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First Men in the Moon [DVD] [1964]

Edward Judd , Martha Hyer , Nathan Juran    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Edward Judd, Martha Hyer, Lionel Jeffries, Miles Malleson, Norman Bird
  • Directors: Nathan Juran
  • Writers: H.G. Wells, Jan Read, Nigel Kneale
  • Producers: Charles H. Schneer, Ray Harryhausen
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Greek, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: French, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Oct 2002
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UWUC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,611 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Screen version of H.G. Wells sci-fi novel, adapted by 'Quatermass Experiment' writer Nigel Kneale. At the end of the 19th century, a team of UN astronauts are planning a trip to the moon and in the process meet a man (Edward Judd) who claims that he and 2 others landed on the moon 65 years previously, where they were attacked by an ant-like lifeform known as the Selenite. The UN crew have to then decide how to attempt their lunar landing knowing they could be attacked.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), German ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Arabic ( Subtitles ), Czech ( Subtitles ), Danish ( Subtitles ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), English ( Subtitles ), Finnish ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), German ( Subtitles ), Greek ( Subtitles ), Hebrew ( Subtitles ), Hindi ( Subtitles ), Hungarian ( Subtitles ), Icelandic ( Subtitles ), Norwegian ( Subtitles ), Polish ( Subtitles ), Swedish ( Subtitles ), Turkish ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Featurette, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: H. G. Wells' fantastic account of life on the moon is vividly brought to the screen by special effects master Ray Harryhausen in this amazing sci-fi epic featuring extraterrestrial creatures. Told mostly in flashback, the movie starts with preparations for a modern mission to the Moon being interrupted by an old man's ramblings about a flight he and two companions took to the moon many decades earlier... ...First Men in the Moon ( 1st Men in the Moon )

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71 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film - well worth buying 11 Mar 2003
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Marvellous to see this classic 60s film in DVD quality. Only Lionel Jeffries could have portrayed H. G. Wells' excitable, eccentric Professor Cavor with such gusto; Edward Judd and Martha Hyer provide fulsome support as his fellow-travellers - and Ray Harryhausen's special effects, though perhaps considered rather prosaic by today's high-tech standards, easily stand the test of time.
As a nine-year-old when the film first came out, I found it inspirational: convinced there really must be such a material as Cavorite, the gravity-defying substance that provided the means of propelling the Sphere all the way to the moon, I spent hours reading chemistry and science books looking for clues as to how it might be created; and the idea of using a metal ball covered in old railway buffers to effect a soft, bouncing lunar landing seemed entirely logical at the time. (Interesting that decades later, a similar principle, but using large balloons instead of buffers, was used to deliver the Rover Sojourner safely onto the Martian surface.)
Our heroes find that the moon is inhabited by Selenites that live under the surface. While Cavor is fascinated by these child-sized, bug-like sentient creatures and wants nothing more than to communicate meaningfully with them, Arnold Bedford and his fiancée Kate provide the obligatory juxtapositions - Kate's terrified and repulsed by them, while Bedford thinks nothing of killing them whenever they get in his way.
As the story unfolds, we learn more about the Selenites' own underlying fears - is an invasion of their secret world underway? What should they do about these strange interlopers? The denoument of the story provides a twist that, while perhaps a little obvious these days, was new and eye-opening back then.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine slice of Movie Entertainment 15 Oct 2002
I have been waiting for this movie to become available on DVD and in glorious widescreen.
For me, Lionel Jeffries is the archetypal self-obsessed victorian scientist - intelligently played with greater subtlty than at first obvious (the 'such a terrible cold' is almost too subtle), terrifically humouros, and a great comic characterisation. Edward Judd plays an excellent victorian leading man (pity he was so hard to get on with in real life that he didn't make many films), and Martha Hyer an acceptable (if underdeveloped) leading lady - her wail of 'Arnold' will always make me grin. Laurie Johnson's two-part score (he scored the first part of the movie in a different style to the second... and rightly so) is wonderful and Harryhausen's masterful special effects, though not so obvious as in others of his movies are used to better effect in this movie. All his styles from 'Earth vs the Flying Saucers' to the various Sinbad movies in one movie and with greater subtlty. As for HG Wells, this film is as true to the novel as Pal's 'The Time Machine' and much truer than the movie of 'War of the Worlds' - it is my favourite treatment of Wells in the movies.
HG Wells', Lionel Jeffries', Edward Judd's and Ray Harryhausen's finest cinematic outing - and a heck of an entertaining movie to boot - so long as you're not turned-off by an innocent adventure, that is - and I hope you'll enjoy this one as I do.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great but why censored 30 April 2008
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A classic sci fi film and a firm favourite of mine. the DVD looks great in Widescreen but beware the R2 version has been cut.The scene of the selenites stripping the moon calf( a giant caterpillar) of flesh has been completely removed! Dont understand this as whenever " first men in the moon" is shown on the telly its left in.I complained to columbia tristar but they never replied. Guess they are probably running round looking for the missing hopes.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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When 'First Men in the Moon' was first released in 1964 it completely blew me away. I was 15 at the time. Not even Kubrik's '2001: a Space Odyssey' (released four years later) caught my imagination quite as much as this did.

