Day The World Ended (1955) (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    A really neat sci fi thriller from late 1955/early 1956 from the early days of AIP PIctures, known at the time as ARC(American Releasing Corporation). I have the DVD and the picture is okay, but the sound levels are very low on the audio. The blu ray should be a nice upgrade. I'm hoping for some other ARC/AIP titles getting released on Blu ray like The Beast With A Million Eyes and The She Creature.

  2. timk1041

    A really neat sci fi thriller from late 1955/early 1956 from the early days of AIP PIctures, known at the time as ARC(American Releasing Corporation). I have the DVD and the picture is okay, but the sound levels are very low on the audio. The blu ray should be a nice upgrade. I'm hoping for some other ARC/AIP titles getting released on Blu ray like The Beast With A Million Eyes and The She Creature.

    Beast with a Million Eyes was just released:
    https://roninflix.com/products/the-beast-with-1-000-000-eyes

  3. Dick

    Is this one of the Susan Hart titles? I suspect not.

    Its not one of the 5 AIP's owned by Susan Hart. This is from the Arkoff estate they have around 12 titles that Shout can release. Off the top of my head: Machine Gun Kelly, Earth vs. the Spider. War of the Colossal Beast, Blood of the Vampire, The She Creature, Voodoo Woman, Viking Women, How to Make a Monster and several others.
    The 5 Susan Hart has are Teenage Werewolf, Teenage Frankenstein, The Amazing Colossal Man, Invasion of the Saucer men and It Conquered the World. Shout does not have access to any of the Hart titles.

  4. Randy Korstick

    Its not one of the 5 AIP's owned by Susan Hart. This is from the Arkoff estate they have around 12 titles that Shout can release. Off the top of my head: Machine Gun Kelly, Earth vs. the Spider. War of the Colossal Beast, Blood of the Vampire, The She Creature, Voodoo Woman, Viking Women, How to Make a Monster and several others.
    The 5 Susan Hart has are Teenage Werewolf, Teenage Frankenstein, The Amazing Colossal Man, Invasion of the Saucer men and It Conquered the World. Shout does not have access to any of the Hart titles.

    Blood Of The Vampire is not an AIP title. It was released by Universal International in the U.S., but has been mistakenly thought of as a Hammer title.

  5. timk1041

    Blood Of The Vampire is not an AIP title. It was released by Universal International in the U.S., but has been mistakenly thought of as a Hammer title.

    Also regarding the AIP titles Shout could release, I am not certain about Voodoo Woman. I do know those others were out on videocassette in the early 1990's, however I don't remember that one ever being officially released on video or if it is one of the others owned by Susan Hart.

  6. Randy Korstick

    Its not one of the 5 AIP's owned by Susan Hart. This is from the Arkoff estate they have around 12 titles that Shout can release. Off the top of my head: Machine Gun Kelly, Earth vs. the Spider. War of the Colossal Beast, Blood of the Vampire, The She Creature, Voodoo Woman, Viking Women, How to Make a Monster and several others.
    The 5 Susan Hart has are Teenage Werewolf, Teenage Frankenstein, The Amazing Colossal Man, Invasion of the Saucer men and It Conquered the World. Shout does not have access to any of the Hart titles.

    Don't forget about Terror From The Year 5000. She owns that one too.

  7. timk1041

    Also regarding the AIP titles Shout could release, I am not certain about Voodoo Woman. I do know those others were out on videocassette in the early 1990's, however I don't remember that one ever being officially released on video or if it is one of the others owned by Susan Hart.

    I had Voodoo Woman on VHS with all the others released. Also its currently on Amazon Streaming along with several others with a Shout Factory credit. So they have it.

  8. [​IMG]

    “Werewolf. Frankenstein. They want to put an end to us. They say we’re through. There’s gratitude. Don’t they realize that the monsters I created from my first Prehistoric Man thru the Spaceman of the Future, why all these, paid for this studio? Made the owners rich and famous. Now they say it’s over. But it isn’t over! I’ll destroy this studio. See it go up in flames before I…. No. No, I’ll destroy them first. And I’ll use the very monsters they mocked to bring them to an end.”–Pete Dumond, American-International Pictures Studio Make-up Artist (Robert H. Harris) from HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER (1958) screenplay by Kenneth Langtry (Aben Kendel) and Herman Cohen, story concept credited to Kenneth Langtry and Herman Cohen, directed by Herbert L. Strock.

    Wow!

    This is indeed a significant breath through (and one that's long overdue).

    DAY THE WORLD ENDED (1956) co-billed with THE PHANTOM FROM 10,000 LEAGUES (1956) was Roger Corman's first major box office smash hit and it is as good as anything (if not better) in that 'other' individual's limited 9 film 1950s AIP collection.

