Earth vs. the Flying Saucers

Directed By: Fred F. Sears Starring: Hugh Marlowe

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Relive the exciting days of sci-fi movie matinees with the cult classic Earth vs. the Flying Saucers! Featuring extraordinary visual effects by cinematic genius Ray Harryhausen, the film pits earthlings against alien humanoids in a violent battle for the Earth's survival. When the zombielike aliens arrive at the U.S. Army base in search of help for their dying planet, they try to make friendly contact with scientist Dr. Russ Marvin (Hugh Marlowe) and his recent bride Carol (Joan Taylor). But the military greets their fleet of saucers with gunfire, and the aliens are forced to retaliate. Can Marvin invent the ultimate weapon in a deadly game of beat-the-clock to save the human race? Hold on to your seat for an intergalactic flight into fantasy with Earth vs. the Flying Saucers!


Studio Sony
SKU 206226476
UPC 043396226197
UPC 14 00043396226197
Format DVD
Release Date 1/15/2008
Rating Rating
Alien Invasions
Editors Note
Note Space scientist Dr. Russell Marvin (Hugh Marlowe) and his wife Carol (Joan Taylor) are working on a secret missile project, but every time their rockets are launched, they are intercepted and destroyed by the more advanced technology of mysterious flying saucers hovering near the Earth. The alien race has completely surrounded the planet, giving Earth the sixty days to surrender. The enemy spacecraft appear indestructible, and Marvin sets out to find a weapon that can defeat them. The special effects of stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen are legendary, most notably in the scene in which flying saucers attack the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.
Fred F. Sears
Hugh Marlowe
Cast & Crew
Bernard Gordon - Screenplay
Charles H. Schneer - Producer
Danny B. Landres - Editor
Donald Curtis - Actor
Donald E. Keyhoe - Based On Book By
Fred F. Sears - Director
Fred Jackman, Jr. - Cinematographer
George Worthing Yates - Screenplay
Hugh Marlowe - Actor
Joan Taylor - Actor
Mischa Bakaleinikoff - Original Music By
Morris Ankrum - Actor
Paul Palmentola - Art Director
Sam Katzman - Executive Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1956
Catalog ID 22619
UPC 00043396226197
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 167 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Portuguese, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Portuguese Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
ReviewSource Variety
Review This exploitation programmer does a satisfactory job of entertaining in the science-fiction class. The technical effects created by Ray Harryhausen come off excellently in the Charles H. Schneer production, adding the required out-of-this-world visual touch to the screenplay, taken from a screen story by Curt Siodmak, suggested by Major Donald E. Keyhoe's Flying Saucers from Outer Space...Fred F. Sears' direction mixes the make-believe at a good pace, achieving a neat measure of suspense and thrills as the plot unwinds. Dr. Russell A. Marvin (Hugh Marlowe), space-exploration scientist, interrupts his honeymoon with Carol (Joan Taylor) to find out why the free-flying, artificial satellites he has been launching for the military are being knocked down. Ancient humanoids, manning flying saucers, are the saboteurs and through communication with the hero, advise they intend to take over the earth. Yankee ingenuity comes up with a hastily devised weapon that neutralizes the saucers' magnetic anti-gravity equipment.
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource DVD Journal
Review This entertaining antiquity so perfectly captures the spirit and content (good and bad, which can be interchangeable terms here) of 1950s "B" sci-fi cinema that it deserves its own commemorative postage stamp. A small-budget opus, Earth vs. the Flying Saucers is an essential treat for fans of vintage genre mileposts or of the stop-motion animation ingenuity of Ray Harryhausen, not to mention anyone who thinks that Independence Day had an original idea in its bloated little head. Earth vs. the Flying Saucers hit the screens in 1956, when Americans were up to their poodle skirts in a UFO craze that impacted pop culture from book shelves to lunchboxes. Certainly, when compared to A-list saucer sagas such as The Day the Earth Stood Still ('51) or Forbidden Planet (also '56), there's no question that this is a modest little pulp potboiler with no pretensions but a good deal of two-fisted rock 'em, sock 'em verve...It's all high goofiness, but as one of Harryhausen's early black-and-white popcorn flicks, Earth vs. the Flying Saucers helped set the table for Jason and the Argonauts, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Mysterious Island, First Men in the Moon and other achievements that solidified his name as a maestro whose influence on fantastical films remains palpable today.
Reviewer Mark Bourne
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Mono Audio, English, Subtitled, French, Spanish
Product Attributes
Actor Marlowe,Hugh
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Literate dialogue, subdued performances and solid Ray Harryhausen effects make this a winner...
The Motion Picture Guide A great sci-fi alien invasion film...
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever Superb special effects...

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