ria editor Chris Alexan­der; an archive makingof doc­u­men­tary ( 23 min­utes); a 2014 Q& A with di­rec­tor Luigi Cozzi and star Ian McCul­loch ( 42 min­utes); a fea­turette on Con­tam­i­na­tion’s mu­sic, with Goblin key­boardist Mau­r­izio Guar­ini ( 12 min­utes); a new in­ter­view with the di­rec­tor ( 43 min­utes); a fea­turette on Ital­ian genre movies that cashed in on Hol­ly­wood block­busters ( 18 min­utes); a graphic novel based on the orig­i­nal screen­play; plus the the­atri­cal trailer and a book­let.

Karl’s den­tal surgery was hard­core.

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