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Gog [DVD] [1954] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Herbert Marshall , Richard Egan    DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Herbert Marshall, Richard Egan
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: MGM Mod
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Nov 2011
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005TMXXX0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,717 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great 1954 technology and speculation 31 July 2013
By bernie VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
In a secret desert location deep underground is an advanced laboratory which is fighting a time schedule to get the first deadly parabolic mirror into space.

Seems that there are too many accidents and scientists are being dispatched like flies. They have sent for a security agent to help sniff out the culprit. Naturally everyone seems guilty and the guiltiest looking has glass tubes named NOVAC; I never did trust those giant computers.

The movie gets its name from two innocent looking robots "Gog and Magog" that just follow orders from paper tape. But the tape is idle!

Of significance to movie buffs this is the third installment of creator Ivan Tors's series of science-fiction films, which include "The Magnetic Monster" and "Rider to the Stars."

Myself, I was appreciating all the technical dials and gadgets there was even an IBM paper terminal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars nostalgia 28 Feb 2014
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good film, pretty old but still worth a look. One I remember as an x film when I first saw it having been sneaked into the cinema by my mother, who swore blind I was over 16, and did the same for many more so called "horror films" of the time.
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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More of an Interesting Historical Snapshot than a Great Movie 19 Dec 2011
By Terry Sunday - Published on Amazon.com
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For many years, Ivan Tors' "Gog" topped my list of "movies I want to buy on DVD." One of my oldest childhood memories is seeing it with my parents at a drive-in theatre in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I don't know if we saw its initial release in 1953 (I would have been REALLY young!), or maybe a second-run screening, but I vividly remembered scenes from it, even though that was the first and only time I ever saw it. I'm very pleased to now own this little-known sci-fi film on DVD (even though I have some qualms about the disk being "made-to-order").

By the way, if you wonder, as I did, why Amazon didn't post an image of the DVD cover, I have the answer. The cover features what looks like a red printed-circuit board layout on a stark black background. It's possibly the lamest, least relevant, most unattractive (not to mention cheapest) artwork I've ever seen on a DVD. It has absolutely nothing to do with the movie. I'm tempted to grab a couple of screencaps and make my own replacement cover. I posted a couple of Customer Images just in case Amazon never gets around to it.

But I digress. What about the movie itself? Well, I found it...interesting. Here's the good news. The video transfer is superb. The full-frame picture has excellent sharpness and contrast, vivid and accurate color and very good production values throughout. I noted just one place where the colors faded for a few seconds. The sound is very good, with crisp and understandable dialogue (except for a few short spots) that's never overwhelmed by exceptionally loud music as is so often the case in today's movies. The acting is on a par with other movies of similar vintage. The special effects range from laughable to excellent, but mostly are pretty good. The two non-humanoid robots, Gog and Magog, are very well-done (notwithstanding the goofy way they flail their arms around while moving), and the laboratory equipment, much of it supplied by the Bendix Corporation, has an aura of authenticity to it. Aviation buffs will enjoy excellent stock shots of North American F-86 "Sabres" and Lockheed F-94 "Starfires," and science geeks will be impressed by how accurately "Gog" presents certain technical concepts.

And therein lies the bad news. As you watch it, you must constantly remind yourself that "Gog" is a 60-year-old movie that deals with "far-out" ideas--science fiction at the time--such as electronic computers, remote-controlled robots, atomic power, solar mirrors, spaceflight, cryogenics and other technologies that we take for granted today. Movie-going audiences in 1953 knew nothing about these things, so much of the dialogue in "Gog" explains them--in detail, often in stilted language and sometimes at seemingly interminable length. In short, this is a very "talky" movie. The long stretches of time with scientists explaining their experiments to each other are punctuated by all-too-brief bursts of activity that actually progress the plot. You would never call "Gog" an "action movie."

Yet, in the end, I found it very satisfying. The story is quite good, with a distinct beginning, middle and end, and finishes up as a tidy package with all plot points nicely resolved. "Gog" is a pleasant way to spend 83 minutes while you consider the incredible advances science has made in the six decades since its release. Viewed as a historical snapshot of the state of technology at the time, "Gog" is an interesting, enjoyable, thought-provoking, utterly inoffensive excursion into a world before many (if not most) of us were born. As such, it deserves mention along with better-known sci-fi films of the era. If you're unfamiliar with it, give it a try. It's not the best film of the period, but it's very good for what it is.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good transfer of a minor sci-fi gem 5 Jan 2012
By A. Gammill - Published on Amazon.com
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As an avid collector of 50's sci-fi films, I've waited a long time for this official release of "Gog." It's one of those movies that many of us heard about or read about for many years, but rarely got the chance to actually see. So was it worth the wait? For the most part, yes (please note, minor spoilers follow).

