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on 14 December 2014
Some of the films here are very dated with obvious visual effects, but where they score is in having the original ideas and putting them on screen for the first time, and making the most of limited budgets in producing what were then very scary movies. There are seven films in this collection, mostly B&W and mostly 4:3 and mostly Mono.

They are films that all SF enthusiasts will want to have in their collection, and in most cases they have been restored to a very good standard. Some have relevant extras typically including Production Commentary, Trailer, Photos, cast lists, etc plus a couple of documentaries. The Invasion of the Body Snatchers has two versions, the later (1988) being a colourized extended version of the original Black and White (1956).

In the set are:

The Thing From Another World (1951), 4:3, B&W, Mono

It Came From Outer Space (1953), 4:3, B&W, Stereo, Photos, Documentary, Trailer, assorted subtitles

The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), 4:3, B&W, Mono, Photos, Commentary, Trailer, Documentary

Tarantula (1955), 4:3, B&W, Mono, assorted subtitles

This Island Earth (1955), 1.85:1, Colour, Mono

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), 5:3 letterbox, B&W, Mono

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1988), 4:3, Colourised, Mono

The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957), 16:9, B&W, assorted Mono soundtracks and subtitles
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VINE VOICEon 12 January 2010
Seven Science Fiction movies from the 50's which, I would like to say, greatly influenced my early love of SF, but it wouldn't be true. I only saw one of these at the cinema and that was The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) which probably saw in 1958 when I was around ten. The rest I saw some years later on tv. With the exception of Tarantula! (1955) and, to an extent, Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954), they can all be considered early classics, or landmarks, in SF cinema and this, for the price I paid (less than a tenner), is good value to have this collection in its individual slimline cases.

I excepted Tarantula! and Creature on the ground that they're creature-features rather than genuine SF. The former is bog-standard stuff (you can see the real tarantula's legs partly disappearing from time to time), the latter is very good of its type (the monster not being completely unsympathetic) and both were directed by Jack Arnold.

Arnold also directed the terrific Shrinking Man which holds up really well and It Came From Outer Space (Jack Arnold, 1953) which probably looked much better in its original 3-D, at least to judge from the comments in the accompanying documentary. The latter is unusual in that aliens look totally alien and aren't bad guys. This can't , of course, be said for Invasion of the Body Snatchers (directed by the great Don Siegel, 1956) which still holds up as a masterpiece of paranoia and as the best version of the story, even with the studio-imposed happy ending.

That leaves The Thing From Another World (1951) and the only film in the set to get a 12 rating as opposed to PG. Debate still goes on over whether or not Christian Nyby directed it or producer Howard Hawks. Oddly, I like it better than when I first saw it, though I love John Carpenter's body-popping remake. Lastly is This Island Earth (1955) an early space-opera which is rather overshadowed by its contemporary Forbidden Planet but is still one of the influences on Star Wars. It's also the only colour movie in the set, though there is also a colourised version of Body Snatchers to choose from -but don't.

Apart from It Came and Creature which both have decent documentaries and other stuff, these are very much bare bones editions -trailer and subtitles and that's it. Still, it's a nice set for an sf movie fan.
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on 10 May 2017
This i bought as a set as i love the old sci fi movies.
This set is well worth the money as i was trying to buy invasion of the body snatchers which i had on vhs long ago,this film in itself is very pricey to but on its own,but here included in the set,and the disc gives you the option to watch in colour or black and white.
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on 1 March 2011
This collection of sci-fi films from the 1950s is an absolute gem. The films themselves are pretty much all-time classics and have shaped much of modern cinema. So if you are interested in film history, then this is definitely for you. Much of the science fiction here is very politicised and helps to get an understanding of the hopes and fears of american society at the time. Probably nowhere is this more evident than in Invasion of the Body Snatchers; a warning against communism.

Just because they are old films in no way means they are bad. Even by today's standards, the quality of the directing, acting, scriptwriting and photography, they stand up on their own merit and are a wonder to behold.

Finally, it has to be said that this collection is fantastic value. Comparing the total running time with the quality of the films and the price Amazon are charging, this is extremely worth while.
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on 1 March 2010
This set combines the most iconic and influential science fiction movies of the 1950s. They are all classics and high quality films. This set therefore gives a very good overview of the genres like paranoia sci-fi (with the influential Body Snatchers), creature feature (Tarantula), horror Sci Fi (The Thing), space opera (this island earth). The films have really stood the testof time and are all worth watching and still very enjoyable. The discs do not have any extras, excpet Body Snatchers which offers the colourizes version. The picture quality of the films is okay but at times actually a bit disappointing, especially Body Snatchers which in the black and white version never gets a clear picture. But of course it is great value for money.
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VINE VOICEon 21 September 2010
These delightful and very fifties film's, have competent actors telling a simple storyline, with the help of delightful effects and most refreshingly of all no CGI.
I'm not totally against modern films using CGI, the trouble I find is, they rely on it too much, which pushes the story into the background, and it's only recently that it's started to look realistic. I prefer films from the fifties which use a well detailed model, lit well.
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, **** 1956. (B&W Letterbox & Colour Full Frame.)
The Thing from Anoter World, ***** 1951.
The Incredible Shrinking Man, ***** 1957.
This Island Earth, ***** 1955. (Colour.)
Creature From The Black Lagoon, *** 1954.
It Came From Outer Space, **** 1953.
Tarantula, *** 1955.
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on 11 August 2010
This box-set is a classic for the reason alone that it contains 'Invasion of the body snatchers', 'The Thing', and 'Incredible Shrinking Man'. Some of the other films are fluff (This Island Earth is particularly bad) but most are ok. Still giving this 5 stars, but I wouldn't bother watching 'Invasion of the body snatchers' in it's colourised version, but would stick to the original black and white version also provided.
Great value for money if you like thought provoking sci-fi. If your idea of great sci-fi is Avatar then this might not be for you. Buy this if you liked The Outer Limits (original series).
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on 1 December 2014
Would love to have all these films on Blu-ray, because they are all brilliant films.

The best film in the box-set is "Invasion of the Body Snatchers", its so creepy, and way ahead of its time.

But what's annoyed me is why has this box-set been deleted?, it cost me a arm and a leg to buy.
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on 21 December 2011
I bought this set just to get "This Island Earth" as a nostalgia trip. This movie still stands comparisom with modern products given that all sci/fi and fantasy requires a fair amount of willing suspension of disbelief. It's not up to "Forbidden Planet" standards, but for the money,and with the included documentary material, it's good on it's own, and a really good value package with the other films in the set.I havn't seen the others yet, but if their transfer to disc is as good, I'll be more than happy.
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on 21 November 2010
This is one of the better collections of movies out there. I hadn't seen any of them before, but I'd heard enough about them to want to see them for myself. And I'm now convinced. "It came from outer space" alone is worth viewing a few times, with an excellent story by Ray Bradbury, that pioneering science-fiction author. If you're a fan of sci-fi, you've got to have this in your collection: for this price, you're not going to get a better deal, especially with all the bonuses (like the original trailers) thrown in for good measure!
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