Blu-ray Release: The Incredible Melting Man

Blu-ray Release Date: July 30, 2013
Price: Blu-ray $19.97
Studio: Shout! Factory

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Alex Rebar tries not to lose face--to no avail--in The Incredible Melting Man.

The 1977 science fiction horror cult favorite The Incredible Melting Man is highlighted by a host of appropriately gooey special makeup effects by the great Rick Baker, who would go on to win a staggering seven Academy Awards for his work on An American Werewolf in London, Ed Wood and The Wolfman, among other films.

In the movie, Colonel Steve West (Alex Rebar) has just returned from a history-making flight to Saturn when he is hospitalized with an ailment that baffles the entire medical community. His flesh is melting and to stay alive he must consume—who woulda thunk it?—human flesh and blood. The infected Colonel West escapes from the doctors’ supervision and hides in the surrounding community where he begins to hunt for sustenance to survive. Ewwwwww….

Written and directed by William Sachs on a reported budget of $250,000, The Incredible Melting Man ain’t all that good, though it made a little noise during its limited run in U.S. theaters in December, 1977. It remains best  remembered as the movie that solidified Rick Baker’s career as a top-notch makeup effects artist.

Bonus features on the Blu-ray release include interviews with Sachs, Baker, and makeup assistant Greg Cannom, an audio commentary by Sachs, and theatrical trailers.

A previously issued DVD edition of the film (minus the bonus features) is still available from MGM.

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.