Despite being originally screened in 3-D (which was at the height of its popularity in 1953) and featuring a pair of robots, "Gog" doesn't really fit in with its pulpy rubber-monster brethren of the same era. Here's a science fiction film with--gasp!--real science (more or less). This is both an asset and a liability, depending on how much "sci" you like in your sci-fi. In other words, if you're tuning in to see a lot of killer robot action, you'll be disappointed. "Gog" is a very talky film, although it held this viewer's interest with a plethora of science gadgets and impressive lab sets.

Which is not to say there isn't SOME action. The film racks up a surpising body count, as the scientists and other workers are exterminated by....well, you'll have to see for yourself. The production values are also pretty high for a "b" movie. The lab scenes have an almost documentary-like reality to them. And the robots Gog and Magog, while less believable, are well-made and memorable.

As I said, I've waited a very long time to see a good print of this film. And MGM doesn't disappoint. The color scheme is typical for films of the period: Almost saturated in places, but very bright and well-defined. The mono audio track is clear throughout. Unfortunately, there are no bonus features at all, not even scene selections. But if you're a fan of the movie, or just 50's sci-fi in general, you'll want to add this one to your collection.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Waited a Long Time for This One 26 Jan 2012
By Samuel Shapiro - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a movie I was hoping to find on home video for over 30 years. It started out as a weekend grade-b matinee for the 1950's pre-teen generation, then ended up being shown on local TV stations because it was cheap. This is one of the films I grew up with, and as silly as it may seem, I've always loved it. For those who haven't heard of it before, a secret underground base somwhere in an American desert is readying the first manned space flight to launch from Earth. The entire base is automated, controlled by a central computer called NOVAC. Suddenly, researchers and test subjects start dying when the automated equipment begins to function on its own. One scientist - and his assistant - are locked in a low-temperature test chamber and frozen to death. In another incident, a centrifuge accelerates to maximum speed in spite of the researchers' attempts to stop it and kills two astronaut training subjects. In desperation, the base's manager - played by 50's sci-fi great, Herbert Marshall - calls in a scientific investigator played by Richard Egan. During his investigation, Egan interrogates the designer of the computer, Dr. Zeichmann, who arrogantly denies the possibility that his NOVAC is involved. During questioning, Egan notices that there are two robots parked in one end of the chamber. Zeichmann has named them GOG and MAGOG, after characters in the bible. He claims that he built them as replacements for human astronauts because he believes that humans could never survive the acceleration or other conditions of space flight. After a few more incidents, Egan discovers that radio waves are being beamed to the central computer from somewhere in the stratosphere. These signals instruct the central computer to operate the machinery that's been killing the base's occupants. He runs down to the computer chamber to confront Zeichmann, but before he can reveal what he knows, Zeichmann gives him a chilling piece of information - MAGOG is gone, and no one knows where it went. Almost immediately, alarms ring out to inform the base that the nuclear reactor that provides power to the installation is starting a chain reaction and threatens to destroy everything.

At this point, I don't want to give away any more on the chance that someone reading this review might be interested in seeing the movie. Yes, the dialog is clunky and the special effects are amateurish, but the plot of the story - a remote control takeover of a central computer in order to destroy an important American project - is the basis for many other films and stories that followed. And hey! I just LOVE those robots!
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gog 8 Jan 2012
By Michael J. Gunn - Published on Amazon.com
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Finaly an offical, abiet DVR release of this cool old movie.. Anyone interested in this picture, probably already knows the story, so I talk about dvd itself, clear sound, nice picture, I saw the movie at a drive in when it came out, when I was a child. Amazing how much you forget from a 1950's movie. Well worth buying, since this a DVR, special features are a moot point, and except for the crappy artwork on the DVD package, when will they learn, the American One Sheet is the best artwork to use, for fans GOG this is best version out there.....in my opion....
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Those who love classic sci-fi films from the '50s, will definitely want to give "GOG" a try! 28 April 2012
By Dennis A. Amith (kndy) - Published on Amazon.com
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Ivan Tors, the Hungarian writer/filmmaker/producer will be known by his fans for his sci-fi and animal films. But most of all, using scientific fact rather than focus on scientific fantasy.

In the 1950's, Tors created the Office of Scientific Investigation (OSI) trilogy featuring the films "The Magnetic Monster", "Riders to the Stars" and "Gog". The third film, "Gog" was popular among sci-fi fans because it was shot in 3-D (during a time when 3-D was the fad in cinema in 1953-1954) but also shown normally in theaters. The film was also well-received by sci-fans.

