Long regarded as one of Roger Corman’s most ambitious and poignant films, “X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes” comes to Blu-ray as an impressive special edition from Kino Lorber.
Corman became a legend by overseeing production of countless low-budget horror and exploitation films beginning in the late 1950s.
What the movies lacked in budgetary aspects they more than made up for in terms of intelligent scripts and often creative technical processes that more than compensated for the skimpy budgets.
Corman’s films not only gave early breaks to a new generation of actors and filmmakers, but he also helped resurrect flagging careers of veteran actors, one of whom was Ray Milland, who stars in this film.
Milland was a Best Actor Oscar winner for the 1945 movie “The Lost Weekend” but by the 1960s his box office appeal had waned.
By teaming with Corman on “The Premature Burial” in 1962, Milland found he enjoyed acting in horror-based flicks.
They also helped him pay the bills and maintain his status as a leading man, albeit in vehicles that critics generally dismissed as “B” movies.
If Milland never became a legend through his association with horror films as Vincent Price did, his presence in these movies kept him on the radar screen and allowed him to occasionally nab fine roles in major Hollywood productions such as “Love Story”, “Gold” and “The Last Tycoon”.