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Today Only: "Mad Max Anthology (4 Film Collection) [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)" for $25.99
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The story is of a hand full of people who wake up to find the city is empty of humankind that is live human kind, they must piece together the missing parts to the puzzle they must learn to cooperate with each other and huddle together.
Soon they will realize that they are at ground zero on "Target Earth."
The film has all the feel and dialog of an old twilight zone episode, However the actors of frontline majors. Virginia Grey was in over 140 movies and programs including "Bachelor in Paradise" (1961). Richard Denning was in "Creature from the Black Lagoon" (1954).
The whole movie was made on a shoestring budget so they only had one robot (Steve Calvert the head bartender at Cerro's nightclub) that they tinkered together in a garage. The car (Oldsmobile convertible) with the dead uh...err... battery belonged to the producer (Herman Cohen.) And they used a buddy in the police forces to stop the traffic for the empty street shots. All shot in seven days, mostly in the deserted L.A. streets on a Sunday morning.
One of the most horrifying parts of this movie was that they were forced to drink warm beer.
Having said that, this was my first exposure to this taut, cheap little invasion flick, and I was fairly impressed. The black & white photography adds much to the feeling of isolation and desperation experienced by the characters. And the robot is pretty decent, by 50's sci-fi standards. Heckuva climax, too. But you'll have to see that for yourself.
Recommended for any fan of classic science fiction.
Sci-fi mainstay Richard Denning awakens one morning in the city, to find there's no city. Everyone in it is gone - almost. He runs into frightened Kathleen Crowley, and eventually into another couple, Virginia Grey and Richard Reeves, who aren't sure whether the world's ended or not (and aren't frankly too worried about it, if it has), and so celebrate with champagne just in case. In time, an on-the-lam hood joins the group, making them all wonder what is worse: invaders from beyond, or their own next door neighbors.
And what's come from beyond are alien robots - clunky tin-can jobs, with a single cyclopean eye that fires a killer heat-ray - intent, for whatever reason, on eliminating the local populace. The military has the city cordoned off, and is busy studying the single robot they've captured. They theorize it was sent by a humanoid race, probably from Venus, as a vanguard for invasion.
Can they find the robots' weakness, and exploit it in time? Will the abandoned city's survivors manage to find a way to survive each other, let alone the invading metal men?
This movie succeeds despite its remarkable cheapness - only one robot was made, recycled to represent an army of them - but its script is fairly trite. It's still worth watching, though, for the performances and the end-of-the-world fun with killer robots.
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I had never heard of this film before I ordered it. I was looking for something different and saw this and figured what the heck. Read morePublished on Sept. 27 2008 by Paul Boudreau
This has always been a favorite of mine. The low budget keeps things simple but very atmospheric. This is a very good DVD! Read morePublished on Oct. 12 2003 by Thunderhead22
This was one of those films I always watched and enjoyed as a kid. Its starts off with a great begining. Read morePublished on Sept. 4 2003 by Tom Phillips
I found the audio commentary by producer Herman Cohen to be very informative as well as entertaining. Read morePublished on July 4 2003 by Trevor William Douglas
I was lucky to see this fantastic movie at the Fox Theater in the 1950's. I was in the 3rd grade and remember this film... Read morePublished on July 18 1999 by email@example.com
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