It Came From Outer Space is another 50s Sci-Fi Classic that I highly recommend to all.
The story revolves around a professor and his fiance' in a small southwestern U.S.town.Seems the prof has moved to this town to get away from the rat race and along the way has fallen in love with a local girl.
One day a meteorite falls just outside of town and the prof and his beau go to investigate.Seems the "meteorite" has lodged itself in the bottom of a crater which he duly investigates.He finds there's more to this than meets the eye and discovers a space ship "of some kind" sitting there with possible occupants.
The prof being the straight shooter he is tells it like it is from the start only to be met by derision from the local newspaper,law enforcement and towns folk.Just as he starts second guessing himself about what he actually DID see,strange things start happening as the aliens start to explore(and more!)and he and his girlfriend are soon caught up in a fight to save not only the town but possibly the world.
Even though the plot sometimes gets a little see through the performances of its' principal stars carry the movie along in a most believable fashion.A great tool the director uses in this movie is to reveal the aliens to us(and to the characters) in increments.So when we do finally get a full and long glimspe at them we,like the prof,are quite taken aback,i.e.scared!
Technically this is a fine grain print of the movie.However this movie was originally shot in 3-D(that wonderful process that tried to lure the 50s audiences out of their home and away from their new TVs and back into the theaters) and I thought that Universal could have included a 3-D version also,c/w glasses.Considering the price of the disc,that's the very least they could have done.Thus the 4 star rating.
In conclusion grab this Sci-Fi gem for your collection now.A good movie with good performances and a fine print to boot.Couldn't ask for more.....except for some popcorn?