The plot of 'First Men' is taken from H G Wells's story of the same name. The film keeps the late Victorian setting but frames it with a story about a modern moon landing. (The Apollo 11 moon landing took place just five years after the film was released.) In this conception, the Wells story becomes an extended flashback. It is a wholly satisfying adaptation for the screen, with plenty of pace, and some great visual touches. Cavor's Victorian space ship with its old railway buffers for landing gear has always struck me as one of the great design inspirations of retro sci-fi.

A lot of the film's charm comes from its strong comic elements which sometimes border on slapstick. The comedy is carried principally by Lionel Jefferies who gives a truly marvellous performance as the eccentric and manically bumbling scientist, Cavor. (Jefferies was a ridiculously talented actor.) It is sustained by brief appearances from British comedy stalwarts such as Gladys Henson (as the matron of the nursing home) and Miles Mallison (as the dotty registrar). Edward Judd makes a fine lovable rogue and Martha Hyer brings energy to her role as his fiance. She appears at first as a late Victorian 'new woman', driving a motor car and speaking her mind to members of the male sex. Ultimately, though, her charater reverts to the more typically dependent female stereotype of the period. The comedy is fast paced and neatly integrated into the plot so that it doesn't detract from the dramatic action but helps to carry it forward. It is marvellously well-judged.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars men on moon
Another sixties sc fi, classic A film that deserves a bit more praise than it gets. the special effects are quite outstanding for the time it was made .
Published 6 months ago by paul flynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Not like the original story
So saying that, this version is well worth watching for the excellent acting and special effects of Ray Harryhausen. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tallberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Love the film and the book of this great H G Wells story . The film starts as a typical British comedy but doe's go downhill once our Victorian hero's land on the moon . Read more
Published 8 months ago by den d
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
excellent entertainment for all ages. good value. i would recommend this product as is funny and keep the children happy in a rainy day, when they cannot go out.
Published 11 months ago by R. Y. Otto
5.0 out of 5 stars First Men in the Moon
Good movie, with hungarian subtitle! I've never been disappointed. Very good quality. Good sound. Unfortunately, Hungary is not available. Keep up with Hungarian subtitles!
Published 15 months ago by Marcell
5.0 out of 5 stars First Men In The Moon
I remember goint to the pictures to watch this film when I was a young lad. I was good then and it is just as good today.
Published 15 months ago by Bracon
5.0 out of 5 stars First men in the Moon.
First men in the Moon.
Excellent classic film, I waited a long time to get this one and is evry much as I originally remembered it
Published 15 months ago by Paul J Shingles
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
my grandson found this dvd very entertaining as he love anything to do with space he enjoyed it very much
Published 16 months ago by Carol Jasper
5.0 out of 5 stars great to own a classic
this 1964 classic has always been a favorite of mine, a trip to the moon with a difference, traveling in a 'sphere' covered in railway buffers and roller blinds is certainly... Read more
Published 17 months ago by mad about rc
4.0 out of 5 stars My Review
This is one of my best loved films.Brian Bedford is an would be play write.He then has a problem when his neighbour wants to buy the cottage that his girlfriend has sold to his... Read more
Published 22 months ago by derek48
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