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  • Actors: George Sanders, Barbara Shelley, Ian Hendry, Alan Badel, Martin Stephens
  • Directors: Anton Leader, Wolf Rilla
  • Writers: Wolf Rilla, John Briley, John Wyndham, Ronald Kinnoch, Stirling Silliphant
  • Producers: Ben Arbeid
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Aug. 2004
  • Run Time: 167 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00027JYMG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,588 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Synopsis

An unseen force invades an idyllic California town; soon afterward, ten women give birth to children with mysterious mind-control powers, which they attempt to use to take over the town.

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Johnnybluetime VINE VOICE on 9 Sept. 2006
Format: DVD
One afternoon in the English village of Midwich everyone falls asleep.When they awaken some hours later it seems as if everything is normal,but soon all the women and girls of childbearing age,even those claiming to be virgins, are found to be pregnant.When they give birth the children are all strangely alike with flaxen hair and golden eyes.Soon they begin to exert a sinister control over the other villagers.

Along with The Day The Earth Caught Fire,this is a true classic of British sci-fi.A great cast,led by George Sanders and Barbara Shelley as Prof. Gordon Zellaby and his wife,Anthea,play it straight down the line and manage to overcome the casting of the,rather too obviously alien,children.As with all of John Wyndham's work, and this is taken from the novel The Midwich Cuckoos,several interesting and provocative ideas are explored,all of them still relevant today.Foremost among them,the question of how societies should react "aliens" in their midst,especially ones who are more intellectualy advanced.After all,the children are basically Homo Sapiens who find themselves living amongst Neanderthals and must struggle to survive in an atmosphere of unified hostility.

The cosy English setting and black and white photography make the film seem old fashioned in many ways,but also add to the reality and unsettling atmosphere in a way that John Carpenter's abysmal remake singularly fails to do.In a way that was possible back in 1960,but is not now,there is a naivety that permits the use of a small cast.Sanders for example plays a polymath whose expertise is accepted on just about anything scientific, and Michael Gwynn as Zellaby's army Major brother-in-law has a direct line to the top men in the War Office.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 15 Dec. 2007
Format: DVD
Despite having a name that sounds like a German-Japanese dinosaur movie and a drastically reduced budget after MGM got nervous over the possible reaction from the Catholic Legion of Decency, Wolf Rilla managed to deliver a genuine low-budget classic that makes light of its limitations in Village of the Damned. Surprisingly faithful to the source (The Midwich Cuckoos) despite the many changes, it's another variation on novelist's John Wyndham's big theme, the battle for supremacy between two species - in this case the human race and the intellectually superior children spawned after a mysterious alien intervention that sees a small village rendered unconscious in a memorably staged sequence that combines the mundane with the inexplicable. Rather than exploiting the premise and the dangerous telekinetic abilities of the children for shock effects (although they do demonstrate them in a couple of memorable sequences), for the most part the film is as much concerned with the twin dilemmas of whether the children are a potential boon or a threat to the human race and of finding a way to defeat or destroy an enemy that not only knows what you're thinking but which is still a part of your own family. With an excellent screenplay, tightly constructed and imaginatively directed with a great ending - "You are thinking of a brick wall. You are thinking of a brick wall.." - it holds up remarkably well nearly a half century on.

Children of the Damned is morally and politically more ambitious still, exploring the notion that humans are perhaps far worse than the cuckoos in their midst. Unfortunately it's also very dull, good performances from Alfred Burke and Ian Hendry notwithstanding.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By THE DORIAN ENSEMBLE on 7 April 2009
Format: DVD
Without any shadow of a doubt this has to be the very best - the only and definitive film version of John Wyndham's story 'The Midwich Cuckoos'. On a scale of 1% to 100% this is 101%, compared with the rather pathetic Hollywood remake of 1995 - (sadly coupled with this one and only original. Who else but the American film industry could make such a pot-mess of what is, and can only be, a very English story! And which, unfortunately, I do not rate at all!) However, the original, `Village of the Damned' is 'knock-spots-off' brilliant and this DVD is more than well worth buying if only for that masterpiece produced in 1960 - by a British film company and crew!
It is a dark subject and therefore lends itself beautifully to the generally gloomy, black & white format. The air of mystery is subtly and yet brilliantly created by all of the young actors but chief among them is, of course, Martin Stephens, who was only just twelve when he made this film - a year before he made 'The Innocents', the pinnacle of his young career - (see my review). If he ever looks at this review, I want him to know just how much his performance was indelibly fixed in my mind when I was just a 15 year old boy myself and starting out on an extra and bit-part career in films, not to mention the great inspiration he was to me in my own roles.
The backdrop is so superbly English; quiet small village, one day everyone falls asleep for a few hours, when they awake all women of child-bearing age are pregnant! The years pass and all the children are born and all, clearly have extraordinary psychic abilities.
It is then that we see that the ten year old leader of the alien clan is Martin Stephens. His is a mixture of seeming innocence and yet extraordinary - almost satanic - icy-cold knowingness in this role.
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