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_Invaders From Mars_: better version of a guilty pleasure?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Jeff_HR, Jun 29, 2002.

  1. Jeff_HR

    Jeff_HR Well-Known Member

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    I really very much enjoy the low budget Sci-Fi films made during the 1950's & 1960's. One of those guilty pleasures is 1953's "Invaders From Mars". The DVD that I own has a rather poor transfer. Is there a better LD or VHS version available out there in Videoland. If not, then here is wishing that it is restored in the reasonably near future (Pre-Star Wars 4-6). [​IMG]
     
  2. Gary Kellerman

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    I do not have any info on whether this film could be restored. Despite a few shortcomings that some sci-fiers have noted in this film, what makes this film great is the mood in direction, storyline, the acting of the whole cast, and the simple but frightening sets inside the martian spacecraft, particulaly the representation of "mankind" in the bowl controlling the mutants and the haunting musical score by the late Raoul Kruschaar. Forget the remake of this film; it is awful. This is 50s sci-fi at its finest.
     
  3. Joseph Goodman

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    This film could be restored; black & white seperation positives of it are at the UCLA Film & Television archive. It's just a matter of someone willing to spend the money for a restoration.
     
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    This should not be a guilty pleasure...IMO super quality script and eerie atmosphere.

    With all its shortcomings, I'm glad to own the DVD...don't know about other versions....

    Cheers
     
  5. Jeff_HR

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    Not only is this a much admired cult film, it is also one of only a handful of films DIRECTED by the brilliant art director William Cameron Menzies, which accounts for the film's stunning visuals.

    It would be WONDERFUL if someone (Criterion?) would take up the cause of this film and support a restoration.
     
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    No kidding. I'd love to have this movie looking better than it does. Of course, until then, I'll just keep popping in the current disc.
     
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  9. Jeff_HR

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    Mr Briggs, a Mr Goodman who replied above says that there are black & white separation positives of it are at the UCLA Film & Television archive. Assuming this is true would not a restoration be possible?
     
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    Jack Briggs wrote:

     
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    this is a must read for any fan of this movie or genre'.
     
  13. Gary Kellerman

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    Tony; I read most of the two part discussion on the film. You would think somebody was writing a thesis for this movie.
     

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