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Yeti: The Giant of the 20th Century (1977)

It begins, hilariously enough, with some fairly shitty-looking stock footage of glaciers sliding off into the sea.  Big budget this Yeti flick is not. 

"hands down, the best Italian cinematic trainwreck to ever be shot in Canada"


 

Relatively quickly, we are whisked away to a fishing trip that quickly gets ruined by a helicopter - well, it’s a model helicopter - but the point is clear that the fishing trip (and then the resulting dinner) are all ruined by this annoying helicopter.  But wait, the best bit is yet to come as a businessman is actually lowered down to the ground in a leather booth, smoking a cigar.  He has a business proposal for the man they have been bugging in the river and it simply cannot wait.

Yetis it seems are good for business.  And director Gianfranco Parolini (The Sabata Trilogy) couldn’t agree more.

Yeti: Giant of the 20th Century is, hands down, the best Italian cinematic trainwreck to ever be shot in Canada.  You read that correctly.  The unintentional laughs provided by this beast of a B-movie are endless, making everything about it completely unforgettable as Herbie Hunnicut (Jim Sullivan) and his older sister Jane (Antonella Interlenghi) befriend a “giant” yeti, recently unfrozen from a huge chunk of ice. {googleads}

Made to cash-in on Producer Dino De Laurentiis' King Kong remake, this poorly executed (but often pretty damn funny) monster movie features very fake model helicopters, horrible effects, and even worse acting from almost everyone, including Mimmo Crao as the Yeti monster himself.  No one’s career survives this mess of a flick.

With a budget of maybe $500 and a one-refrain score that rips off Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana left and right, this crazy flick features an ever-changing in size Yeti - thanks to some shoddy back projection work - as he makes “bedroom” eyes at a young girl, who accidentally touches his puffy nipple (causing it to harden), and then later combs her hair with fishbones.  

The poor thing is clearly in love and the equally poor actor - dressed in a shitty wig and a hairy body suit - can only hoot and holler and communicate with his enlarged eyes.  He’s in over his head, but rewriting the Beauty and the Beast template for these man-in-a-suit creature features, at least his is a happy ending. Yeti: The Giant of the 20th Century (1977)

But, come on, you are going to remember this movie solely because of the yeti’s giant erect nipple.  It’s a pronounced scene that clearly shows that either (a) these producers had a keen sense of humor for this kid-friendly flick or (b) were willing to do ANYTHING to keep viewers tuned in to this colossal atrocity.  Trust me, that image will stay with you long after the credits have rolled in this monstrous production.  I mean, What. The. Fuck. 

And now, thanks to Dark Force Entertainment and Code Red, this disasterpiece of rock and schlock mayhem - giant nipple and all - can be seen in crystal clear 1080p due to this remastered Collector’s Edition.

5/5 beers

Yeti: The Giant of the 20th Century (1977)

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Details:

Comes with limited edition heavy stock matte slipcover

Home Video Distributor: Dark Force Entertainment Exclusive
Available on Blu-ray
- August 25, 2020
Screen Formats: 1.85:1
Subtitles
:
Audio:
English; Mono
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; single disc
Region Encoding: Region-free playback

This 1977 Italian King Kong rip-off is non-stop fun and camp action. Starring the gorgeous Antonella Interlenghi as "Jane" who discovered her "Tarzan" in the form of a giant Yeti (Mimmo Crao) that is taken into captivity and put on public display. When the Yeti breaks loose, it's Godzilla-style special effects galore as he smashes through the city, crushing the bad guys and searching for his new love, Jane. This collector's edition blu-ray features a brand new high def master from the original existing Italian camera negative and is the #16 release from Dark Force Entertainment in association with Code Red DVD.

Video:

With an aspect ratio of 1.85:1, Yeti: The Giant of the 20th Century arrives on HD with a new transfer struck from the original 35mm, but that doesn’t mean that any of its elements look any better.  It’s television quality indeed, as this low budget affair fails to shine up so hot.  Black levels are good and the images are less muddy than they could have been. The film is dominated with reds and cool blues that absolutely burst with color and, while the interior scenes suffer a bit, there is a nice vibrancy to what is happening in the snow, when not washed out, have some new clarity.

Audio:

The score and the screams of the yeti are heard thanks to a basic English mono track.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • None

Special Features:

I guess the "Collector's Edition" aspect of this release comes thanks to the fact that the release has been newly scanned and includes a slipcover because there are no other bonus items.

Blu-ray Rating:

  Movie 5/5 stars
  Video  3/5 stars
  Audio 3/5 stars
  Extras 0/5 stars

Overall Blu-ray Experience

2.5/5 stars

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Yeti: The Giant of the 20th Century (1977)

MPAA Rating: Unrated.
Runtime:
105 mins
Director
: Gianfranco Parolini
Writer:
Gianfranco Parolini
Cast:
Antonella Interlenghi, Mimmo Crao, Jim Sullivan
Genre
: Adventure | Crime
Tagline:
In the Footsteps of King Kong and Godzilla Comes ...
Memorable Movie Quote: "Hi there, Henry. I'm here. Pot liquor soup with beans and side pork. That's just what the doctor ordered, old buddy. Smells good, how 'bout a bowl?"
Theatrical Distributor:
Miramax
Official Site:
Release Date:
May 19, 1984
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
August 25, 2020.
Synopsis: This 1977 Italian KING KONG rip-off is non-stop fun and camp action. Starring the gorgeous Antonella Interlenghi as "Jane" who discovered her "Tarzan" in the form of a giant Yeti (Mimmo Crao) that is taken into captivity and put on public display. When the Yeti breaks loose, it's Godzilla-style special effects galore as he smashes through the city, crushing the bad guys and searching for his new love, Jane.

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