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Conquest of Space (Widescreen) (1955)

Walter Brooke , Eric Fleming , Byron Haskin  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Walter Brooke, Eric Fleming, Mickey Shaughnessy, Phil Foster, William Redfield
  • Directors: Byron Haskin
  • Writers: Barré Lyndon, Chesley Bonestell, George Worthing Yates, James O'Hanlon, Philip Yordan
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2004
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002V7O2Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,648 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Conquest of Space (Widescreen)" on IMDb

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CONQUEST OF SPACE introduces a group of men brought together to construct an innovative robot to explore the depths of Mars. Located on a space wheel 500 miles above the Earth, commander Samuel Merritt (Walter Brooke) and his men (including Eric Fleming and Benson Fong) struggle to complete the mission when aggression within the group begins to surface.

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128 of 132 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Destination Mars ! November 2, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I'm delighted that George Pal's "Conquest of Space" has been released on DVD. Of course, I am a "baby boomer" who loves science fiction movies from the 50s--in fact, I have an interest in the whole history of sci-fi/fantasy films. It's possible that younger viewers, used to the current technological wizardry in film, will find "Conquest" dated and slow. If they give it a chance, though, there is much to enjoy.

After the spectacular "When Worlds Collide" and "War of the Worlds", George Pal returned to the almost "semi-documentary" style of his first big feature, which heralded the 50s sci-fi boom, "Destination Moon". Stationed above the earth in a huge, wheel-shaped space station, a group of astronauts prepare to fly a spaceship to the moon. They are then notified of a change in plan--the moon is no longer the target--they are to undertake a much longer, and more perilous journey to the planet Mars.

There are no big stars in this film--clearly most of the budget went on special effects. Most of the actors are quite stoic, including faces familiar to fans of vintage television--actors like Eric Fleming, William Hopper and Ross Martin. The leader of the expedition, General Merritt, is played by Walter Brooke, a no-nonsense commander who goes by the book, although he actually finds himself turning to the "good book". He finds strength in the Bible, although it creates doubts in his mind about Man's right to invade new worlds. Mickey Shaughnessy over-acts outrageously as Sergeant Mahoney, a stereotypical, emotional Irish American--although his performance is actually a welcome contrast to that of most of the other actors.

One other performance of note--Benson Fong plays Imoto, the Japanese member of the crew.
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85 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Movie Finally Arrives on DVD October 21, 2004
This DVD version of CONQUEST OF SPACE finally treats the movie with the respect it deserves and gets FIVE stars. The anamorphic 1:1.85 widescreen image is so great, crisp, and clean it's like watching the film in the theater for the first time. Three cheers for the technicians who did the transfer!

Never has the screen shown--before or since!--a better starscape than this picture (no, not even FORBIDDEN PLANET, 2001, or STAR WARS). The opening moments show a classic round von Braun space station hanging and spinning in space with an interplanetary vehicle parked nearby. Space has never been so black, nor the stars so scintillating. The score by Van Cleave underscores the sense of wonder--both eerie and majestic--inherent in these scenes.

I first saw CONQUEST OF SPACE when I was ten. This was at a time when our local theater ran Saturday "Kiddie Mantinees" for 25 cents admission during the '50s when the feature was almost always a science-fiction movie. That's how I saw INVADERS FROM MARS, EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS, 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH and others for the first time. As much as I was thrilled by these movies, the one that touched me the most was CONQUEST OF SPACE.

Fast forward to the '80s and '90s. The only VHS version of the film that I'm aware of could not be more terrible. The blacks are washed out due to the positively poor resolution of the tape. Even more disappointing, when the opening title sequence begins a few minutes after the start of the film, the image on the pan-and-scan VHS suddenly and unaccountably reduces in size so that the titles run in a foreshortened box surrounded by black bars on all sides. As soon as "Directed By" finishes, the movie jumps back to fill the standard TV screen.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 50's sci-fi from George Pal February 15, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
UPDATE: I first reviewed this movie in 2003, when it was only available on DVD. Since that time a DVD has been produced, and while it is lacking extras, the conversion to Widescreen was worth it to me to upgrade my copy. The print is clean, good color, sound is crisp. Now on to my original review.

This film is an example of great 50's sci-fi from special effects wizard and producer George Pal. The space scenes hold up well for me and are not corny at all 50 years later. I still get excited watching the space wheel over a decade before Kubricks 2001 version. There are no hokey monsters or aliens in rubber suits here, man is his own worst enemy. This movie goes far beyond most sci-fi films of its time, exploring many issues of the human spirit for exploration in the face of danger. For one thing, it has an international cast to people the space station and the mission that it launches to Mars. There is discussion of the danger ahead, disagreements, accusations, forgiveness, and sacrifice. Lots of suspenseful moments, and someone is trying to sabotage the journey.

The trip is fraught with danger including a realistic tethered spacewalk. This is the first film I know of that showed a space burial. There are some minor glitches here and there, like the gloves that are not sealed to the spacesuits, but other touches like loss of gravity are well done. Lots of great gadgets, and neat spaceships that "transform" without looking cartoonish. While the special effects are fun and look eye-popping for their time, the gift of this movie is in its most subtle moments. This is one to see more than once.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Tale of What Might Have Been
Follow-on to Destination Moon. Answered the question that stopped 1970's America, "What do we do next?" America lost it's will to win after Apollo 17. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Claire Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 month ago by Alan Denman
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done Sci- Fi Movie
I was amazed watching Eric Fleming's performance in this movie. He had much more depth as an actor, he spent to much time on Rawhide. Read more
Published 2 months ago by hackensackhoney14
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good For Its Time
Interesting fifties science fiction. I remember this well from Pittsburgh local TV in the sixties, and it always stood out for its superior effects and interesting characters. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jim Werbaneth
2.0 out of 5 stars Rating: 7 Head-desks
I watched George Pal's CONQUEST OF SPACE ('55), which is based on writings by futurists Willy Ley and Chesley Bonestell. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Was as described. Would buy from again.
Published 3 months ago by John K.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie.
One of the best space movies ever filmed. Great cast, fun and full of action. A leader in space films.
Published 5 months ago by William B. Fisher
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring!!
This movie is so boring and awkwardly produced that I had to stop watching it or face falling asleep. Compared to Rocket Ship X-M and Angry Red Planet it is a complete dud. Read more
Published 5 months ago by A. G Provencal
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the way I remember it
This is a film for students of the genre and also those with an interest in film making.

I watched it first when I was 10 years old and sat transfixed- immersed in a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ian MacDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars space opera
old scifi space opera. class 50's film. would love to see this film made today, ie. special effects. great movie.
Published 5 months ago by Richard H. Charnock
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