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By the way, if you wonder, as I did, why Amazon didn't post an image of the DVD cover, I have the answer. The cover features what looks like a red printed-circuit board layout on a stark black background. It's possibly the lamest, least relevant, most unattractive (not to mention cheapest) artwork I've ever seen on a DVD. It has absolutely nothing to do with the movie. I'm tempted to grab a couple of screencaps and make my own replacement cover. I posted a couple of Customer Images just in case Amazon never gets around to it.
But I digress. What about the movie itself? Well, I found it...interesting. Here's the good news. The video transfer is superb. The full-frame picture has excellent sharpness and contrast, vivid and accurate color and very good production values throughout. I noted just one place where the colors faded for a few seconds. The sound is very good, with crisp and understandable dialogue (except for a few short spots) that's never overwhelmed by exceptionally loud music as is so often the case in today's movies. The acting is on a par with other movies of similar vintage. The special effects range from laughable to excellent, but mostly are pretty good.Read more ›
Despite being originally screened in 3-D (which was at the height of its popularity in 1953) and featuring a pair of robots, "Gog" doesn't really fit in with its pulpy rubber-monster brethren of the same era. Here's a science fiction film with--gasp!--real science (more or less). This is both an asset and a liability, depending on how much "sci" you like in your sci-fi. In other words, if you're tuning in to see a lot of killer robot action, you'll be disappointed. "Gog" is a very talky film, although it held this viewer's interest with a plethora of science gadgets and impressive lab sets.
Which is not to say there isn't SOME action. The film racks up a surpising body count, as the scientists and other workers are exterminated by....well, you'll have to see for yourself. The production values are also pretty high for a "b" movie. The lab scenes have an almost documentary-like reality to them. And the robots Gog and Magog, while less believable, are well-made and memorable.
As I said, I've waited a very long time to see a good print of this film. And MGM doesn't disappoint. The color scheme is typical for films of the period: Almost saturated in places, but very bright and well-defined. The mono audio track is clear throughout. Unfortunately, there are no bonus features at all, not even scene selections. But if you're a fan of the movie, or just 50's sci-fi in general, you'll want to add this one to your collection.
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If you like Science Fiction Theatre (the 1950s TV series) you will love this. It's essentially an extended SFT episode with some of the same actors who appeared in the series. Read morePublished 5 hours ago by Thunderhead22
A lot of fun and beautifully remastered in real 3D. Even the old robots are cool.Published 3 days ago by Lit Fan
Need to see the dates of a movie before we can determine if it is something we may be interested in.Published 4 days ago by TLC
Did not care for it and stopped viewing early. Probably good for some but not for me.Published 8 days ago by Grandpa
An okay sci fi for its time. It didn't take as much to please an audience then as it does now. I was disappointed that we never made it into space, but what can you expect four... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is an underappreciated fifties sci-fi film that I was glad to see again. It was made well before the space age was really in gear and accurately presented many ideas of the... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Vance L. Blosser
Great story for MST3K. If you've never heard of this film there's a reason why. Stay away from this unless you want something to make fun of.Published 20 days ago by D. Molik
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