Rifftrax- Planet Of Dinosaurs and Voodoo Man DVD Reviews
Rifftrax continues to churn out comedic gold with their latest DVD releases “Planet Of Dinosaurs” and “Voodoo Man.”
“Voodoo Man,” which concerns a mad Doctor (played by Bela Lugosi) kidnapping and experimenting on young women in order to bring back his deceased wife, is a perfect riffing experiment for Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy (the Rifftrax crew). ‘Voodoo’ is the type of movie that has all the elements of a BAD movie. There are endless time wasting driving scenes, scary close-ups, a plot hole filled story, a lifeless lead character, weird old men characters, and a truly ridiculous and embarrassing performance by John Carradine. The Rifftrax trio have no problems whatsoever digging into this goofy film. Whether they’re cracking jokes about lame dialogue like “Gosh all fishhooks!” or making references to “The Room” or past “Mystery Science Theater 3000” episodes, you’ll be hard pressed not to laugh at their humorous remarks.
Looking at the title one would think “Planet Of Dinosaurs” would at least be full of dinosaurs. Sadly, that is not the case. ‘Planet’ is a deathly slow and uneventful story involving a spaceship crash landing on a mysterious and seemingly deserted planet. The 9 surviving crewmen and women spend most of the film wandering around looking for food and water before finally bumping into a couple of ferocious stop motion animation dinosaurs. I wish I could say more happens, but nothing much happens in this film at all. As the Rifftrax gang amusingly point, most of the film consists of the crew walking, whining, and having a “rest period.” There’s relatively little dino action at all!
Much of the side-splitting moments come from the Rifftrax’s gang’s comments about the film’s on screen actions (or lack thereof) and the horrendous but comical electronic synthesizer soundtrack. The gang also throw in the usual bunch of pop culture references including (but not limited to) “Lord Of The Rings,” “Predator,” and yes, even the ABC series “Dinosaurs.”
Summary: “Voodoo Man” and “Planet Of Dinosaurs” are two more Rifftrax gems that are certainly worth plunking down the cash for. Highly recommended.
Note: Viewers have the option to play each movie with or without the Rifftrax commentary.
PICTURE AND SOUND:
The fullscreen picture quality of both films leaves a lot to be desired. The prints are littered with scratches, lines, dirt specs. However, as I’ve said in the past, this doesn’t really matter as the commentary tracks are what matter.
Speaking of the commentary tracks, I’m happy to report that both Rifftrax commentaries sound perfect. The audio for the feature films, however, is poor. The voice dubbing on ‘Dinosaurs’ is especially awful, and ‘Voodoo’ contains a lot of pops and crackles.
No extras have been included aside from a Rifftones song on each of the DVD’s menu screens.
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