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  • Actors: Hugh Marlowe, Joan Taylor, Donald Curtis, Morris Ankrum, John Zaremba
  • Directors: Fred F. Sears
  • Writers: Bernard Gordon, Curt Siodmak, Donald E. Keyhoe, George Worthing Yates
  • Producers: Charles H. Schneer, Sam Katzman
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed
  • Language: Portuguese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YDOOHI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,249 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (Color Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary by Ray Harryhausen, Arnold Kunert, Jeff Okun, Ken Ralston
  • Featurette: Ray Harryhausen on Earth vs. The Flying Saucers
  • Featurette: A Present Day Look at Stop-Motion
  • Featurette: The Colorization Process
  • Featurette: Original Screenplay Credits
  • Video Photo Galleries
  • Featurette: Tim Burton Sits Down with Ray Harryhausen
  • Advertising Artwork video montage of film’s ad materials by Producer Arnold Kunert
  • Featurette: Interview with Joan Taylor
  • Featurette: David Schecter on Film Music’s Unsung Hero
  • Featurette: The Hollywood Blacklist and Bernard Gordon
  • Sneak Peek of Digital Comic Book Flying Saucers vs. the Earth

Editorial Reviews

Aliens are everywhere, and they're attacking planet Earth in one of Ray Harryhausen's most amazing stop motion sci fi classics. Dr. Russell Marvin (Hugh Marlowe) works for Operation Skyhook, a government task force sending rockets into space to probe for future space flights. But when the rockets begin mysteriously disappearing, Dr. Marvin investigates along with his wife Carol (Joan Taylor), only to find the rockets are being intercepted by an army of space aliens who give humanity an ultimatum: Loyalty or death! As the aliens begin attacking cities and landmarks across the Earth - including an unforgettable assault on Washington, D.C - its up to Dr.Marvin and his wife to figure out how to stop these diabolical creatures before its too late

Customer Reviews

This is one of the best of the 50's science fiction movies.
D. Grekin
Even though I've seen this in BLACK & WHITE over 20 times, watching the COLORIZED version with the 5.1 surround sound is like watching a new movie!
Josef H. Buerger III
Anyway good story, OK acting and a great example of very well done, pre-computer graphics special effects.
Wiz

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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Howie on January 6, 2008
Format: DVD
This is a 2 disk set. The main film is, like "20 Million Miles to Earth: 50th Anniversary Edition", on 1 disk in both a digitally-restored black & white original version and newly colorized version. This is made possible by a process Sony calls "Chromachoice". This allows you to switch between the color and b/w versions of the film at any time by simply pressing the "angle" button on your remote. It's a good idea but some would argue that it's flawed in execution. I'm one of those. On my player the "angle" icon comes up every time there is a chapter stop and will NOT go away until I press the "clear" button. This is very annoying but at least I can get it off the screen! Based on reports on "20 Million..." other players will display this icon the entire film. There may or may not be a way of disabling this on your player. Frankly, I would rather choose from a menu which version to watch as the novelty of switching wears off after a while and the annoyance of the constantly appearing icon does not. While this is possible you still get the icon "popup" at chapter stops.

Special features on a 2nd disk are:
Audio Commentary by Ray Harryhausen and Other Visual Effects Specialists
Featurette: Harryhausen on Earth vs. The Flying Saucers
Featurette: A Present Day Look at Stop Motion
Featurette: Tim Burton Sits Down with Ray Harryhausen
Featurette: Interview with Joan Taylor
Featurette: David Schecter on Film Music's Unsung Hero
Featurette: The Hollywood Blacklist and Bernard Gordon
Video Photo Galleries
Advertising Artwork video montage of film's ad materials by Producer Arnold Kunert
Sneak Peek of Digital Comic Book Flying Saucers vs.
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180 of 197 people found the following review helpful By Thomas F. Bertonneau on February 14, 2003
Format: DVD
Here is a list - for people jaded by "Star Wars"-type digital special effects and Bruce Willis-type smart-aleck dialogue - of what the classic science fiction film "Earth versus the Flying Saucers" (1956) does not boast: it is not processed in Technicolor but only in (glorious) black-and-white; it does not show whole cities sprung sky-high by death-rays or fleets of numberless star cruisers nuking it out among the nebulae; its aliens do not look like the dripping unsought-for results of recombinant DNA experimentation, nor are they invulnerable so that stopping them depends on a hasty "deus ex machina" tacked on by the screenwriters; its scientist hero and his wife are mature people, not teenagers or "twenty-somethings" escaped from prime-time television; they act with deliberation and do not pump air or dance a jig when their efforts prove effective; when people die in the film, they die without bravado. People who insist on such things should know in advance that their particular adrenaline-addiction will not be fixed by this film. Intelligent and discriminating viewers, on the other hand, can expect the superb model-work of Ray Harryhausen deployed economically but satisfyingly throughout the film. They can also expect thoughtful, jargon-free dialogue from screenwriters George Worthington Yates and Raymond T. Marcus, working from a story by Kurt ("Donovan's Brain") Siodmak, and taught direction from Fred F. Sears. "EVFS" gratifyingly violates one of the formulas of 1950s sci-fi cinema: it does not make the audience wait to see the alien nemesis, continually postponing a disappointing appearance, but exposes its first saucer within two minutes of the opening segment. As Dr.Read more ›
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60 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Claude Avary on April 21, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Released in 1956, "Earth vs. the Flying Saucers" was the second film visual effects genius Ray Harryhausen did with producer Charles Schneer. They had previously worked together on the gigantic octopus vs. San Francisco film "It Came from beneath the Sea," and would go on to craft a long series of color fantasy movies that remain favorites with all ages today. "Earth vs. the Flying Saucers" (or "E v. FS" if you prefer) arose from Schneer's interest in the flying saucer-sighting craze of the day. Curt Siodmak, author of many of Universal's classic monster films, hatched the original story of a full-scale invasion by alien craft, but the final script is credited to George Worthing Yates and Raymond T. Marcus. Harryhausen found himself animating not monsters, but futuristic spacecraft. Thus, the film is quite a departure from his usual fare, but nevertheless Harryhausen infuses the movie with his genius and personality. "E v. FS" is the ESSENTIAL alien invasion flick of the decade, far more entertaining than George Pal's stuffy "The War of the Worlds." Everything you want from 50s science-fiction flick is here, and with Harryhausen's visual effects, it all looks damn cool too!
The husband and wife science team of Hugh Marlowe and Joan Taylor (both fun performances) investigate a rash of saucer sighting. The aliens have come to Earth to seek aid, but when they land the trigger-happy military opens fire and the aliens retaliate with a ruthless war of destruction. But don't fear, our peppy scientist couple have come up with a wild invention that may stop the destructive alien visitors. It all concludes in a wild scene over Washington D.C., and not all the monuments end up in good shape.
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