This movie is one of many great science fiction thrillers to come out of the British Isles in the late 1950's and early
1960's. Val Guest, as a producer and director of films, was a driving force behind some of the best science fiction
works to be released at this time, including this one.
The Day the Earth Caught Fire is a story about a 'down-on-his-luck' news reporter, with a drinking problem. His
well-to-do-wife has left him and taken away his young son, to boot. Our intrepid hero is just wallowing in self pity and
hitting the bottle pretty hard. About to loose his job, when along comes Janet Munro, a switch-board operator at some government ministry, who somehow puts our our reporter friend on the trail of a huge government conspiracy to withhold
the truth from the public, about the Earth being dislodged from its orbit and heading for the sun. Doomsday for all, on
And what do reporters do best? They tell everyone. Poor Janet looses her job for leaking vital information to the press
and must come to work for the newspaper to survive. At close quarters, the relationship between Janet and the
reporter blossoms. She saves him and he saves her as society unravels and civil law no longer prevails, with the
'End of Everything' looming over everyone.This is a popular theme in British cinema. The break down of society
at large, whatever its external cause, has the effect of releasing the darker side of human nature, especially when it comes to ultimate survival. The movie deals with this theme admirably, from both the human and scientific aspects of
man. We are left with the question - Do we actually deserve to survive as a species? This is Sci-Fi at its best.
The DVD quality is good. Remastered from the original print, the black and white picture is sharp and the tinted scenes
come through very well. All in all, this is an excellent movie and deserves a place in anyone's video library.