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The Strange World of Planet X [DVD]

Forrest Tucker , Gaby Andre , Gilbert Gunn    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Forrest Tucker, Gaby Andre, Martin Benson
  • Directors: Gilbert Gunn
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Simply Media
  • DVD Release Date: 3 April 2006
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F7M6O6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,661 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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A group of scientists stumble upon the means of creating an enormously powerful magnetic field - but their experiments have unforeseen results!

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Giant Cockchafer, the mind boggles! 21 Aug 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I remember this being on late on ITV in the early 80's when I was a nipper, and they showed decent movies in the small hours, instead of non stop bingo, or mind numbing quiz shows.
It stars Forrest Tucker, who regularily appeared as heavies or weathered heroes in American westerns and thrillers. He also appeared in Hammer's adaption of Nigel Kneale's 'The Creature' and The Trollenburg Terror, both classic British Sci-Fi, around this time.
The plot concerns experiments in matter transference that lead to flora and fauna being exposed to radiation rays, creating insects of monsterous size. Most of these are just real insects made to appear larger, but it is very effective. There is also a benevolent visitor from another planet, who comes to warn the scientists to discontinue their experiments, and also to sample the bitter in the local pub, which he eyes up suspiciously. In fact, a lot of the action takes place in the Local, with scientists, the military, villagers and the odd alien discussing the impending fate of Planet Earth over a pint.
A charming film, with a serious message, that overcomes its limitation of budget, with its obvious enthusiasm.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Strange World of the British Sci-Fi B movie. 16 July 2008
By Perkins
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This is the film version of the now forgotten British 1950's T.V. serial. Also called 'Cosmic Monsters' in the U.S., this DVD from DD Films restores it's original title with a clean and uncut print.
Buy it now with 'The Trollenberg Terror' ('The Crawling Eye')and treat yourself to a Double'll remember a time when British films were entertaining.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Diverting Period Piece In More Ways Than One 26 July 2008
I first saw this movie on local television in America under its US title, THE COSMIC MONSTERS, and only learned of its origins in print and on British television many years later. As a kid, I found its spare production values to be a bit claustrophobic, but seeing it again on the DD Video DVD I have to say that it holds together reasonably well, though there are some shortcomings. Director Gilbert Gunn isn't able to do as much with American leading man Forrest Tucker here as Quentin Lawrence and Val Guest did with the actor in THE TROLLENBERG TERROR or THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN, respectively, nor is the script quite as good as either of Tucker's other two UK sci-fi/horror starring vehicles; but given the leaps of logic and action required to move the story forward, the actor turns in a good performance in a relatively cerebral role (in the other two movies, he was more of a man-of-action). (As a side note -- wholly irrelevant to appreciating the movie, though an oddity -- Tucker is obliged, playing a scientist here, to wear a suit and even don a pair of glasses that give him an uncanny resemblance to composer Benjamin Britten). And many of the giant insect effects in the last third are from hunger, even by late 1950's standards -- they're not up to Bert I. Gordon's level, much less ILM. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice print used for this DVD 4 April 2014
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Very happy with the widescreen print for this little known movie (here in the U.S.). Very clear and bright. The movie itself is enjoyable, though not exactly a classic. Forrest Tucker was much better in "The Abominable Snowman" and "The Trollenberg Terror". Thanks to owning a region free DVD player, I'm able to enjoy PAL region 2 DVD's of titles not available here across the pond.
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