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Classic Bad Sci-Fi

by Charlie on 3/5/2012

A must have for any Sci-Fi collector or bad Sci-Fi buff.

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The best "Space Opera"

on 12/9/2012

This is a 1950s science-fiction pulp magazine cover brought to life: clunky spacecraft, battling planets, evil aliens, and screaming heroines in distress. The special effects are 1955 state-of-the-art, and they still hold up very well today, for unlike ultra-realistic computer generated graphics they have a fantasy feel that is very, very entertaining--a sort of "Wizard of Oz goes sci-fi" look that is very appealing to the eye.

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College sweethearts turned nuclear fission experts visit the planet metaluna. They're ready to challenge the furies of the planet gone mad.


Studio Universal
SKU 202715832
UPC 025192013621
UPC 14 00025192013621
Format DVD
Release Date 8/22/2006
Rating NR
Kidnapping And Missing Persons
Editors Note
Note In a desperate attempt to save their civilization, benevolent aliens kidnap Earth scientists. This ground-breaking science fiction displays the best special effects of its time, and a close look reveals seeds of many later films, including "Star Wars," "Aliens," "Star Trek" and "Coneheads."
Plot Summary
Summary A team of top nuclear scientists is assembled by the mysterious Exeter at a high-tech laboratory in Georgia. His mission, kept secret even from the researchers, is to develop new sources of atomic energy, which are needed to defend his home planet, Metaluna, from its interplanetary rival, Zagon. When two of the recruits begin to suspect Exeter's true identity and motive, they attempt to escape. But before the runaways can reach safety, the aliens intervene and carry them off in a last-ditch effort to save Metaluna.
New York Times "THIS ISLAND EARTH remains among the most poetic and dreamlike of 50's fantasies, full of imagery both wonderfully inventive and pointedly banal..." 09/05/2006 p.E6
Joseph M. Newman
Rex Reason
Jeff Morrow
Russell Johnson
Faith Domergue
Cast & Crew
Clifford Stine - Cinematographer
Edward G. O'Callaghan - Screenplay
Faith Domergue - Actor
Franklin Coen - Screenplay
Henry Mancini, et. al. - Original Music By
Jack Arnold - Director
Jeff Morrow - Actor
Joseph M. Newman - Director
Lance Fuller - Actor
Raymond F. Jones - Story By
Rex Reason - Actor
Virgil W. Vogel - Editor
William Alland - Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1955
Catalog ID 20136
UPC 00025192013621
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 86 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
ReviewSource Brilliant Observations on 1173 Films
Review It's genre representative in all of the right ways. Rex Reason (as Cal, a fine name for a sci-fi hero) doesn't bother cultivating much personae beyond his alpha-male Fritz Wunderlich voice. Clifford Stine may not have had the Harryhausen monster-making touch (though there's no denying the grandeur of the mue-tant), but his special effects more than compensate with resourcefulness and an extended palate (Dali-like painted spacescapes with firecrackers going off in front of them, and the leads emerging into the scene from what apears to be an outhouse propped up in front).
Reviewer Clayton Trapp
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Dolby, Digital Audio, English, French, Spanish, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1
Product Attributes
Actor Morrow,Jeff
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Gary W. Tooze, ...a standard of similar boy-hood, sci-fi, pulpy, adventure films of a wonderfully unique, nostalgic genre...
Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress Big budget, elaborate sci-fi. Nice to look at...
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Suspenseful, intelligent...Thoughtful and exciting, with excellent visuals...

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