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Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (Bilingual)

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  • Actors: Ian Hendry, Roy Thinnes, Patrick Wymark
  • Directors: Robert Parrish
  • Writers: Gerry Anderson, Sylvia Anderson, Donald James
  • Producers: Gerry Anderson, Sylvia Anderson
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • 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: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: June 24 2008
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0016B6ZJW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,067 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Sci-fi adventure and suspense has never been more exciting or intense as when you Journey to the Far Side of the Sun! One hundred years in the future, two astronauts are sent to uncover the secrets of a "duplicate" Earth on the other side of the Sun. When they crash land three weeks earlier than they had planned, they must embark on a life-or-death mission to determine whether they have arrived back home or on the strange mirror world. This imaginative space adventure offers a journey few will ever forget!

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There's a sense of awe to the special effects work of animation specialists Gerry and Sylvia Anderson (Thunderbirds Are Go)--the slow, lovingly detailed introduction of a massive spaceship creeping out of dock and struggling against its bulk while trapped on the ground, and the almost balletic spectacle of the ship elegantly floating against an impressive star field or dramatically flying against the rugged landscape. These moments are the highlights of this sober science fiction thriller about the discovery of a planet on the far side of the sun in Earth's orbit. A mission is hastily put together, with British astrophysicist Ian Hendry teamed with hotshot American astronaut Roy Thinnes for the three-week trip, but when they suddenly crash-land the strange creatures that surround them are revealed to be human. Against all rational explanations they're back on Earth, but Thinnes suddenly discovers that everything is a mirror image of his existence: Through the Looking Glass by way of The Twilight Zone. Though it begins as a paranoid spy thriller set in the near future (the opening details an ingenious espionage caper featuring a very special eyepiece), it quickly turns into a serious and oddly unsettling space-race drama with a heady twist. Robert Parrish's direction is unusually aloof, but the film is always intriguing and well acted with gorgeous special effects that may rank second only to Stanley Kubrick's 2001 as the most elegant vision of outer space flight on film. --Sean Axmaker

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Sci-fi adventure and suspense has never been more exciting or intense as when you Journey to the Far Side of the Sun! One hundred years in the future two astronauts are sent to uncover the secrets of a "duplicate" Earth on the other side of the Sun. When they crash land three weeks earlier than they had planned they must embark on a life-or-death mission to determine whether they have arrived back home or on the strange mirror world. This imaginative space adventure offers a journey few will ever forget!

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60's Classic with the Supermarionation gang" The Anderson" aka producers of Fire Ball XL5, "The Thunderbirds" and their best was 'Space 1999' with 'Martin Landau' in his Hayday. This was a good movie for the special effects. It ended in a Truthful way because most Guys' were getting the girl! Far too often back then. It could have had less rambling dialogue and more action adventure. The premise is outstanding no one had ever thought of of a Plot like that.
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Great movie! Any fan of Gerry Anderson (& his wife) will enjoy this & should have it in their collection. If you're a "Sci-Fi" fan, this is right up your alley. The star of the movie also stared in the tv series "The Invaders"
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Simply a great movie! Good story thats quite engaging, excellent cast.
Very nice futuristic vide, and look.
Now the special effects may seem to be dated, but for the year this movie was made are really very good.
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I hadn't seen this movie since I was a kid, and since I grew up with Gerry Anderson productions I wanted to see it again. When I first say it the movie was entitled Doppelgänger. The movie has great sets and effects for the time, lots of continuity goofs to find and the usual over acting which I find in most Anderson productions. It's not a great movie, but entertaining and makes one think a little about the possibility.
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This lesser known film starring Roy Thinnes (From TV's Invaders) is actually what I consider a lost gem. It was made at a time where the story was more important that the special effects (though the effect are fairly good for its time).
A scientist theorizes that there is another world in Earth's Orbit directly behind the sun. Since the sun always blocks it from us we can never see it from Earth. Roy Thinnes is selected to go on a mission to get to this world. I don't want to tell the rest of the plot because it will give the rest of the movie away. Let's just say there are some real surprises.
The movie is British and has that good British flavor of acting that was in such TV series like The Avengers.
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This film is a low budget cross between James Bond and 2001. Produced by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, this video is a must have for any fan of the television series Space:1999 or UFO. While the plot (which is right out of a standard Twilight Zone episode) can get a little bit thin, the attention to detail makes up for any flaws. Every inch of the production is crammed with futuristic gadgets, mod furniture and cool looking spaceships, cars and airplanes. You really get to taste a 60's view of the "future" filled with video teleconferencing, x-ray security checks and a space program plagued by budget cuts. Graphic designers will love the look of the opening titles which contrast minimal typography with high tech photography (by the way the titles are the only part of the movie which are sort of in letterbox). Despite wooden acting and a slow editing pace, you will find yourself in love with the look and feel of this film. No it's not a "great film", but there is some nice model work, good art direction and decent music to keep a sci-fi fan entertained.
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By Bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER on Nov. 1 2013
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It is the dawn of the space age. A space probe comes back with the news of another planet in an orbit opposite of earth. Due to the fact that security was compromised, we have to hurry-up and check it out with a manned probe. We send the top astronaut Colonel Glenn Ross (Roy Thinnes) and top scientist John Kane (Ian Hendry) on a three week mission to check it out. Instead, they return after three weeks.

Why did they turn back?
What is upsetting Colonel Glenn Ross?

Of course, we know the answer but it is fun watching the characters discover the secret.

The clothing and props naturally reflect a 1960's concept of the future. The space ship models look a little hokey but when you get used to it, the story is fun and well acted. This movie will make a good addition to you cultural history collection.
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By A Customer on Jan. 21 2003
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In the near future, a routine mission by an unmanned solar probe detects a planet sharing Earth's orbital plane, but orbiting exactly opposite to it. Plans to land an expedition to the mysterious planet are initially shelved because of the cost - but then reinstated and rushed forward when the existence of Earth's twin is discovered by a secret agent (Herbert Lom). Jason Web, a ruthless visionary of space exploration, manages the program as if he's going up. Instead, the two-man crew is headed by a stoic American astronaut named Glenn Ross, a man who seems to have nothing to come back to. Ironically, Ross does return back to Earth - apparently having turned around midway and crashlanding. But Ross is perplexed - his last memories are approaching the mystery planet and landing, having no explanation for his return.
Okay, so there is an explanation [] and on reflection it's not an entirely intelligent one. Actually, the idea of a parallel Earth poses an interesting (likely unintentional) cold war metaphor: scientists and politicians are spurred to expend outrageous sums to conquer and explore a mysterious region or enemy only to find it that the enemy is no different than themselves. Scientifically, it's even less acceptable: everything on this other world is a reverse-mirror image of our Earth, from human anatomy, electric polarity to written language. Luckily, dialog is not reversed though - since the reverse Earth lives within our universe, complete with the same laws of physics - why anything should be reversed at all is a mystery. Instead our hero hits on the twin-earth solution and even sells it to the otherwise immovable Web, though you get the sense that they might have had some reservations about the idea.
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