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Review: Contamination (Arrow Video)

4 stars

Starring: Ian Mcculloch, Louise Marleau, Marino Masé

Directed: Luigi Cozzi

Release Date: July 7, 2015

Run Time: 95 Minutes

Format: Blu-Ray Color: Color
English, Italian Subtitles: English

Distributor: Arrow Video / MVDvisuals


Branded as a “video nasty” in the UK, director Luigi Cozzi’s Contamination takes the premise of Ridley Scott’s classic Alien and peppers it with exploding guts galore and a dangerously infectious soundtrack from celebrated Italian prog-rockers Goblin (Deep Red, Suspiria).

A cargo ship drifts up the Hudson River. Its crew: all dead, their bodies horribly mutilated, turned inside out by an unknown force. Its freight: boxes upon boxes of glowing, pulsating green eggs. It soon becomes clear that these eggs are not of this planet, and someone intends to cultivate them here on Earth. But who? And to what end?

Starring Italian horror veteran Ian McCulloch (Zombie Flesh Eaters), Contamination is an ultra-violent sci-fi epic that really gets under the skin. In space, no one can hear you scream – but on Earth, the terror rings loud and clear! – Arrow Video



Audio Language: English, Italian
Subtitles: English

The Sound Quality sounds good but does feel thin for the Mono. The English dubbing is off like a lot of older low-budget films. The Movie was filmed in English but over dubbed.

Rating:4 stars


Picture Quality

Disc Format: Blu-Ray

The Picture Quality is pretty good but at first I Thought is was going to be bad due to the first scene that is filled with grain black dots and low quality black levels. But then the next scene came and it was surprisingly sharp, vibrant and white and black levels were great.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Note: Equipment used to watch the film can be found below

Theatrical release Date: August 2, 1980 (Italy)
Blu-Ray Disc release Date: July 7, 2015 (USA)


  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Feature Commentary by filmmaker, Fangoria editor and Contamination super-fan Chris Alexander
  • Luigi Cozzi on the Creation of Contamination – an archive documentary hosted by the director and including behind-the-scenes footage
  • 2014 Q&A with Cozzi and star Ian McCulloch
  • Sound of the Cyclops: Goblin’s Maurizio Guarini on the music of Contamination – the Goblin keyboardist discusses Contamination’s dark, progressive rock score and a lifetime of making music for Italian terror
  • Imitation Is The Sincerest Form of Flattery – A critical analysis of the Italian “Mockbusters” trend of filmmaking which sought to capitalize on the success of Hollywood blockbusters
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
  • Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Chris Alexander, illustrated with original archive stills and posters
  • Slip Cover


My Thoughts

Contamination is an inside explosion of a good time. Welcome to 80’s cheese with big mustaches and overly big helmets filled with comedy where it’s not meant. like one guy smiling in the back after his insides exploded. It was a great chuckle moment, also the guy had a big mustache and looked like Cheech Marin.

The film is filled with green exploding eggs, lots of gore and not so great dubbing fitment. Its cheese ,but its good even though at parts it does run slow. Arrow’s release of this film boasts good extras, great picture quality and good sound.

Overall the film was a fun run that any 80’s low-budget horror film fans would enjoy. Slap in the Blu and experience great picture quality with blood, gore, fun and odd storyline. Who doesn’t like people exploding due to a weird-looking green egg that exploding and releasing its insides onto its victims. Also want to point out when the scientists test this ooze like stuff on a mouse it explodes and it was pretty realistic and would not be surprised if it was real. It’s not but it looks it besides the bending of the rubber needle.

With that said I give the film a 4 out of 5. Happy to have this on my shelf along with Arrow’s first Blu-Ray slip cover here in the US.


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This Film was Played on the listed Equipment below

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Samsung (UN46C6900) 46-Inch 1080p LED HDTV

DVD/Blu-Ray Player

OPPO BDP – 103 (Highly Recommended)

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Stereo Receiver

Pioneer VSX-516-K 7.1-Channel

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(1) Center Speaker

Pioneer S-HF 11C

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(2) Front Speaker

KLH 9250B Floor – 350 watts

(4) Surround sound Speakers

KLH 100 watt Bookshelf

(1) Subwoofer

Sony SA-W3000 180 Watt 12″ sub

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Note: I Know my speakers are way outdated. OPPO Blu-Ray Player is one of the best around and used in most home theaters. The Receiver is pretty good but on the line of out dated. Subwoofer is good with tons of bass but not the theater quality from a $400 Sub. Front speakers are fun with tons of power and are good for standalone’s but higher end sound (Hz) is lower quality. Overall I need to update on all speakers granted I do get decent sound out of them just the higher end falls short.


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