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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 16 February 2015
We enjoyed this 1957 black and white medium-budget sci-fi film, which has become something of a minor cult over the years and is considered to be well ahead of its time ideas-wise. The story concerns a huge flying saucer, which lands on earth and possesses the mind of a scientist working at a US research facility. The first half of the film is a bit slow and predictable (flying saucers on lonely roads are not very original) and the acting from the lead players is not the best, particularly from Jeff Morrow, who seems a bit subdued in this one. But enter Kronos (derived from Greek mythology), a giant metal contraption, which has been sent from a dying planet to soak up all the earth's atomic resources to replace its own. Kronos is just a giant tower, but the lighting, menacing music and brilliant special effects make it seem truly chilling as it stomps around the land, destroying all in its path and gorging itself on the earth's energy. The scientists, other than the possessed one, are of course, not best pleased with this development and get their heads together to work how to defeat the monster. So, will they succeed? No prizes for guessing! The DVD print is excellent, but I found the skinny letterbox aspect a little hard on the eyes, although that won't bother most people. It also came at a bargain price, so what's not to like!
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on 26 June 2016
KRONOS - a most unusual type of alien creation threatens mankind in this 50s sci-fi movie which has a great story and an intelligent script, unlike many sci-fi movies of the period.
The story starts like many others - with the discovery of an unidentified body in space which appears to under some intelligent guidance as it approaches earth. There follows a spectacular transformation which results in probably the most imaginative alien threat the world has ever seen complete with a form of locomotion like nothing else! Great fun!
The film appears to star Rod Taylor's lost twin brother (!) but it is in fact Jeff Morrow, star of that other great 50s sci-fi movie THIS ISLAND EARTH, which, along with FORBIDDEN PLANET rank as the two greatest sci-fi movies of the 50s.
But perhaps the most stunning feature of this movie is the cinematography and the superbly framed compositions which imaginatively fill the screen in this REGALSCOPE movie, the black and white equivalent of 'CinemaScope'. It must have been breathtaking to see this in a cinema in 1957. But even on today's ill-equiped 16:9 TVs which are not designed to show such a wide image in full height, the picture is still impressive.
This is I suspect a 'lost' movie which many sci-fi fans will never have seen (I came across it by accident on Amazon and was so impressed with the two reviews it had I felt I had to see it for myself) but it deserves a look.
The DVD appears to be an Italian presentation, but it plays in English without subtitles and the picture quality is very good. KAN
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on 8 May 2016
First time in anamorphic CinemaScope. Three cheers.
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on 6 March 2013
Thouroughly enjoyed this nice slice of 1950's sci-fi
I liked this film because of it's story of a takeover from space and is quite different from the usual monster films.
Highly recommended to any fifties sci-fi collectors of black and white films.
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on 30 January 2009
Kronos is one of the somewhat forgotten science fiction gems of the 1950s, serving as a great example of a low-budget sci-fi thriller done right. As much a product of the Cold War as the Golden Age of science fiction, it doesn't possess the scare factor that those who first saw it as children upon its release in 1957 talk about, but the story itself still remains a compelling one. Kronos is actually one of your more subtle and subdued "alien monsters," and I think the stark simplicity of the thing serves the movie well all these years later. It's basically just a big metal box on legs rather than some prehistoric creature reborn or exotic-looking extraterrestrial, and it has only one purpose - namely, to absorb energy in massive quantities. You might say it was ahead of its time in terms of its warning against man's potential over-use of energy and the Earth's natural resources. Character-wise, the film doesn't make any waves (which means yes, there is a romantic link between a male scientist and one of his female colleagues), but the acting is above average and convincing. The special effects are fairly decent as well (especially given the fact that this low-budget film was filmed in just a couple of weeks), minimizing the cheese factor (well, as long as you don't count the robotic walking business).

Dr. Leslie Gaskell (Jeff Morrow) is rather excited about his discovery of a new asteroid, much more so than his partner Dr. Arnold Culver and his colleague and girlfriend Vera Hunter (Barbara Lawrence) - until, that is, Gaskell figures out that the asteroid is heading toward Earth on a collision course. With only sixteen hours until impact, the military works to intercept and hopefully destroy the unwelcome intruder as it enters Earth's atmosphere. Those efforts turn out to be fruitless, but fortunately the asteroid comes down in the Pacific Ocean, just off the coast of Mexico. That's just the beginning of the story, though. Convinced that something is amiss, Gaskell and his gang fly down to check out the impact area for themselves, and so it is that they are the first to see the giant robotic creature that emerges from the ocean and eventually starts moving in search of energy sources, destroying everything and everyone in its wake.

The Mexican Air Force (all four planes) can't stop it, the Americans refuse to believe that their plan to clobber the thing with a H-bomb will only make it stronger, there's no time to import an annoying little Japanese kids in order to "befriend" the monster, and Jeff Goldblum is unavailable for consultation (largely because he was only five years old in 1957). Can anything stop this rampaging robot before it sucks the Earth dry of any and all power? They don't call it the Destroyer of the Universe and Ravager of Planets for nothing, you know.
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VINE VOICEon 12 February 2007
A lonely traveler is out in the dessert (looks like the same place that many great sci-fi movies were made) in his 50's pickup when he spots a strange light. Meanwhile back at the laboratory an unusual meteor is being tracked on its way to earth. What do they have in common?

The Dr. Leslie Gaskell (Jeff Morrow) suspects that there is some nefarious plot from outer space. They could be right. But can he prove it?

This movie is missing the front-end dialog familiar with the classics of the era. They just used the word Kronos because they must have thought it sounded nifty like the giant, this of course is misleading as it makes you think it has something to do with time. There is a love interest between Gaskell (Jeff Morrow) and Vera Hunter (Barbara Lawrence). A fun side interest was looking at all the fancy scientific equipment circa 50's concept. The menacing device is hockey may have had too small of a budget.
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on 28 April 2015
Please note the Image release claims original aspect ratio. In fact, the picture has been stretched to fit 2.35:1 (very wide!) but should be 16:9 as made clear when you compare with the trailer on the disc which is correct. If there was a different release available, I would return this. My two stars reflect this. The movie itself is quite good (of its type).
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on 20 October 2014
the item was well packed and exactly as described
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on 8 January 2014
50's 'B' Science fiction movie with laughable acting, dreadful special effects and a plot that must have bewn dreamt up during the scriptwriter's last tea-break. What's not to love? Fantastic!!
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on 29 August 2014
I didn't expect that this sci-fi movie would be that awful. This was a movie I saw as a child and never forgot. I was looking forward to this DVD and was disappointed. Widescreen boxed on 4:3(no anamorphic) display. No subs or CC's. Up to "Image" standards. Only for nostalgia fans like me.
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