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TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Sci-Fi Adventures (Them! / The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms / World without End / Satellite in the Sky)

Paul Hubschmid , James Whitmore , Edward Bernds , Eugène Lourié    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it just for THEM! Jan. 30 2012
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I bought this just for THEM! which is constantly seen in the Top 100 Sci-fi lists around the Internets. That movie alone is worth the purchase.

I've watched the Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, but unfortunately the beast isn't a huge character in that movie and mostly shows up at the end.

The other two I still have to watch, but again, the purchase is worth it just from THEM!
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3.0 out of 5 stars These movies are fun. Feb. 15 2014
By John
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These movies are fun to watch, the effects are so Phoney that you have to laugh, Fun to watch fun and if it wasn't for the actors playing not to bad in the seens I say if you like old movies from the fifty's and on you will love these old movies.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Retro Nuclear accident sci Fi at it's best Jan. 17 2013
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Classic sci Fi at it's best, not the best acting or scripting but still fun to watch. Great anti nuclear stuff.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What fun!!!! So bad they're inspired!!!! Aug. 12 2012
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We got this collection after seeing "Them" on TCM and just couldn't resist adding it to our collection. All of these old Sci-Fi classics set are typical of those produced in the 1950s. They are so bad they are inspired -- corny and always with the love interest. What fun!!! Great actors in all of them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For lovers of fantastic tales Oct. 31 2009
By calvinnme - Published on Amazon.com
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This set contains four sci-fi films from the 50's. With the atomic age upon them, Frankenstein's monster and vampires were just not that scary anymore to the people of the 1950's. Thus filmmakers turned to creatures and environments that were the byproducts of man's nuclear experiments.

Probably the best known of these films is "Them!". In a location in the southwest U.S., at the site of the test of several nuclear weapons, people and sacks of sugar are disappearing in large quantities. Robert Graham (James Arness) represents federal law enforcement in the investigation, and Dr. Harold Medford (Edmund Gwenn) represents science. Also, there is a second doctor Medford, the very attractive daughter of Harold Medford.

"The Beast from Twenty Thousand Fathoms" revolves around a dinosaur trapped in the Arctic ice that is thawed and awakened as the result of a nuclear test. The scientist who first sees the creature is not believed. However, he soon has converts when the beast emerges from the deep and starts not only devouring Manhattanites but spreading a deadly disease.

"Satellite in the Sky" is a British effort. A rocket crew carries a powerful new type of bomb into space for a test. However, the bomb becomes attached to the ship's hull and will soon detonate if something is not done. This one is a bit talky, but pretty well done.

"World Without End" was produced by poverty row studio Allied Artists, whose catalog is now owned by Warner Brothers. Four astronauts returning from a mission to Mars wind up on earth 600 years in the future. Atomic war has made the earth a place full of men that have become Neanderthals - literally, insects that have grown to giant proportions and women who seem to be starved for attention from the opposite sex and, in spite of all of the chaos on earth, still have a sense of fashion. If parts of this film look familiar it is because several scenes were edited into "The Queen of Outer Space" in order to be more economical to the budgets of both pictures.

None of these films is in any boxed set although all are already on DVD. This set is highly recommended for lovers of 50's sci-fi. If you are a stickler for top-drawer CGI you might want to look elsewhere, since that is not the point of these films.
77 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT 1950's SCI-FI FILMS.... A GREAT DEAL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Feb. 25 2010
By Donald K. Dossett - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
THEM (1954)
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.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two classics & two well-done's Sept. 26 2010
By Jeff S - Published on Amazon.com
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It's really two classics, a cliché and a clunker but overall a very worthwhile compilation -- and the price is right.

The quality of the film transfers to DVD is superior so I was more than happy to retire my old VHS tapes.

THEM! ranks as the best of the Bug films made popular in the 1950's. TARANTULA is right behind with THE BLACK SCORPION AND THE DEADLY MANTIS in the middle and BEGINNING OF THE END and EARTH VS. THE SPIDER taking up a rear position.

The opening of THEM!, including the bright red title bursting dramatically to fill the screen, is extremely effective and sets the mood for the mystery to come. The giant ants are ungainly by today's standards but still work their magic and the suspense builds throughout as actions unfold to find and destroy the threat of a multiplying atomic creation.

THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS showcases the genius of Ray Harryhausen's pain-staking stop-motion animation technique and should be added to his colorized titles along with EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS, 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH and IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA. A finely tuned tale with top-notch performances by Cecil Kellaway, Paula Raymond and sci-fi icon Kenneth Tobey

WORLD WITHOUT END has that space/time warp thingy going on that lands explorers on a future Earth devastated by atomic war, with a giant spider and mutants trying to put the hammer down (clubs, actually) on underground survivors that include lovely women in those cute mini-skirt costumes that made the rounds in such other pot-boilers as FLIGHT TO MARS and QUEEN OF OUTER SPACE.

The spaceship in ...END also found a home in several other interplanetary tales such as QUEEN... and IT! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE. All in all, a colorful entertainment with a good message storyline and a competent cast that included Rod Taylor of George Pal's brilliant THE TIME MACHINE that kicked off the 1960's.

As for SATELLITE IN THE SKY, the premise of a super-bomb menacing an orbiting test rocket crew is interesting but scientifically nonsensical and it's also a typically slow-paced British-made talker with minimal action and, thus, pretty boring. The rocket launch sequence is a direct lift from 1951's WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE although it's one of the film's highlights.

While not the lost classic it purports to be, it's still worth a viewing for it's serious take on a provocative issue of the day.

Nicely put together collection, TCM. Crowd goes wild!
29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Sci-Fi May 15 2010
By Stephen Trebs - Published on Amazon.com
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These are re-done and better than the released single DVD's. "World Without End" is the widescreen version. If you are a 50's Sci-Fi fan this is worthy of adding to your collection.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make Me a Sergeant in Charge of the Booze Feb. 24 2011
By J. Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
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This DVD is absolutely wonderful with four classic movies from the 50s. I originally ordered this DVD for the movies ("Them!" and "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms") and was quite pleased with all four movies. I won't go into detail about the synopsis of the movies as you probably are already familiar with these movies or can read other reviews already written.

Them and The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms are Black & White while World Without End and Satellite In The Sky are in color. All four movies come in crisp and sharp transfers.

Note: You might recognize one of the characters, Kenneth Tobey, starring in The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms as the leader who saved our planet from "The Thing from Another World".

Highly recommend this set to anyone whose childhood was filled with these type of movies and I still keep repeating the phrase "Make me a Sergeant in charge of the Booze".
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