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The Space Children [Blu-ray] (1958)

Michel Ray , Jackie Coogan , Jack Arnold  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michel Ray, Jackie Coogan, Ty Hardin, Russell Johnson, Peggy Webber
  • Directors: Jack Arnold
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Black & White, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2012
  • Run Time: 69 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,203 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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From legendary Sci-Fi director Jack Arnold (The Incredible Shrinking Man, Creature From the Black Lagoon) - a glowing brain-like extra terrestrial communicates telepathically with the children of top-secret Air Force base in California. Dave Brewster (Adam Williams), an electronic technician arrives in town for a new job at the base with his wife, Anne (Peggy Webber) and their two children Bud (Michel Ray) and Ken (Johnny Crawford). The boys are drawn, along with the other children from the base to a lonely cave near the beach, where the kids start doing the alien's bidding as the adults try to figure out what's happening with their unruly offspring. The cast includes former child star Jackie Coogan (Chaplin's The Kid), Ty Hardin (TV's Bronco) and Russell Johnson (The Professor from Gilligan's Island).

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good-looking bare-bones release of a forgotten gem June 20, 2012
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If you're read some the other reviews here, you may notice I was intially a bit skeptical of Olive Films, having not been familiar with them until now. Well, I'm happy to report that the company (actually a part of Paramount, it turns out) did a fine job with this mostly-forgotten Jack Arnold drive-in sci-fi film. While it is true that a 50+ year old low-budget film, even in 1080p, will never have the shine of a recent film shot in high definition, The Space Children is, for the most part, remarkably clear.

The film itself concerns an alien being taking possession of the children of some rocket scientists. While the film's promotional materials played up the otherworldly menace, the story itself is actually fairly subdued. This is science fiction that favors talking over action, and although there are some nifty effects, they are sparingly used. The film's anti-war message places it in the company of The Day the Earth Stood Still (Special Edition) [Blu-ray] rather than the typical alien-invasion films of the period.

As the title of the review states, this is a "bare bones" video release. All you get is the movie. Which is a shame, because there is a great theatrical trailer that can be easily found on the internet. And director Jack Arnold was a generally well-liked and prolific genre filmmaker, so a featurette or even trailers from his other films would have been a nice touch. But as someone who collects and adores films of this type, I consider it a minor miracle that a Blu-ray release of "The Space Children" ever saw the light of day. So for that, I am grateful. And I'm most satisfied to see that Olive Films is a company that cares about these old films.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And The Children Shall Lead July 8, 2012
Producer William Alland and Director Jack Arnold were responsible for some of the best and most innovative Science Fiction films of the fifties. Olive Films has released an underrated gem which happens to be Arnold's Sci-Fi swan song , 1958's 'THE SPACE CHILDREN' into the digital age. A beautiful anti war statement made when this type of film was few and far between at that time, it emerges as Arnold's most personal film. Never has his use of landscapes been more realized. Just as he used the desert as his tableau in 'IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE'-1953 and 'TARANTULA'-1956 , he surpasses his water and underground cavern settings of his masterpiece 'THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON'-1954 by placing his alien visitor in a cave within walking distance of the ocean causing the setting to be calm yet menacing in each frame brilliantly realized by photographer Ernest Laszlo. The performances by the children are excellent and even the adults are shown in different lights by being shown the errors of their ways. The icing on the cake is the eerie music score by Van Cleve who also graced Director Eugene Lourie's 'THE COLOSSUS OF NEW YORK' the same year. It emerges as a poignant children's fable predating the menacing alien-invasion-by-children thriller Director Wolf Rilla's 'VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED'-1960 and its sequel, Director Anton Leader's 'CHILDREN OF THE DAMNED'-1963. The transfer is stunning with a beautiful 1.85 transfer which is just as good as the BLU-RAY release and has an original trailer as its only extra. Highly recommended and kudos once again to Olive Films for excavating this underrated film to Sci-Fi Fans of all ages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Jack Arnold's last great 1950s b&w sci-fi desert opus. This one has children controlled by giant alien brain bringing destruction to coastal rocket site. The alien brain hides in a cave (not Bronson Canyon) and overtakes the minds of children whose parents (mostly fathers) are working on a rocket defense program. The mothers stay at home in their trailer park environment organizing weenie roasts for the children and evening get-togethers for the adults.