    I can hardly wait for HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER (1958) with its spectacular 12 minute colour climax fully restored and digitally remastered in the blu-ray medium to surface.

    Other AIP 1950s genre titles in the collection include:

    THE SHE-CREATURE (1956) – Paul Blaisdell
    THE UNDEAD (1957) – Roger Coman
    BLOOD OF DRACULA (1957) – Herman Cohen
    EARTH VS. THE SPIDER aka THE SPIDER (1958) – Bert I. Gordon
    TEENAGE CAVEMAN (1958) with a pre-THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. Robert Vaughn
    WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST (1958) with a colour climax!

    Great things are happening!

    [​IMG]

    Jeff T.

    🙂

  9. Randy Korstick

    I had Voodoo Woman on VHS with all the others released. Also its currently on Amazon Streaming along with several others with a Shout Factory credit. So they have it.

    I didn't remember Voodoo Woman being one of the titles released on videocassette by RCA/Columbia back in the early 1990's. I have it on DVD from Rare Nightmare. Of course, not a commercially released title.

  10. JeffT.
    JeffT.

    So it appears those titles mentioned should be on blu ray in the not too distant future? What about the status of The Brain Eaters, another AIP title?[​IMG]

    “Werewolf. Frankenstein. They want to put an end to us. They say we’re through. There’s gratitude. Don’t they realize that the monsters I created from my first Prehistoric Man thru the Spaceman of the Future, why all these, paid for this studio? Made the owners rich and famous. Now they say it’s over. But it isn’t over! I’ll destroy this studio. See it go up in flames before I…. No. No, I’ll destroy them first. And I’ll use the very monsters they mocked to bring them to an end.”–Pete Dumond, American-International Pictures Studio Make-up Artist (Robert H. Harris) from HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER (1958) screenplay by Kenneth Langtry (Aben Kendel) and Herman Cohen, story concept credited to Kenneth Langtry and Herman Cohen, directed by Herbert L. Strock.

    Wow!

    This is indeed a significant breath through (and one that's long overdue).

    DAY THE WORLD ENDED (1956) co-billed with THE PHANTOM FROM 10,000 LEAGUES (1956) was Roger Corman's first major box office smash hit and it is as good as anything (if not better) in that 'other' individual's limited 9 film 1950s AIP collection.

    I can hardly wait for HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER (1958) with its spectacular 12 minute colour climax fully restored and digitally remastered in the blu-ray medium to surface.

    Other AIP 1950s genre titles in the collection include:

    THE SHE-CREATURE (1956) – Paul Blaisdell
    THE UNDEAD (1957) – Roger Coman
    BLOOD OF DRACULA (1957) – Herman Cohen
    EARTH VS. THE SPIDER aka THE SPIDER (1958) – Bert I. Gordon
    TEENAGE CAVEMAN (1958) with a pre-THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. Robert Vaughn
    WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST (1958) with a colour climax!

    Great things are happening!

    [​IMG]

    Jeff T.

    🙂

    “Werewolf. Frankenstein. They want to put an end to us. They say we’re through. There’s gratitude. Don’t they realize that the monsters I created from my first Prehistoric Man thru the Spaceman of the Future, why all these, paid for this studio? Made the owners rich and famous. Now they say it’s over. But it isn’t over! I’ll destroy this studio. See it go up in flames before I…. No. No, I’ll destroy them first. And I’ll use the very monsters they mocked to bring them to an end.”–Pete Dumond, American-International Pictures Studio Make-up Artist (Robert H. Harris) from HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER (1958) screenplay by Kenneth Langtry (Aben Kendel) and Herman Cohen, story concept credited to Kenneth Langtry and Herman Cohen, directed by Herbert L. Strock.

    Wow!

    This is indeed a significant breath through (and one that's long overdue).

    DAY THE WORLD ENDED (1956) co-billed with THE PHANTOM FROM 10,000 LEAGUES (1956) was Roger Corman's first major box office smash hit and it is as good as anything (if not better) in that 'other' individual's limited 9 film 1950s AIP collection.

    I can hardly wait for HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER (1958) with its spectacular 12 minute colour climax fully restored and digitally remastered in the blu-ray medium to surface.

    Other AIP 1950s genre titles in the collection include:

    THE SHE-CREATURE (1956) – Paul Blaisdell
    THE UNDEAD (1957) – Roger Coman
    BLOOD OF DRACULA (1957) – Herman Cohen
    EARTH VS. THE SPIDER aka THE SPIDER (1958) – Bert I. Gordon
    TEENAGE CAVEMAN (1958) with a pre-THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. Robert Vaughn
    WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST (1958) with a colour climax!

