Currently Watching : Second Sight’s Blu-ray of Roger Corman’s X: THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES

“Have you come to be saved?”

“Saved? No. I’ve come to tell you what I see.”

Quite a few posts back I did a review on the movie X: THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES, which I saw courtesy of Amazon Prime, and I was quite complimentary to this 57 year old film, and stated I would pick up the beautiful looking Blu-ray release by Second Sight Films. Well I have picked up the release, have watched, the film, have watched both commentaries, and have watched all the interview featurettes. And I am an even bigger fan of the film. Don’t get me wrong, it is definitely a B movie, it is arguably not a great movie, but there is greatness in it.

For those of you counting, that is lots of hours of watching devoted to one film, and I have to say— it says a lot about this film, and the fascinating and compelling nature of the commentaries, that I’ve watched this film 3 times back to back (of course I’m doing other things at the same time, organizing, cleaning, writing, cooking, etc,; which is the magic of commentaries) and I find each viewing/listening illuminating.

Roger Corman’s commentary was the main reason I wanted this Blu-ray, and it does not disappoint. for anyone with a love for film and film-making, for an interest in the process, Corman’s commentary is a master class from one of the most influential and iconic filmmakers of the latter half of the 20th century. Corman made low budget genre films, B & C films, that turned a profit and he could crank out at an incredible rate, (he shot X in 15 days, while working -in various stages- on several other movies at the same time) and he understood I think better than any filmmaker before him, that these genre films were worthy and had an audience. The genre films of Corman, X arguably being his best, set the stage for an age where genre films would become the A films of the day… for a day of AVENGERS and AVATARS and CONJURINGS.

In addition to Corman’s commentary, the Tim Lucas commentary, while his usually informative overview, this may be his most lyric. His love for this film comes across. Add the featurettes, double sided poster, and included 36pg booklet and it is a most own Blu-ray release, of a film that is one of the best existential horror films , not too far below Jack Arnold’s masterpiece, THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN.

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