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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
As good as it gets !
Colorised version is beautiful and the sound transfer is the best i heard on these versions(colorised & b/w). Read more
Real cornball stuff but good addition to my cornball space collection.Published 7 months ago by Leonard Tedds
did not know this was a pal system movie can not play on my system so no good Thomas
have no use for this
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.Published on Oct. 28 2012 by Jacques Potvin
revivez les debuts excitants des films de science-fiction avec ce desormais film cul (les soucoupes volantes attaquent). Read morePublished on Sept. 16 2009 by babar54
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 morePublished on June 23 2004 by David F. Nolan
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 morePublished on May 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. Read morePublished on Jan. 21 2004 by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein