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War of the Planets [DVD] [1966] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Lisa Gastoni, Tony Russell
  • Directors: Anthony M Dawson, Antonio Margheriti
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: MGM
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0049IHX36
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,538 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Mgm hired a italian company to do some wild sci fi flics in the 60's. The first was 'wild wild planet" and then this one in which glowing aliens take over people. The idea is actually a good sci story. Star trek would use the same type of story too, however this is the world of superlow budget here. In spite of that the sets do look pretty cool in this movie. The outside shots are cheap models sets that even in 1966 would have been seen as cheap. The way this movie is done though is fun, with lots of bad dialog, and general wierdness, as people go go dance at the monnbase and then battle the steam monsters, well light monsters of energy that often look like steam monster. You get the point. It's bad b movie madness and mgm was glad to have this product to throw at the drive in theaters back then. I would say that dvdrs whouldn't be more than five bucks probably , but at least you can add this campy movie to your collection if you want to. The picture looks decent and it's in color at least. But of course if you want better sci fi and not a campy shlocky flick this isn't for you. This is pure shlock and camp and if you are in the mood for that then this is fine for you. If you hate shlock then this is a one star disaster!
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By Bernie VINE VOICE on 20 Jun. 2015
Original film name is more appropriate "Terrarium" (2003). (Filmed in Las Vegas and surrounding area) watch and you will see why.

A new planet has been found and looks like it can be colonized. We get the standard mix of colonizers and their backgrounds.

Their spaceship has a mishap and the potential colonizers wake up (thaw out) 15 years later to find themselves stuck in their cryo-thingies. But wake they are not alone. Looks like they may be alien munchies. But wait it gets weirder. However I am not about to give the story away. Per-say the original title may give you a clue.

Do not let tales of low budget discourage you and think of the presentation as more of a play.
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HASH(0x99b8d1a4) out of 5 stars shlock that is silly fun. 6 Jan. 2012
By Michael Dobey - Published on Amazon.com
Mgm hired a italian company to do some wild sci fi flics in the 60's. The first was 'wild wild planet" and then this one in which glowing aliens take over people. The idea is actually a good sci story. Star trek would use the same type of story too, however this is the world of superlow budget here. In spite of that the sets do look pretty cool in this movie. The outside shots are cheap models sets that even in 1966 would have been seen as cheap. The way this movie is done though is fun, with lots of bad dialog, and general wierdness, as people go go dance at the monnbase and then battle the steam monsters, well light monsters of energy that often look like steam monster. You get the point. It's bad b movie madness and mgm was glad to have this product to throw at the drive in theaters back then. I would say that dvdrs whouldn't be more than five bucks probably , but at least you can add this campy movie to your collection if you want to. The picture looks decent and it's in color at least. But of course if you want better sci fi and not a campy shlocky flick this isn't for you. This is pure shlock and camp and if you are in the mood for that then this is fine for you. If you hate shlock then this is a one star disaster!
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HASH(0x99b0f9cc) out of 5 stars Cinematic Sleepwalking in Outer Space... 20 April 2013
By 4-Legged Defender - Published on Amazon.com
[War of the Planets - (1965) - Widescreen - directed by Anthony Dawson - 99 minutes] A dismal, thoroughly unimaginative follow-up to 'Wild, Wild Planet' (1965), which was superior in every way and, despite both being directed by Anthony Dawson (real name Antonio Margheriti), lacked any hint of the colorful creativeness utilized to great effect and campy 60's sci-fi fun of its predecessor. 'Not sure how this happened nor am I happy to report this, but I had a tough time suffering through this film as I watched a solid cast and skillful director sleepwalk through outer space devoid of any signs of life.

Same director, same cast (only this time we add Franco Nero, also without benefit), same screenwriter, same sets, but dramatically different result - instead of an inventively lively low-budget 60's sci-fi psychedelic sunspot rife with imagination, action, fun, vibrant characters and sub-plot, we're tortured here with zero-gravity lethargy, an eclipse of lame dialogue and almost no plot or development whatsoever. I'm still scratching my head wondering how this could be. The invaders from Mars who attack Gamma One and Delta Two space stations (what did I say about no imagination?) are nothing more than green lights, smoke and disembodied voices that take host of the humans on board in a cheesy bid for galaxy control and potent sleep aids to those who watch this tripe. It's truly awful, and my tolerance for the tedious is legendary.

Skip this one and make a double-bill matinee of 'Wild Wild Planet' and Mario Bava's 'Planet of the Vampires' from the same year for some truly inspired examples of 60's trippy sci-fi camp that's worth every minute of guilty pleasure. Where's Tom Servo when we really need him?
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HASH(0x9c77730c) out of 5 stars Yes, yes you must be a fan of cheap italian sci-fi to enjoy. But this one is really fun(ny)! 14 Feb. 2014
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The pluses: the movie has a plot, OK it's just the Evil Genius vs. Nice People but it has pretty good fx if you realize what they had to work with in the 60's; if you look closely the italian actors are speaking english but they're dubbed over probably because Americans couldn't understand their english pronunciation. But it's nice that their lips start and stop when the sound does (mostly). What I love is the naive and kind of puristic view of Good vs. Evil that people (Americans) had back then. It wasn't the complicated half-truth picture that we have today where the Good Guys are just as violent and brutal as the Bad, they just wear uniforms. Back then Good Guys did good things and only bad guys hurt people. It makes me smile and sigh when I remember that innocent time. Remember we're not talking Spielberg here. Fun adventure and well worth the cost. Glad they've preserved some of these old gems (OK they're only glass but I call them gems). Enjoy!!
HASH(0x99396954) out of 5 stars Second in the Gamma One space station series 25 Jan. 2015
By C. Andrews - Published on Amazon.com
Second in the Gamma One series. Commander Halstead fights off wandering gaseous symbiotic aliens that lead him on to a final showdown on Mars. Mike and his team clean house as the home fleet arrives to destroy the base. A little slower moving than the first film.
HASH(0x99c6f3d8) out of 5 stars Not To Be Confused With 'War Between The Planets' 14 Sept. 2014
By DalGoda - Published on Amazon.com
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The last Italian made movie in the Gamma 1 Quadrilogy. By this time they began to reuse footage and not just sets, props, and actors. Not a thought provoking story but entertaining none the less.
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