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The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms / Them! (Double Feature) (2006)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, NTSC, Full Screen
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 22, 2006
  • Run Time: 518 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,906 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms / Them! (Double Feature)" on IMDb

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Humanity has split the atom, unleashing a new era of science - an era that would also unleash monstrous celluloid rampages. An A-bomb test in the Arctic awakens The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, and it makes New York City its stomping ground in the movie (based on a story by Ray Bradbury) that launched a string of Atomic Age creature features. One of the best of those cautionary yarns is Them! Radiation-mutated ants - 12 feet long and capable of lifting tons - become giant problems for James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, James Arness and all of Los Angeles. They're big. They're bad. They've got a serious attitude problem. You won't find a can of bug spray big enough to stop 'em!

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Them!! August 3, 2006
These are two of the best films from their time and genre. "Them" is the first of the giant bug movies of the fifties. The script is thoughtful and well written. The movie was also well cast. James Arness (Matt Dillion of Gunsmoke fame) and James Whitmore play the FBI agent and police officer on the trail of a strange killer. Good action and special effects, for its time, make this a claasy choice.

"The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms" is also the first and best of the frozen dinosaur released in the modern day films. Based on a story by Ray Bradbury and with special effects by Ray Harryhausen, how can you go wrong. I remeber watching this as a kid and being scared as all get out.

Both of these films are worth watching and having.
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84 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a few notes about this package... August 30, 2006
By MilkMad
This is a DVD-10... a double sided DVD.

Each side contains the previously available version of each of these classics. They are exactly the same, bit-for-bit.

The DVD is housed in a plastic amaray keepcase, unlike the original versions which came in cardboard snapper cases.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic '50s Sci Fi Double Feature January 13, 2007
Aficionados of 1950's Sci Fi movies will want to rush out and grab this great double feature consisting of "The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms" and "Them". Both films stand alone as memorable examples of some of the better movies to come from this era. Kudos to Warner Brothers for putting them on the same "double bill"!

Similar in plot line to a degree, both films deal with horrific situations that occur after nuclear testing. (a familar plot line from films of this era.) In "Beast...", it's a pre-historic Rhedosaurus that's awakened in the Arctic from an atomic blast and migrates south to a climactic finish in New York City. In "Them", ants who have been continually exposed to radiation from atomic testing in the New Mexico desert grow to enormous proportions and eventually terrorize Los Angeles.

Both films have memorable special effects in their own right. "Beast..." because of the special effects genius of Ray Harryhausen. This film is Harryhausen's first solo effort and he definitely excels. The "lighthouse" scene is visually stunning for special effects of this era. "Them", on the other hand, is memorable primarily because of its cheesy giant "puppet" ants with their haunting sounds. It's difficult not to retain the sound the ants make in this movie long after you've seen it. Still, you have to give film director, Gordon Douglas, credit for incorporating live action scenes with the ants in this film.

Both movies have solid casts for films of this era. "Beast..." is led by cinematic veterans Paul Christian, familar face Paula Raymond, Kenneth Tobey (from "The Thing") and, in one of his first roles, Lee Van Cleef (from Spaghetti Western fame).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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The movies themselves are classic SciFi of the best variety. "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms" is good fun. We have a prehistoric beast rampaging ships, a lighthouse, a diving bell, and the city of New York. The beast was created by the master of stop motion, Ray Harryhausen. It may not be his best work but it is decent enough to make it worth watching if you enjoy the older Black & White monster movies. "Them" is a wonderfully shot giant ant movie with an exceptional cast. I enjoy "Them" the most because they draw out you actually seeing the ants and make it suspenseful with the police investigation into dead people and wreckage in the desert.

They then begin to hear unusual sounds before they find what they are up against. The sound effects were quite good for the time and I am impressed with the desert wind sounds along with the ant sounds. Add in good lighting effects at night and it really adds to the atmosphere of this movie. This set is a great value. I went ahead and replaced my original two separately packaged DVDs with this set since I am trying to reduce shelf space I require with thinner boxes or combined movies on one disc. This has both movies on one DVD and the quality is excellent and they throw in some extras on each movie. Good quality DVD with excellent replayability. If you enjoyed this, catch The Day the Earth Stood Still.

CA Luster
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Both are rip roaring great! October 16, 2006
Such a deal! Two great giant critter movies on one DVD. "Them" is of course the classic tale of nature gone wrong at the hands of Mankind. The story opens with a small child wandering in the desert. She is found by our intrepid police officers in a state of serious shock. Up the road, her family's camper is found trashed, but from the inside out. Turns out the RV owner was an FBI guy on vacation, so in comes G-man James Arness. Another local is eaten, and so is the red-shirted police officer. A print is sent to Washington DC and lo, here come the Bug Doctors, including a scrumptious lady scientist. James says "schwang" but she is not to be trifled with and how! She hangs tough the entire movie, I must say which sets this movie in a class of it's own (as compared to "The Beginning of the End", "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms" and other offerings from this time period). Anyway, the bugs are found in a truly chilling scene gnawing human bones. The ant colony is gassed out, but it is soon discovered that two queens have escaped. The hunt is on! Interestingly our local beat cop takes meeting with gubmint honchos and seems to be an expert at everything, including the sewer system of LA. All ends well but not without a warning of the potential for things to come.

"The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms" Is another nuclear cautionary tale but a bit less graceful. A bomb awakens a dinosaur near Baffin Bay. I'm thinking, "reptiles don't internally thermoregulate, and have no furr" and sure enough, it floats downstream popping up here and there to induce hysterical self-doubt in a number of Canadians on its way to warmer climes. Our Baffin Bay survivor hero convinces a cutie-pie scientist babe that he's not nuts and they fall in love in a nicely played scene where the sexual tension could be cut with a knife.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Two great classics to have on one video.
Published 2 days ago by Glenn Audette
5.0 out of 5 stars My wife and I love these old creature features
My wife and I love these old creature features. We find them entertaining. The "special effects" are outrageous. They give us quite a few chuckles.
Published 6 days ago by therealjesman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
We purchased this set primarily for Them!. It was cheaper this way then buying "Them!" alone. Read more
Published 11 days ago by jeff and Kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great old movies
These great, great movies from the golden age of SyFi ! Both these movies have good actors with a story line that goes with the atomic scares of the time.
Published 1 month ago by Liberalbasher1955
5.0 out of 5 stars Super movie
I think the 'The Beast' was a movie equal to 'Godzilla' for its time. I loved Ray Harryhausen movie next to 'King Kong'. It was one of my favorites. Great for the family.
Published 1 month ago by Walter Jalube
5.0 out of 5 stars Love these two old classic Sci-Fi's!
Originally owned a single disc with both movies on it (we purchased it yrs ago, used) but it stopped playing for some reason. Read more
Published 2 months ago by carolyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Them
this is a good double feature of those old Sci-Fi flicks. I just viewed this double DVD and my husband said it reminded him when he went to the movies for 25 cents and saw two... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Audrey Chaney
5.0 out of 5 stars love old si-fi
two old classics here the time after ww11 in the 50es there blowing up a bombs in Nevada to start all the bug movies.just fun movies to see
Published 2 months ago by e
5.0 out of 5 stars THEM!
I purchased this DVD for one reason only - it was the only way to get the movie "THEM!", and the 5-star rating is for that movie only. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lover of Books
5.0 out of 5 stars Them!
Enjoy watching this from time to time. It is a classic I loved watching as a kid. Have not watched beast from 20,000.
Published 3 months ago by Seal Beach Teach
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