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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000C20VNM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,554 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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I can't say I'd ever seen or heard of any of these films prior to buying this budget boxset and after watching them I can understand why. They're a world apart from such classics as The Thing From Another World, Them or Invasion Of The Bodysnatchers.For my money the best of them is The Cosmic Man, which although cheesy, derivative, and ridiculous, works on the same kind of level as Earth Vs The Flying Saucers (albeit on a smaller budget)and has the look and feel of a big studio slumming it.
I thought the Man From Venus was pretty awful.An odd mix of American and British talent. It's like an actors workshop play, grimly theatrical in that '50's serious actors workshop kind of way.Everyone takes it very seriously and there's a serious message and it's seriously boring.For some reason the director spends about 10 minutes avoiding showing the Man From Venus' face, but then when he does there's nothing remarkable about it and the director's obviously just copied it from The Day The Earth Stood Still - along with the idea and half of the plot.Poor by American or British '50's sci-fi standard. Films like this can be pretentious,ridiculous,laughable or derivative and still be highly watchable, but this commits the greatest crime of all for this kind of movie - it's boring.Nice print, though.
The Flying Saucer.What can I say.There's some interesting use of dialogue dubbed over exterior scenes.The hero's quite engaging.And John Carpenter's probably seen it,because it's set in the Arctic or at least Alaska, and inside a wooden hut, beneath a table, there's a trapdoor that leads down a short ladder to a cavern dug out of the permafrost in which the flying saucer is hidden.Just like in The Thing.That's the most interesting thing about this film. And it's a bad print,too.
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This is a very poor sci-fi box-set, the worst film was the flying saucer, it was so painful to watch, I was tempted to turn it off so many times but I was very proud I stuck with it. The cosmic man is the best of the three, but way to much talking, but still worth a watch. Stranger from venus was ok, but very low budget, they really scraped the bottom of barrow with this lot. There is some good news all three films are region free so will play on uk dvd players
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An unidentified object is tracked going at extreme speeds around the globe. A mysterious object is found in Bronson Canyon (a real location used in the filming of "Robot Monster" 1953). Naturally the military is antsy and request a top scientist Dr. Karl Sorenson (Bruce Bennett) investigate.

All the elements are there with the three-way love interest between the widowed mother Kathy Grant (Angela Greene) of a crippled kid Ken (Scotty Morrow), scientist Dr. Sorenson and military Col. Matthews (Paul Langton.) They must speculate on the good bad and ugly of their mysterious invader (John Carradine).

An added plus is the fun of seeing the technology of the time this film was made. And a vintage look at the Griffith Park Observatory. Too bad they did not show the inside as there is a nifty pendulum that swings with the rotation of the earth.

We are in luck as we get two space speeches before the conclusion. Will we head the warning or is this the end?
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The movies in the collection are all examples--and extremely boring ones, I might add--of the following generic UFO movie description:

A flying saucer comes to Earth, and the military has knowledge of it, but denies its existence. No one will believe the person/people who have seen the UFO/alien(s). ["Why won't they believe me?!"] But strange things keep happening, and the most intelligent people (scientists, the enlightened, et al) begin to see something in their story. Meanwhile, the aliens are trying to make contact with the special people/person/scientist(s), while remaining hidden from the military, and the general public, who wouldn't understand. When the military inevitably does find the location of the UFO/alien(s), they make contact with them, so the UFO/alien(s) must leave, either to get back to whatever cosmic business they usually engage in--such as visiting other planets--or to get away from the small minds here on Earth, or both.

Repeat ad nausium.

I hated this garbage when I was a kid, and I hate it now. The real tragedy is that this pseudo-religious tripe so often finds its way into Science Fiction collections. This is as much Science Fiction as Heinlein's Stranger In a Strange Land is Religion. (Why do I think that both this and Heinlein have the same audience?) Apparently someone has Conspiracy Theory confused with Science Fiction. And guess what? This is where Chariots of the Gods? came from! Feel like an idiot for wasting your time on this drivel? You will.

The real scoocher at the bottom of the cesspool is that these movies are all so uncommonly DULL. If you really insist on watching this garp for a chuckle, for your own conscious well-being's sake; spend as little for it as possible. Could be a good idea for drinking party, tho.
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By PA on 21 Oct. 2015
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Special effects may be bit jittery but worth every moment of attention
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