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Some Classic Sci-Fi Titles...where are they?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Michael Gage, Jan 15, 2002.

  1. Michael Gage

    Michael Gage Auditioning

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    Any news of DVD dates for any of these old Sc-Fi titles?

    - Earth vs the Flying Saucers

    - The Day the Earth Stood Still

    - It came from Outer Space

    - Invaders from Mars (1953)

    - Incredible Shrinking Man

    Also - is it true that a SE is planned for Forbidden Planet?
     
  2. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

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    The Day the Earth Stood Still is nearing completion and is scheduled for a first- or second-quarter release. According to our man at Fox, it is a special edition featuring commentary by director Robert Wise.

    There has been talk of the original Invaders From Mars being in production, but I have no details.

    As for the other titles, no word as yet.
     
  3. Robert Crawford

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    I have "Invaders from Mars" on dvd. I bought it a couple of years ago.

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  4. David Lambert

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    Both versions were available on DVD, with the remake made from two different companies (Anchor Bay, then MGM) with different covers (I have the middle item; I HATE the MGM cover!):
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/6304609213/qid=1011132112/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_10_2/002-4642302-7039232 http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/6304698003/qid=1011132202/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_14_2/002-4642302-7039232 http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00005K3OA//ref=sr_1_14_1/002-4642302-7039232
    The older one is currently OOP and can only be found used. A company called UAV put it out. No, I don't have it either.
    Incidently, the boy who starred in the original makes an appearance in the remake. Not unusual when you consider Cape Fear, Lost In Space, etc. But still noteworthy.
     
  5. John Sparks

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    The original release is a piece of crap(the laser was much better). The Anchor Bay(the Elite laser runs the same time) of the remake runs 3 minutes longer than the recent MGM title, so I went with the Anchor bay. I timed one scene and it lasted about 8-10 seconds longer. Multiply that and you have the 3 minute longer version. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  6. Mike Brantley

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    I have the out-of-print DVD of the original "Invaders from Mars," and I must say it is the worst DVD transfer I've ever seen. Looks like a dupe of a dupe of a bad print that was dragged through the trash. [​IMG]
    Here's hoping for a better edition of this classic soon!
     
  7. John Nelson

    John Nelson Stunt Coordinator

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    I logged onto the HTF Forum for the first time in a while to see if I could find any word on whether "The Day The Earth Stood Still" would ever make it onto DVD and immediately find Jack Brigg's post. Well, I certainly came to the right place!

    Great news, thanks for posting it Jack.

    I've been looking forward to adding that to my collection. Along with "The Invasion of the Body Snatchers" and "The War of the Worlds" my triumvirate of the top three must-have 50's scifi classics will be complete. Many would add "Forbidden Planet" and the original "The Thing" to this set, but I must confess I can't remember the last time I saw either of those films in their entirety.
     
  8. Randy_M

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    I think The Incredible Shrinking Man ought to be included, too.
    I also have the original Invaders From Mars disc, and although I agree it's an abysmal transfer, I still watch it, and won't be parting with it until I have the new one in my hand.
     
  9. Jack Briggs

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    A big "duh!" on me regarding the original Invaders From Mars. But I can believe that about the transfer quality. I have seen this fairly recently on a cable movie channel (TCM perhaps?), and that transfer was absolutely dreadful, horrible.
     

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