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Conquest of Space [Chinese Import]

Walter Brooke , Eric Fleming , Byron Haskin    DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Walter Brooke, Eric Fleming, Mickey Shaughnessy, Phil Foster, William Redfield
  • Directors: Byron Haskin
  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012B4TT4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,229 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The truth is I really hate giving this movie a mediocre rating. Because there is so much I genuinely admire in it.

Perhaps the best place to start is with Destination Moon, which the producer, George Pal, released five years earlier. Destination Moon is a pure piece of hard science fiction. It's not a film with much interest in human relationships or emotions, and doesn't pretend otherwise. And taken simply for what it is, Destination Moon is superb. Made in the 1940's and released in 1950, seven years before the launch of Sputnik, it nevertheless depicted space travel in a serious and realistic way - and as something that could actually be achieved in the near-term. For 1950, this was an incredible triumph of imagination and insight. And blessed with the talents of famed space artist Chesley Bonestell, Destination Moon was at times truly awe inspiring to look upon. The lunar landscape backdrop is breathtaking even today.

Five years on and still two years before the launch of Sputnik, Pal released this film: Conquest of Space. And almost everything I just said about Destination Moon could equally well be applied to Conquest of Space. Judged purely as a piece of hard science fiction, Conquest of Space is also a masterpiece. It should further be added that the special effects are even more impressive than those found in Destination Moon.

But Conquest of Space tries to be more than this. It tries to tell a story of real psychological depth. It deals with how humans might respond to the demands and deprivations of long term space travel.
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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
"Man's every move, his every thought, his every action is in there somewhere, recorded or predicted. Every move except... this one. According to the Bible, Man was created on the Earth. Nothing is ever mentioned of his going to other planets. Not one blessed word."

The least regarded and least successful of George Pal's 50s sci-fi films, Conquest of Space is a much better film than its reputation. The first of an intended trilogy than never got off the ground when this flopped rather spectacularly, it's an admirable attempt to make a thinking man's science fiction film at a time when the genre was obsessed with alien invasions, flying saucers and filling the local drive-ins. It's certainly a 1950s view of the future, but it's tempered with some consideration of the wider consequences and, despite the 50s melodramatics, it's never as cut and dried simplistic as Danny Boyle's Sunshine, which reduced Pal's debate between science and religion into a shoddily executed slasher movie. Early on the film sets out is stall in examining the physical and psychological pressures of working in space in a way no film has really attempted to deal with since, and there's an element of ambiguity over how much that affects the film's attempt to address the very real debate at the time between scientists and theologians so that, when Walter Brooke's commander of a mission to Mars starts to question whether a God who limited man's dominion to the four corners of the Earth would regard what he is doing as blasphemy, the film does actually address the issue, making a case for and against, rather than just using it as an excuse for a killing rampage.
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I first saw this film many years ago and wanted to add it to my collection. I also like the fact that the Korean subtitles can be deleted and English sub-titles used if you are hard of hearing while the feature itself is in English.
As to the film itself, I found the starry background a bit over the top but given the time this film was made the special effects are pretty good. If this was a genuine depiction of life on Mars about 60 years ago and we had established a colony then I think we would now be at war with the Klingon Empire!
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