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Journey to the Seventh Planet 1961
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Newly Re-mastered in HD! You Are in Space… Beyond Space! In futuristic 2001, the United Nations has sent a special team of scientists to explore Uranus. And what this interstellar crew discovers is a planet not unlike Earth-complete with a small Danish village filled with voluptuous women! But underneath the utopian veneer is a so powerful and so heinous that it's using the crew's memories against them so it can take their spaceship back to Earth-and conquer it! Wonderfully directed by cult producer, writer and director, Sidney W. Pink (Reptilicus, The Angry Red Planet) and featuring campy performances by John Agar (Invisible Invaders, Miracle Mile) and Greta Thyssen (Terror is a Man) with an amazing title song by Mitchell Tableporter (aka Teepee Mitchell). This Danish and American co-production is now considered to be one of the greatest cult classics of all time.
Bonus features: Audio Comnentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas | Trailers
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THE STORY: Mankind has at last reached the stars. A shipful of sturdy science studs rockets forth, eager to explore & probe Uranus, (insert your own butt joke here). But waiting for them is an evil space brain, stranded for eons on the icy planet. This malevolent mentality manipulates our brave astro-stallions with the oldest trick in the book: sex. Will the fiendish intellect from beyond the stars succeed? Will our horndog heroes give in to temptation and wind up marooned on the 7th planet, victims of their lusty libidos?? Tune in and find out!
THOUGHTS: A really cornball Danish sci-fi flick, from the same gang who gave us the immortal REPTILICUS. The effects are the usual low budget stuff typical of the period, including some laughable hand-scratched raygun zipzaps. That said, the eye-popping, brightly-colored space suits with the blocky plexiglass visors & antenna are a pretty cool adaption of the traditional Air Force hand-me-downs used in so many other "futuristic" space flicks. The sparing use of stop-motion is fun though crude and not entirely successful. A handful of leggy, Euro models are the bait for our hunky explorers. A couple are easy on the eyes but depending on what floats your boat, you may find a couple to be quite um... un-pretty. Watching the guys & gals in the (mostly) Danish cast struggling to phonetically sound out their English dialogue (which was mercifully dubbed later) is worth a few chuckles, if nothing else. JOURNEY TO THE SEVENTH PLANET is undeniably silly stuff, and I'm not quite sure exactly why I like it as much as I do. (I suspect that the combination of clunky stop-mo bits and jazzy John Agar as our testosterone-fueled leading man has much to do with it.)
THE BLU-RAY: Fans of this film should jump for joy at the terrific job Kino Lorber did bringing it to home video in this splendid Blu-ray release! The film looks pretty amazing, all things considered. Picture is quite sharp, the colors are solid & strong. Little to no pixelation or artifacting. Audio portion is equally impressive; no hissing, fading or distortion. Special mention to the absolutely gorgeous main menu display!!! It's a screen-filling work of breath-taking beauty that uses the film's theatrical poster as a 16x9 formatted backdrop to your viewing & listening options, backed by a snippet from the movie's hilarious, lounge lizardy theme song, courtesy of Copenhagen crooner Otto Brandenburg. Minimal extras include theatrical trailers for this and other Kino Lorber releases, and an audio commentary track from Tim Lucas that is fun and informative, if a little on the dry side. This is as nice a hi-def release as you're like to ever see for such an odd sci-fier. I'm very pleased that I sprang for the double-dip upgrade to Blu from my old MGM 'Midnite Movies' DVD.
This B movie has an interesting premise: by 2001, space travel has become commonplace and with it peace on Earth. The United Nations rules the planet and rivalries among nations have ceased in the name of the common good. However, the movie can’t help but slip into one cliche after another. Combined with sub-par acting and bargain-basement special effects, the primary entertainment value is seeing how bad things get.
There are two kinds of bad movies. One that is just a series of missteps in which inept plotting and scripting result in a dull product that fails to draw us in. The other is well-intentioned but turns out to be pure camp. Think of “Plan 9 From Outer Space” or “Bride of the Monster,” two of Ed Wood’s cinematic treasures, and you get the idea. They’re so bad, they are highly entertaining. “Journey to the Seventh Planet” falls into this category. It’s so jaw-droppingly awful that you just have to see what comes next. The dialogue is especially wacky and the actors deliver it with dead seriousness. Wonderful!
Bonus features on the Blu-ray release include audio commentary by film historian Tim Lucas and the theatrical trailer.
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