Earth vs The Flying Saucers details
|Formats:||U DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Morris Ankrum, Hugh Marlowe, Grandon Rhodes, Charles Evans, Harry Lauter, Donald Curtis, Larry Blake, Joan Taylor, Thomas Brown Henry, Thomas Brown Henry /|
|Director:||Fred F. Sears|
|Studio:||SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
Earth vs The Flying Saucers
|Run time:||1 hour 19 minutes|
|Rental release:||14 Oct 2002|
|Dubbed:||German, French, Spanish, Italian|
|Subtitles:||Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish|
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Absolute Classic!By Mark Killing from Droitwich Spa, UK , 14 Dec 2003
[Highly rated reviewer]Superb film for its time, with outstanding special effects from Ray Harryhausen. The added bonus featurettes are superb too, especially the Harryhausen interview with Joe Dante.
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Funny but sadly datedBy brokenking (268 reviews) from Bristol , 20 Aug 2013An early effort by Ray Harryhausen, probably of most interest to old school sci-fi fans. The set up is your basic alien invasion of Earth with a heroic sciencist to save the day. While Ray's work on the flying saucers and buildings being destroyed is good his later work completely blows it out of the water. Plus the acting and story are so run of the mill these days you're more likely better off seeing a comtemporay effort of this genre.
earth - 0, flying saucers -1By nurseboy (66 reviews) from oxford , 03 Aug 2013i reallyt enjoyed this rental of a classic b-movie, compleate with all the elements to make it such. great for the time special effects and i still maintain that i would prefer all the model work and puppetry involved over another yawn inducing CGI fest that is all we are treated to today, classic look into the pyche of 50s america paranoia, and beatifull wife of scientist. good message slightly clunky and expositional in places but i have seen many worse films, many from the last 20 years that do not stand up and will not stand the test of time like this little gem has done.
Okay movie great DVD extrasBy a customer , 25 Jan 2012This movie has at best an okay plot and if it weren't for the special effects of Ray Harryhausen it probably would have been forgotten long ago.
However what really makes this DVD worth renting are the extras the the first is an 8 minute interview with Joe Dante and Ray Harryhausen about the making of the film. The second 'this is dynamation' a trailer for Ray's fantasy films. Finally and the best of the lot, a 1 hour documentary about Ray's body of work which I found captivating. Hearing the great man and his work talked about in such detail and with such foundness by other film makers was a really lovely surprise and has made me want to seek out all of his other movies.
B movie lit up only by Ray Harryhousen's effects!By Gus from East Yorkshire, England , 19 Jul 2007This B movie Sci-Fi story could be used as a psychological glimpse of the US mindset in the 50's. Paranoia over a communist attack from either the then USSR or China, deep fear over the atomic (H) bomb and brainwashing techniques are just a few things that pepper this film. Of course these are all dressed up in the actions of the aliens, who seem to be lacking that evolutionary marvel of elbow joints (the budget didn't stretch for these costume luxuries). The movie itself is poor, the acting substandard and the dialog is dire, the only highlights being the effects done by Ray Harryhousen for the flying saucers and the destruction scenes. A much better film from the genre was The Day the Earth Stood Still. This was and still is a very poor mans version of it. Watch only for the Harryhousen special effects!
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Kitscchy fun, Harryhausen styleBy a customer from Edinburgh, Scotland , 21 Dec 2006Too many of Ray Harryhausen's visually imaginative moves are dogged by bad scripts, and this one is no different, except that it's less bad than some of the others. Which means you can enjoy the great visuals without getting too annoyed at blatant continuity errors, wooden acting and bad dialogue (although they are present). And that's a good thing, because Harryhausen's destruction of Washington D.C. is a lot more fun than its hi-tech rival 'Independence Day'. There's a real joy in watching Harryhausen at work, and although, effects wise, there are better Harryhausen movies, here the whole package works together for a bit of kitschy, B-movie fun. Oh yeah, and the aliens are (unintentionally, I suspect), hysterical. Enjoy.