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This Island Earth

Jeff Morrow , Faith Domergue , Jack Arnold , Joseph M. Newman    Unrated   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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A mysterious, pilotless plane carries scientist Rex Reason to a colony of America's best and brightest minds. They've been kidnapped by a dying alien race, the Metalunians, to repair their defense shield before their enemies destroy their world completely, toiling under their spying eyes and futuristic security cameras (two-way TVs that dominate every room). Jeff Morrow, under a raised forehead, bronze tan, and snow-white hair, philosophizes as Exeter, the thoughtful Metalunian torn between his duty and his morals as he forces the plucky humans to labor in his race's defense. The moody mystery of the first half turns to pure pulp adventure when the humans are transported across the galaxy to the battle-scarred world of Metaluna, under the threatening watch of a monstrous bug-eyed monster with a giant brain for a head and massive claws for hands. There's a genuine sense of wonder to Joseph Newman's intergalactic adventure, one of the most ambitious science fiction films of the 1950s. The story is simple space opera, but the futuristic designs of glass and metal, the marvelous alien makeup, and grandstanding special effects invest the film with a Technicolor splendor. Faith Domergue co-stars as a nuclear physicist and Gilligan's Island's Russell Johnson makes his first professorial appearance as a scientist. Science fiction auteur Jack Arnold was an unbilled codirector. --Sean Axmaker

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5.0 out of 5 stars great old movie April 25 2013
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I can remember seeing this in a theatre when I was about ten years old. Enjoy it just as much now.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars July 8 2014
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A great classic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great old movie March 13 2014
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This is the type of movie I used to watch when I was very young. It still has its appeal
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for any classic sci-fi buff Feb. 16 2013
This is not a great movie, but it is an enjoyable one. It's the kind of movie that's very easy to underestimate. The kind of movie that sort of sneaks up on you by being good in unexpected ways.

It's also a film with a fair bit to interest movie history buffs [feel free to skip the next three paragraphs if you have no interest in this kind of stuff - oh, and thank you to the IMDb, which formed the basis for much of my research]. The female lead is played by Faith Domergue, who apparently got her start in movies largely as a result of being Howard Hughes' mistress - from the age of fifteen. On a note that is perhaps then ironic, but certainly less disturbing, her character in this film is actually portrayed as a highly accomplished scientist in her own right. She's hardly a protagonist of stature equal to the male lead, and yes, she does do her share of screaming, but she is there on her own merit. She doesn't get to be where the action is just because she's someone's daughter or nice or wife; unlike so many other female characters from the science fiction of the day.

To me, the most interesting thing about the male lead actor is that "Rex Reason" is actually his real name: the one he was born with. Seriously, who could have come up with anything better for an atomic age science fiction star? He seems to have enjoyed quite a successful career as a character actor and B-movie lead, and is still alive and kicking today at the age of 81.

And finally of course we come to Jeff Morrow. While not playing what would normally be considered the leading man of the piece, he does get top billing. He is also generally accepted as having given the most compelling performance of the movie. By contrast with "Rex Reason", "Jeff Morrow" is actually a stage name.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Hokey Sci-Fi Goodness Jan. 5 2013
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I remember seeing this movie when I was a kid and being blown away by it. Of course, that was forty years ago and special effects and so on have come a long way in the meantime, but nonetheless this was a great bit of cinematic nostalgia and—to me—something of a collection piece. Star Wars it ain't, but you wouldn't expect it to be, would you?

Yes it's hokey, yes the performances are hammy, yes it's predictable, yes the story is highly implausible (even for b-grade science fiction) but nonetheless it's a fun movie. Recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Of Early Science Fiction June 28 2004
It has taken me a few decades but I have finally seen the film This Island Earth (I had to buy it first). I must say that I was not disappointed by this well-crafted tale.
A physicist working on new power from uranium and the transmutation of elements to create more uranium, gets involved in a project of a far grander scale. Replacement parts are ordered for the lab but the parts that arrive seem far superior to anything that should be available. Then a catalogue of other equipment arrives and soon the lab is set on building a strange device.
The device is a communications console which puts the scientist in contact with a white-haired man seeking out talented scientists to tackle the issue of world-wide peace. The scientist joins a small think-tank of top researchers who are working on increasing the energy available from nuclear reactions. But it soon becomes apparent that all is not what it seems. The head of the project, and his assistant, are actually aliens. They are hoping that the human scientists can come up with a way to save their home planet.
The story then escalates to include the alien world and their plight at the hands of a second, and vicious, race of aliens. We learn of motives, deceits, and how far the peaceful will go to save their own home. Distrust and compassion struggle against one another until the film's conclusion.
This is not a typical B-movie of alien invasion. Unlike most of that type this film was not a quick project. Two and a half years were spent in the making so that the film is pretty well consistent within itself. The pacing of the plot's revelations is well handled and almost resembles a classic tale of A.E. van Vogt. This is definitely a film for fans of the great black and white science fiction films.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Classic S/F Oct. 28 2006
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I just recently purchased this S/F classic movie from the fifties. The last time I viewed "This Island Earth was some forty years ago on TV.

What a treat to enjoy this classic again. The tension slowly builds up in this film until the suspenceful conclusion on the ancient planet Metaluna in a far off galaxy. The special effects are truly incredible for that era.

Pure nostalgic entertainment for this old time Science Fiction fan.
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I'm so glad I picked this dvd up when it was a reasonable price tag
I don't know how "Goodtimes" gets the rights to release "Universal"
prints but I'll take what I can get.
If you had to timecapsule any techincolor sci-fi film from the 50's
it would be a toss up between this and "Forbidden planet". Would we
go to see this at a big screen film revival...sure we would,classic
sci-fi never gets old (just recycled)
The story is that of "Carl"/Atomic researcher/(jetpilot?)
and his assistant who come across a weird energy in the form of a
condenser that's more stronger than anything they've seen from a
company they cant contact except thru mailorder. Curiously enough
they order an 'interosetor" a device in which few men are capable
to construct. These are the words spoken to them after they plug
in the contraption to reveal on its screen the highbrowed'xceter'
The strange man offers an invitation to learn more at his mystery
location and the Scientist Carl (minus assistant) accepts.
Upon arriving at the Xcetor's grounds via remote controlled plane
He is promply meet by an old fellow grad student "Ruth" who oddly
enough doesn't remember him even though he remembers a passionate
"swim" some years back. The Scientist is introduced to the staff including one other scientist who is wary of the whole set-up.
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