As part of MGM's Limited Edition Collection, "The Magnetic Monster" and "Gog" have been released on DVD as part of their made-on-demand program.

"Gog" is directed by Herbert L. Strock ("I Led 3 Lives", "The Crawling Hand") and a screenplay by Tom Taggart, the film would star Richard Egan ("Pollyana", "The 300 Spartans", "A Summer Place") and Constance Dowling ("Black Angel", "Up in Arms"). This film would also introduce the actress to Ivan Tors, which would lead to their marriage two years later.

"Gog" begins at a top-secret government facility under the New Mexico desert where a space station is being constructed. Scientist are currently working on a freezing project but something goes awry as the scientists are locked inside the freezing chamber as something mysterious has taken over the controls of NOVAC (Nuclear Operative Variable Automatic Computer), a central computer which controls all equipment in the facility. And eventually, two scientists are froze to death.

With 150 of the lab's top scientist are killed, Laboratory supervisor Dr. Van Ness (played by Herbert Marshall) calls in OSI agent Richard Egan (played by David Sheppard) from Washinton, D.C. to investigate. Egan joins OSI agent Joanna Merritt (played by Constance Dowling) to investigate the laboratory. Both Egan and Merritt also happen to be very close to each other.

But as the two try to determine who is sabotaging the lab and killing the scientists, the mysterious enemy manages to kill six more scientists and Chief of Security, Major Howard.

Meanwhile, an enemy plane has been detected overhead but is not registering on radar. Could this mysterious plane be involved with what is happening inside the underground laboratory?

MOD PLAYABILITY:

Part of the worry of viewers who had bad experiences with MOD DVD's are the printing quality. There are some who can't get them to play and are literally now just coasters.

With "Gog, its printed quite well with printing on top of the DVD, it's not a plain silver disc with letters. If you didn't know it was MOD, you would think it was an actual DVD release.

As for playability, I played it on my Blu-ray player and DVD player with no problems. I then played it on my Mac and PC, no problems whatsoever.

VIDEO AND AUDIO:

Although presented in 3-D and flat in theaters, "Gog" is presented on DVD via 1:33:1 full aspect ratio and in color. As far as picture quality goes, the film has been manufactured using the best source available. The picture quality for "Gog" is actually very good. There are some white specs that do show up from time to time, I did notice a few frames that had some damage but considering the film's age, "Gog" looks quite good on DVD. There is a fine layer of grain, colors are good.

As for audio, "Gog" is presented in Dolby Digital and the dialogue is clear and detected no pops or hissing during my viewing of "Gog".

SPECIAL FEATURES:

There are no special features in this release.

JUDGMENT CALL:

"Gog" is possibly among the better 1950's sci-fi films especially one that tries interject actual science into its plot. Stories that Ivan Tors is known for.

And while sci-fi fans who appreciate older sci-films will be nostalgic with the release of "Gog" on DVD.

One must remember that "Gog" was before "Star Trek", before "2001: A Space Odyssey" and while sci-fi films have explored aliens landing on Earth, films didn't really explore technology going awry. Sure, the film looks dated today but back then, I can only assume that the actual science and featuring robots, computers, the use of cryogenics, mirror reflections and high frequency sound used as weapons, may have been quite significant and also exciting to people back in the '50s. And with the Cold War, the idea of an enemy plane spying on top-secret military facilities probably made this film seem all too real and may have freaked out a lot of people.

For so many decades, many fans of this sci-film have wanted to see Ivan Tors trilogy out on DVD. And with the release of "Gog" and "The Magnetic Monster" (via MGM's Limited Edition Collection MOD program), sci-fans should be very happy.

Overall, while "Gog" may be nostalgic for many who grew up watching it, for some people, it may seem a bit too-dated or a rather a B sci-fi film.

I personally enjoyed the film but also admit that I felt it was dated and cheesy but as always, I try to put myself in the shoes of the viewer watching the film during that era. And with the mystery of who is killing all the scientists and who is controlling NOVAC and the robots, there is also an action element as well. So, I can see how some may have been entertained by "Gog". Where else can you find a film that features a one-on-one fight between a human vs. a robot? How cool was that?

So, considering the idea of a space station (as the United States was still trying to find ways to get people up into space), spies controlling technology (with the Cold War, anything was possible) and cool technology at the time combined with scientific fact, I'm sure sci-fi fans found "Gog" to be an enjoyable sci-fi film and a movie worth owning on DVD.
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