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This DVDTee includes both a DVD of the 1961 cult classic, Assignment: Outer Space, and a tee shirt featuring the original poster art. In this sci-fi favorite, a reporter for the Interplanetary News finds himself aboard a distant space station, with a sexy space temptress, having to act fast to save a rogue spaceship that threatens to destroy the Earth! This was the directorial debut for prolific Italian filmmaker Antonio Margheriti (often credited via his pseudonym Anthony M. Dawson). A legend in the world of cult movies for his numerous sci-fi, horror and spaghetti western films, he is said to have influenced everyone from Stanley Kubrick to Quentin Tarantino. Indeed, the latter even paid tribute to Margheriti in his 2009 film Inglorious Basterds, wherein Eli Roth s character adopts his name!

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Product Details

  • Actors: Rik Van Nutter, Archie Savage
  • Directors: Antonio Margheriti
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Synergy Ent
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2010
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003MMMC3Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,122 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

2.7 out of 5 stars

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 1, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is one of the more unusual Italian space drama films by director Antonio Magheriti from the early sixties. The plot revolves around a super-annoying reporter, whom the crew calls a "parasite" (Rik Von Nutter), who is along on a mission to report on space activities. He is not a likeable member of the media, which is the only thing realistic about the film. Von Nutter and crew have to dart between Mars and Venus on a top secret mission to save the Earth from a spaceship with a 5,000 mile radius heat shield (that will turn the Earth to boiling mud) which is out of control due to the death of the pilot. Ultimately the only likeable character in the whole film, space pilot Al (who is black with silver hair), gives them the secret for how to destroy the rogue ship, and pays the ultimate price for his efforts. Von Nutter ends up being a hero at the end (and, of course, gets the girl), but I still found his very existence annoying.
The most noteworthy thing about this film are the special effects by Caesar Peace, which were considered groundbreaking in their day. They are generationally more primitive than anything from 'Star Wars', but they were breathtaking for 1961, and are still mostly watchable today, with two notable exceptions: fire from the rockets suffers from a horrible sense of scale that is virtually impossible to get rid of with small models; and more ridiculously, the ultra-bogus shot of the guy who jumps out of his spaceship and falls straight down to the surface of Mars (yet when rescued is OK!)
The film is interesting from a historical perspective, but none of the characters are remotely likable (except poor Al), and the story drags quite a bit at times. It is good enough to be boring, but not bad enough to be campy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 26, 2005
Format: DVD
Let's face it, the "special" FX in this movie are terrible. Also, the characters are pretty dull and the story is only mildly engaging. Still, I found myself liking this odd little film in spite of it's glaring weaknesses, much like VOYAGE TO THE PREHISTORIC PLANET and FIRST SPACESHIP ON VENUS. Why do I enjoy this goofy stuff?? Oh well, if you like outer space adventures with astronauts jumping through space (no, not in ships, I mean literally jumping), electronic brains bent on destroying the earth, and shuttle-loads of unintelligible techno-babble, then A:OS is a dream! We even get interstellar romance to boot! Extra points: watch the explosion of the doomed ship over Mars. Now, pause the scene and watch it frame-by-frame. Watch in amazement as a picture of an explosion in a parking lot appears, complete with 50s cadillac, a building, and telephone poles! They never thought we'd get to the point where we could see this split-second scene by itself! I LOVE dvd technology! Enjoy...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Theo on October 17, 2011
Format: DVD
If so, the most obvious and direct way of achieving that goal would be to... well, you know. Go take some drugs. But I suppose that's not for everybody. Fortunately, for those who respect their minds and bodies, there is another way: just watch this movie. Which is something you can do for free on YouTube, by the way. The full version is available there, and I'm going to put a link in the comments section below for those who wish to pursue that option.

But getting back to the actual movie, Assignment Outer Space is a deeply, deeply strange offering. Most especially coming from people who don't appear to have actually been trying to produce a really out-there, avant-garde art-house film. In fact, it's so strange that it's hard for me to know where to even begin explaining it. So I'm just going to take the old cop-out and begin at the beginning.

Personally, I found my way to this flick because some of the spaceship footage from it was used in one of Michio Kaku's many Discovery Channel documentaries. The special effects are actually quite okay for the period. They're not up to the standard of films like Destination Moon, Conquest of Space, or Forbidden Planet, but they're okay. Anyway, inspired a long love of classic sci-fi, I paid close attention to the credits at the end of Michio's documentary and quickly tracked the movie down. What I found when I finally got to watch it through from beginning to end was...

Umm...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 16, 2007
Format: DVD
Now and then you encounter a film so tiresome that the thought reviewing it is every bit as tiresome as the film itself. Such is the case with ASSIGNMENT: OUTER SPACE, also known as SPACE MEN, a 1960 Italian flick.

The story is unimpressive. A reporter (Rik Van Nutter) is assigned to cover the goings-on aboard a space station--and happens to arrive just in time for a nuclear space ship to go out of control and threaten the earth and everyone on it. So they all blast off for Mars, and then they blast off for Venus, and then they blast off for the runaway space ship. There is a romantic subplot and more uninspired cliffhangers than a Pearl White serial.

The special effects aren't, the actors are stiff, and there are numerous insults to audience intelligence along the way. The absolute best thing I can say for this movie is that I've seen worse dubbing jobs--and now and then it does have an idea that seems interesting, although in truth nothing much comes of it. Unless you are a die-hard fan of lousy 1960s sci-fi, give this one a miss.

GFT, Amazon Reviewer
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