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Plan 9 From Outer Space (Full Screen Special Edition)

Gregory Walcott , Tom Keene , Edward D. Wood Jr. , Mark Patrick Carducci    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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Sometimes a movie achieves such legendary status that it can't quite live up to its reputation. Plan 9 from Outer Space is not one of these movies. It is just as magnificently terrible as you've heard. Plan 9 is the story of space aliens who try to conquer the Earth through resurrection of the dead. Psychic Criswell narrates ("Future events such as these will affect you in the future!") as police rush through the cemetery, occasionally clipping the cardboard tombstones in their zeal to find the source of the mysterious goings-on. More than just a bad film, Plan 9 is something of a one- stop clearinghouse for poor cinematic techniques: The time shifts whimsically from midnight to afternoon sun, Tor Johnson flails desperately in an attempt to rise from his coffin, and flying saucers zoom past on clearly visible strings. Fading star Bela Lugosi tragically died during filming, but such a small hurdle could not stop writer-producer-director Ed Wood. Lugosi is ingeniously replaced with a man who holds a cape across his face and might as well have "NOT BELA LUGOSI" stamped on his forehead. Plan 9 is so sweetly well- intentioned in both its message and its execution that it's impossible not to love it. And if you don't, well, as Eros says, "You people of Earth are idiots!" --Ali Davis

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This is it! The most popular Atomic Age cult film of the twentieth century. Winner of two Golden Turkey Awards for Worst Picture and Worst Director of All Time, the immortal Edward D. Wood, Jr.! It's all here, the not-so-special effects, aliens in skating skirts zooming around in string-powered flying saucers to implement the ninth plan of Earth's conquest (the first eight failed) with an army of zombies (well, three actually), Vampira, Tor Johnson and Bela Lugosi in his legendary "postmortem" performance (with Ed's chiropractor standing in for Bela after his death). This truly original movie, Ed Wood's "Citizen Kane," is a hymn to all those who have ever tried to create something intelligent and meaningful, only to fail miserably every step of the way.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Plan 9 is just as bad as everyone says it is (buy it buy it buy it!), so this review is just a reminder for you to purchase the better of the two DVDs that Amazon offers of this title.
Do NOT buy the Passport Video edition...it has horrible sound and the picture lighting throbs between dark and bright through the entire film. Passport Video also included a watermark of their logo in the bottom right hand corner of the screen that lasts throughout the film. In addition to all of this, what is advertised on the package as "Show 2: THE ED WOOD STORY" is in fact 40 mins. of cobbled together interviews with Vampira, Johnny Depp, Ed Wood's wife, and one of Tor Johnson's neighbors. Sounds okay, but they are actually mind-bogglingly uninsightful and focus mostly upon Tim Burton's Ed Wood film.
The edition of this DVD that you will want to buy is the Image Entertainment version that includes the 111 min. documentary "Flying Saucers Over Hollywood" (which is a wonderful addition). This DVD has great sound and picture quality, vastly superior to Passport Video's piddly excuse for a quality DVD.
I know that it may seem counter productive to buy a more expensive release of the worst movie of all time, but you will appreciate the horrible experience of grave robbers from outerspace much more (and Image Entertaiment's documentary is great too).
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Stupid! Stupid minds!" Feb. 22 2014
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I have a confession to make: I love Ed Wood's "Plan 9 From Outer Space."

It's one of those bad movies that is so beautifully consistent, so weird, so utterly bafflingly WRONG that it ends up being the PERFECT bad movie. Few movies are as perfectly suited to snark. And the wretchedness is spread smoothly like luxurious upholstery over the ghastly dialogue, bad acting and laughable storyline, until EVERYTHING becomes hilarious.

The plot is actually a bit baffling at first. Flying saucers are buzzing a random American town, but the military is pretending that they don't exist because... actually, I'm not sure why they're being this stupid. After all, it's not as if the military denials keep PEOPLE from seeing those flying saucers. So the aliens (Dudley Manlove, John Breckenridge) implement Plan 9.

What is Plan 9? It's raising the dead (Bela Lugosi, Tor Johnson, Vampira) as zombies, and sending them out to attack people.... very slowly.

Sadly, this does not have the desired effect, since it only happens to three corpses, and nobody really knows how to respond to the dead lurching slowly to attack the living. Only an intrepid (read: bumbling) trio of humans will be able to infiltrate the flying saucer, and discover why the aliens have come to Earth. It's quite a letdown.

