The Mole People (1956) (Blu-ray Review)
DIRECTED BY: Virgil W. Vogel
STARRING: John Agar, Nestor Paiva, Cynthia Patrick
RATED: UR/REGION A/2:00 & 1:85/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Scream Factory
John Agar (Attack Of The Puppet People), Hugh Beaumont (Leave It To Beaver) and Nestor Paiva (Creature From The Black Lagoon) star as three archaeologists who come upon an unusual race of albino beings who shun all forms of light and have mutant mole men as their slaves.
We are going very old school and underground for Scream Factory’s release of The Mole People! And if you’ve never seen this one before two things might stand out to you as you watch it. One being that it isn’t as bad as you probably think despite it coming with a Mystery Science Theater version in the extras. And the other is that the mole people are not the creatures on the cover. Those are the slaves of the real mole people who just so happen to be very pale people underground that die in the sunlight. None the less these people are all about killing and slaving and our normal leads end up underground and on the bad side of these people with the only thing keeping them alive being a flashlight that the mole people think is from their God. Things get a little hostile between all involved but luckily our main guy has found one mole lady that is more like normal people and he wants to get away and take her with him.
If you want to look deep inside this one you could find a lot of social commentary or underlying themes for the time. If you want to say the mole people are white people and the slave people are minorities and all that jazz. But if you want to just watch this one it isn’t too bad either. It’s very sci-fi and that’s not always a bad thing in my book. You get the movie here with two different ratios. Both of which look solid enough to me. You get the above mentioned Mystery Science Theater episode over the movie and you also get a cool making-of feature about the history of the movie. All in all, it’s solid for its time.
– The Film Presented In Two Aspect Ratios – 1.85:1 and 2.00:1
– NEW Audio Commentary With Film Historians Tom Weaver And David Schecter
– NEW Of Mushrooms And Madmen: The Making Of The Mole People
– Mystery Science Theater 3000 Episode “The Mole People” (2/15/97) In Standard Definition
– Still Galleries – Movie Stills, Posters And Lobby Cards
– Theatrical Trailer
QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 92%