on April 4, 2007
I bought this knowing I was making a huuuge deal! I knew already that these movies were not Peter Jackson's HD-DVD King Kong quality but I was still surprised! All these movies are monophonic and full screen... but hey! There are 50 of them! Most of them you can buy individually for 15$ on a not-very-much-better-quality DVD! There are ALL watchable movies, some of them are even pretty good! Where I had a problem is when I received my box-set, I was looking forward to watch, most of all, Robot Monster. The problem is that Robot Monster was replaced by "Moon of the wolf"! Nobody knew about this change in the edtion of the pack so amazon sent me another one to correct the mistake... but it had the same problem. So be careful, don't buy this set for Robot Monster!..But buy it anyway!...NOW!
on January 14, 2014
The movie list in the review below is incorrect. The list was changed, along with the box art. The list refers to the earlier version (red cover).
Four movies were removed from the red-box version:
Robot Monster (1953)
Devil of the Desert vs. Son of Hercules (1964)
Zontar, The Thing From Venus (1966)
Battle of the Worlds (1961)
Instead you get in the black box version:
Giants of Rome (1964)
Moon of the Wolf
The Alpha Incident
the rest of which are 1970s' vintage.
Otherwise, it's a fair collection. Not great reproduction or quality, but for the price it's a real bargain. A must-have for those of us who like B-film scifi. I would personally like to have more pre-1970 films of this sort in the collection, rather than the later ones.
I bought this set a couple of years ago. Recently I had some time on my hands so I quickly previewed a few of the Mill Creek 50 movie packs including this SCI - FI collection and looked at all 12 discs again for content and image quality . There are more than a few great films in this collection that make it worthwhile. There's plenty of great campy content and "killer B's" in this 50 movie pack. A few of the highlights are Mesa of Lost Woman, Prehistoric Women, Teenagers From Outer Space, and The Wasp Woman.
The picture quality on some movies leaves a lot to be desired though. Are you old enough to remember VHS and SP, LP, and EP? If your answer is yes, let this be your guide. Much of the content looks like it's EP quality, the rest is much sharper. In fact some movies are so soft that they look like they've been copied again and again. They lack proper detail and are several generations removed from the originals. I'd say about half of the films look really good and most of the others are acceptable. Very few of them come close to actual DVD quality picture standards. That's okay, I personally don't mind VHS quality once in a while if I enjoy the movie, and this set only cost me ten bucks!
on April 11, 2015
HORRIBLE, Do Not Buy. It looks like someone transfered these great movies from old VHS cassettes, using a phone or video camera to record it off an old CRT TV.
Amazon, should investigate any copyright offences that may be being committed with the sale of these videos.
I was going to purchase other video classics, but will not. I will have to assume that all these classics collections are all poor quality.
A little education on B&W movies. When B&W are filmed it is considered HD quality due to the lack of color information, B&W movies have larger bandwidth of information because the grey-scale information has a range.
DO NOT BUY ANY OF THESE MOVIES, You will be very disappointed. I bought it a $10.00, if I paid more I would have returned them.
on May 3, 2004
I have the 50 Mystery Movie Pack and the 50 Horror Movie pack and they are worth the price many times over. It's like old Fright Night fests on telly or a 1950's Drive-In allnighter!
Queen of the Amazons, The Robot Monster, The Amazing Transparent Man, The Wasp Woman, Bride of the Monster, Attack of the Monsters, Gamera the Invincible, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, Teenagers From Outerspace, 5 Hercules ficks, Lost Jungle, Mesa of Lost Women, Eagah (one of my all time favs of Slock B-movies!) and dozens of more!
So pop a bowl of popcorn and sit back and enjoy all the movies so bad they are good...well, sort of!!
on November 22, 2015
I've been enjoying these movies on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
I thought I'd add to the lists already here of the movies in this package. I don't think these have been posted. The first is an alphabetical list with the major actors. The second is a list with individual rating from best to worst, length of film, year released and country of origin.
