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Gog (1954)

Herbert Marshall , Constance Dowling , Herbert L. Strock  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Herbert Marshall, Constance Dowling, Richard Egan
  • Directors: Herbert L. Strock
  • Writers: Ivan Tors, Tom Taggart, Richard G. Taylor
  • Producers: Maxwell Smith, Ivan Tors
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: November 22, 2011
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005TMXXX0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,434 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A security agent investigates sabotage and murder at a secret underground laboratory, home of two experimental robots.

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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
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For many years, Ivan Tors' "Gog" topped my list of "movies I want to buy on DVD." One of my oldest childhood memories is seeing it with my parents at a drive-in theatre in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I don't know if we saw its initial release in 1953 (I would have been REALLY young!), or maybe a second-run screening, but I vividly remembered scenes from it, even though that was the first and only time I ever saw it. I'm very pleased to now own this little-known sci-fi film on DVD (even though I have some qualms about the disk being "made-to-order").

By the way, if you wonder, as I did, why Amazon didn't post an image of the DVD cover, I have the answer. The cover features what looks like a red printed-circuit board layout on a stark black background. It's possibly the lamest, least relevant, most unattractive (not to mention cheapest) artwork I've ever seen on a DVD. It has absolutely nothing to do with the movie. I'm tempted to grab a couple of screencaps and make my own replacement cover. I posted a couple of Customer Images just in case Amazon never gets around to it.

But I digress. What about the movie itself? Well, I found it...interesting. Here's the good news. The video transfer is superb. The full-frame picture has excellent sharpness and contrast, vivid and accurate color and very good production values throughout. I noted just one place where the colors faded for a few seconds. The sound is very good, with crisp and understandable dialogue (except for a few short spots) that's never overwhelmed by exceptionally loud music as is so often the case in today's movies. The acting is on a par with other movies of similar vintage. The special effects range from laughable to excellent, but mostly are pretty good.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good transfer of a minor sci-fi gem January 5, 2012
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As an avid collector of 50's sci-fi films, I've waited a long time for this official release of "Gog." It's one of those movies that many of us heard about or read about for many years, but rarely got the chance to actually see. So was it worth the wait? For the most part, yes (please note, minor spoilers follow).

Despite being originally screened in 3-D (which was at the height of its popularity in 1953) and featuring a pair of robots, "Gog" doesn't really fit in with its pulpy rubber-monster brethren of the same era. Here's a science fiction film with--gasp!--real science (more or less). This is both an asset and a liability, depending on how much "sci" you like in your sci-fi. In other words, if you're tuning in to see a lot of killer robot action, you'll be disappointed. "Gog" is a very talky film, although it held this viewer's interest with a plethora of science gadgets and impressive lab sets.

Which is not to say there isn't SOME action. The film racks up a surpising body count, as the scientists and other workers are exterminated by....well, you'll have to see for yourself. The production values are also pretty high for a "b" movie. The lab scenes have an almost documentary-like reality to them. And the robots Gog and Magog, while less believable, are well-made and memorable.

As I said, I've waited a very long time to see a good print of this film. And MGM doesn't disappoint. The color scheme is typical for films of the period: Almost saturated in places, but very bright and well-defined. The mono audio track is clear throughout. Unfortunately, there are no bonus features at all, not even scene selections. But if you're a fan of the movie, or just 50's sci-fi in general, you'll want to add this one to your collection.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gog January 8, 2012
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Finaly an offical, abiet DVR release of this cool old movie.. Anyone interested in this picture, probably already knows the story, so I talk about dvd itself, clear sound, nice picture, I saw the movie at a drive in when it came out, when I was a child. Amazing how much you forget from a 1950's movie. Well worth buying, since this a DVR, special features are a moot point, and except for the crappy artwork on the DVD package, when will they learn, the American One Sheet is the best artwork to use, for fans GOG this is best version out there.....in my opion....
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Waited a Long Time for This One January 26, 2012
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This is a movie I was hoping to find on home video for over 30 years. It started out as a weekend grade-b matinee for the 1950's pre-teen generation, then ended up being shown on local TV stations because it was cheap. This is one of the films I grew up with, and as silly as it may seem, I've always loved it. For those who haven't heard of it before, a secret underground base somwhere in an American desert is readying the first manned space flight to launch from Earth. The entire base is automated, controlled by a central computer called NOVAC. Suddenly, researchers and test subjects start dying when the automated equipment begins to function on its own. One scientist - and his assistant - are locked in a low-temperature test chamber and frozen to death. In another incident, a centrifuge accelerates to maximum speed in spite of the researchers' attempts to stop it and kills two astronaut training subjects. In desperation, the base's manager - played by 50's sci-fi great, Herbert Marshall - calls in a scientific investigator played by Richard Egan. During his investigation, Egan interrogates the designer of the computer, Dr. Zeichmann, who arrogantly denies the possibility that his NOVAC is involved. During questioning, Egan notices that there are two robots parked in one end of the chamber. Zeichmann has named them GOG and MAGOG, after characters in the bible. He claims that he built them as replacements for human astronauts because he believes that humans could never survive the acceleration or other conditions of space flight. After a few more incidents, Egan discovers that radio waves are being beamed to the central computer from somewhere in the stratosphere. These signals instruct the central computer to operate the machinery that's been killing the base's occupants. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but stupid
Not bad for a stupid movie. If you are starving for Science Fiction.Those Dalics have been
at it again. Must have a borrowed them from Dr. Who.
Published 2 days ago by James K.
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic scifi of the 50s
When you watch this film remember that most of the actual technology and science is basically correct. Read more
Published 3 days ago by johnkit
4.0 out of 5 stars GOG - unknown jem
There is something special about Hollywood's hard science fiction adventure stories from the 1950's. Read more
Published 5 days ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars I saw this movie as a child and enjoyed seeing it again.
By todays science fiction standards this movie cannot compete with the spectacular computer graphics, in the 1950's in the cold war era this movie was very popular. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Kenneth Fernandez
4.0 out of 5 stars A good 50's Sci-Fi movie
A classic old Sci-Fi movie. Machine vs Man. A handsome hero, a cute girl, a scientist who thinks knowledge is all. A sgood as some of the cheap Sci-Fi movies of today.
Published 17 days ago by harryoh
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, great old scenery in the movie
Excellent old science fiction movie! It was great to see the old cars in the movie. The plot was very good. The bat/rat monster was laughable, however.
Published 20 days ago by Jim in Rochester
4.0 out of 5 stars I love 50's scifi.
This film pass me by, I didn't remember this one what a jewel.
That is the things I liked is that they did not get caught up
In all special effects needed. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Fred Rhinehart
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected
I'm a fan of Sci-Fi, but mostly "New" Sci-Fi, some of these old ones don't really do it for me, but I have to say, this one I actually liked. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ashraf A. Dawod
3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok
This movie was just ok for me, bordering on cheesy but it is watchable if you like old school scifi flicks and have nothing else to do.
Published 1 month ago by Jamie R. Broughton
3.0 out of 5 stars What was I thinking ?
I'm in my 60"s now, but this scared the hell out of me watching it as a kid. I'm not really sure why today...
Published 1 month ago by B. Mooney
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