- Format: NTSC
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000RXVNCE
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,025 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Chosen Survivors & Earth Dies Screaming [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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The Earth Dies Screaming is one of Terence Fisher's least well-known and most underrated movies, the first of several science fiction flicks he made for independent producers in between his 1960s' Hammer horror gigs, and the only one to rival his best gothic chillers in terms of atmosphere. An apocalyptic tale of alien invasion (with a bit of Cold War paranoia thrown in), it's a cheap, short second feature that overcomes its (very) limited budget to impress as a genuine hidden gem, featuring an eerie score by Elizabeth Lutyens, icy black-and-white cinematography by Arthur Lavis, and a compact (though ambiguous) little script. The cast, headed up by second-tier western fixture Willard Parker, isn't starry in any sense, though the great Dennis Price (Kind Hearts and Coronets) is reliably good as a shifty villain, and Thorley Walters, who usually provokes irritation in the audience via his comic relief turns in Fisher's horror films, is here excellent in a relatively serious role (watch out for him shooting Price in the balls). Though filmed mainly at Shepperton studios, The Earth Dies Screaming's location work was done in and around the Surrey village of Shere, which has recently been invaded by a different kind of menace; tourists, who now apparently flock there after it was used as a location for the recent Cameron Diaz / Jude Law rom-com The Holiday.Read more ›
There's bags of atmosphere in this movie, the sense of isolation and helplessness of the group is palpable, the uncertainty of when the robots will appear again, where are they now, what are they planning?
I know we are all different and there are those who will not see what I do in this film, but for me this is one of the best. I find it so deliciously scarey. It's an old 1960s black and white B picture, but what a diamond it is.
"Chosen Survivors?" - Oh that's included too is it?
"Chosen Survivors" I had never heard of before and only have seen now because of purchasing this double bill DVD for "The Earth Dies Screaming". And so glad to have discovered what is a most worthwhile addition to the list of good sci-fi/thriller movies. It has a very effective and rather compellingly intriguing musical score, which I found most enjoyable to listen to in its own right. Also on the menu section of the dvd too.
The story itself seemed like a deep underground version of Big Brother, with the group of people holed up together for a number of weeks.
There were some scenes that looked like possible real-life cruelty, or at least distressing situations, for bats, which I didn't feel very happy about, especially as there was no disclaimer in the credits stating that none had been harmed in the making of the film, but I guess in older movies they didn't have to say that, but I see the bats were credited with having a 'trainer', so hopefully were looked after. - As I'd like to think the birds and fish were too. Hopefully none of the non-human members of the cast came to any harm. (I happen to care about these thing!).
Everyone involved played their parts excellently and the colour effects were utilised very effectively too. The story itself was all too plausable, given the untrustworthiness of many aspects of government. The movie kept my interest throughout and never became boring. Sadly often a rarity.
A well-discovered gem!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
ony bought this for the earth dies screaming,a true classic british forgotten sci-fi film, very clean and clear print.good stroy line, and shows peoples true naturePublished 9 months ago by John Hogg
Both two good double film features. Chosen Survivours people or what you could call living for a certain period of time in a closed environment ordered by the government. Read morePublished 14 months ago by David
The earth dies screaming is a old sci fi classic,the chosen survivors is a bad 70s paranoid don't make sense film,worth buying just for earth dies screamingPublished on 23 May 2014 by the reader
The Batty Bomb Shelter.
Chosen Survivors is directed by Sutton Roley and written by H.B. Cross. Read more
I thought I had wriiten a review of this DVD but it must have been in my head only. Where to start. First, this is another good release from Midnite Movies, at a great price, good... Read morePublished on 6 Oct. 2011 by A. W. Wilson
I am really glad that these Midnite Movie double feature DVDs continue to come out - the selections of films is odd but always interesting. Read morePublished on 26 Aug. 2011 by A. Griffiths
Both films pretty awful but that was what I expected. Interesting as part of the SF genre from a bygone age. Read morePublished on 4 May 2010 by Mr. Richard Franklin
The Earth Dies Screaming starts as something of a misnomer: budget limitations mean we only see the disaster's main effects within a very localised area of Northern England. Read morePublished on 1 Mar. 2010 by Richard Bowden