Bust open your Major Matt Mason figures, sixties sci-fi at its best is back! From British cult science fiction legend Gerry Anderson, Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (aka Doppelganger) has been unavailable for ages, short of paying over seventy-bucks for it on eBay! Now it's back! We'll have to wait 'til June to see if there's anything juicy on this edition, but at this price -- considering how scarce it's been and how unbelievably cool it is -- preordering is a no-brainer, kids.
All through the sixties, Gerry Anderson was making a name for himself with supremely high quality marionette "Supermarionation" entertainments like The Thunderbirds, all too often dismissed as "kid stuff." His productions continued to evolve --showcasing some of the best special visual effects anywhere -- and by the late sixties he was ready to make the jump to working with actors and using a wider canvas. Journey to the Far Side of the Sun is his first big reinvention. I'm leaving most of the plot for you to discover on your own, let's just say we're talking astronauts and jaw-droppingly cool vehicles -- always an Anderson trademark -- a mysterious planet and some mind-bending discoveries across the gulf of space... After Journey, Anderson continued his quest to deliver live action via TV series such as UFO -- probably one of the best cult series EVER, featuring many cast members from Journey -- and Space:1999.
If you grew up during the sixties on a diet of afternoon syndicated sci-fi matinees, you probably already know Gerry Anderson. He's nothing short of a cult legend. If you haven't discovered his live action work, you're in for a treat. The Oscar-nominated special effects in Journey to the Far Side of the Sun are simply phenomenal! Make sure you've got your seatbelts fastened!
Among cool sci-fi acting icons, star Roy Thinnes is probably one of the all time best, certainly one of the most underrated. In addition to this gem, he's appeared in the X-Files and many other fantastic films. And it's a great time to be a Roy Thinnes fan, because The Show of sixties cult shows that made Thinnes imortal -- The Invaders - The First Season -- is also coming out on DVD on May 27th! If you've never seen that one -- you are in for something truly special. A Roy Thinnes character will go where few others dare to and look trouble right in the eye. In sci-fi from this era, he was the definition of cool.
Sure, it's fashionable and fun to poke a little fun at sci-fi from this era -- with hard-drinking, nehru-jacket wearing astronauts and psychedelic production design, you may think you're on a journey to the "Far Out" side of the sun -- but this is one sensational era in the evolution of modern science fiction and Journey to the Far Side of the Sun showcases the talent and vision and pure command of entertainment that makes Gerry Anderson a pure treasure. Highly recommended.