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Plan 9 From Outer Space (Full Screen Special Edition)

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  • Actors: Gregory Walcott, Tom Keene, Forrest J. Ackerman, Carl Anthony, Stephen C. Apostolof
  • Directors: Edward D. Wood Jr., Mark Patrick Carducci
  • Writers: Edward D. Wood Jr., Mark Patrick Carducci, Lee Harris
  • Producers: Edward D. Wood Jr., Charles Burg, Glen Phipps
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Nov. 4 2003
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 138 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 6305760403
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,343 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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This is it! The most popular Atomic Age cult film of the twentieth century. Winner of two Golden Turkey Awards for Worst Picture and Worst Director of All Time, the immortal Edward D. Wood, Jr.! It's all here, the not-so-special effects, aliens in skating skirts zooming around in string-powered flying saucers to implement the ninth plan of Earth's conquest (the first eight failed) with an army of zombies (well, three actually), Vampira, Tor Johnson and Bela Lugosi in his legendary "postmortem" performance (with Ed's chiropractor standing in for Bela after his death). This truly original movie, Ed Wood's "Citizen Kane," is a hymn to all those who have ever tried to create something intelligent and meaningful, only to fail miserably every step of the way.

Sometimes a movie achieves such legendary status that it can't quite live up to its reputation. Plan 9 from Outer Space is not one of these movies. It is just as magnificently terrible as you've heard. Plan 9 is the story of space aliens who try to conquer the Earth through resurrection of the dead. Psychic Criswell narrates ("Future events such as these will affect you in the future!") as police rush through the cemetery, occasionally clipping the cardboard tombstones in their zeal to find the source of the mysterious goings-on. More than just a bad film, Plan 9 is something of a one- stop clearinghouse for poor cinematic techniques: The time shifts whimsically from midnight to afternoon sun, Tor Johnson flails desperately in an attempt to rise from his coffin, and flying saucers zoom past on clearly visible strings. Fading star Bela Lugosi tragically died during filming, but such a small hurdle could not stop writer-producer-director Ed Wood. Lugosi is ingeniously replaced with a man who holds a cape across his face and might as well have "NOT BELA LUGOSI" stamped on his forehead. Plan 9 is so sweetly well- intentioned in both its message and its execution that it's impossible not to love it. And if you don't, well, as Eros says, "You people of Earth are idiots!" --Ali Davis

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Format: DVD
Plan 9 is just as bad as everyone says it is (buy it buy it buy it!), so this review is just a reminder for you to purchase the better of the two DVDs that Amazon offers of this title.
Do NOT buy the Passport Video has horrible sound and the picture lighting throbs between dark and bright through the entire film. Passport Video also included a watermark of their logo in the bottom right hand corner of the screen that lasts throughout the film. In addition to all of this, what is advertised on the package as "Show 2: THE ED WOOD STORY" is in fact 40 mins. of cobbled together interviews with Vampira, Johnny Depp, Ed Wood's wife, and one of Tor Johnson's neighbors. Sounds okay, but they are actually mind-bogglingly uninsightful and focus mostly upon Tim Burton's Ed Wood film.
The edition of this DVD that you will want to buy is the Image Entertainment version that includes the 111 min. documentary "Flying Saucers Over Hollywood" (which is a wonderful addition). This DVD has great sound and picture quality, vastly superior to Passport Video's piddly excuse for a quality DVD.
I know that it may seem counter productive to buy a more expensive release of the worst movie of all time, but you will appreciate the horrible experience of grave robbers from outerspace much more (and Image Entertaiment's documentary is great too).
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To my knowledge, there are two different releases of "Plan 9" out there, and choosing the right one can make all the difference in the world. The release from Image Entertainment, which includes the 110-minute documentary "Flying Saucers Over Hollywood" is THE version to purchase. I would not recommend the other, Passport Video's release that includes the 40-minute documentary "The Ed Wood Story." Firstly, the film itself has a much better presentation in the Image version; a cleaner print with better audio and, unlike Passport Video, there is no company logo on-screen throughout the film! Both releases give you the classic "Plan 9" trailers. However, only the Image release gives you the truly wonderful documentary "Flying Saucers Over Hollywood." A heartfelt, low budget look at the making of this anti-masterpiece, this special is longer than the film itself and overs amazing insight into society's continuing fascination with the "worst movie ever made." Passport's doc, "The Ed Wood Story," is a shoddy rehash of publicity material for the Johnny Depp movie and overs little substance. Believe me--choosing the right DVD version makes ALL the difference. And as far as buying "Plan 9" at all? Well, you simply must... because it is a classic, and you'll find yourself quoting its insipid dialogue for weeks on end. Since purcahsing it a year ago, I have probably watched it at least four full times. It never gets stale because there's always something new to laugh at. Watch it alone, then watch it with friends... work up a routine... entertain at parties. Ed Wood would be proud.
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"We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember, my friends, future events such as these will affect you in the future."
"Modern women!"
"Yeah, they've been the same down through the ages."
The above are samples of dialogue from "Plan 9 From Outer Space," and the script is the most coherent component of this film. Be warned, this is B-movie magic in its purest form; it seems that not a penny was spared...err, I mean spent in the acquisition of props, sets, or competent actors, and the result is one of the funniest films ever produced.
Here's a rundown of the plot: aliens want to bring earthlings to the bargaining table, and to achieve this they reanimate the dead. The extra-terrestrials hope that the fear of seeing walking dead will force the governments of Earth to...oh, it doesn't really matter. You see, this is a movie where a "detective" scratches his neck with the barrel of his revolver, night and day repeatedly alternate within scenes, and flying pilots speak to the ground crew on an actual telephone.
It's a fine line, sometimes, between a one-star review and a five, but, this is a fun film, a classic, one that deserves to be laughed at and, eventually, loved by any viewer with a sense of humor. So, watch and giggle as each low-grade actor delivers his campy lines with absolute conviction and cardboard tombstones wiggle when bumped.
And, with that, let me leave you with one more classic bit of dialogue:
"Visits? That would indicate visitors."
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How does one describe a movie such as this? Like "Robot Monster," it is a masterpiece, and like "Robot Monster," this is not because "Plan 9 From Outer Space" has even a shadow of an ounce of quality to it. Rather, this is an example of just how wrong everything in any creative project can go if it is in the hands of the right angora-wearing genius.
For nothing (and I mean NOTHING) came out right in this movie. Continuity? Hah! Realistic dialogue? Pish! Convincing acting? Gah! Remotely realistic special effects? Heaven forbid! No, what Ed Wood gave us with "Plan 9" is quite simply a cinematic failure that not even Orson Wells could have duplicated if he had tried. In what other movie is one of your stars dead even before the script is written or shooting begins?
No, "Plan 9" is unique, a thing that we mere mortals can only begin to try and understand. Instead we can only watch, transfixed and trembling in awe that Wood's vision was transmitted so perfectly to the silver screen. This is a movie that well deserves to be ranked among the immortal creations of motion picture history, despite or perhaps because of the fact that it completely lacks any of the features that would normally merit such an inclusion.
To think otherwise can only be the result of stupid minds. Stupid! Your stupid, stupid minds!
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