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Earth Vs the Flying Saucers [Blu-ray] [Import]

 PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
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A textbook example of '50s-era science fiction, Earth vs. the Flying Saucers boasts not only a solid script and competent performances, but some genuinely impressive stop-motion effects courtesy of one of the industry's uncontested masters, Ray Harryhausen. Scientist Hugh Marlowe (who faced a more benevolent invader from space five years earlier in The Day the Earth Stood Still) discovers that UFOs are responsible for the destruction of a series of exploratory space rockets launched by his space exploration project. The saucers' helmeted pilots land on Earth and deliver an ultimatum to humanity via Marlowe: fealty or complete annihilation.

Harryhausen's painstakingly intricate saucers and the destruction they wreak (particularly during an assault on Washington, D.C.) are the film's unquestionable highlights, but Marlowe and Joan Taylor (as his wife/partner) are capable leads, and veteran B director Fred F. Sears doesn't let the dialogue and expositional scenes fall apart in between the barrage of effects. Earth vs. the Flying Saucers is a fun and effective slice of sci-fi that should please younger audiences as well as nostalgic return viewers. Sears later reused some of the effects footage for his jaw-droppingly awful 1957 effort, The Giant Claw. --Paul Gaita

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Import only Blu-Ray/Region All pressing. Synopsis: 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 the Earth 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.

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1.0 out of 5 stars not good June 26 2014
By thomas
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did not know this was a pal system movie can not play on my system so no good Thomas
have no use for this
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enfin trouver en couleurs et en français! Oct. 28 2012
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C'est un très bon film que je recommande. Enfin disponible en français et colorisé en plus. Un classique à posséder dans sa collection DVD personnelle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Earth vs. Ray Harryhausen... Jan. 21 2004
Hughe Marlow stars as Dr. Marvin in this 50s sci-fi epic. Joan Taylor is his blushing bride and assistant in his work as a rocket scientist. Several sattelites have been lost in strange "accidents", causing concern, but not enough to postpone another launch. Marvin and wife encounter a flying saucer on their way to the space-lab, which they inadvertantly record on tape. Later, the saucers appear at the launch site, causing military types to open fire immediately (of course). Both men and guns are obliterated by the invaders' superior firepower. Marvin finally figures out that the burbled noise on his tape recording is actually the aliens trying to communicate with him. Too late! The invasion is under way. Mrs. Marvin's father (an army general) is abducted and zombified by the aliens, after they've sucked his mind dry (We get to see the ship interiors. Check out the cool, ultra-modern viewscreen! It looks better than some of our actual widescreen TVs of today!) Dr. Marvin must now race against time and develop a weapon that can save humanity! As others have said, Harryhausen's flying saucers are excellent. The characters are believable and the story is good. If you are a sci-fi addict you must own this...
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I'm a big fan of Ray Harryhausen from when I was a kid. I remember seeing this moving on TV about 40 years ago and just being awe struck. It looked so real back then. I still like it and in fact, I replaced my VHS copy of this with the DVD. The story is pretty typical and the low budget forced a lot of clips from newsreels of rockets (some look like V2's) blowing up but for it's day it's really good. Its fun to watch today too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Best Sept. 17 2003
Years ago, I had the opportunity to meet Ray during a science fiction festival and he was so happy with the way his movie turned out that he responded to me like this, "You know, I made that movie so real that everyone thought I had actually met someone from out in space" I believe he was German and what a nice, humble man. I wonder if he is still living today. Anyway, this is the "best of the best - and it was made at a time when everything was clay-mation, imagine no computers. Now since it is in DVD it will hold the clarity and picture quality needed for this priceless gem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harryhausen versus the Sci Fi Cliches Feb. 14 2003
Here is a list - for people jaded by "Star Wars"-type digital special effects and Bruce Willis-type smart-aleck dialogue - of what the classic science fiction film "Earth versus the Flying Saucers" (1956) does not boast: it is not processed in Technicolor but only in (glorious) black-and-white; it does not show whole cities sprung sky-high by death-rays or fleets of numberless star cruisers nuking it out among the nebulae; its aliens do not look like the dripping unsought-for results of recombinant DNA experimentation, nor are they invulnerable so that stopping them depends on a hasty "deus ex machina" tacked on by the screenwriters; its scientist hero and his wife are mature people, not teenagers or "twenty-somethings" escaped from prime-time television; they act with deliberation and do not pump air or dance a jig when their efforts prove effective; when people die in the film, they die without bravado. People who insist on such things should know in advance that their particular adrenaline-addiction will not be fixed by this film. Intelligent and discriminating viewers, on the other hand, can expect the superb model-work of Ray Harryhausen deployed economically but satisfyingly throughout the film. They can also expect thoughtful, jargon-free dialogue from screenwriters George Worthington Yates and Raymond T. Marcus, working from a story by Kurt ("Donovan's Brain") Siodmak, and taught direction from Fred F. Sears. "EVFS" gratifyingly violates one of the formulas of 1950s sci-fi cinema: it does not make the audience wait to see the alien nemesis, continually postponing a disappointing appearance, but exposes its first saucer within two minutes of the opening segment. As Dr. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Definately a cut above! Nov. 9 2010
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I finally watched Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers. I opted to watch it in remastered B&W rather than the optional colourized version so I would see it as it was originally played in theatres.