Alpha Incident, The - Ralph Meeker/Stafford Morgan
Amazing Transparent Man, The - Marguerite Chapman/Douglas Kennedy
Assignment: Outer Space - Rik Van Nutter/Gabriella Farinon
Astral Factor, The (aka "The Invisible Strangler") .- Robert Foxworth/Stefanie Powers
Atomic Brain, The (aka "Monstrosity") - Marjorie Eaton/Frank Gerstle
Attack of the Monsters (aka Gamera vs. Giron) - Christopher Murphey
Blood Tide - James Earl Jones/José Ferrer
Brain Machine, The - James Best/Gerald McRaney
Bride of the Gorilla - Lon Chaney Jr./Raymond Burr
Colossus and the Amazon Queen - Rod Taylor/Ed Fury
Cosmos: War of the Planets - John Richardson/West Buchanan
Crash of the Moons (Rocky Jones, Space Ranger) - Richard Crane/Scotty Beckett
Destroy All Planets (aka Gamera vs. Viras) - Carl Craig/Peter Williams
Eegah - Arch Hall Jr./Richard Kiel
First Spaceship On Venus - Yoko Tani/Oldrich Lukes
Galaxy Invader, The - Richard Ruxton/Faye Tilles
Gamera the Invincible - Albert Dekker/Brian Donlevy
Giants of Rome - Richard Harrison/Wandisa Guida
Hercules Against The Moon Men - Alan Steel/Anna Maria Polani/Jany Clair
Hercules and the Captive Women- Reg Park/Fay Spain
Hercules and the Tyrants of Babylon - Peter Lupus/Anna Maria Polani
Hercules Unchained - Steve Reeves/Sylvia Koschina
Horrors of Spider Island - Alexander D'Arcy/Barbara Valentin
Incredible Petrified World, The - John Carradine/Robert Clarke
Killers From Space - Peter Graves/James Seay
Kong Island - Brad Harris/Marc Lawrence
Laser Mission - Brandon Lee/Ernest Borgnine
Lost Jungle - Clyde Beatty/Cecilia Parker
Menace From Outer Space (Rocky Jones, Space Ranger) - Richard Crane/Scotty Beckett
Mesa of Lost Women - Jackie Coogan/Lyle Talbot
Moon of the Wolf - David Janssen/Barbara Rush/Bradford Dillman
Phantom From Space - Ted Cooper/Tom Daly
Phantom Planet, The - Dean Fredericks/Francis X. Bushman
Planet Outlaws (Buck Rogers) - Buster Crabbe/Constance Moore
Prehistoric Women - Laurette Luez/Allan Nixon
Queen of the Amazons - Robert Lowery/Patricia Morison
Santa Claus Conquers The Martians - John Call/Pia Zadora (in a minor role)
She Gods of Shark Reef - Bill Cord/Don Durant
Snow Creature, The - Paul Langton/Leslie Denison
Snowbeast - Bo Svensen/Yvette Mimieux/Clint Walker
Son of Hercules: The Land of Darkness - Don Vadis/Ken Clark
Teenagers From Outer Space - David Love/Dawn Bender
They Came From Beyond Space - Robert Hutton/Jennifer Jayne
Unknown World - Bruce Kellogg/Otto Waldis
Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women - Mamie Van Doren/Mary Marr
Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet - Basil Rathbone/Faith Domergue
Warning From Space - Toyomi Karita/Keizo Kawasaki
Wasp Woman, The - Susan Cabot/Anthony Eisley
White Pongo - Richard Fraser/Maris Wrixon
Wild Women of Wongo, The - Adrienne Bourbeau/Pat Crowley
5.1 - Gamera the Invincible (86 min | Family, Sci-Fi | 15 December 1966 (USA)
5.0 - Moon of the Wolf (75 min | Horror | 26 September 1972 (USA)
4.7 - Giants of Rome (95 min | Adventure, War | 10 September 1964 (Italy)
4.6 - Destroy All Planets (aka Gamera vs. Viras) (75 min | Sci-Fi | 20 March 1968 (Japan)
4.6 - Snowbeast (86 min | Horror | 28 April 1977 (USA)
4.5 - They Came From Beyond Space (Adventure, Sci-Fi | 1967 (UK)
4.5 - Warning From Space (87 min | Sci-Fi | 29 January 1956 (Japan)
4.5 - The Wasp Woman (73 min | Horror, Sci-Fi | 30 October 1959 (USA)
4.3 - Bride of the Gorilla (70 min | Horror | October 1951 (USA)
4.3 - First Spaceship On Venus (93 min | Sci-Fi | 7 March 1960 (East Germany/Poland)
4.3 - Hercules Unchained (98 min | Adventure, Fantasy | 14 February 1959 (France/Italy/Spain)