    Great things are happening!

    [​IMG]

    Jeff T.

    🙂

    JeffT.

    [​IMG]

    “Werewolf. Frankenstein. They want to put an end to us. They say we’re through. There’s gratitude. Don’t they realize that the monsters I created from my first Prehistoric Man thru the Spaceman of the Future, why all these, paid for this studio? Made the owners rich and famous. Now they say it’s over. But it isn’t over! I’ll destroy this studio. See it go up in flames before I…. No. No, I’ll destroy them first. And I’ll use the very monsters they mocked to bring them to an end.”–Pete Dumond, American-International Pictures Studio Make-up Artist (Robert H. Harris) from HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER (1958) screenplay by Kenneth Langtry (Aben Kendel) and Herman Cohen, story concept credited to Kenneth Langtry and Herman Cohen, directed by Herbert L. Strock.

    Wow!

    This is indeed a significant breath through (and one that's long overdue).

    DAY THE WORLD ENDED (1956) co-billed with THE PHANTOM FROM 10,000 LEAGUES (1956) was Roger Corman's first major box office smash hit and it is as good as anything (if not better) in that 'other' individual's limited 9 film 1950s AIP collection.

    I can hardly wait for HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER (1958) with its spectacular 12 minute colour climax fully restored and digitally remastered in the blu-ray medium to surface.

    Other AIP 1950s genre titles in the collection include:

    THE SHE-CREATURE (1956) – Paul Blaisdell
    THE UNDEAD (1957) – Roger Coman
    BLOOD OF DRACULA (1957) – Herman Cohen
    EARTH VS. THE SPIDER aka THE SPIDER (1958) – Bert I. Gordon
    TEENAGE CAVEMAN (1958) with a pre-THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. Robert Vaughn
    WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST (1958) with a colour climax!

    Great things are happening!

    [​IMG]

    Jeff T.

    🙂

  11. Although I doubt there will be any Blu-ray releases, Shout has added a number of AIP's war movies on their Shout Factory TV channel and a few on Amazon Prime. I watched William Witney's PARATROOP COMMAND recently and it is an excellent example of how to do a WW2 movie on a limited budget. Richard Bakalyan stars. Also added: Edward L. Cahn's JET ATTACK with John Agar & Audrey Totter, HELL SQUAD and OPERATION DAMES.

  12. timk1041

    I didn't remember Voodoo Woman being one of the titles released on videocassette by RCA/Columbia back in the early 1990's. I have it on DVD from Rare Nightmare. Of course, not a commercially released title.

    Here is a photo of the rear cover. I remember this VHS well as its the only place I had seen this movie. I had all the VHS releases but sold them 15 years ago. I wish I didn't sell the Susan Hart titles now.

  13. Randy Korstick

    Here is a photo of the rear cover. I remember this VHS well as its the only place I had seen this movie. I had all the VHS releases but sold them 15 years ago. I wish I didn't sell the Susan Hart titles now.

    Okay. I didn't know it had been released on VHS back then.

  14. RBailey

    Although I doubt there will be any Blu-ray releases, Shout has added a number of AIP's war movies on their Shout Factory TV channel and a few on Amazon Prime. I watched William Witney's PARATROOP COMMAND recently and it is an excellent example of how to do a WW2 movie on a limited budget. Richard Bakalyan stars. Also added: Edward L. Cahn's JET ATTACK with John Agar & Audrey Totter, HELL SQUAD and OPERATION DAMES.

    Why do you think more of these titles won't make it to blu ray?

  15. timk1041

    Why do you think more of these titles won't make it to blu ray?

    I hope I'm wrong because I'd love to see them on Blu-ray. I just can't imagine enough interest in these B/W war films to make it worth Shout's expense. Fifties and sixties sci-fi and horror films will support titles like this.
    Maybe Shout would release three to four of the titles on standard DVD as a WW2 collection.

  16. RBailey

    I hope I'm wrong because I'd love to see them on Blu-ray. I just can't imagine enough interest in these B/W war films to make it worth Shout's expense. Fifties and sixties sci-fi and horror films will support titles like this.
    Maybe Shout would release three to four of the titles on standard DVD as a WW2 collection.

    Or they could release them as real value for money barebones twofers – or even threefers – as per Kit Parker's excellent film noir sets. But they won't. 🙁

  17. These will do just as well as The Deadly Mantis and Tarantula , plus will most likely have a few supplements. Scream/Shout Factory has not announced them or given a release date and online retailers have jumped the gun.

