In Flight - flying saucer movies recommendations please

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  1. Eric Huffstutler

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    There are plenty of cheap flying saucer movies on DVD from years past where ships have already landed or came from a streak in the sky. But can people recommend some that have actual flying discs in the movie? Films along the lines of "Earth vs. The Flying Saucers", "War of the Worlds 1953", "Forbidden Planet", "The Day The Earth Stood Still", "Independence Day", etc... And the more the merrier!

    I am sure with the UFO craze especially in the 1950s, there had to be plenty of them at one time? [​IMG]

    Eric

    Oh.. and we can skip "Plan 9 From Outer Space". Flying hubcaps don't count Well... maybe. [​IMG]
     
  2. Will_B

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    Your post made me think of a particular book about saucers in pop culture that I found to be outstanding:

    Saucer Attack (Paperback)
    by Eric Nesheim, Leif Nesheim


    "...flying saucers and science fiction are inextricably linked; over the years, this likely combination has been the basis for some of the greatest stories, toys, comics, art, and movies ever produced. In this book, the father-and-son Nesheim team recaptures it all, presenting famous saucer (and alien) images from nearly every medium. The result is a wonderful coffee-table book certain to delight most anyone."
     
  3. Jack Theakston

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    INVADERS FROM MARS (1953) has some pretty cool shots of a flying saucer both flying and seeping itself underground as it lands.
     
  4. Eric Huffstutler

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    Thanks for the book link... looked very inviting so purchased a used copy from Amazon.

    Until then... any titles anyone?
     
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    Well, Mars Attacks! obviously has some great retro-style saucer action.
     
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    a small wierd indie movie, with Mcdonalld Carrey playing an AF General called FOES.
     
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    Here's one for ya....Starship Invasions. Christopher Lee and Robert Vaughn. Very cheesy but ok movie from 1977. I wish they'd put this on DVD. I only have a crappy vhs copy taped off of tv from the 70's.
     
  8. Eric Huffstutler

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    STARSHIP INVASIONS is a Warner movie... wonder if they will release it? Could someone ask in the chat coming up? Thanks!
     
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    Disney's The Cat From Outer Space. Not quite a saucer - more of a kitty-carrier (judging from the DVD cover art). The synopsis at Amazon says that the plot of The Cat From Outer Space is the same as E.T., which came out four years later.
     
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    Get thee to Media-Blasters' R1 DVD of THE MYSTERIANS (1957)! Very cool flying saucers in that one.

    Also, the monster-capturing saucers of GODZILLA VS. MONSTER ZERO (1965), if you're lucky enough to find the long-out-of-print Simitar DVD. Or, if the rumors are accurate, a nice new widescreen DVD edition from Classic Media, sometime later this year.

    Plus, there's the big, clunky, rotating, super-hot spacecraft in DEVIL GIRL FROM MARS (1954), available from Image Entertainment.

    And the Gerry Anderson's British TV show, UFO (1969-70), on R1 DVD thru A&E Home Video, was chock full of spinning-saucer action, done with movie-quality special effects.
     
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    Yes, UFO is a really good Series.
     
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    Some movies with brief round flying saucer movements in them that haven't been already mentioned:

    "Abbot & Costello go to Mars"
    Disney's 1975 "Escape to Witch Mountain"
    1977 "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"
    1984 "Starman"
    1997 "Men In Black"
    1998 "Lost in Space"
     
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    Flight of the Navigator
     
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    Where in that one? There's a bunch of illuminated ships in the Special Edition, but where's a saucer? You don't mean the one with the "city" on top of it, do you?


    If you include tv shows, be sure to get the Sid & Marty Kroft DVD with the episode of The Lost Saucer on it. Ruth Buzzi and Jim Neighbors as robots who fly around with a couple teenagers. Classic film-style flying saucer.

    I think some of the British film versions of Doctor Who involving the Daleks including the Dalek saucers, which also appeared in the tv series now and then.
     
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    Has INVASION OF THE SAUCER MEN ever been available on DVD?
     
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    This Island Earth has some nice in-flight saucer shots, but the DVD is OOP and a bit hard to come by.
     
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    And not OAR!
     
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    The Flying Saucer (1950)

    The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
    The Man from Planet X (1951)

    Phantom from Space (1953)
    Invaders from Mars (1953)

    Killers from Space (1954)
    Devil Girl from Mars (1954)

    Destination Earth (1956)
    Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)
    Uchûjin Tokyo ni arawaru (The Cosmic Man Appears in Tokyo) (1956)

    Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957)
    The Astounding She-Monster (1957)
    The Strange World of Planet X (1957)

    Missile Monsters (1958)
    Satan's Satellites (1958)

    Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
    Teenagers from Outer Space (1959)

    Il Pianeta degli uomini spenti (Battle of the Worlds) (1961)

    Il Disco volante (The Flying Saucer) (1964)

    Attack of the the Eye Creatures (1965)

    Destination Inner Space (1966)

    Space-Thing (1968)

    Die Delegation (1970)
    Brilliant, almost unknown (out side of its home country) German TV movie about a journalist investigating a close encounter of the second kind. Documentary-style, austere and so absorbing, that audiences at time panicked and called the TV station to ask if the story was real and why it wasn't being investigated! Recently released on DVD in Germany.
     
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    Will_B wrote: Two "Saucers" with two other space ships racing above and down the two-lane highway and the police car is "in pursuit" of them. "Chapter 6 on DVD".

    Two other movies I thought of:

    1985 "Cocoon"
    1988 "Cocoon: The Return"
     
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    Oh, oh...just thought of another one...the opening shot of John Carpenter's The Thing.
     

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