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BayView’s ‘Robot Monster’ 70th Anniversary Release Wins Prizes at Rondo Awards

BayView’s ‘Robot Monster’ 70th Anniversary Release Wins Prizes at Rondo Awards

BayView Entertainment’s 70th anniversary release of Robot Monster, restored by the 3-D Film Archive, has won the Best Blu-ray and Best Restoration prizes at the 22nd Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards.

In addition, Robot Monster (1953) was a runner-up in the Best Event category for its New York City theatrical premiere and also earned “honorable mention” in the Best Commentator category for its commentary track featuring the film’s last surviving cast member, Gregory Moffett.

The Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards were created by David Colton and Kerry Gammill in 2002. The fan-based awards have no connection to any commercial sponsor. Anyone in fandom can vote or propose nominees.

In the film, the monstrous Ro-Man attempts to annihilate the last family alive on Earth, but finds himself falling for their beautiful daughter.

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Film historian Jerry Beck stated of the previously critically challenged film, “Is this the first ‘Best’ prize Robot Monster has ever won?”

“The fans have spoken, bringing this project full circle,” Bob Furmanek, film historian, preservationist, and president of the 3-D Film Archive, said in a statement. “Derided for years, my main goal with this restoration was to show viewers the film does have merit, not just of the earnest, low-budget variety, but also in its ingenuity and creativity. What I hear from fans over and over is that seeing the film restored is like seeing it for the very first time.”

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“We are beyond thrilled to have the restoration of Robot Monster in our content library,” Peter Castro, VP of acquisitions at BayView, said in a statement. “The ecstatic response both theatrically and on physical media has been tremendous, which is astounding for a 70-year-old film. We are looking forward to our next two collaborations with the 3-D Film Archive: Domo Arigato and Dragonfly Squadron.”

“The 70th Anniversary 3-D restoration of Robot Monster was truly a labor of love for everyone involved,” Furmanek said in a statement. “On behalf of the entire 3-D Film Archive team, we thank you very much for your interest and support.”

Robot Monster: The 70th Anniversary Restoration in 3-D is available from Amazon, Walmart, and other distributors of Blu-rays and DVDs.

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