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|In this visually spectacular outer space adventure, two post-nuke nations race against the clock to reach the planet Mars and claim dominance over a world beyond imagination. Commissioned by drive-in legend Roger Corman and crafted by Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather) from the Russian sci-fi classic Niebo Zowiet, this drive-in favorite finally hits DVD with a bang!|
Editor's NoteBATTLE BEYOND THE SUN: Francis Ford Coppola redirected a Russian sci-fi flick called NEBO ZOVYOT in this, his directorial debut. Interesting sets and costumes characterize a low-budget tale about a Russian/ American race to put a man on Mars; as each side struggles to build a spaceship capable of such a mission, it becomes clear that Mars is home to a horror that mankind cannot comprehend. Produced by B-movie auteur Roger Corman, Coppola originally released this film under the pseudonym Thomas Colchart.STAR PILOT: Alternately known as 2 5: MISSIONE HYDRA, this low-budget classic of Italian horror follows a professor living on the island of Sardinia with his daughter, along with several assistants and a couple of Asian spies. When a spaceship carrying aliens from the planet Hydra crash-lands nearby, the group become unlikely heroes as they endeavor to counter an invasion by helping the aliens repair their spaceship. When the humans are kidnapped, however, they are forced to rebel against their captors and attempt to make their dangerous way home.
|Francis Ford Coppola - Director|
|Les Baxter - Musical Score|
|Mikhail Karzhukov - Director|
|Mikhail Karzhukov - Writer|
|Roger Corman - Producer|
Corman bought the film cheap while in Europe. Coppolla reworked the Russian script into something supposedly pallatable to the American audience, added some garish monster so they could put it on the poster, reused footage to give it more length and recieved his first screen credit. Heaven forbid someone should do that to his film! But this sort of hacking was not unusual at the time as Corman fans know. Still, this DVD does have a decent transfer of the Corman version.