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Cinematic Titanic Live: The Alien Factor DVD Review

With their second live DVD release, the Cinematic Titanic gang once again proves that live is better.

Grades:

Content: B+

Picture: C-

Audio: B-

Extras: D-

Just when you thought there couldn’t be a movie worse than some of the other films riffed by the Cinematic Titanic gang, along comes “The Alien Factor.” This LOW budget 70’s sci-fi flick involves murderous alien beings terrorizing an eclectic group of small town folks. Can a mysterious know-it-all stop the aliens or is the town doomed?

On paper, ‘Alien’ sounds like an average schlocky alien movie, but it’s worse than you can imagine. The pacing is dreadfully slow, the script is filled with cringe-worthy dialogue and exposition, and the movie contains an endless amount of filler walking scenes. To top it off, ‘Alien’ contains some of the worst production values I’ve ever seen. The movie is so cheap, in fact, that a two door car is made to look like a cop car and a VW Bug is made to look like an ambulance. It’s that kind of movie.

Thankfully, the Cinematic Titanic gang manages to ease the pain of watching “The Alien Factor” with their reliable brand of humor. Whether the group is mentioning DiGiorno pizza, cracking sexual jokes, or quipping on the so-called music featured in the movie, there’s never a shortage of laughs. Heck, it’s even funny when Frank Conniff and Mary Jo Pehl start cracking up at fellow Titanic member Trace Beaulieu’s joke! 

As with all “Cinematic Titanic” movies, the print is in pretty bad shape. ‘Alien’ is littered with grain, dirt, scratches and the audio track is hard to hear at times due to the fact that the characters constantly mumble. The Titanic gang’s jokes, on the other hand, are never hard to hear.

Summary: Buy it. ‘Nuff said.

You can purchase “The Alien Factor” at https://cinematictitanic.twinvision.com/products/ or download it for $9.99 at EZTakes.

As with all “Cinematic Titanic” movies, the film print is in pretty bad shape. ‘Alien’ is littered with grain, dirt, scratches and the audio track is hard to hear at times due to the fact that the characters constantly mumble. The Titanic gang’s jokes, on the other hand, are never hard to hear.

The only extra is a 5 minute preview of “Cinematic Titanic Live: East Meets Watts.” Sadly, none of the opening act material is included here again.

February 24, 2010 - Posted by | 1 | , , , , ,

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