4.2 - Hercules and the Tyrants of Babylon (96 min | Adventure, Fantasy | 25 December 1964 (Italy)
4.0 - Lost Jungle (68 min | Adventure | 13 June 1934 (USA)
4.0 - Phantom From Space (73 min | Horror, Sci-Fi | 15 May 1953 (USA)
3.9 - Unknown World (74 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi | 26 October 1951 (USA)
3.8 - Hercules and the Captive Women (101 min | Adventure, Fantasy | 19 August 1961 (France/Italy)
3.7 - The Amazing Transparent Man (58 min | Sci-Fi | July 1960 (USA)
3.7 - The Astral Factor (aka "The Invisible Strangler") (85 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller | 1 February 1978 (USA)
3.7 - Attack of the Monsters (aka "Gamera vs. Giron") (82 min | Action | 21 March 1969 (Japan)
3.7 - Blood Tide (97 min | Horror | September 1982 (UK/Greece)
3.7 - Planet Outlaws (Buck Rogers) (71 min | Action, Family, Sci-Fi | 1953 (USA)
3.6 - Colossus and the Amazon Queen (98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy | 8 September 1960 (Italy)
3.6 - Menace From Outer Space (Rocky Jones, Space Ranger) (78 min | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi | 1956 (USA)
3.6 - Teenagers From Outer Space (86 min | Horror, Sci-Fi | June 1959 (USA)
3.5 - Son of Hercules: The Land of Darkness (85 min | Adventure, Fantasy | 19 March 1964 (Italy)
3.5 - Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet (78 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi | 1 August 1965 (USA)
3.4 - The Alpha Incident (95 min | Sci-Fi | 24 May 1978 (USA)
3.4 - Laser Mission (84 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller | 1990 (USA | West Germany | South Africa)
3.3 - Assignment: Outer Space (aka "Space Men") (73 min | Sci-Fi | 25 August 1960 (Italy)
3.2 - The Phantom Planet (82 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 13 December 1961 (USA)
3.2 - Queen of the Amazons (61 min | Adventure | 15 January 1947 (USA)
3.1 - Crash of the Moons (Rocky Jones, Space Ranger) (78 min | Sci-Fi | 10 July 1954 (USA)
3.1 - Killers From Space (71 min | Sci-Fi | 23 January 1954 (USA)
3.0 - The Brain Machine (85 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller | 9 February 1987 (West Germany)
3.0 - The Galaxy Invader (79 min | Sci-Fi | April 1985 (USA)
3.0 - The Incredible Petrified World (70 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi | April 1960 (USA)
3.0 - The Snow Creature (69 min | Horror | November 1954 (USA)
2.8 - Prehistoric Women (74 min | Adventure, Fantasy | 1 November 1950 (USA)
2.7 - Cosmos: War of the Planets (89 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi | 23 September 1977 (Italy)
2.7 - White Pongo (71 min | Adventure | 2 November 1945 (USA)
2.6 - The Atomic Brain (aka "Monstrosity") (64 min | Horror, Sci-Fi | September 1963 (USA)
2.6 - Hercules Against The Moon Men (90 min | Adventure, Fantasy | 27 June 1964 (France/Italy)
2.6 - Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (78 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi | 1968 (USA)
2.5 - Mesa of Lost Women (70 min | Horror, Sci-Fi | 17 June 1953 (USA)
2.5 - Santa Claus Conquers The Martians (81 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi | 14 November 1964 (USA)
2.5 - She Gods of Shark Reef (63 min | Adventure | August 1958 (USA)
2.4 - Horrors of Spider Island (89 min | Horror | 16 April 1960 (West Germany(/Yugoslavia)
2.3 - Kong Island (92 min | Action, Adventure, Horror | 29 September 1968 (Italy)
2.2 - Eegah (90 min | Comedy | 1 April 1965 (Mexico)
2.2 - The Wild Women of Wongo (72 min | Adventure, Comedy | 1958 (USA)