The Day The Earth Caught Fire
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And now the DVD is out... I AM IN HEAVEN! The picture quality is stunning, no exaggeration, and the original tints have been restored to different segments of the black-and-white film. Anamorphic widescreen at about 2.33:1. The photo section is surprisingly extensive, lots of good publicity stills, although I was surprised to see a bit of nudity in a few of them (parents be cautioned if necessary). The disc contains tv and radio spots, a Val Guest biography, theatrical trailer and a commentary from Val Guest and journalist Ted Newsom (which I haven't had time to sample yet). A nice brief essay is inside the 4-page booklet and there's a reproduction of the movie's one-sheet poster too.
Don't hesitate to buy this one, even if you've never seen the movie before. To quote a bit from the back cover:
"When the United States and the Soviet Union simultaneously set off nuclear explosions, the London Daily Express begins to report on bizarre weather changes around the world. But when the reporters dig deeper, they discover that the blasts have knocked Earth off its axis and sent it hurtling towards the sun."
As sensationalistic as that sounds, the concept is handled very realistically. Edward Judd is outstanding in the lead role, supported nicely by Janet Munro and Leo McKern.
This movie is one of the world's overlooked gems. You won't regret buying it!
Peter Stenning (Edward Judd) is a down on his luck newspaper man, struggling with the difficulties of his recent divorce, maintaining a relationship with his young son, and taking up the drink a bit more often than he probably should, all having a negative effect on his once upwardly mobile career and his life in general. To top things off, London begins suffering a heat wave like it's rarely seen before. Not only that, but it seems all around the world strange phenomena has been occurring from flooding, earthquakes, drought, freak snowstorms, typhoons, etc. All coming on the heels of news that within the past week the Soviets and the Americans both detonated atomic devices larger than had ever been seen before.
Leo McKern plays Bill Maguire, an associate and close friend at the newspaper where Peter works, and begins to develop a theory about what's going on, but is not able to confirm anything as the government has kept a tight lid on what it knows, handing out canned responses to an ever questioning press and public. Peter, while trying to squeeze some information out of a government office, meets Jeannie Craig (Janet Munro), a worker within the office who sometimes operates the switchboard receiving calls. Peter starts putting the moves on her, but she isn't very responsive...at first.
Soon the temperature starts rising, lakes and rivers start drying up, and government enforced water rationing measures are put into effect.Read more ›
I originally saw this in a revival theatre some 10 years ago and was literally blown away by the exceptional quality in almost all aspects of the production. It's one of the great sf films of its era, a sadly neglected hammer production that has solid acting, smart and sassy dialogue, and startlingly good special effects. It works not as campy fun (as is the case with most sf movies) but as a solid dramatic effort - rather like the Quatermass films even if it is quite different in approach. All in all, a balanced and exciting mix that entertains you from the beginning to the end, and continues to show it's intelligence in the effective conclusion. First rate.
I won't bother with plot but will say that the 2:35 ratio is used to is best advantage throughout and the dialogue is crisp and fast in the style of Howard Hawks 'The Thing from Another World'.
The film still holds up very well and does not seem as dated as other sci-fi excursions of the 50's. Seems modern in that this is the only 50's sci-fi I remember to include the phrase 'son of a b*%$@' and a nude shot (of the lovely Munro shot tastefully off a mirror). Also it's the only sci-fi I remember that does not cast a sheriff, military personnel or a scientist as a main character - just the alcoholic journalist which works very well.
Best line - "The human race has been poisoning itself for years with a huge smile on it's big fat face."
I guess some things will never change. Also includes a commentary with Val Guest himself and a still gallery along with the expected trailers. Don't overlook this lesser known classic, it really is one of the best!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great gem of a Syfy movie. It's a must have for collectors. Great packaging. Fast delivery. I was watching it the day after I ordered.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
This has to be the best black & white disaster film EVER......I would have changed the last 5 minutes a little but what a TREASUREPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
What a treat! This movie is smart and well paced. I love the dialogue and the way these actors deliver it. Kudos to all for showing us how good science fiction can be.Published 2 months ago by Carol
Very interesting parable of Man's stupidity and inability to get along. They injected an unnecessary love interest, but the story is eerily prescient, especially with global... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alan Harris
Let's see...the vaguely comprehensible plot is pure mind-clotting absurdity; the dialogue is horrifying, gabbling drivel; and the cinematography is possibly someone's first... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rykie
I have the VHS version, but haven't been able to watch it for years. I thought, hooray, amazon is providing it as a video, but not Prime. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kaitelan
Great British movie! Interesting concept and neat special effects!Published 8 months ago by "old movie finatic"
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