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Journey to the Far Side of the Sun

Roy Thinnes , Ian Hendry , Robert Parrish    G (General Audience)   DVD
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There's a sense of awe to the special effects work of animation specialists Gerry and Sylvia Anderson (Thunderbirds Are Go)--the slow, lovingly detailed introduction of a massive spaceship creeping out of dock and struggling against its bulk while trapped on the ground, and the almost balletic spectacle of the ship elegantly floating against an impressive star field or dramatically flying against the rugged landscape. These moments are the highlights of this sober science fiction thriller about the discovery of a planet on the far side of the sun in Earth's orbit. A mission is hastily put together, with British astrophysicist Ian Hendry teamed with hotshot American astronaut Roy Thinnes for the three-week trip, but when they suddenly crash-land the strange creatures that surround them are revealed to be human. Against all rational explanations they're back on Earth, but Thinnes suddenly discovers that everything is a mirror image of his existence: Through the Looking Glass by way of The Twilight Zone. Though it begins as a paranoid spy thriller set in the near future (the opening details an ingenious espionage caper featuring a very special eyepiece), it quickly turns into a serious and oddly unsettling space-race drama with a heady twist. Robert Parrish's direction is unusually aloof, but the film is always intriguing and well acted with gorgeous special effects that may rank second only to Stanley Kubrick's 2001 as the most elegant vision of outer space flight on film. --Sean Axmaker

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Sci-fi adventure and suspense has never been more exciting or intense as when you Journey to the Far Side of the Sun! One hundred years in the future two astronauts are sent to uncover the secrets of a "duplicate" Earth on the other side of the Sun. When they crash land three weeks earlier than they had planned they must embark on a life-or-death mission to determine whether they have arrived back home or on the strange mirror world. This imaginative space adventure offers a journey few will ever forget!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Doppelgänger Nov. 1 2013
By bernie TOP 50 REVIEWER
It is the dawn of the space age. A space probe comes back with the news of another planet in an orbit opposite of earth. Due to the fact that security was compromised, we have to hurry-up and check it out with a manned probe. We send the top astronaut Colonel Glenn Ross (Roy Thinnes) and top scientist John Kane (Ian Hendry) on a three week mission to check it out. Instead, they return after three weeks.

Why did they turn back?
What is upsetting Colonel Glenn Ross?

Of course, we know the answer but it is fun watching the characters discover the secret.

The clothing and props naturally reflect a 1960's concept of the future. The space ship models look a little hokey but when you get used to it, the story is fun and well acted. This movie will make a good addition to you cultural history collection.
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I just thought it moved too slowly for me, and that the acting was not up to par. Not a bad movie and not my cup of tea.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gerry Anderson movie of quality Sept. 27 2009
With actors from other Gerry Anderson productions (Ed Bishop of UFO) UFO: The Complete UFO Mega Setthe movie features many of the effects (visual and sound) that Anderson has become known for in practically all of his works. The movie quality is excellent and the story is pretty good. If you like other Anderson productions, then you must get this movie to complete your set.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Journey to the Far Side Of the Sun Dec 20 2011
By Joe
This is an excellent classic SF movie. If you enjoyed the classic Star Trek movies then you will like this movie. The movie plot is well written. The DVD is excellent quality, it is not in the Blu Ray format but it is shown in the 1:85 screen ratio which fits widescren TVs perfectly with no black bars on the sides or top. I would recomend it to any one that enjoys a good SF movie. Signed....Joe
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5.0 out of 5 stars Long out of print cult gem back at last! March 30 2008
By Paul Carson - Published on Amazon.com
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for the Sci-Fi nut Jan. 4 2010
By T. Anson - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this and the UFO Megaset as gifts for my husband for Christmas 2009. He loves them both, but was especially pleased that this particular remastered version of the Sci-Fi cult classic was done very well...to the point that in the old format, the words, which were supposed to be reversed, were not, but in this remastered version, the words are reversed as they are supposed to be, making it true to the plot. I'm sure that this fact will make more sense to the hardcore sci-fi fan than it did to me. Suffice it to say, this makes a great gift for that sci-fi nut in your life.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely transfer of a classic SciFi June 26 2008
By J. Burns - Published on Amazon.com
A century from now, a probe to the Sun discovers a new planet in the solar system, in Earth's orbit opposite the Sun. A manned expedition seems to return to Earth three weeks early, and the surviving crewman is grilled to discover why he turned back.

The phenomenal effects in this picture (both special and practical) are must-see for science fiction fans, with the ships, future cars, and various futuristic (for 1969) devices a major highlight. Some futurisms have clearly passed us by (computer punchcards?), but the earnestness carries one past such elements.

The premise is a stretch (best enjoyed with your Twilight Zone cap in place) and the acting is overwrought at times. Gerry Anderson's first move beyond marionettes often brings a marionette-like feel to its mise-en-scene - this is unquestionably a geekfest for gizmos, with a wacked concept as the centerpiece.

The DVD (the new 2008 release) delivers a gorgeous transfer, with excellent picture and sound. Sadly, the disc contains no special features, not even a trailer. Only language options and CC for the hearing impaired are available as options.

A solid movie-only release of a classic title. Glad to see this return to DVD, even if it's bare-bones.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Travel to find your home July 9 2009
By Baraq Chagar - Published on Amazon.com
This Journey is a search in reverse, pardon the pun. It is a discovery of a world where everything depends on your perspective and vantage point. Close your eves before you blur your vision. Our travellers leave and find they share a portion of a universe not so unique, that they aren't unique and how everything is in perfect balance - not what we tell ourselves! We need to be special, and existing 'on purpose'. When you have a double then what purpose fits? Perhaps to just be different again, or just to get back where you belong. Can we cope with the wierd discoveries that space travel risks?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sci-Fi Feb. 1 2009
By D. Barber - Published on Amazon.com
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I remembered seeing this film many years ago. I also remembered it being pretty good and when the price finally became reasonable, I ordered it from Amazon. Memory is a tricky thing, sometimes. The film wasn't nearly as good as I remembered it. Gerry Anderson is the same guy who made the British "puppet" sci-fi, such as Thunderbirds. The sets and model spaceships have the same toy-like look. Video quality is pretty good, but for sci-fi buffs, it's about cool special effects and believable production standards. Sorry, they're just not here. Also, the acting had a TV movie quality about it. A minor disappointment.
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