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Earth vs. the Flying Saucers [Blu-ray] [1956] [Region Free]

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Hugh Marlowe , Joan Taylor , Fred F. Sears    Universal, suitable for all   Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Hugh Marlowe, Joan Taylor, Donald Curtis, Morris Ankrum, Charles Evans
  • Directors: Fred F. Sears
  • Format: Black & White, Colour, Dubbed, PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, English, French, Hindi, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Oct 2008
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001D40U7U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,826 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



A textbook example of '50s-era science fiction, Earth vs. the Flying Saucers boasts not only a solid script and competent performances, but some genuinely impressive stop-motion effects courtesy of one of the industry's uncontested masters, Ray Harryhausen. Scientist Hugh Marlowe (who faced a more benevolent invader from space five years earlier in The Day the Earth Stood Still) discovers that UFOs are responsible for the destruction of a series of exploratory space rockets launched by his space exploration project. The saucers' helmeted pilots land on Earth and deliver an ultimatum to humanity via Marlowe.

Harryhausen's painstakingly intricate saucers and the destruction they wreak (particularly during an assault on Washington, D.C.) are the film's unquestionable highlights, but Marlowe and Joan Taylor (as his wife/partner) are capable leads, and veteran B director Fred F. Sears doesn't let the dialogue and expositional scenes fall apart in between the barrage of effects. Earth vs. the Flying Saucers is a fun and effective slice of sci-fi that should please younger audiences as well as nostalgic return viewers. Sears later reused some of the effects footage for his jaw-droppingly awful 1957 effort, The Giant Claw. --Paul Gaita

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great sci-fi classic on Blu-ray 21 April 2009
Earth vs The Flying Saucers comes to HD in nicely restored black and white and newly colourised versions, with loads of extras. If you feel inclined you can even switch between black and white and colour while watching the movie, using the angle button on the remote control. I preferred the black and white version which is significantly sharper and cleaner, and with better greyscale, than the original DVD edition. But the colourised version is equally impressive in muted pastel tones which suit the era of the movie. The sound has been remixed into 5.1 surround, although the surround effects are minimal. The extras are worthwhile and add to the enjoyment of this movie. These include an informative audio commentary with Ray Harryhausen and others, Remembering Earth vs The Flying Saucers featurette (21:25), The Hollywood Blacklist and Bernard Gordon featurette (29:27), Interview With Joan Taylor featurette (17:29), Colorisation Process featurette (11:02), Original Screenplay Credits (3:16), Photo Gallery (23:20), Earth vs The Flying Saucers Comic Book, and Theatrical Trailers for 20 Million Miles To Earth, It Came From Beneath The Sea, and The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad. All featurettes are in 16:9 widescreen in SD. This is a great Blu-ray release which I score an 8 out of 10. The disc loses two points for not including the theatrical trailer for Earth vs The Flying Saucers, The Harryhausen Chronicles featurette, Earth vs The Flying Saucers featurette, This Is Dynamation featurette and original mono sound from the original DVD release. Is the Blu-ray disc worth double dipping? Yes, for the significant improvement in picture quality and the new extras, but keep your original DVD edition for the original extra features.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mars Attacks?? 10 Jan 2005
By Nooj
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Tim Burton, see me after class for copying someone elses' work!
This has to be the inspiration for Mars Attacks, the spinning saucers, translating the alien language, the saucers flying over the cities and landmarks of the world, especially the Washington Monument scene, the Death-Ray the saucers use, even the way the saucer-men are beaten in the end. If you've seen Mars Attacks, you need to see this as well.
The big difference being though, that this film isn't a comedy. Well, not intentionally, the usual 50's Sci-Fi bad acting, laughable dialogue and ridiculous costumes are all there, but this film has an ace up it's sleeve, the hero of the film. Not the lead actor, oh no, the special effects guy.
Ray Harryhausen's effects make this film 10 years ahead of it's time. People are knocking out less convincing animation today, the guy is a genius in his field. Also the direction has quite a 'modern' feel to it, the story flows like something from the 90's rather than the 50's, perhaps helped along by the way Harryhausen shoots his scenes, his lighting and timing are spot on.
These two elements make this film stand head and shoulders above its contemporaries, it's 50's Sci-Fi, B-movie trash for the thinking man.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome scifi 18 Oct 2004
Whatever your prejudices against the genre, this is one 1950s scifi that you owe it to yourself to watch. I am only gradually becoming convinced that the genre is worthwhile, and this title is a jewel in its crown. So what if the director and even all its stars are complete unknowns, and that the special effects director Ray Harryhausen is the most household name here.
The film is so well-scripted that modern-day scifi epics ought to take notice and make a little more effort. Relationships are beautifully and organically interwoven, and the spectacular scenes of destruction are sublimely imaginative and astonishingly well-crafted, not likely to be forgotten any day soon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars They don't make them like this any more! 29 Jan 2006
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Fans of Ray Harryhausen may want to know that there are none of the monsters that make his work so well loved in this film. His work in this film is on the flying saucers, and the various scenes of them crashing.
The story line is entertaining, and the acting is not bad. The aliens are pretty low budget, which to new viewers will be funny, though obviously this was not the intention at the time.
There are none of the stupid gung-ho type charecters we get in such films now (Will Smith, I'm looking at you!), and there is a little more depth in terms of exploring the reaction to finding the existance of aliens.
Good family fun.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alien brainteasers 22 May 2010
Too many rockets seem to be going astray lately. Combine this with mysterious lights in the sky and you have some suspicious scientists. This is explained early on in the movie when recently married Dr. Marvin (Hugh Marlowe) and Carol Marvin (Joan Taylor) are making thinly valid romantic overtures and they are approached by (you guessed it) a flying saucer. What can this encounter mean? What are the consequences if they do not figure it out soon, as "Earth vs. The Flying Saucers"?

