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Farewell Good Brothers (Discovery Channel) [VHS]

Daniel Fry , Donald E. Keyhoe , Robert Stone  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Daniel Fry, Donald E. Keyhoe, George King, Connie Metzger, Howard Metzger
  • Directors: Robert Stone
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Discovery Channel
  • VHS Release Date: March 17, 1998
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304887833
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,023 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
The 1950s flying saucer scares gave us the first generation of UFO contactees, people who claimed to be in communication with aliens, to act as interplanetary liaisons, and even to have ridden in spaceships. This 1998 Discovery Channel release is built around interviews with prominent surviving contactees, interspersed with film and newsreel footage from the 1950s.

It is a fascinating film as we try to decide if these people are charlatans, dupes of some cosmic trickster, or victims of an as yet unnamed psychological disorder in which the child's belief in his own imaginary world persists into adulthood. Almost without exception, these contactees come across as articulate, intelligent, charismatic, idealistic, and - sad to say - ridiculous. It is a hard combination to digest.

So we see an aging and embittered Howard Menger, still nursing his dream of getting a government grant to build a 40-foot flying saucer, of which we are shown a two-foot model, replete with toy men to show us the scale. Things get a bit spooky when Menger brandishes a .45 caliber revolver, and boasts of the day when he allegedly scared off "the mob," who were intent on stealing the plans for his inventions. His attractive wife Connie provides some of the more articulate presentations of the contactee worldview.

Then there is Robert Short, founder of Blue Rose Ministries, an engaging raconteur who "channels" pompous messages from an alleged space entity.

We are also taken inside The Aetherius Society in Los Angeles, founded by Englishment George King, where a UFO-based religion incorporates elements of Christianity, Buddhism, and Hinduism. The various interviews with King reveal a man who is both charming and delusional about his role in the universe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Loving Tribute to the UFO scare of the 1950s January 5, 2002
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Relive the hysteria of the 1950s over UFO sightings. Some wonderful vintage footage mixed with contemporary, updated interviews. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A bit of 20th century pop culture history July 6, 2013
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If you're looking for a detailed, superfactual discussion of the UFO mystery, this isn't it. What it is, is a fascinating slice of 20th century social history: Charming, sad, baffling interviews with people who claim to have had personal contact with UFO aliens. Not a mean spirit among them, makes me almost wish it was all true. I wish this show was available on dvd, and I don't know why it's not. (I have since found out that it is available on dvd from the makers of the documentary at a reasonably reasonable price. I now have a dvd of it.)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Saucers Stay Grounded March 20, 2012
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It can't have been easy to make a dull documentary about such a colourful and unusual subject but Robert Stone succeeded. I was not overly impressed with his Oswald's Ghost but that film had visual flair. This effort is drab and predictable on every level. It looks and feels like a cheap news feature on a local TV channel. I don't believe in UFO's but have always found the subject fascinating yet I had to force myself to finish this documentary.
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