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Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (Bilingual)
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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!
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
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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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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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One has to accept the state of the art in special effects from the 60's to like this film. Some amazing miniatures used in the making. The story is interesting. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love this movie and great to see it on Blu-ray. Good qualityPublished 9 months ago by Laurence Justus
Un bon vieux film de science fiction è l'ancienne et dépoussièré, ça fait plaisir à voir!!! Read morePublished 16 months ago by pat
This is one of those films that has the premise for something brilliant, but goes off in so many directions. The espionage angle is intriguing, but fizzles quickly. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Johnny Rocker
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. Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2013 by Bernie
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