  18. RBailey

    I hope I'm wrong because I'd love to see them on Blu-ray. I just can't imagine enough interest in these B/W war films to make it worth Shout's expense. Fifties and sixties sci-fi and horror films will support titles like this.
    Maybe Shout would release three to four of the titles on standard DVD as a WW2 collection.

    I was actually referring to the AIP horror titles not the war ones for blu ray release: The She Creature, Earth vs. The Spider, Blood Of Dracula, How To Make A Monster, War Of The Colossal Beast, etc.

  19. timk1041

    I was actually referring to the AIP horror titles not the war ones for blu ray release: The She Creature, Earth vs. The Spider, Blood Of Dracula, How To Make A Monster, War Of The Colossal Beast, etc.

    Sorry I had misread your post earlier. I thought you meant you didn't think any more AIP horror titles would make it to blu ray. My apologies.

  20. Brent Reid

    Or they could release them as real value for money barebones twofers – or even threefers – as per Kit Parker's excellent film noir sets. But they won't. 🙁

    Isn't that how the Arkoff films were released by Lion's Gate? I have all of those releases on DVD.
    Also , while on the subject of Susan Hart , the films she controls along with the Wade Williams films are among the most coveted
    Sci-Fi / Horror titles for release on Blu-ray . The ones Susan Hart controls haven't even been released on DVD although they did make it to VHS.

  21. LouA

    Isn't that how the Arkoff films were released by Lion's Gate? I have all of those releases on DVD.
    Also , while on the subject of Susan Hart , the films she controls along with the Wade Williams films are among the most coveted
    Sci-Fi / Horror titles for release on Blu-ray . The ones Susan Hart controls haven't even been released on DVD although they did make it to VHS.

    Which why Hart and Wade Williams keep holding out. They probable figure with less and less classic horror/scifi titles left to release someone will eventually give in and pay them the higher fees they want.

  22. Randy Korstick

    Which why Hart and Wade Williams keep holding out. They probable figure with less and less classic horror/scifi titles left to release someone will eventually give in and pay them the higher fees they want.

    With sales of physical media shrinking every year? Not bloody likely.

  23. Camps

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    I get that but the point is we are the ones losing out. Because they haven't moved on their price in over 10 years and show no sign of it so add in discs declining and the Hart owned AIP's are likely to never see a disc release unless someone decides to give in and pay which is doubtful but that was my point.

  24. Randy Korstick

    I get that but the point is we are the ones losing out.

    Agreed. I very much want 3D blus of Robot Monster and Cat Women of the Moon. Wade's been holding out for apparently unattractive terms with potential 3D restoration and distribution partners, and does not like the MST3K/Rifftrax/Cinematic Titanic treatment of his titles. In other words, he seemingly does not want to do business with the only partners who could give him any hope of monetizing these titles at this point. If he finds a distribution partner foolish enough to do a 2D-only distribution deal, neither he nor the partner will reap a cent. [Sigh] 🙁

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    First things first!

    Let's concentrate on what will (possibly) be available from THE ARKOFF COLLECTION 1950s AIP titles. And there are plenty of them outside the SF-Horror genre.

    Just how far Shout! Factory intends to go with these, who can say?

    Obviously these individuals can be reasonably dealt with which shows definite business acumen (and sound common good sense).

    As for the "problematic" AIP titles that's what happens when outright "amateurs" get involved in the industry. They avariciously attempt to exploit it.

    Fortunately to their own abysmal failure.

    Anyway the impending blu-ray release of DAY THE WORLD ENDED (1956) is a significant breakthrough and one that I anxiously look forward to indeed.

    I hope that the disc pressing will be made from a good quality video master with the original "Superscope" widescreen dimensions retained.

    And if possible the theatrical trailer also included.

    Great things are happening!

    View attachment 66196

    Jeff T.

    🙂

  26. JeffT.

    View attachment 66198

    First things first!

    Let's concentrate on what will (possibly) be available from THE ARKOFF COLLECTION 1950s AIP titles. And there are plenty of them outside the SF-Horror genre.

    Just how far Shout! Factory intends to go with these, who can say?

    Obviously these individuals can be reasonably dealt with which shows definite business acumen (and sound common good sense).

    As for the "problematic" AIP titles that's what happens when outright "amateurs" get involved in the industry. They avariciously attempt to exploit it.

    Fortunately to their own abysmal failure.

    Anyway the impending blu-ray release of DAY THE WORLD ENDED (1956) is a significant breakthrough and one that I anxiously look forward to indeed.

    I hope that the disc pressing will be made from a good quality video master with the original "Superscope" widescreen dimensions retained.

    And if possible the theatrical trailer also included.

    Great things are happening!

    View attachment 66196

    Jeff T.

    🙂

    YEAH!!!! Love It!

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