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


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  • Format: Black & White, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, English, French, Hindi, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Ais
  • Release Date: May 12 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001D40U7U


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By thomas on June 26 2014
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did not know this was a pal system movie can not play on my system so no good Thomas
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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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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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By G Gannon on Sept. 17 2003
Format: DVD
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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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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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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