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Phantom Empire [DVD] [1986] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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After an innocent bystander is killed by a mysterious man in a toy mask, a group of explorers/scientists find an entrance to an underground land where a whole race of men in toy masks dwell. On the way they find native girls who are savage and untamed (but take their designer furry bikinis off as soon as men from our world appear). They also happen across the kind of moonrover any low-budget '70s space serial would be proud of, and a leather-clad alien fist-fighting dominatrix. Also far beneath the earth is a Special Weapons version of Robbie the Robot (who fortunately for our heroes seems unable to shoot anyone other than himself, even at point-blank range). Stock footage from other films includes a volcano and several scenes from "Planet of Dinosaurs" (the difference in film quality is so blatant it's obvious these scenes have been cut in).

Alright, it's silly and often the humour is often unintended humour. But it's still fun and entertaining, and it comes with a "making of" documentary.
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If you enjoy this type of low budget movie it is a must. With an iconic cast it flows entertainingly. As a personal aside - Michelle Bauer is in it .... phew!
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Good movie
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HASH(0x99e1ce04) out of 5 stars Anything With Ross Hagen And Robbie The Robot Will Be Excellent, I'm Sure... 22 Dec. 2006
By Robert I. Hedges - Published on
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This is a cheapie starring legendary B-movie icon Ross Hagen as a master spelunker, scream queen Michelle Bauer as a "cave bunny," and Sybil Danning as an alien queen. The plot is almost unbearably silly: some explorers and scientists go on a trek to the center of the Earth, where they discover a land of luscious prehistoric cave bunnies who can't speak a word, but who have crafted rather nice bikinis for themselves. The cave bunnies are entangled with a group of underground mutant cannibals (I never knew that when you roasted a live human female on a spit that you left her swimsuit on, removing only the jeans...) and the three parties spend the first half of the film chasing each other around the caves until a laser-wielding Robbie the Robot turns up to try to stop the fight, though he is defeated by the makeup mirror in a woman's compact. (Really. Don't ask.)

Eventually the explorers plus cave bunny Bauer emerge from the cave in (of course) a land that time forgot featuring an evil, but busty alien queen, Sybil Danning, in the most ludicrous vehicle I have seen in a long time. From then on there is a three way struggle featuring the explorers, the Queen and her minions, and stop motion dinosaurs clearly lifted from another movie (I believe they are from the same source as was seen in the altogether more entertaining "Galaxy of the Dinosaurs.") They chase each other around the desert, wrestle, and encounter a volcano (more stock footage) before ultimately carjacking the Queen's vehicle, blowing it up in a cave, and finding themselves free on the other side of the cave with millions worth of diamonds they discovered in the desert. Confused? You will be.

This is essentially low-budget monster movie mayhem, and as such is camp of the highest order. It is stupid, but cheesily fun. I recommend it only to people who like campy, trashy mindlessly silly pictures starring yesterday's favorites from the B-movie circuit. The DVD has several extras including a commentary, and a sometimes (though mostly not) amusing introduction from Director Fred Olen Ray; this is part of his "Nite Owl Theater" series, which I hope he continues in the same spirit of Joe Bob Briggs. The drive in will live forever!
33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99d4b060) out of 5 stars What more could you want? 16 July 2006
By A. P. Stafford - Published on
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This movie has everything: lost underground "civilisations", cave mutants, bikini clad cave bunnies, Barbeque Girl, Robbie the Robot (back after all these years with a new head and available for rent, cheap), dinosaurs, a spaceship, topless catfighting, swordplay, laserbolts, stock footage of a volcano and Sybil Danning bounding about in, and almost out of, very tight leather. It just keeps rollicking along.

Who cares if it doesn't have a believable plot, a good script or decent acting? If you want a decent laugh listen to the director's commentary and the interviews. Shot in about six days on virturally no budget, nobody took this seriously, and neither should you.

The eye-candy keeps improving as the movie progresses, too. Somebody in Hollywood must have made a fortune making bikinis for movies like this. And Sybil Danning, almost busting out, bounds gleefully around the set, swinging a sword, glowering imperiously down her nose and trying not to laugh as she delivers her lines. Sybil, the Mistress of the Master Race (she is Austrian) plays the Alien Queen. (In this one they didn't let her carry a whip, but at the bequest of the other women on the set she punched out the leading actor.) She is tall, athletic, gorgeous and sexy, which makes her one of my favourite actresses. Who cares if she didn't have to act? I've seen her act in other movies, but in this one, she just doesn't have to.

If you want a movie with reasonable T&A, a fast pace, a bit of a laugh and which requires no use of the grey matter at all, I recommend this. If you want a good movie, forget it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99e1c900) out of 5 stars It's all about Sybil Danning! 31 Aug. 2010
By Mike from Canada - Published on
I bought this VHS Tape( Phantom Empire) almost 20 years ago & for the first time ( I think) since then I brought it back out & watched it again. Simplified( very)Susan Stokey bankrolls an expedition ( let's call it that) that aided by a map from Russ Tamblyn ( a casualty & only known survivor who came back from this area)seeks out a mysterious cave that offers the promise of great riches in the form of diamonds & other valuable rocks. Ross Hagen is the guide who puts the team together & Dawn Wildsmith is his tough as nails sidekick. Included in the team are Robert Quarry & Jeffrey Combs, Mineral/Archeological experts. The team on their way to discovering a lost world encounters Dinosaurs, Cavegirls & seemingly mindless creatures ( that have a problem with light & fire & look exactly like the Morlocks from the Time Machine). All this & now add Sybil Danning to the mix ( thank you) as a sexy Leather clad Alien that needs all involved to mine Diamonds that will fuel her ship away from us inferior beings. This film really disappointed me because so many of this troup are Fred Olen Ray regulars, especially Michelle Bauer( Cavegirl)Robert Quarry, Ross Hagen & Dawn Wildsmith. These are people that made Dinosaur Island & Beverly Hills Vamp a lot of fun. This is probably the most name laden "B" Movie I have seen yet the funny just doesn't arrive. Sybil Danning is the exception, this movie gets 1 star without her & 3 stars with her, she really command your attention every time she is on camera, what a gifted actress. This movie is okay but expect to get a little dizzy watching people all movie long running around in circles & don't expect to be laughing your head off, it's not going to happen. Another reviewer mentioned anything with Ross Hagen in is can't miss. I like Ross a lot & he was good. It's most of the others that didn't leave us with much.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99e1c5dc) out of 5 stars Strange, second rate B stringer but funny 19 July 2003
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The plot has more corn than a corn farm in Iowa. It is not just low budget, it looks like no budget. The humor is crude, the acting is not quite on par with the Tomb,a previous movie where most of the actors came from. But it is a cult classic type. I found it amuzing and a laugh every couple of minutes. The bare breasted cave bunny is odd but I believe that was thrown in to keep you from failing asleep. Overall worth the watch on boring evening when the reruns are showing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99e6c24c) out of 5 stars Jeffrey Combs is a sex symbol 13 Jun. 2014
By Sci Fi Lover - Published on
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Phantom Empire is a great movie where Sybil Danning actually punches Ross Hagan so hard that he falls down. I actually saw that was true in the extras. All the women in the movie think that Jeffrey Combs who is a science student is so cute that they fall in love with him. Jeffrey Combs looks a little like McGyver. Robbie the Robot is in the movie. I also like the stop motion dinosaurs that remind me of the dinosaur movies of the 1920s.
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