- Actors: Lionel Jeffries, Miles Malleson
- Directors: Nathan Juran
- Format: Blu-ray
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Region: All Regions
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Twilight Time
- DVD Release Date: March 10, 2015
- Average Customer Review: 321 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00V41F982
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,062 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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First Men in the Moon
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Special effects maestro Ray Harryhausen's First Men in the Moon (1964) posits a modern-day U.N. lunar mission which discovers-lo and behold!-that a motley little 19th-century human crew has beaten them to it. Edward Judd, Martha Hyer, and the inimitable Lionel Jeffries are the intrepid explorers, encountering everything from a giant centipede to some particularly nasty oversize insectoid creatures.
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The authenticity and attention to detail in representing the Victorian era is meticulous; not just the sets and costumes but also the proper English speech and etiquette of the time. There is a modern genre of science fiction called Steampunk which combines 19th Century and futuristic technology and styles. I think fans of that genre would get a kick out of the anachronistic mash-up of people from 1899 encountering aliens from another world.
It takes a while for the main characters to actually get to the moon, but it’s worth the wait to see how they accomplish such a monumental task with such a relatively low level of technology. And there is plenty of humor and romance to carry the story along.
As it approaches its 50th anniversary, I hope a new generation will rediscover and appreciate this classic gem.