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When Worlds Collide [DVD] [1951]

Richard Derr , Barbara Rush , Rudolph Maté    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Richard Derr, Barbara Rush, Peter Hansen, John Hoyt, Larry Keating
  • Directors: Rudolph Maté
  • Writers: Edwin Balmer, Philip Wylie, Sydney Boehm
  • Producers: Cecil B. DeMille, George Pal
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German, Spanish, Italian, English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Sep 2002
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UPO0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,914 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Scientists build a huge spaceship so that a few human colonists may escape the predicted destruction of Earth and seek a home elsewh ere in the galaxy.

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audio in italianouno scontro imminente con una stella fuori orbita segnala la distruzione della terra . il governo si rifiuta di ascoltare gli scieziati , ma degli industriali privati finanziano la costruzione di una nave spaziale per portare un numero limitato di persone su un altro pianeta per dare inizio ad una nuova civilizzazione .


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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
There was a time, long, long ago, when teachers taught their young students to crouch under their desks for protection if the Russians lobbed nuclear bombs into the town square. There was a time when kids would look at the marvelously detailed galactic paintings by Chesley Bonestell and rush to read more science fiction stories. There was a time when the human hand, not computers, created special effects in movies that made kids go "Wow!"

George Pal's When Worlds Collide, based on the science fiction novel by Edwin Balmer and Philip Wylie, may seem dated to today's jaded crowds fed on computer-generated excess, but give your inner young teen a chance to enjoy this good movie. It's all about, of course, an attempt to save a remnant of humanity from oblivion by whisking them off in an untried rocket ship to a new planet.

Astronomers have determined that Bellus, a star a dozen times larger than our own, is hurtling through the cosmos directly at earth. Circling Bellus is a new planet, Zyra. This planet will sweep past Earth bringing cataclysmic disaster. Then Bellus, days later, will obliterate Earth. A small group of scientists plan to build a space ship that will leave Earth just before Bellus hits and travel to Zyra, which, it is calculated, will be captured by the sun's gravitational pull and settle in to an orbit similar to what Earth's was. The rocket will only be able to take 44 men and women, plus a selection of animals and plants. Humanity's skills, dedication, selflessness...and ruthless desperation...will be tested to the full.

Among the people we'll get to know are Dr.
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic early Sci-Fi 28 Mar 2007
By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This 1951 film is a minor classic in the history of science fiction films.

The film has tended to be overlooked as it came out the same year as The Day the Earth stood still (which IS a better film). But if you look back prior to 1951 there is really only Metropolis which stands out.

The title explains everything about the plot. A passing planet is going to pass near the Earth and cause chaos, however it will be closely followed by its star which will destroy the Earth. A team of scientists have to build a Rocket to take a selected few from the Earth so that the human race can survive. This provides a lot of opportunities for various sub-plots about the morality of who should get a place on the Rocket.

Its only real flaw is the science, where the film just doesn't add up! For example when the star is getting very close this doesn't seem to raise the temperature on Earth all.....

The special effects now look incredibly primitive, but for the time they were brilliant. In 1951 at the Cinema, this film, which is in colour must have been absolutely stunning for the audience at that time. You might want to see it first before buying, but for me it is a milestone movie of its day.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars collision course earth 4 April 2007
Format:DVD
I must say, War of the Worlds and this movie have been fantastic. The post war angst of disaster is there, in your face. But the characters are interesting, and I now know where the concept of burning money comes from.

There is a touch of humour, in the midst of disaster which makes the film more of a human epic. The special effects aren't all that bad, remember, man on the moon was in the realm of sci-fi at the time, so whatever they came up with is amazing in its imagination and often so close to the truth. The burning up fuel, nothing left to land with is a reality in our modern space shuttles of today. And yet, they thought of it in great detail in this film. Re-entry into atmosphere, hadn't been addressed or landing gear, but then the landing wouldn't be as dramatic at the end.

Only criticism is right at the end, the canvas painting foreign planet looks like a painting.

If you like classic sci-fi, this one is a gem.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Could Happen! 1 Feb 2004
By E. A. Redfearn TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Made half a century ago by George Pal who was a pioneer of movie making in what is commonly termed nowadays "Blockbusters", this movie has stood the test of time. Pal of course is renowned for making some fine movies during the 1950s, notably War of the Worlds; The Time Machine; and Destination Moon. Indeed, his contribution led to many blockbusters today such as Independence Day; Deep Impact; and Armageddon. The movie industry owes him a great debt because of what he achieved with limited budgets and technology which existed at the time. Overall, its a fine action movie with some good effects bearing in mind CGI did not exist then. Not surprisingly, When Worlds Collide won an oscar for its effects, the destruction of New York for instance. Ok, some of the background scenes are obvious matte paintings; but dont let that distract you though. Its a human drama as well, when people are confronted with the realisation that the world is about to end. The DVD contains a trailer, and nothing else which is a shame. Still, picture is quite good, but dont expect super duper sound though. A must buy for those who like the old movies. Dont forget the popcorn by the way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended to nostalgia buffs of 70yoa plus who wish they ...
Classic space adventure from the '50's. Recommended to nostalgia buffs of 70yoa plus who wish they were still going to the Saturday morning pictures!
Published 10 days ago by Stu Morrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this
Wood quality and arrived in good time we love the old films and this is great
Published 11 days ago by Mrs C A Smonds
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film humanity in peril again This film spawned a ...
Brilliant film humanity in peril again
This film spawned a few versions decades
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Published 13 days ago by Cambria
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great film
Published 1 month ago by Mixer114
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
it was just as described, received package very quickly would definately do business again. A+++
Published 1 month ago by Alan
5.0 out of 5 stars The End of the World is nigh!!!
When another planet is found to be on a collision course with Earth, our only hope is being picked to escape to another world by the use of special Rockets constructed to transport... Read more
Published 2 months ago by x wing flyboy
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracker of a movie
Great classic of a film with a very strong moral undercurrent. Puts to shame a lot of today's big budget Hollywood blockbusters. As good viewing today as I remember it as a kid !
Published 2 months ago by Adrian P. Richards
4.0 out of 5 stars "Waste anything except TIME. Time is our shortest material!"
This 1951 SF film shows of course its age, but is still a darn good watch! Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Maciej
1.0 out of 5 stars Be wary of DVD purchases
Purchased this DVD only to find when I unpacked it that it is the US version and unable to play on British DVD players.
Published 3 months ago by Martin Tossounian
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
A present for my sister-in-law, so it's been decades since I last saw it, but she was thrilled to get it and was very much looking forward to seeing it again. Read more
Published 3 months ago by L. E. Metcalfe
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