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The Magnetic Monster


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When a young scientist's experiments with a new radioactive isotope cause it to double in size every 12 hours, a nearby town's existence is threatened by the deadly radiation.

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  • Actors: Richard Carlson, Jean Byron, King Donovan
  • Directors: Curt Siodmak
  • Writers: Curt Siodmak, Ivan Tors
  • Producers: Ivan Tors, George Van Marter
  • 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: December 27, 2011
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005TMY00K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,439 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The kind of stuff I can watch for hours and never get bored.
Glen A. Gill
In GOG, F86 Sabre jets are scrambled and go up to shoot down a mysterious, evil plane, but after take-off, they magically become Starfire jets, no more Sabres.
Snoosh
If you enjoy the low budget SF movies of the 50's, you should like this one.
Joseph A. Mercer

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Joseph A. Mercer on August 4, 2011
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Hadn't seen this movie since I was a kid, and it's hard to find. It was a real treat getting to watch it again. If you enjoy the low budget SF movies of the 50's, you should like this one. Both the picture and sound quality of the DVD were good. I'm glad I bought it.
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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Terry Sunday TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 9, 2012
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I bought "The Magnetic Monster" purely based on the two five-star reviews that preceded mine on Amazon. I had never seen this Ivan Tors film, but the two reviews gave it good marks, so I figured I couldn't go wrong, since I really enjoy old black-and-white science fiction movies from the 1950s. Having recently bought "Gog," another Ivan Tors production from the man who also created the groundbreaking "Science Fiction Theatre" television series that sparked my lifelong interest (and career) in science and technology, I had high hopes for "The Magnetic Monster."

But I have to say I was a little disappointed. The film begins with an intriguing idea, and it has Ivan Tors' typical dedication to getting the science (mostly) right. A scientist, working alone in a makeshift laboratory, creates a new element by radioactive bombardment. It has the disturbing property of doubling in size every 11 hours, a violent transformation accompanied by powerful magnetic emanations that wreak havoc in the surrounding area. Unrestrained growth of the element threatens all life on earth, and could destroy the planet itself. After some interesting and reasonably accurate detective work leads them to the element, Richard Carlson and his team of scientists figure out that they must apply millions of volts of electricity to it to fission it into two inert parts. So far, so good. But the only place in the world with the required electrical capability is an undersea Canadian facility--and that's where "The Magnetic Monster" goes astray, in my opinion.

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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Paul Carr on February 5, 2012
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This science fiction black-and-white movie moves well, builds mystery and suspense, includes a little romance, and is complete with gauges, knobs, and the gigantic on-off switch which is a standard prop in many sci-fi-B's. We even get the wise old scientist gasping his last words pleading to save the world. Like Frankenstein (1931) or Forbidden Planet (1956) an ethical question is raised about responsible scientific research. The age of the lone investigator is over. Complex technology and its consequences can't be fathomed by one person and so the recluse is obsolete. I'm not sure that that conclusion is valid even today in view of the humble beginnings of Bill Gates or the late Steve Jobs.

The audience has to be a little forgiving regarding technical explanations that are fudged or special effects that are not on-the-nose; but that's true of most sci-fi movies made prior to computer graphics. The monster itself is a tiny speck of some mysterious material that, presumably keeps growing by pulling on everything around it like a magnet and converting the surrounding energy into mass, eventually to become so heavy as to throw the Earth off its orbit around the sun. We get a fuzzy picture of it and it looks vaguely like the Andromeda Strain (1969). As usual in Hollywood, what you think you see is better than what you do see.

Unlike the mediocre Ivan Tors TV production of Science Fiction Theater (1955-7) the scenes are well edited with none of the indiscriminate cutting and zooming of another one of his monstrosities, Hawaii Five-O (1968-9).

The background of this story is post World War II, the Bomb, and the evolution of a new bourgeoisie, the technocrat, played by clean-cut Richard Carlson.
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Ivan Tors, the Hungarian writer/filmmaker/producer will be known by his fans for his sci-fi and animal films. But most of all, using scientific fact (or what was thought as "fact" during that time) rather than focus on scientific fantasy which earned Tors his admiration of many sci-fi followers.

In the 1950's, Tors created the Office of Scientific Investigation (OSI) trilogy featuring the films "The Magnetic Monster", "Riders to the Stars" and "Gog". As part of MGM's Limited Edition Collection, "The Magnetic Monster" and "Gog" have been released on DVD as part of their made-on-demand program.

"The Magnetic Monster" is directed and co-written by Curt Siodmak ("The Invisible Man Returns", "The Wolf Man") and Ivan Tors. The film stars Richard Carlson ("It Came From Outer Space", "The Little Foxes", "Creature from the Black Lagoon"), King Donovan ("Invasion of the Body Snatchers", "The Defiant Ones", "The Hanging Tree") and Jean Byron ("The Patty Duke Show", "Invisible Invaders", "Jungle Moon Men").

MOD PLAYABILITY:

Part of the worry of viewers who had bad experiences with MOD DVD's is its manufacturing. Granted, those problems were a long time ago but so far, I have not had any problems with MGM's Limited Edition Collection.

With "The Magnetic Monster", its printed quite well with printing on top of the DVD, it's not a plain silver disc with letters. If you didn't know it was MOD, you would think it was an actual DVD release.

As for playability, I played "The Magnetic Monster" on my Blu-ray player and DVD player with no problems. I then played it on my Mac and PC, no problems whatsoever.

VIDEO AND AUDIO:

"The Magnetic Monster" is presented in black and white (1:33:1 full frame).
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