Invaders from Mars details
|Formats:||PG DVD, LOVEFiLM Instant|
|Starring:||Jimmy Hunt, Helena Carter, Arthur Franz, Morris Ankrum, Leif Erickson, Hillary Brooke, Max Wagner, Milburn Stone, Walter Sande, Bert Freed, Douglas Kennedy, Janine Perreau, William Phipps|
|Director:||William Cameron Menzies|
|Genres:||Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy - Sci-fi - Alien, Sci-fi - General|
|Collections:||Alien Invasion, Cowboys & Aliens|
Invaders from Mars
|1hr 19 mins||PG|
LOVEFiLM Instant Information
|Run time:||1 hour 19 minutes|
|Rental release:||To be confirmed|
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Not as good as the US releaseBy fwibbler (17 reviews) from Rainham , 03 Jul 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]Old it may be, but this is still a great film of the 50s.
With a great opening score and that iconic view of the broken fence over the sand pit, these are the things you'll remember about this film if you can learn to overlook the cheap special effects of the time.
I don't have a problem with films made in Black and white, but somehow I'm glad this one was made in colour. It adds to it's atmosphere.
Now, the DVD transfer:
Once again we get the short end of the stick in this country.
First off, menus are basic and made without effort compared to the US release.
Second, from the brief look I've had comparing the NTSC and this PAL release, I'd say that the PAL version is simply a direct conversion from the NTSC transfer and not taken from the original prints.
PAL offers a slightly higher resolution than NTSC so we should have the best picture, but the NTSC (US) version I have here has the clearer and sharper picture of the two.
Ultimately the movie needs a full restoration of both picture and sound but I fear that the best surviving prints (from which I believe these DVDs were made) are in such poor condition that restoration would be a herculean task and not economically viable, unfortunately.
4 stars for the movie
2 stars for the effort of this PAL release
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Ok-ish but lacks in the alien department.By sidecar_jon (28 reviews) , 26 Mar 2013Lacks a bit of alienyness. It also seems that the film makers had hold of some US Army training films and inserted them to make up time. Of interest are the sets which seems stylishly minimal or in the case of the alien landing spot quite disturbing in its odd painted perspective. Id say not a classic and it has something in common with robot monster in that the lil girl dies!..
Classic 50s sci fi.By HappyHamster (6 reviews) , 06 Jan 2013Nostalgic viewing. I remember watching this with my gran when I was a kid while she toasted crumpets in front of the fire! Classic 50s sci-fi.
As already said Absolute ClassicBy a customer , 09 Jul 2012Love this film, it is very nostalgic for me as I watched this loads when I was growing up. As everyone else says absolute Classic
Classic Alien NostalgiaBy Xanda (1 review) , 31 May 2012I remember watching this when I was really young, and I remember being absolutely terrified... yes the effects are tacky (straight from the original star trek series by the look of them) and there is little in the way of character development but the cold attitudes of those who are taken are still quite nerve shredding... it was remade in the 80's but it really didn't have the same feel that this has and I've no doubt that Hollywood will remake this again at some point (it's remaking everything else).
For those watching this for the first time I would give it a miss as you will be terribly disappointed but for those who remember this classic it's worth watching again just for nostalgic reasons.
Guilty pleasure, or just plain silly?By Earnshaw (12 reviews) from W Yorks , 21 Aug 2011Just too silly. Sorry. I know they had a lot to learn that long ago, but the pseudo science was just too embarrassing. Maybe worth watching if you are an early Startrek fan and find this sort of stuff your guilty pleasure.
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