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The Bamboo Saucer [Blu-ray] (1968)

Dan Duryea , John Ericson , Frank Telford  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dan Duryea, John Ericson, Lois Nettleton, Bob Hastings, Bernard Fox
  • Directors: Frank Telford
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: April 8, 2014
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EL6ABP8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,679 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Lead by the U.S. military, a team of scientists secretly travel into Red China to find the truth behind rumors of a downed U.F.O. While enroute to the saucer's hidden location, the Americans meet a group of Russian scientists who are also searching for the spacecraft. The two teams race against time to find the alien craft and its promise of a fantastic jump in technology, while trying to avoid the Red Chinese troops in the area. Television veteran Frank Telford directed this action-packed science fiction thriller with top-notch cinematography by the great Hal Mohr (The Wild One, Captain Blood). The stellar cast includes Dan Duryea, Bob Hastings, Bernard Fox and James Hong.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Alien Mine February 9, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
This surprisingly surefooted feature is much more about the very Terran Cold War than the coldness of space and Earth-vs-flying-saucers warfare. Starting out as a UFO-spotting pilot's struggle to be believed, the story gains considerable traction as the action shifts to Red territory, and the hero finds himself facing foe more home-grown than ET's. For the first half of the flick, the audience may perceive it as corny, anti-commie fare, and those who enjoy such jingoistic, chauvinistic overkill should be tickled pink. Then, as the movie evolves into more of an enemy-mine, psycho-social study, viewers will realize that there's more to this tale than blustery, red-blooded Americanism. Throughout, the film sustains a steady flow of suspense and excitement, and it tries to deal realistically with scientific pursuits. The relationship between John Ericson and Lois Nettleton develops at a believable pace, and the consistent use of non-English languages by foreign characters gives the story a credibility seldom seen in earlier offerings. The characterizations have depth and are well drawn, and even Dan Duryea's portrayal of a stereotypical all-for-the-cause military man is deeply treaded.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars America vs. the Red Chinese vs. the Aliens June 27, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
One of the best examples of both 1950's cold war paranoia film making and a cash in on the ever growing popularity of science fiction films at that time. A real ripping yarn which combines good old commie bashing with some good examples of life-size model making and special effects. A saturday matinee edge-of-the-seater.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cold War era Sci-Fi May 12, 2014
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The transfer to digital DVD could have been better by eliminating the film artifacts most apparent in the beginning of the film. Reasonable story line and good special effects for that era. I don't recommend anyone buy the Blu-ray version.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Film May 27, 2014
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Was a good film when released and very hard to get and the Bli-Ray was so good, clear picture, well transeferred!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bamboo saucer June 13, 2014
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great sci-fy flick. what else can one say about a saucer that came out of nowhere
if you are a sci-fI fan, I highly recommend it
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dated Encounter still rewards May 22, 2012
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Bamboo Saucer is from that bizzare period of history where the Russians are seen as potential allies
& the Chinese as the major threat to world peace.
Add a B-grade mystery flying saucer story crashed in Red China & you've got the bones of the film.

But still it holds attention.

As the teams discover the saucer & attempt to understand it , the underlying Cold War tensions return.
Technologically the saucer has much to recommend it.
Anti grav drive ,LED sensor entry,all round cockpit vision , advanced computer graphics & coding system.
Add a Journey thru the solar system & problems on re entry (as well produced visual effects )& you've got
Saturday afternoon fare for sure ,as one reveiwer put it , but a good yarn never-the-less.
Add a couple of familar faces thrown in ,playing out of character roles just adds to the value.
Worth a look

Chris D
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the nations of the earth must stand together. December 5, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
A pilot is testing out a new aircraft when he spots a flying saucer. Naturally it jams the radar as all flying saucers do and no one believes him, not even his relatives. So he uses a laser devise that is immune to static to track down the saucer.

Our government shoves a sketch under his noses for verification. Yep that is it. It is the height of the cold war and a downed saucer is found in RED china. So there is a race between a group of Americans and Ruskies to see who gets there before the Chinese Government finds out.

We get all the mix of good guys, and bad guys, nationalists, and individuals. They (and we) must learn what makes the other side tick and to get along on the mission.

The American pilot advisor John Ericson runs into the female Russian scientist Lois Nettleton while she is taking a shower. Later he keeps running into her verbally. Eventually through all the bantering the form a mutual affection.

Will they be able to discover the saucer secrets before being found by the Chinese Government?

Or will they be able to destroy the almost indestructible machine?

Aside from a well acted film that may have had a few too many clichés, there is something captivation about Lois Nettleton that years later you will say "Now what was that movie I saw her in?" considering she made over 100 TV appearances.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Watch it if you dare July 12, 2014
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Old but good for a laugh
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars but remembered it was good. Actually better than I remembered
Have not seen this film in years, but remembered it was good. Actually better than I remembered. Thanks!
Published 26 days ago by Michael R. Krehbiel
2.0 out of 5 stars I was very disappointed in this film and would classify it as a ...
I was very disappointed in this film and would classify it as a class C movie. The acting was poor and the story was a joke.
Published 1 month ago by Arthur R. Roderick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very happy with movie
Published 1 month ago by Detlef Kaiser
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thats a classic movie.
Published 1 month ago by joey
3.0 out of 5 stars Story was not so good
Low budget movie. Story was not so good eather
Published 1 month ago by Paul Walter
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pretty Decent Cold War Tale
I really like to run across "new old" science fiction movies--films made many years ago, like in the 1950s or '60s, that I somehow missed seeing when they were released. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Terry Sunday
4.0 out of 5 stars Bamboo Sauser is a worthy science fiction movie
This came out in 1968 towards the end of the campy SCI FI era. The female lead is the classic B movie and TV actress Lois Nettleton. She was underrated for her time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jack Estes
4.0 out of 5 stars COOL IDEA IS DUE FOR A REMAKE
The soul of classic 1950s sci-fi B movies is alive and well in this low budget 1968 film that takes the notion of a crashed UFO into the realm of late 60s international conflict. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robin Simmons
4.0 out of 5 stars The Bamboo Saucer was a bit different from new movies.
I found that I actually liked the movie even though it looks more like THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL saucer(UFO). Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andrea
4.0 out of 5 stars Dan Duryea what more needs be said
Well at least it is widscreen. I am so sick of these movies that I have in widscreen that when remastered in blue ray are in either 1 33 or 1 37 ratio. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ronald kaufman
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