It's really pretty stark, the kids aren't too cute and it all measures up to Arnold's usual exceptional standards (TARANTULA, IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE, etc.) as this is one of those sci-fi message movies hinting at peace and global understanding (THE DAY THE EARTH STOOL STILL, THE COSMIC MAN) rather than all-out attack (EARTH VS FLYING SAUCERS, PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE).

A BEAUTIFUL print from Olive Films, crisp, clear b&w photography, as though you were watching this film for the first time in a movie theater in 1958, most likely, even better. Glad to have this missing piece of Jack Arnold desert/seascape sci-fi available for viewing.

I really, really liked this release and urge all of those interested in such stuff to purchase this very exceptional release of what was considered a hard to find film. Super-Great low-budget film making at it's best.......I usually hate films that focus around children, but this along with VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED are two of the best.
And SPACE CHILDREN was first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Children! Would You Stop Chattering?"... March 30, 2014
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SPACE CHILDREN is a sci-fi epic from 1958. It concerns a group of scientists who are working on a top-secret hydrogen bomb. Meanwhile, their offspring are put under the influence of an alien intelligence. Said alien is a glowing, pulsating glob. The kids are on a mission to protect the creature, and stop the deployment of the weapon through a series of "accidents". The children themselves are fairly creepy. They're somewhat reminiscent of the kids in VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED.Watch for Sandy Descher as Eadie Johnson. You may remember her as the catatonic little girl in THEM! Co-stars Jackie Coogan (MESA OF LOST WOMEN) and Russell Johnson (THIS ISLAND EARTH, IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE, ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS). Wonderful stuff!...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 50's Sci-Fi
Perfect 50's Sci-Fi. The print is beautiful-super clear and the sound is fantastic. What could be better than a bunch of kids controlled by a blob from space? Read more
Published 10 days ago by Laurie A Lesauskis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Sci-Fi from the 1950's
Published 1 month ago by john aiello
5.0 out of 5 stars The Space Children
Great entertaining Sci-fi movie from the 1950's. Enjoyable and captivating story, with some notable actors and actresses. A must add to your collection!
Published 4 months ago by Alan Lindenberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Suprisingly good!
Having only vague memories of this film at best I found it to be surprisingly good. A simple tale with heavy message about the innocence of children. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Martha L.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great sci-fi flick for your collection!
The picture was perfect and upscaling to 1080i really made it shine. Corny as all hell but it has its place in anyone sci-fi collection.
Published 8 months ago by inspector
3.0 out of 5 stars Middling film
I love old sci fi, but this one was just OK. Most 50s SF films are better done than this one.

A couple things add to the camp appeal of this one. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Trjgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars The rarest science fiction movie ever is finally available!
After waiting decades for a DVD of The Space Children – one of my all-time favorites – this amazing Blu-ray is a dream come true. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bruce Cook
2.0 out of 5 stars Much Ado About Nothing, or...Teenage Trailer Park Terrorists
Bottom line: Space blob takes over the minds of military kids, who are living in a trailer park, and forcing them to create havoc on a missle base. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Grrrr
3.0 out of 5 stars 50's scifi
Young Johnny Crawford...."Mark" on the TV Series "The Rifleman". Movie was OK. Wouldn't give it more than an OK. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Buyer Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Olive Films
I, and it seems many of you grew up watching these films every week at the movie theather. Therefore we must thank Olive Films for bringing these old sci-fi films to us on... Read more
Published 13 months ago by ronald kaufman
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