"Plan 9 From Outer Space" is one of those movies like "Birdemic," "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians," "The Room" and "Troll 2." It is so bad that somehow it goes all the way around, and ends up being entertaining. Every single thing about this movie is awkward, strange, inept or just plain WRONG -- there is not a single redeeming characteristic about this movie.

And it's WONDERFUL.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You might be surprised... May 19 2013
By Simon Bergeron TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is the cream of the crop... in terms of miserable moviemaking, that is. Nevertheless, don't think you're in for some Uwe Boll stuff, the two don't share the same career at all.

In fact, Plan 9 offers plenty of laughs, inept acting, mistakes, flubs and the entire dictionary of what not to do in pictures. There's no story (well, there IS one, but it's quite atrociously written), the actors (forgive me for using that word) deliver their lines with the conviction of an ice pick and the effects are anything but special.

Watching it at a party or with a group of people insures almost immediately laughter and watching one of the worst films of all time.

The restoration isn't the best there is out there, but it's the best the film ever looked so far. For the price, it's a keeper.

Also, stick to your former DVD with the same cover since some special features are absent from the present edition. Nevertheless, it's great fun, and if you like commentaries, Mike Nelson's is just a load of fun, improvising as he watches, making funny voices and giving us plenty of reasons to enjoy the investment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars As Bad As Promised Oct. 18 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Voted the worst film of all time, and fully deserving of the title! I have a collection of some very bad movies, but this is the first one my kids have wanted to show their friends. They were on the floor laughing at times. I won't go into the myriad miscues in this movie (they're well documented elsewhere), but will simply say that if you want something so bad it is actually funny, this is good choice.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Put a little crimson in your soul June 18 2006
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
There are several packages of Plan 9. I have a few my self including an earlier release contains 40 minute documentary "The Ed Wood Story" featuring interviews with Johnny Depp, Martin Landay, Dolores Fuller, Vampira, Bela Lugosi Jr., and Johnny Legend.

Plan 9 is an operating system that is designed to replace UNIX. Oh yeah It is also a movie.

"Future Events Such As These Will Affect You In The Future!"

Due to their inability to make friendly contact with the earth government the aliens on the first 8 plans they must resort to Plan nine. This basically consists of reanimating the dead to become their army of conquest. Will the plan work?

Due to low budget and the unfortunate early demise of Bela, Ed Woods has to resort to his Plan 9. You will notice that a lot of the scenes are done with curtains. Does his plan work?

This would be a one star movie but because this is a must see to be culturally literate I gave it three stars.
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Published 15 months ago by F. Marra
3.0 out of 5 stars "I'll bet my badge that we haven't seen the last of those weirdies.",
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Published on Sept. 4 2011 by Kona
4.0 out of 5 stars The best of the worst.
"The worst movie of all time" as it is called. A true cult classic now. Ed Wood's Plan 9. Gotta watch it to believe it. Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2009 by Richard Mather
5.0 out of 5 stars "Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) ... Ed Wood Jr. ... Legend Films...
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Published on Sept. 16 2007 by J. Lovins
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a Must See
"Plan 9 From Outer Space" is without a doubt Ed Wood's most hilariously incompetent movie - if you only see one of his epics, make it this one. Read more
Published on Dec 31 2004 by J. Pinkerton Snoopington
5.0 out of 5 stars Plan 9 Rocks
Forget the bad acting and the almost unintelligible dialogue from Tor Johnson. Ignore the continuity discrepancies. This is arguably the best of the worst movies ever made. Read more
Published on Aug. 17 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Two films in one
There are several packages of Plan 9. I have a few my self including this one ASIN: 630546666. This DVD also contains 40 minute documentary "The Ed Wood Story" featuring interviews... Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2004 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Well it ain't the worst
In fact besides I'd go as far as to say this is perhaps the most competent Ed Wood movie around. Sure there are glaring errors such as Bela running back and forth to the grave in... Read more
Published on July 17 2004 by filterite
5.0 out of 5 stars Bela Lugosi Lives! (Just not in this film)
How does one describe a movie such as this? Like "Robot Monster," it is a masterpiece, and like "Robot Monster," this is not because "Plan 9 From Outer... Read more
Published on July 1 2004 by Chris O'Malley
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