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Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. [VHS] [1966]


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  • Actors: Peter Cushing, Bernard Cribbins, Ray Brooks, Andrew Keir, Roberta Tovey
  • Directors: Gordon Flemyng
  • Writers: Milton Subotsky, David Whitaker, Sydney Newman, Terry Nation
  • Producers: Joe Vegoda, Max Rosenberg, Milton Subotsky
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Oct 1999
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CS8S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,767 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A feature film sequel to 'Doctor Who and the Daleks', based on the the TV story 'The Dalek Invasion of Earth'. Peter Cushing plays the Doctor, who returns to a future Earth to find that the intergalactic warmongering Daleks have invaded. He joins the Earth resistance movement to help them save the planet.

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In the mid-1960s, with Dalekmania sweeping Britain, BBC TV's Doctor Who materialised on the silver screen. Doctor Who and the Daleks replaced William Hartnell with Peter Cushing and remade the Daleks' TV debut with a much bigger budget in Technicolor and Techniscope. With his two granddaughters, Roberta Tovey and Jennie Linden (and Roy Castle along for comic relief), the Doctor becomes an intermediary in a conflict between the robotic Daleks and angelic Thals on the almost dead world of Skaro. A huge hit on release, the film remains an enjoyable, well-produced family adventure, though somewhat lacking the menace of the TV original.

Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD remakes the second Dalek TV serial and finds the Doctor and companions in a ravaged future London where a resistance movement has literally gone underground to fight the Nazi-like alien invaders. Peter Cushing once more makes a kindly, dependable Doctor, though Bernard Cribbins is given a cringe-making comedy routine impersonating a "roboman", and the jazzy soundtrack is wildly out of place. Nevertheless this is a superior sequel, offering lavish production values, better action set-pieces and a higher suspense and fear factor than its predecessor. The best moments remain surprisingly chilling even today.

On the DVD: Doctor Who and the Daleks--the first disc--has a fun, very well-made 1995 documentary running 57 minutes and recounting the production of both feature films. Included are interviews with various surviving cast members. There is also an affectionate commentary with Roberta Tovey and Jennie Linden, hosted by Jonathan Southcote, author of The Cult Films of Peter Cushing. Sadly Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD has no substantial extra features, but both discs include the respective trailer, presented anamorphically enhanced, and a DVD-ROM reproduction of the relevant cinema brochure. The mono sound is good and the pin-sharp, vibrantly colourful, anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 transfers are all but flawless, making both films look good as new. --Gary S Dalkin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Calypsopiper on 22 Mar 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a great piece of 60’s hokum. I brought it at the low price and consider it one of my best DVD deals.
The Daleks are without doubt the greatest threat to peace in the Universe. Aliens and Predators are no match for these demented pepper pots.
I remember these two films the first time round, and I intend to wallow in the pure, unashamed nostalgia of it all. My only criticisms being that Peter Cushing is a bit too ‘Werther’s Original’, compared to Hartnell’s ‘tetchy old git’. Also, no BBC Dr. Who music, which is a bit like a James Bond film without the Monty Norman theme, and just as recognisable. The BBC TARDIS sound effects are also sadly missing.
Oh hum, never mind – ENJOY!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Pundit VINE VOICE on 22 May 2007
Format: DVD
This 1965 film and it's 1966 sequel "Daleks-Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.".Were made cheaply and quickly to capitilise on the immense success the Daleks were having on the kids of Britain at that time.(Myself included)
You could buy Dalek toys,sweets,wallpaper,Pyjamas and slippers, sounds familiar doesn't it?
The reason the Doctor was changed to an eccentric "Professor type" from an Alien were for reasons of simplicity. At that time the Doctor Who TV show was not playing in as many countries as it is now, so no complicated and time consuming Back story would be needed,
and it made audience identification that much easier with the various members of the cast.
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The producers,(New Yorker's)Subotsky and Rosenberg approached the BBC to see if they could use the TV show's distinctive theme music, but due to the high price the BEEB wanted, they gave up on that Idea.
These Film's are an edited version of the first two Dalek stories shown on Tv in 1963 & 1964,with marginally better production values.
The first film did rather better then the sequel in turn of profit's.
As a long time Doctor Who fan,(Episode six,Dalek Invasion of Earth,December 1964 was my first episode.), I have to admit the Daleks in these films are a long way more visually impressive then they were on the TV show.
Happy memories, I can still remember my Mother taking me to the Pictures to see this Movie and the sequel.
Both these films were made for a family audience, so get a big tub of popcorn, lower the lights, and watch them with your kids!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Darren Dean on 17 Feb 2003
Format: DVD
As an eager 6 year old I can remember dragging my other to the local Astonia to see this. Even watching now one can be impressed with the higher budget spent on these two films. (the BBC even borrowed some of the film daleks for TV production).
As like the last TV Doctor Who film this must be treated as a seperate entity to the TV run and enjoyed accordingly.
the late Peter Cushing (taking a break from Vampire Slaughter) makes an ideal Doc though his assitants Roy Castle and Bernard Cribbens are irritating to say the least. The musical score on both films is 60's cheesey but that apart the DVD is well worth space in a WHO collection.
Extras are good.
DVD is good value.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Simon Lydiard on 20 July 2002
Format: DVD
For those used to seeing the Daleks on tiny black & white tv screens, these mid-60s big screen outings for the metallic monsters were sheer joy. The real stars are the Daleks themselves. Re-designed for the cinema, they are bigger than their tv cousins and somewhat more imposing. They also have louder, more echoey voices and their guns fire more convincingly.
The first film is a grim tale of a post-nuclear (neutronic in the film) society, in which the former warring factions live in fear and ignorance of each other. The Thals are beautiful, bold and pale skinned nomadic farmers who have adopted a pacifist philosophy in reaction to the war. The Daleks are genetic mutations, condemned to live in metallic shells in a vast, metallic city. The second film transports the action to London in the middle of the 22nd Century. Although somewhat less cerebral and philosophical than its predecessor, this one is a great adventure featuring a good deal of action and the possible destruction of the Earth!
Hammer regular Peter Cushing takes to the controls of the TARDIS in these two cinematic jaunts, portraying the classic mad scientist with an avuncular gleam in his eye. Cushing was known to have enjoyed the role but, sadly, subsequent attempts to bring him back as the Doctor came to nought.
Fantastic sci-fi fun!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Jan 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Of the two Doctor Who films that were produced during the sixties, this is the better by far. Peter Cushing returns to play the Doctor and does his best but still seems quite unsure about how to play the role, although he deserved to be commended for avoiding a simple impression of his television counterpart, William Hartnell. The supporting cast are impressive, which include Bernard Cribbins and Philip Madoc. The filming at Shepperton Studios is nice and the space ship in the sky is more convincing than the TV series ever managed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 July 2000
Format: VHS Tape
After inadvertantly picking up a London copper, the Doc + chums arrive in a menacing 22nd Century dominated by Daleks. What are they planning at their colossal mining complex in Bedfordshire?
Cushing's second and final appearance as Dr Who is far superior to the flat first film as we have a hell of a lot of location filming and some impressive action sequences and effects. The Daleks are truly awe-inspiring and yet they do not dominate the film, leaving space for many of the humans to shine. Cushing's a great Doc, and all in all this is a nice production. Nowhere near the quality of the TV story like!
James
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