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Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (Color Special Edition) (Bilingual) [Import]

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  • Actors: Hugh Marlowe, Joan Taylor, Donald Curtis, Morris Ankrum, John Zaremba
  • Directors: Fred F. Sears
  • Writers: Bernard Gordon, Curt Siodmak, Donald E. Keyhoe, George Worthing Yates
  • Producers: Charles H. Schneer, Sam Katzman
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Black & White, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Jan. 15 2008
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews
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A textbook example of '50s-era science fiction, Earth vs. the Flying Saucers boasts not only a solid script and competent performances, but some genuinely impressive stop-motion effects courtesy of one of the industry's uncontested masters, Ray Harryhausen. Scientist Hugh Marlowe (who faced a more benevolent invader from space five years earlier in The Day the Earth Stood Still) discovers that UFOs are responsible for the destruction of a series of exploratory space rockets launched by his space exploration project. The saucers' helmeted pilots land on Earth and deliver an ultimatum to humanity via Marlowe: fealty or complete annihilation.

Harryhausen's painstakingly intricate saucers and the destruction they wreak (particularly during an assault on Washington, D.C.) are the film's unquestionable highlights, but Marlowe and Joan Taylor (as his wife/partner) are capable leads, and veteran B director Fred F. Sears doesn't let the dialogue and expositional scenes fall apart in between the barrage of effects. Earth vs. the Flying Saucers is a fun and effective slice of sci-fi that should please younger audiences as well as nostalgic return viewers. Sears later reused some of the effects footage for his jaw-droppingly awful 1957 effort, The Giant Claw. --Paul Gaita --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I finally watched Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers. I opted to watch it in remastered B&W rather than the optional colourized version so I would see it as it was originally played in theatres.

I couldn't help comparing this with the more recent Independence Day. And in my final assessment is that while there are many similarities between the two films, and taking into account the differences in age and production resources, I think Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers is a smarter film than Independence Day.

I liked how the aliens, while still wanting to take over the planet, initially opted for a somewhat quiet takeover rather than just blasting away from orbit. There was also the rationale that they were the survivors of a destroyed solar system. I appreciated these small conceptual details. It also lent credibility to the idea that they themselves didn't want an all out conflict because they knew their resources were limited and that they had studied humanity enough to possibly suspect us capable of fighting back in some way or other.

I also quite liked how little over the top anything in the film was. It looked like the writers and everyone involved really tried to walk that fine line of not going campy or overdone. I got a sense of restraint from the film.

I loved the final solution of humanity being able to understand the principles of how alien tech seemed to be working and then devising a means to combat it. And for me it made a helluva lot more sense than the computer virus idea in Independence Day.

I can't help thinking that if this can seem like a fine enough film now as seen from the perspective of 2010 then this should have been seen as quite something when it was first released in 1956.
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Released in 1956, "Earth vs. the Flying Saucers" was the second film visual effects genius Ray Harryhausen did with producer Charles Schneer. They had previously worked together on the gigantic octopus vs. San Francisco film "It Came from beneath the Sea," and would go on to craft a long series of color fantasy movies that remain favorites with all ages today. "Earth vs. the Flying Saucers" (or "E v. FS" if you prefer) arose from Schneer's interest in the flying saucer-sighting craze of the day. Curt Siodmak, author of many of Universal's classic monster films, hatched the original story of a full-scale invasion by alien craft, but the final script is credited to George Worthing Yates and Raymond T. Marcus. Harryhausen found himself animating not monsters, but futuristic spacecraft. Thus, the film is quite a departure from his usual fare, but nevertheless Harryhausen infuses the movie with his genius and personality. "E v. FS" is the ESSENTIAL alien invasion flick of the decade, far more entertaining than George Pal's stuffy "The War of the Worlds." Everything you want from 50s science-fiction flick is here, and with Harryhausen's visual effects, it all looks damn cool too!
The husband and wife science team of Hugh Marlowe and Joan Taylor (both fun performances) investigate a rash of saucer sighting. The aliens have come to Earth to seek aid, but when they land the trigger-happy military opens fire and the aliens retaliate with a ruthless war of destruction. But don't fear, our peppy scientist couple have come up with a wild invention that may stop the destructive alien visitors. It all concludes in a wild scene over Washington D.C., and not all the monuments end up in good shape.
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"Warning! Take Cover! Flying Saucers Invade Our Planet! Washington, London, Paris, Moscow Fight Back!" That's the tagline for the film Earth vs The Flying Saucers (1956) directed by Fred F. Sears, who also acted in and directed a whole mess of B westerns throughout the mid 40's through the mid 50's.
This film stars Hugh Marlowe as Dr. Russell Marvin, head of the military operation called Skyhook, a project involving launching a series of satellites into orbit around the Earth, paving the way for manned expeditions into space. I remember Marlowe best as Tom Stevens from the 1951 quintessential sci-fi film, The Day the Earth Stood Still. Joan Taylor, who is very easy on the eyes, I might add, plays his secretary and recently wedded wife, Carol Marvin, and was in another Harryhausen classic, 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957).
The plot involves flying saucers coming to Earth with nefarious purposes...sounds like the film Independence Day (1996)? It should, as the makers of that film lifted the plot from here, and threw in tons of special effects to dazzle audiences (which they succeeded, even with this viewer). Anyway, there is miscommunication, things happen, words are said, and the aliens start blowing stuff up...blowing stuff up real good. Bad aliens...but they didn't want it to be this way. They were hoping for a friendly takeover, but us Earthlings don't take kindly to technologically advanced beings from outer space in their fancy-schmanzy flying/spinning discs throwing their weight around our neighborhood.
One thing that really surprised me about this movie is that it was really well scripted. The whole story was intelligently written, and almost believable.
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