TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection : Sci-Fi Adventures
4 Classic 1950's Sci-Fi films for $18.99, prior to this collection's release you would have had to pay a lot more in purchasing these movies separately.
Here are the movies listed , in order by my favorite to least liked.
THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS (1953):
Another creature being awakened by atomic bomb testing, this time it's a gigantic dinosaur "Rhedosaurus"
Excellent stop-motion effects by the master "Ray Harryhausen". Of course of all places the creature heads to , it has to be New York City. Here we get to see a lot of massive destruction + a lot of stock footage of military personnel and aircraft in attack mode.
Features the classic Coney Island Roller Coaster / Dinosaur scene that was years ahead of its time.
Again another black and white classic that has been transferred to DVD that is exceptional in clarity.
One of the more classic "BIG BUG" movies of all time. Again mankind has upset mother nature with atomic radiation.
Great production values and great sets, shot in glorious black and white.
One of the most "chilling" sounds is hearing the strange high-pitched chatter coming from "THEM". Giant-Sized atomic bred ants, who attack mostly in their search for sugar.
Stars James Arness (Matt Dillon of Gunsmoke fame)
Great transfer to DVD. I can still remember seeing this movie for the 1st time when I was young.
WORLD WITHOUT END (1956)
Never have seen this film before, it was quite a surprise.
4 astronauts are returning from earth's 1st mission to Mars, when they enter a mysterious time warp and are thrown into a nuclear ravaged earth some 552 years into the future.( Planet of the Apes ? )
One of the better sci-fi space films that I have seen from this period. High production values, good looking sets.
The special effects are the general fare for this era, except for the incredibly hokey looking giant spiders.
Great story line with some beautiful actresses. Filmed in Cinemascope color.
SATELLITE IN THE SKY (1956)
Also Filmed in Cinemascope color, and looks very sharp on DVD.
Stars a very young and beautiful Lois Maxwell ( Miss Moneypenny from the James Bond films)
1st rocket of its kind, blasts into outerspace,but secretly deploys a highly experimental t-bomb (strongest atomic bomb ever created).
The bomb is to be exploded in the safety of outer space, but of course the crew runs into unexpected problems. Excellent special effects , especially exploiting the massive scale of the ship. Not too special elsewhere ( smoke coming from the ship looked like someone blowing cigarette smoke, a lot of scenes looked like minatures)
You can't go wrong purchasing this nice collection. Excellent value for the money.