(Ian Mcculloch, Louise Marleau, Marino Masé, et al / Blu ray / NR / 2015 / MVD)
Overview: A former astronaut helps a government agent and a police detective track the source of mysterious alien pod spores, filled with lethal flesh-dissolving acid, to a South American coffee plantation controlled by alien pod clones.
Blu ray Verdict: The film opens in New York Harbour, a la Zombie, with an abandoned ship drifting in the dock. A group of detectives and an annoying downtown cop board the vessel and find the remains of a few crew mates. They then discover boxes containing green eggs. Unfortunately for these sorry policemen an egg has began to ripen. Suddenly it explodes and sprays the bystanders with deadly alien ooze that causes stomachs to explode. Great gruesome special effects here, all shot in slow motion, a trick shown again later in the film.
The only survivor happens to be the annoying cop. He befriends the ‘Colonel of Special Division 5' (?) (played by Canadian actress, Louise Marleau) and together they remember a Mars expedition where an astronaut, named Hubert, apparently went insane after seeing a load of ‘green eggs' hidden in a cave on the red planet. Hubert (McCulloch) is now an alcoholic who reluctantly puts down the bottle to join the pair and solve the mystery.
The aforementioned ship was supposedly delivering coffee beans, so the brave trio head off to the base in Columbia to prevent an ongoing conspiracy organized by Hamilton, another astronaut from the same Mars expedition. Inept cop, drunken astronaut and the liberated ‘Colonel' are then introduced to The Cyclops: A huge creature that Hamilton somehow brought back with him from Mars without anyone noticing.
This alien produces the green eggs in the basement beneath the coffee factory. The manufacturers of this company are all under The Cyclops' hypnotic influence and plan to bury the eggs in the New York sewers and blow up the city.
From the plot synopsis I hope you can gather that this film is unbelievably silly: There's the weird out-of-sync dubbing, which includes some great jaw dropping hilarious dialogue, said with ridiculous melodramatic voices: Where else will you find a movie including a woman screaming – "Help me, there's an egg!"?: The green eggs are obviously painted balloons, but you'll figure this out for yourself, trust me! For a film of the period it seemed ludicrous but necessary to include the mention of ‘zombies' who here are just men dress in protective suits similar to those found in Romero's The Crazies (1972); McCulloch's performance indicates his awareness of being in such an inept film, but remains enjoyable all the same.
FYI: Writer/director Luigi Cozzi originally wanted Caroline Munro to play Colonel Stella Holmes! This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
* High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
* Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
* 2014 Q&A with Cozzi and star Ian McCulloch, recorded at Abertoir Film Festival
* Luigi Cozzi on the Creation of Contamination - an archive documentary hosted by the director and including behind-the-scenes footage
* Theatrical Trailer
* Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
* Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film, illustrated with original archive stills and posters
MVD Entertainment Group first announced the distribution of Arrow Video (UK) in North America with a host of cult titles receiving deluxe treatment in video, audio, supplements and artwork. The original launch titles were: 'Day of Anger,' 'Blind Woman's Curse,' and 'Mark of the Devil.'