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Them! (Snapcase Packaging) (1954)

James Whitmore , Edmund Gwenn , Gordon Douglas  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (333 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon, James Arness, Onslow Stevens
  • Directors: Gordon Douglas
  • Writers: George Worthing Yates, Russell S. Hughes, Ted Sherdeman
  • Producers: David Weisbart
  • Format: Black & White, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 6, 2002
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (333 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000067FP3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,948 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Them! (Snapcase Packaging)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Archive footage montage on how they created and operated those dang giant ants!
  • Genre notes on big bug movies

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Radiation from bomb tests creates giant, mutant ants that descend upon a town.

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114 of 115 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Big Bad Bugs! December 12, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Yes, the special effects are very much of the 1950s, but those effects are fun to watch--and unlike most other 1950s sci-fi/horror films, THEM! has a lot more going for it than special effects alone: sharp and aggressive performances, a cast of truly memorable supporting actors, a witty and intelligent script, and best of all (unlike many other films of its era) a story that can still generate plenty of suspense.

The grand-daddy of all mutant-monster movies, THEM! concerns a colony of A-Bomb-created giant ants that have lurked in the desert unnoticed until the colony begins to divide. When newborn queen ants take flight, the world is in danger--particularly Los Angeles, where a nest establishes itself in the city's largely forgotten storm drains. Edmund Gwynne and Joan Weldon give strong performances as the father-daughter scientific team sent from Washington to investigate, and James Whitmore and James Arness give able support as the action-heros of the piece. Fess Parker is also very effective in a small supporting role.

The real winner in the film, however, are the clever cinematography and sound effects that build tremendous suspense, particularly when investigators must enter the desert ant nest and later track the ants to their Los Angeles lair. These scenes possess a claustrophobic feel not seen again in any sci-fi/horror flick until ALIEN. Without graphic gore but more than a few serious thrills, THEM! is a film the whole family can enjoy.

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71 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally this 1954 scifi landmark Classic comes to DVD!! September 25, 2002
By forrie
In the 1950's the world was testing A-bombs, Hydrogen Bombs, strange results were beginning to appear & Hollywoods imagination was added to the theories. The results a series of movies about radioactive mutated creatures. The first was "THEM".
"THEM" (1954) is a landmark movie about giant radiation-mutated ants that gets better with age and boasts remarkable, Academy Award-nominated special effects.
Summary: Our story begins in a New Mexico desert with a shocked wandering child, destroyed general store & battered corpse full of enough formic acid to kill 20 men. The search begins to find & destroy these menacing insects. The giant mutated ants are on the move and the climatic battle is in over 700 miles of Los Angeles sewers.
An ALL-STAR cast led by James Whitmore, James Arness and Edmund Gwenn.
Special Features include; Behind the Scenes Archive footage, Montage & Operation on the Giant Ants, & film trailer.
This was the first and probably the best movie featuring the worlds & Hollywoods take on the possible results of radioactive mutation.
"THEM" in a great Black & White Standard version (Original theatrical exhibition) digitally restored presenting a very exceptional picture & sound. This sci-fi classic is worth the price of addmission so get out the popcorn and ENJOY!!
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
Arguably, the original and the best of the "genetic mutation by A-Bomb" movies that surfaced during the 1950's..."Them" can still send a chill down the spine today !
Convincing acting, a creative script, solid dialogue and an eerie musical score contribute to a film that is still viewed today as an intelligent and well made science fiction thriller. The plot of course is fairly well known....destruction and death are occurring in the New Mexico desert and state troopers are amazed to find out that ants mutated by atomic testing have grown to mammoth proportions. James Whitmore & James Arness lead the charge to halt the spread of these beasts and Edmund Gwenn, as dithering entomology expert Dr. Medford, lends his scientific mind to stopping the horror.
Excellent use of both desert and city locations...especially throughout the Los Angelas storm water drains...make this an unnerving and spine tingling adventure. The special effects are a little dated...but it is nearly 50 years ago !!
If you love classic / cult sci-fi....then "THEM" belongs on your shelf !!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still the scariest giant bug movie ever made... August 6, 2002
I first recall seeing this movie many years ago on "The Creature Double Feature" out of Boston. The scariest moment for me has to be when one of our heroes is attacked by a sneaky ant in the ant's storm drain nest. After many years (and sleepless nights!), I have long since come to love this little gem.
While the idea of giant ants may seem silly, the film pulls it off with surprising flair. The ants are certainly a bit dated, but even so, they are just real enough to make the unbelievable believable. There's great suspense built up throughout, culminating in an ant beat-down beneath a major metropolitan city. One of the most famous action scenes in sci-fi film history occurs here when a giant ant crashes through a wall and attacks a ship's radio operator. One of our heroes even goes mano e mano with a giant ant in close-quarters combat when he's cut off from help by a cave-in. If you aren't on the edge of your seat by then, you must be comatose!
James Arness (Marshal Dillon on "Gunsmoke") plays FBI agent and hero Robert Graham. James Whitmore plays New Mexico police officer Ben Peterson, who first uncovers the mystery of the giant ants. Edmund Gwenn is probably best known to fans as Kris Kringle in the seminal holiday film "Miracle on 34th Street". Here, he plays a dottering old scientist who provides info on ants and their behavior.
There are some lighter moments despite the danger posed by the giant ants. Besides fun banter between the characters, Gwenn has an amusing encounter using a military radio, and later, unintentional comedy occurs when scientists mark giant ant sightings on a map using black flags ("Black Flag" is the brand name of a popular insecticide).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great clarity.
Published 3 days ago by Michael R Smyjewski
5.0 out of 5 stars KEWL... It has inspired other of my ...
KEWL ... It has inspired other of my works and I appreciate the bold effort... Having lived in New Mexico ... Read more
Published 4 days ago by G Mitchell Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic sci-fi at its best
I never get tired of watching James Whitmore and Edmund Gwen track the giant ants.
Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars awesome black and white movie
awesome black and white movie, simple entertaining and for its time great to sit back and relax with a nice cup of coffee
Published 7 days ago by JOSEPH COLON
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Time Sci-Fi
Truly a fun black and white old Sci-Fi movie; a definite collectors item even though one might find it hooky compared to todays very well done Sci-Fi movies. Worth the price.
Published 18 days ago by SIDNEY M. SENSING
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome SciFi Classic!
Published 19 days ago by diverlynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Them!
Greatest monster movie ever! Ah, the horrors of post atomic testing, we need more movies like this.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars THEM!-- A Classic 1950s Sci-Fi Treat
One of the best, endearingly classic, endlessly re-watchable 1950s Sci-Fi great films, and I'm surprised to find recently that a lot of people haven't yet discovered it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Voiceover Guy
4.0 out of 5 stars We're going to need stronger ant killer.
I saw this in my younger days and found it thought provoking as above ground tests were being conducted at that time.
Published 1 month ago by V. E. Qualley
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
My mom's favorite horror story & she wanted a copy of her own.
Published 1 month ago by Jessica L. Edwards
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Out of Print?
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