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Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'Worlds Bizarre'

Dennis King Published: May 31, 2011

This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is:

“Worlds Bizarre”

Now that we’ve recently avoided the predicted end of the world, it might be a good time to reflect on the essential strangeness of life here on earth in the new DVD “Worlds Bizarre,” due out on Tuesday.

This four-disc compilation of documentaries examining the bizarre, the macabre and the just plain weird is certain to tweak the conspiracy theorist in each of us as it offers up a smorgasbord of odd and oddly fascinating phenomenon ranging from doomsday predictions to UFO sightings and from giant killer sharks to the legendary Loch Ness monster.

Here’s a sampling of the hodgepodge subjects, both tacky and serious, that this collection offers:

“Death: Ultimate Mystery” – Ghoulish scenes of hospital surgery and icky images of Mexican mummies inform this supposedly serious pondering of the nature of death.

“Doomsday Chronicles” – Man has been predicting the end of mankind since, well, the beginning of mankind. This doc piles up images of war, natural disaster and pollution to show why certain predictors have such a dim view of our planet’s future prospects.

“Lost City of Atlantis” – That certain civilizations can go extinct is an endlessly tantalizing prospect for doomsayers, and this short film looks at excavations on the Greek island of Santorini to probe “the world’s oldest geographical mystery” and speculate on the golden civilization that was precipitously plunged into the sea.

“Legend of Loch Ness” – Wow! An actual sighting of the fabled monster, photographed from a submarine!

“UFO: It Has Begun” – Are space aliens already among us? Why is the U.S. government hiding the facts? Those are the questions asked – by narrators Jose Ferrer and Burgess Meredith, no less – in this overripe dance between science and fiction.

“Worlds Bizarre” is not rated and runs 747 minutes on four discs. It’s being released by VCI Entertainment.

- Dennis King