Restored Version of Robot Monster 3D Comes to Blu-ray and DVD (2023)

Blu-ray Releases, DVD Releases | Jul 25, 2023

Bayview Entertainment

Bayview Entertainment is commemorating the 70th anniversary of Robot Monster, the most demented, delirious and delightful Golden Age 3-D sci-fi classic with a restored, out-of-this-world showcase edition from the 3-D Film Archive. Both region-free Blu-ray and DVD versions feature more than two hours of bonus materials including audio commentary, specially produced featurettes, a new interview with star Greg Moffett, a newly restored Golden Age of 3-D Comic Book, anaglyphic 3-D glasses and much more.

A cosmic catastrophe has wiped out humanity, and now the last six survivors must outwit that strangely iconic alien menace, Ro-Man (George Barrows). Taking orders from the pitiless Great Guidance, Ro-Man wavers in his pursuit of human annihilation when he falls in love with a girl (Claudia Barrett). Can dashing young Roy (George Nader) save her? Independently photographed in less than a week on location in Bronson Canyon, the Tru-Stereo photography is comparable to the major studio 3-D productions of the time.

To mark the milestone 70th anniversary of this sci-fi classic, the 3-D version of Robot Monster has been painstakingly and masterfully restored from complete 35mm archival 3-D elements by the archivists at the 3-D Film Archive, the leading experts in vintage stereoscopic film restoration. Now Ro-Man can be viewed as director Phil Tucker intended – in Tru-Stereo Three Dimension.

The Robot Monster Blu-ray restoration is presented in both BD-3D for those with the necessary equipment, and compatible anaglyphic 3-D which will play on any system, along with a standard 2-D edition. One pair of red/cyan anaglyphic glasses is included with each package.

Directed by Phil Tucker, Robot Monster stars George Nader, Claudia Barrett, Selena Royle, John Mylong, Gregory Moffett, Pamela Paulson, George Barrows and John Brown.

3-D Bonus Features Include

  • Stardust In Your Eyes (1953) – Robot Monster’s original prologue starring Slick Slaven aka Trustin Howard. New 4K scan from the left/right 35mm master positives.
  • Memories Of A Pooped-Out Pinwheel (2022) – Greg Moffett shares his personal recollections of filming on location over a period of four days in March 1953.
  • Travels Through Time & Space (2023) – Newly curated vintage slide presentation from Stereoscopic Anthropologist, Hillary Hess
  • Adventures In 3-D (1953) – Newly restored Golden Age 3-D Comic Book, presented in association with Carl Scheckel at Carl’s Comix.
  • Plus additional trailers, vintage shorts, and a restoration demo!

2-D Bonus Features Include

  • Saving Slick (2023) – Sean Thrunk’s new documentary short explains how 1950’s nightclub comedian Slick Slaven is reminded of his long-forgotten act and identity when his lost 3-D film is revived in 2003.
  • Joe Dante, Trailers From Hell (2013) – 1956 MONSTER FROM MARS reissue trailer hosted by Joe Dante, courtesy of Trailers from Hell
  • Mistakes & Innovations (2023) – Bob Furmanek describes the original day-for-night footage and Phil Tucker’s innovative use of “Double Film” aka “3-D Blinkey.”
  • Rescuing Ro-Man (2023) – This documentary short by filmmaker Sean Thrunk tells how an accidental discovery of two forgotten 35mm prints in 1990 saved the only complete 3-D footage.
  • Feature Commentary Track (2022) with Greg Moffett, Mike Ballew, Eric Kurland and Lawrence Kaufman.
  • Was I A Man (2022) – New song by The Other Favorites, aka Josh Turner and Carson McKee, played during the post-feature restoration credits and memorabilia gallery.
  • Memorabilia Gallery (2023) – Created by Charles Barnard with original newspaper ads, posters, lobby cards and publicity photographs.
  • Bela Lugosi – You Asked For It (July 27, 1953) – Appearance on live television, newly restored.