I couldn't help comparing this with the more recent Independence Day. And in my final assessment is that while there are many similarities between the two films, and taking into account the differences in age and production resources, I think Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers is a smarter film than Independence Day.

I liked how the aliens, while still wanting to take over the planet, initially opted for a somewhat quiet takeover rather than just blasting away from orbit. There was also the rationale that they were the survivors of a destroyed solar system. I appreciated these small conceptual details. It also lent credibility to the idea that they themselves didn't want an all out conflict because they knew their resources were limited and that they had studied humanity enough to possibly suspect us capable of fighting back in some way or other.

I also quite liked how little over the top anything in the film was. It looked like the writers and everyone involved really tried to walk that fine line of not going campy or overdone. I got a sense of restraint from the film.

I loved the final solution of humanity being able to understand the principles of how alien tech seemed to be working and then devising a means to combat it. And for me it made a helluva lot more sense than the computer virus idea in Independence Day.

I can't help thinking that if this can seem like a fine enough film now as seen from the perspective of 2010 then this should have been seen as quite something when it was first released in 1956.
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5.0 out of 5 stars les soucoupes volentes attaquent(earth vs. the flying saucers)
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Published on Sept. 16 2009 by babar54
3.0 out of 5 stars One of the movies spoofed by "Mars Attacks"
I went back and forth between 2 and 3 stars on this one. Basically, what this movie has going for it are the special effects by Ray Harryhausen, which were pretty advanced for... Read more
Published on June 23 2004 by David F. Nolan
2.0 out of 5 stars It's easy to see why Ray does not like this movie....
It was a very difficult movie to make as Ray recounts in the making of featurette, He used models that were tedious to move one frame at a time, he was using cameras that could not... Read more
Published on May 21 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The essential Alien Invasion flim of the 50s. Great effects!
Released in 1956, "Earth vs. the Flying Saucers" was the second film visual effects genius Ray Harryhausen did with producer Charles Schneer. Read more
Published on April 21 2004 by Claude Avary
4.0 out of 5 stars Ornery aliens...when will they learn?
"Warning! Take Cover! Flying Saucers Invade Our Planet! Washington, London, Paris, Moscow Fight Back! Read more
Published on March 3 2004 by cookieman108
1.0 out of 5 stars It Looks Fake, Fake, and more Fake. CGI is better.
Traditionally it has taken a long time for special effects to become really good and creative at the movies. Read more
Published on Jan. 19 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie still rules.
This is the mother of all invasion movies here. Filmed in gorgeous black and white, and coming out two years before the Technicolor blitzkrieg of War of the Worlds, EVTFS is still... Read more
Published on Sept. 22 2003 by Robert Cossaboon
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