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on 8 July 2013
This movie is of interest to any collector of classic sci fi and horror movies. The usual list of suspects are gathered in a remote location and find themselves challenged to fight a superior enemy from outer space. Great stuff. What is important to collectors is the print quality and this is of the highest possible standard. Both picture and sound are pristine. The movie probably didn't look this sharp when it ran in cinemas in 1954.

Buy with confidence and enjoy.

For clarification I purchased the Region 2 edition from Network.
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on 29 November 2013
When I went to the cinema as a child in the early fifties, quite often the B picture or second feature was a british black and white film, which sometimes was better than the main feature, of which Devil Girl from Mars is a perfect example. My only complaint is the credits should have shown starring Patricia Laffan, [who had given a great performance as Poppea in Quo Vadis[ not, And Patricia Laffan at the bottom of the credit seeing that that she was playing the title role. I did have a dreadfull imported copy released by Westlake [region free], buyers beware,this copy from Network is a vast improvement.If like me you like a. trip down memory lane, or you are a film buff [both applies to me] buy it.
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A lonely inn Scottish highland is visited by a meteor. Also the usual collection of personalities. After we get all the introductions and drinks on the house, an unexpected visitor appears from the sky.

Yep looks like a neighboring planet is deficient of a certain commodity. Yep it is Nyah (Patricia Laffan) an aloof min-skirted man less female alien. To satisfy the sci-fi in all of us the mention antimatter (in so many words) and the nest dimension. Does the space vehicle look like a prototype of the familiar Spielberg vehicles?

Will Ellen Prestwick (Hazel Court) suddenly switch from tomato juice to whisky?
Will Robert Justin (Peter Reynolds) kill or make time?
Will Nyah get what she came for or more than she bargained for?

See Patricia Laffan in a more dangerous role as Miss Alice MacDonald in "23 Paces to Baker Street" (1956) adapted from the book "Warrant for X"
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Much is written about this film. Many have seen only a poor quality copy that circulated for many years. Now is the time to purchase an excellent copy on DVD at a reasonable price too.
The film is wordy, the effects not high tech and yet work very well. The entertainment value is certainly there and the face spotting is a great game. This film features plenty of well known faces from both the theatre and film. Hazel Court looks business like and Patricia Laffan looks amazing in her PVC? costume. John Laurie plays John Laurie, brilliant. Peter Reynolds most often cast as a shady son or crook is back in character again. There are many good characterisations in the film and plenty of actors too. The science fiction element fits in with the homespun ideas of such things in the 1950s that made the audience laugh so enjoy...
This is an early Danziger production long before they had a production line in second features at their own studios. This film was made at the larger Shepperton and although on a budget does have decent sets.
Included in the slimline packaging are images of UK and USA posters.
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on 28 October 2013
Not what one expects from the cover, but weirdly interesting to see a sci fi film based in a highland inn with no great special effects or even exterior shots
If you like the curious this is one to watch
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I would love to have given this more than 3 stars, but just can't. For those who don't know anything about the film don't be influenced by the rather lurid title and repro publicity on the front cover. This is in fact a very talky 1954 Danziger Bros re;lease ("U" Cert then, "U" Cert now), with 3 basic studio sets - The Inn, the Space ship and the surroundings. There is about 3 mins of location filming. The cast is (at the time) fairly low key, but interesting. Hugh McDermot (Canadian?) is the nominal hero, a bulky 40 plus. The gorgeous ladies Hazel Court and Adrienne Corri brighten things up and try hard. Peter Reynolds is a convict on the run and Joseph Tomelty is a professor investigating "goings on". Light relief comes from John Laurie and Sophie Stewart as the owners of the Inn where most of the film is set. Anthony Richmond, so good in "Bang You're Dead" is a nephew caught up in the action. Now let's get to the raison d'etre for getting this DVD...Patricia Laffan-perhaps best known for her Poppae (Spelling??) in "Quo Vadis" here she plays NYah, a Martian who lands on earth looking for men to restock Mars-As you do. Dressed magnificently if not a little fetishly in black latex and black tights she does look scary and dare I say it-pretty sexy. Personally I found some of the film a bit boring, but when push comes to shove I enjoyed most of it. Even the SFX weren't too bad (tho not very good). I do have one little grumble and I don't see anyone elser emarking about it so it may be my Flat screen TV, but the sound track whilst good (as is the 4.3 B/W picture) varied in volume so much I had to have the remote to hand all the time. The dialogue was fine but when the music and Sound effects came in the volume notched up to Heavy Metal level. Don't let that put you off. Good for Network for finding yet another long lost British film. Worth a view, I just wish I had liked it more No extras.
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on 27 July 2014
Well, it's British sci-fi and it's not exactly riveting stuff. I'll sum up the story very simply, because it is an amazingly simply story ... a flying saucer lands outside of a hotel in the highlands of Scotland and a woman steps out of it. She attempts to intimidate the people inside the house and then leaves ... she comes back, she leaves ... she comes back, she leaves ... she comes back, she leaves and that's about all that happens in the movie for about eighty minutes. Every time she enters she makes a series of silly threats and brags about how great she and Mars is compared to human beings. I found it very hard to take her at all seriously, and in fact compared to Edward D. Wood's work (Plan 9 From Outer Space), Wood's work is the superior product! Having seen the movie just for the sake of doing so, I wish now that I had spent my money on something else.
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on 11 August 2014
I just love this very cheesy b-movie as it is one of the best space movie as you have to laugh at the over the top acting going on the screen , if you love the b-movie films you will love this as it is well paying out the money for this DVD . It's a bit like the early Dr Who that was on BBC in the early 60's so I would like you to try it out at this price .
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on 11 June 2015
Transform the Arizona roadside diner into an inn in the Scottish Highlands, throw in a vinyl-clad dominatrix from outer space, and you've got an atom age ripoff of the 1936 melodrama The Petrified Forest. Scottish stiff Hugh McDermott, who should've known better, does a Bogie impression as the two-fisted newspaperman; Peter Reynolds takes on the Leslie Howard struggling-towards-redemption role, and the glamorous Hazel Court is the Bette Davis stand-in.

The movie's not that much fun to watch; instead of over the top crazy, it's a mildly dotty, stagebound piece of Exposition Theater. The Devil Girl (Patricia Laffan) takes great pains to explain (over and over) to her seven captives how powerless they are to stop her from doing whatever she wants, which is apparently to kidnap one physically adequate Earth male to service the entire female population of Mars, who've inconveniently killed off their men. The "nuclear," solid fuel belching flying saucer's kind of cool, and it's priceless watching the cast flee in terror from the ridiculous-looking robot -- a shuffling, transistor breadbox with a built-in death ray -- but this stately sci-fi drama is neither good sci-fi nor good drama; it's a good title, gone to waste.
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on 21 April 2009
Devil Girl From Mars is a studio bound piece of British science fiction from 1954. To be honest, there's not a lot of action and it's very talkey but hey, who cares? Get a load of Patricia Laffan as Nyah in that PVC outfit! Wow! I looked her up on the International Movie Data Base website, it seems she's just turned 90!
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