Why brain teasers? Watch when Maj. Huglin, Liaison Officer (Donald Curtis) is fool enough to look up when he is inside the saucer.

This movie has just about everything you need for a good sci-fi film. It has a 50's feel (probably because it is a 50's movie.) It has Ray Harryhausen effects Vs nondescript CGI. And you recognize Hugh Marlowe from "The Day The Earth Stood Still". At one point you can say don't look up (oops too late). More to the point, it is just down right fun to watch.

Of course, this film was made before Blu-ray yet it is a perfect candidate for the big screen and high definition. There is no fuzzy filming in this presentation.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
enjoyed film
Published 1 month ago by Mixer114
5.0 out of 5 stars Earth vs Flying Saucers DVD
Great cult science fiction movie. Watched this as a kid in the 1970s on TV and was fascinated with the whole thing with the ray guns and amazing effects that were way ahead of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bring_back_the_60s
4.0 out of 5 stars you'll like
If you're into 50's Sci-Fi... you'll like this
Published 1 month ago by Mark C Enders
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic B Movie!
A great film, true classic B movie and a joy to watch.

Bought mainly for a present but I have watched a few times when a little board. Well worth it and great fun.
Published 2 months ago by x wing flyboy
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent movie
I gave it this rating because it fulfilled alll my expectations and had good actors, good plot and really interesting. film
Published 3 months ago by Michael Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Earth vs the Flying Saucers
Brilliant 50's black and white sci fi.
Really for the addicts of this genre.

Effects are low budget, as to be expected by todays standards, but at the time I... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Chas Tidswell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Special effects rather ropy but for the era that it was made they are not bad at all, a classic B movie that is great for a rainy day and a classic.
Published 4 months ago by Peter White MA 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Earth vs. the Flying Saucers
The 1950's was the cinematic decade of sci-fi flics, for the 'big bug' and awakened prehistoric beast, radiation kind and thirdly, the outter space kind in which either we go out... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Michael Sommer
3.0 out of 5 stars 50s sci-fi
If you are a fan of these films then its okay,but even in Blu-ray its still very grainy.The acting in some scenes is laughable,but enjoyable
Published 6 months ago by Pauly
5.0 out of 5 stars Earth vs. the Flying Saucers
Top picture quality and sound very good picture picture quality a few very good extras just as good as As all films are I suggest you buy this film is to
science fiction... Read more
Published 8 months ago by paul block
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