Monday, July 8, 2013

THE HUMANOID (1979) Trade Ad

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Not too long ago, I finally got my mitts on a copy of The Humanoid, the Italian Star Wars knock-off starring Richard Kiel, Barbara Bach and Corinne Clery. I'd wanted to see it for years, and surprisingly, I was not disappointed.

While not quite as gleefully bonkers as other International space operas produced in the cosmic wake of George Lucas' box office megahit (I'm looking at you, Starcrash and Message from Space), The Humanoid does have its own Continental charms. It's also surprisingly watchable, with some cool production design and neat-looking spaceships. Of course, the shadow of Wars hangs over all of it (especially the archvillain's Vader-esqe helmet/costume), but there are some unique elements buried in there to enjoy as well. It's good, dumb fun.

Here's Ttitanus Studios' ad, printed in the May 17th, 1978 issue of Variety, announcing the Aldo Lado-directed (under the Anglicized nom de plume, "George B. Lewis") interstellar epic to the motion picture trade. Columbia Pictures ultimately picked it up for distribution in many International territories... but not the U.S., where it still has never received a legitimate theatrical or home video release.

6 comments:

  1. If I didn't know any better, I'd think it was a front for a deep-cover CIA operation...

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    1. Nah. You're thinking of that other movie....

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  2. Interesting, I was aware of Star Crash and Spaceballs,but I had no idea this one was out there...thanks for the heads up! And it's Italian?? Even better!!

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  3. i saw as a kid and loved it - actually pushes some star wars ideas further - i prefer robot in this to r2d2

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  4. Storm the KlingonJuly 9, 2013 at 7:02 AM

    This is going on the Gotta Find List!

    Met Richard Kiel at my third convention years ago; he's as nice as he is huge. Out of curiosity, I asked him to hold up his hand, and my ENTIRE hand was dwarfed by his palm! My hands are kinda on the small side, but DAMN.

    Your Pal,

    Storm



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  5. Too bad this has never seen a legit release in the U.S. It's probably the only Star Wars-style space opera from the late '70s I haven't seen.

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