'Zaat' (Blu-Ray + DVD Combo Pack)
(Paul Galloway, Marshall Grauer, Wade Popwell, et al / Blu-ray+DVD / R / (1971) 2012 / Cultra)
Overview: Something's fishy in the tiny Cypress Grove after a disgruntled ex-Nazi scientist emerges from his makeshift lab on the outskirts of town as a half-human, half-catfish monster and begins polluting the local waterways, creating a scary breed of amphibious mutants.
Blu-ray+DVD Verdict: Yes, yes, yes ... everyone's favorite mutant human/giant catfish movie is finally available on DVD and Blu-ray! Hey, it's not often you get to say that in a DVD review! It seems that Cultra have finally got together with the movie's original creators, Barton Films, not to mention some overly-dedicated 'ZAAT' fans to bring us this stunning new transfer of a classic film.
Basically, the storyline is that a mad scientist (and apparent former Nazi) unleashes his master plan: to transform himself into a mutated walking catfish, gain revenge on those who have spurned him, and kidnap nubile young women to similarly transform so that he can breed! As you do!
Originally entitled 'The Blood Waters of Dr. Z, Hydra,' this film gained significant exposure when it was used in an episode of movie-mocking television series Mystery Science Theater 3000 in May 1999. Marshall Grauer as Dr. Kurt Leopold does a fine, if not left-of-center performance of his nutty character, whilst Wade Popwell as The Monster is definitely earning his money!
And yes, please know that this is a 100% authorized release of the film and not just some thrown together mess! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Original Theatrical and Television Trailers
Feature Length Commentary with Director Don Barton, Writer/Special Effects Coordinator Ron Kivett, Actor Paul Galloway, and Film Historian ED Tucker
Stills Gallery of publicty materials and behind the scenes photos
2001 Radio Interview with the actor who played the monster, Wade Popwell.