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Earth vs. the Flying Saucers [Blu-ray] [1956] [Region Free]

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  • Actors: Hugh Marlowe, Joan Taylor, Donald Curtis, Morris Ankrum, Charles Evans
  • Directors: Fred F. Sears
  • Format: Black & White, Colour, Dubbed, PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, English, French, Hindi, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Oct. 2008
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001D40U7U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,696 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Aliens are everywhere, and they're attacking planet Earth in one of Ray Harryhausen's most amazing stop motion sci fi classics. Dr. Russell Marvin (Hugh Marlowe) works for Operation Skyhook, a government task force sending rockets into space to probe for future space flights. But when the rockets begin mysteriously disappearing, Dr. Marvin investigates along with his wife Carol (Joan Taylor), only to find the rockets are being intercepted by an army of space aliens who give humanity an ultimatum: Loyalty or death! As the aliens begin attacking cities and landmarks across the Earth - including an unforgettable assault on Washington, D.C - its up to Dr.Marvin and his wife to figure out how to stop these diabolical creatures before its too late

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A textbook example of '50s-era science fiction, Earth vs. the Flying Saucers boasts not only a solid script and competent performances, but some genuinely impressive stop-motion effects courtesy of one of the industry's uncontested masters, Ray Harryhausen. Scientist Hugh Marlowe (who faced a more benevolent invader from space five years earlier in The Day the Earth Stood Still) discovers that UFOs are responsible for the destruction of a series of exploratory space rockets launched by his space exploration project. The saucers' helmeted pilots land on Earth and deliver an ultimatum to humanity via Marlowe.

Harryhausen's painstakingly intricate saucers and the destruction they wreak (particularly during an assault on Washington, D.C.) are the film's unquestionable highlights, but Marlowe and Joan Taylor (as his wife/partner) are capable leads, and veteran B director Fred F. Sears doesn't let the dialogue and expositional scenes fall apart in between the barrage of effects. Earth vs. the Flying Saucers is a fun and effective slice of sci-fi that should please younger audiences as well as nostalgic return viewers. Sears later reused some of the effects footage for his jaw-droppingly awful 1957 effort, The Giant Claw. --Paul Gaita

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Earth vs The Flying Saucers comes to HD in nicely restored black and white and newly colourised versions, with loads of extras. If you feel inclined you can even switch between black and white and colour while watching the movie, using the angle button on the remote control. I preferred the black and white version which is significantly sharper and cleaner, and with better greyscale, than the original DVD edition. But the colourised version is equally impressive in muted pastel tones which suit the era of the movie. The sound has been remixed into 5.1 surround, although the surround effects are minimal. The extras are worthwhile and add to the enjoyment of this movie. These include an informative audio commentary with Ray Harryhausen and others, Remembering Earth vs The Flying Saucers featurette (21:25), The Hollywood Blacklist and Bernard Gordon featurette (29:27), Interview With Joan Taylor featurette (17:29), Colorisation Process featurette (11:02), Original Screenplay Credits (3:16), Photo Gallery (23:20), Earth vs The Flying Saucers Comic Book, and Theatrical Trailers for 20 Million Miles To Earth, It Came From Beneath The Sea, and The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad. All featurettes are in 16:9 widescreen in SD. This is a great Blu-ray release which I score an 8 out of 10. The disc loses two points for not including the theatrical trailer for Earth vs The Flying Saucers, The Harryhausen Chronicles featurette, Earth vs The Flying Saucers featurette, This Is Dynamation featurette and original mono sound from the original DVD release. Is the Blu-ray disc worth double dipping? Yes, for the significant improvement in picture quality and the new extras, but keep your original DVD edition for the original extra features.
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Tim Burton, see me after class for copying someone elses' work!
This has to be the inspiration for Mars Attacks, the spinning saucers, translating the alien language, the saucers flying over the cities and landmarks of the world, especially the Washington Monument scene, the Death-Ray the saucers use, even the way the saucer-men are beaten in the end. If you've seen Mars Attacks, you need to see this as well.
The big difference being though, that this film isn't a comedy. Well, not intentionally, the usual 50's Sci-Fi bad acting, laughable dialogue and ridiculous costumes are all there, but this film has an ace up it's sleeve, the hero of the film. Not the lead actor, oh no, the special effects guy.
Ray Harryhausen's effects make this film 10 years ahead of it's time. People are knocking out less convincing animation today, the guy is a genius in his field. Also the direction has quite a 'modern' feel to it, the story flows like something from the 90's rather than the 50's, perhaps helped along by the way Harryhausen shoots his scenes, his lighting and timing are spot on.
These two elements make this film stand head and shoulders above its contemporaries, it's 50's Sci-Fi, B-movie trash for the thinking man.
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Whatever your prejudices against the genre, this is one 1950s scifi that you owe it to yourself to watch. I am only gradually becoming convinced that the genre is worthwhile, and this title is a jewel in its crown. So what if the director and even all its stars are complete unknowns, and that the special effects director Ray Harryhausen is the most household name here.
The film is so well-scripted that modern-day scifi epics ought to take notice and make a little more effort. Relationships are beautifully and organically interwoven, and the spectacular scenes of destruction are sublimely imaginative and astonishingly well-crafted, not likely to be forgotten any day soon.
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I'm a sucker for these old black and white movies, or is it im showing my age! You have got to view film's such as these in context, particulary when they were produced. Naturally, "Independence Day" and other recent film's makes this film look clumsy and hopelessly out-dated, but take an imaginary seat alongside all those 1950's cinema patron's and imagine what effect such ideas and ideals had on them. Now, i know the aliens had "paper bin's" on their heads, and the U.F.O's didn't half wobble about, but i can see in my mind even now, those 1950's guy's and girl's exiting that cinema, and taking a sneeky peek up towards the sky, hoping that they never experience,(deep voice)"EARTH VS THE FLYING SAUCERS!"
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Fans of Ray Harryhausen may want to know that there are none of the monsters that make his work so well loved in this film. His work in this film is on the flying saucers, and the various scenes of them crashing.
The story line is entertaining, and the acting is not bad. The aliens are pretty low budget, which to new viewers will be funny, though obviously this was not the intention at the time.
There are none of the stupid gung-ho type charecters we get in such films now (Will Smith, I'm looking at you!), and there is a little more depth in terms of exploring the reaction to finding the existance of aliens.
Good family fun.
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Offering leading man Hugh Marlowe a rare chance to get away from his weaselly supporting roles and play the hero for once, Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers is the most enjoyable and spectacular of the black and white scifi films Ray Harryhausen made at Columbia for quickie producer Sam Katzman. It may not offer an iconic creature or match the Technicolor spectacle of George Pal's War of the Worlds, but it compensates by taking gleeful delight in destroying most of Washington D.C. with the kind of reckless abandon that must have been a big influence on Tim Burton's Mars Attacks. The plot's all in the title, with Marlowe finding his experimental satellites constantly being knocked out of the sky shortly after reaching orbit, and it's not long before it's revealed that the reason is aliens from a disintegrated solar system who are looking for a new home - and if they can't persuade the sitting tenants to co-operate they'll just kick them out unless the human race can come up with a weapon to stop them...

Harryhausen had pitched a stop-motion version of War of the Worlds years earlier, even doing a brief early colour test of one of the Martian creatures (which can be found on Ray Harryhausen: The Early Years Collection [DVD] [2006]), and this is clearly his consolation prize, and it's not a bad one at all. Some of the devastation is hindered by not having the budget to use high-speed cameras, which means that the debris had to be suspended in the air on wires and animated one frame at a time, which often makes for an obviously jerky effect, but that's all part of the film's charm.
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