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Journey to the Far Side of the Sun [DVD] [1969] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Roy Thinnes , Ian Hendry , Robert Parrish    DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Roy Thinnes, Ian Hendry, Patrick Wymark, Lynn Loring, Loni von Friedl
  • Directors: Robert Parrish
  • Writers: Gerry Anderson, Sylvia Anderson, Donald James
  • Producers: Ernest Holding, Gerry Anderson, Sylvia Anderson
  • Format: Colour, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: G (General Audience) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Jun 2008
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016B6ZJW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,034 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



There's a sense of awe to the special effects work of animation specialists Gerry and Sylvia Anderson (Thunderbirds Are Go)--the slow, lovingly detailed introduction of a massive spaceship creeping out of dock and struggling against its bulk while trapped on the ground, and the almost balletic spectacle of the ship elegantly floating against an impressive star field or dramatically flying against the rugged landscape. These moments are the highlights of this sober science fiction thriller about the discovery of a planet on the far side of the sun in Earth's orbit. A mission is hastily put together, with British astrophysicist Ian Hendry teamed with hotshot American astronaut Roy Thinnes for the three-week trip, but when they suddenly crash-land the strange creatures that surround them are revealed to be human. Against all rational explanations they're back on Earth, but Thinnes suddenly discovers that everything is a mirror image of his existence: Through the Looking Glass by way of The Twilight Zone. Though it begins as a paranoid spy thriller set in the near future (the opening details an ingenious espionage caper featuring a very special eyepiece), it quickly turns into a serious and oddly unsettling space-race drama with a heady twist. Robert Parrish's direction is unusually aloof, but the film is always intriguing and well acted with gorgeous special effects that may rank second only to Stanley Kubrick's 2001 as the most elegant vision of outer space flight on film. --Sean Axmaker

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Farside of Anderson 18 Feb 2011
Thoroughly enjoyable sci-fi story in that 60's vein - strangely paranoid, 'anything could happen' storylines were abundant during the cold war - we could use more of those now.
If you are a fan of Space 1999 or in particular UFO, this is a must have. A lot of familiar GA cast members are included here - including Ed Bishop - and the models and sets are classic Anderson - which is to say marvellous.
2001 it ain't, but given the popularity of the makers - I'm surprised that this little gem has stayed hidden for so long. Anderson gets pretty dark at times - and Thinnes plays it straight, adding some real drama. It's all here, really - so pleased that I got a copy.

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great scifi 13 April 2009
Great sixties film, from the time when people still had a sense of wonder and everything seemed possible!
Great acting and special effects for the time, coupled with the original story line make it a film worth watching even after forty years.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated 6 Nov 2008
This is an excellent piece of late Sixties SF from Gerry & Sylvia Anderson. Like UFO and Space 1999 (well, season one anyway!)which followed, it provides the viewer with a blend of action and mystery. Coupling a thought provoking script with the excellent effects that had graced their Supermarionation output.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
i have always been a fan of gerry anderson since my childhood, and was never able to pin down this particular a big fan of miniatures such as used in thunderbirds and stingray, this is right up there with the best of them!highly entertaining, great story and effects.but the ending is a real enigma. all i can say is watch and enjoy this superb tale.definately 5 stars in my book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the Whole Story... 21 Sep 2012
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Correct me if I'm wrong (and I may well be since no other reviewer here has mentioned it) but wasn't this 'film' originally the pilot for a planned TV series called 'Doppelganger'?

I'm sure that, as a young teenager in the 1960's and hooked on Ford's UK motorsport activities, I remember reading, in the FordSport magazine, details of a forthcoming Gerry Anderson series to be called 'Doppelganger' (a German term meaning the "paranormal double of a living person" and representing the "evil/dark" side of said person).

The series was due to star Roy Thinnes and Gayle Hunnicutt and the reason I was reading about it in that Ford publication was because Ford had been asked/contracted to design one or two futuristic-looking cars (basically re-bodied cars from their existing and then-current model range in the UK) to be used in the TV series.

As everyone knows, Ford were well involved in British television- and film-making during this era, supplying unusual and bespoke vehicles (for "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", "UFO" etc) as well as providing off-the-shelf cars later on for "The Sweeney", "The Professionals" and others, of course.

Anyway, I have a notion that "Doppelganger" failed to inspire Gerry Anderson's backers (Lew Grade's ITC?) at the time and the proposed series was dropped, maybe in favour of the subsequent series "UFO".

Reviewers have noted that Journey to the Far Side of the Sun resembles an 'overblown' episode of UFO and maybe the reason for this is that, once the decision had been made concerning the non-future of "Doppelganger", the lone pilot episode was the stretched into the film "Journey to the Far Side of the Sun" and thus the line was drawn.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Journey to the dark side of the Sun" 2 Sep 2012
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In all a well balanced story considering the time period it was made. Nice little twist on the end. Quite unexpected.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Old fashioned modernity 15 Mar 2009
The plot is quite interesting and when you think of all its implications, which are only alluded to in the film, you get somehow confused. Besides, it is amazing to see how the future is difficult to imagine today. Although the story is supposed to happen around hundred years after the time the film was made the pictures bring you back to the 1960s. On the whole, quite enjoyable.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, it was preposterous. 14 July 2014
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The story was preposterous! Viewers without a science background might get something from it, but I cringed much of the time. Ok, it was made in 1969 so I should give it some allowance because of that.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Doppleganger with holes
Great idea for a movie and good story but the capabilities of the movie makers in 1969 made for a few flaws and holes in the entire film.
Published 14 days ago by B. Perham
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 17 days ago by Mike darlington
5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece from the master of sci-fi suspence.
Thoroughly enjoyable. Not too long. Well up to Gerry Anderson's usual standards.
Published 1 month ago by Kevin Russell
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun
I suspect you need to be an Anderson fan to really like this. Probably a certain age. I am. Both. So I do. Read more
Published 2 months ago by harpoon guns to 'safe', please
4.0 out of 5 stars average
Very slow start.Most of the cast are from UFO. A few new faces here and there. Models are of course without fault. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bjsmith
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice movie, BUT..................
I bought this movie on a whim, thanks to the Amazon recommendations !.
The special effects are great, the view of the 'future' is fantastic... but sadly when the movie ends... Read more
Published 6 months ago by MR C S TAIT
2.0 out of 5 stars dull, bright after 50 minutes, quick, thin ending
A great premise, a good cast: Roy Thinnes, Ian Hendry and all, but the first fifty minutes is terribly slow. The effects, for the most part, are embarrassingly unconvincing. Read more
Published 10 months ago by G. Rorke
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect as described. The item is in lovely condition. Well packaged...
Perfect as described. The item is in lovely condition. Well packaged and arrived promptly. Is value for money. Thank you.
Published 11 months ago by Maw
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun For Fandersons
I'd never heard of this film until this year. Having just re-watched UFO I was looking for more Anderson, (ill get the latest release of Space 1999 when the price drops). Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mike of Alsager
4.0 out of 5 stars Doppleganger
unusual film heard about it but never seen it enjoyed it up to the end of the film Gerry Anderson was a very good Si-fi
writer at the time
Published 14 months ago by steve harrison
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