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4.0 out of 5 stars Good-looking bare-bones release of a forgotten gem
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,...
Published on June 20, 2012 by A. Gammill

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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. Really not worth more than about 10 bucks, just for the 50's nostalgia, and another DVD addition to the 50's scifi genre.
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23 of 25 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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A. Gammill (Tupelo, MS United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Space Children [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
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.

Bottom line: This is a must-have for fans of 50's science fiction. And because this is the first official release of the film on video, there's a good chance that many genre fans haven't even seen it.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And The Children Shall Lead, July 8, 2012
This review is from: The Space Children (DVD)
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
5.0 out of 5 stars THE OLIVE RELEASE IS JUST GREAT...as I am commanded to report., September 23, 2013
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suprisingly good!, March 22, 2014
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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. All of the principle actors performed well. The direction and cinematography belied its obviously less than stellar budget. The picture and sound were both more than adequate and I would recommend this movie to all.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something special about this one..., March 19, 2013
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R. Gawlitta "Coolmoan" (Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA) - See all my reviews
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The late 50's were loaded with sci-fi stories about space aliens doing nefarious things. What a delight to see a pleasant film about little kids making the "powers that be" look like idiots. I first saw this back in the 50's, released on a double bill with "Kronos" as a drive-in double feature. (Both are good films). This film resonated with me a lot, and I never forgot it. Glad to know it's on (a very good) DVD.

The Cold War was brewing, and the idea to lay low til you know what the hell is actually going on is a lesson well portrayed. I like this film a lot, more than just a "guilty pleasure". It actually has something to say.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Children! Would You Stop Chattering?"..., March 30, 2014
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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3.0 out of 5 stars 50's scifi, August 10, 2013
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Young Johnny Crawford...."Mark" on the TV Series "The Rifleman". Movie was OK. Wouldn't give it more than an OK. Really not worth more than about 10 bucks, just for the 50's nostalgia, and another DVD addition to the 50's scifi genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Olive Films, July 6, 2013
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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 blue-ray. Most of these films seem over priced, and the are esxpensive. However, remember if Olive didn't give us these films ,who would. Space Children is a nice little movie, and the blue-ray is good, if not great considering the age of this film. Buy it for your collection of old sci-fi films.

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars did you see the Horta?, June 20, 2012
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I really liked this movie. The picture quality was very good and so was the sound. I noticed a very familiar monster. It looked like the Horta in a Star Treck show. It was the usual 1950"s drive in movie. But I really love these movies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 50's Sci-Fi, August 18, 2014
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L. A. Murphy (CHICAGO, IL, US) - See all my reviews
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? Plus, secret military trailer park located on the beach. See the professor from Gilligan's Island play a drunken, bad guy and Uncle Festus from the Addam's Family in kooky swimwear. Very good summer drive-in type fun.
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