Every single horror fan out there probably knows of and has seen The Blob. Probably both versions! But how many of them has seen the Caltiki: The Immortal Monster!
This Italian film came out a year after we all saw Steve McQueen do battle with the large purple gelatinous form. But Caltiki gives us another deadly devouring mass, which was directed by Riccardo Freda, with none other than Mario Bava as the cinematographer. Though, as the stories go, during production, Freda left, quit, or just walked off the film which was then completely by Bava. None the less, this film is a must for horror fans. There are some effects in here that are pretty damn creepy and gory for a film that came out in 1959.
Now, thanks to Arrow Video, you will have the chance to see this film in all its gory glory. This release will feature a brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative, with High Definition blu-ray (1080P) and standard definition DVD presentations. It will also feature the original mono Italian and English soundtracks, with newly translated English subtitles for the Italian language track.
This release will feature two new audio commentaries. One will be from Tim Lucas, author of Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark, while the other will be from our good friend Troy Howarth, author of The Haunted World of Mario Bava and So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films.
From Quatermass to Caltiki is a new discussion with author and film critic Kim Newman on the influence of this early Italian monster flick, as well as archive interviews around Freda with critic Stefano Della Casa, and an interview with filmmaker Luigi Cozzi, as well as a few other extras.
I am very excited to be able to check out this film from Arrow, knowing it will look the best it ever has. This is great news.