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The movie is somewhat like 'Monolith Monsters' in that they both feature exploding rocks, but in MM, the alien rocks grow quickly when they get wet, and in NtWE, the Earthborn rocks explode when they get dry. This reversal of conditions is reminiscent of two time travel movies, 'The Time Machine' (wherein the Bad Guys live underground and wimpy Good Guys live on the surface) and 'World Without End' (Bad Guys live on the surface and the Good Guys are underground).
A word about this and other 'manufactured on demand' DVDs: All that I have bought are claimed to be made from 'the best material available' and are generally of high image quality (much better than a studio released VHS tape or a TV rip). They include decent disc and cover art, too. The DVDs of this type that I have purchased include 'The 27th Day', 'Magnetic Monster', 'Gog', 'Night the World Exploded', and 'The Power'. I'm happy with all of them. Note that they all seem to be burned to recordable DVD-R's, and not pressed discs like ordinary DVDs. Not a big deal as long as you handle and store them properly.
These comments refer to the On Demand DVD that was released on March 4, 2011.
And it's not too bad at all. The black-and-white transfer is so crisp and sharp that you can see the film grain. The scenes are well lit, even those that take place underground. Contrast is excellent, and I saw no noticeable glitches or artifacts. The sound is mostly good, except for a few places where the actors mumble their lines. I never did figure out what they said (there are no subtitles). The only extra is a trailer. The stock footage is well integrated into the "look-and-feel" of the rest of the scenes. The contrast and tonal values of the stock footage match well in most places, with just some camera shake setting it apart from the studio scenes.
"The Night the World Exploded" takes the idea of a newly discovered element (E-112), which expands and explodes when it dries out, and treats it with fairly reasonable logical consistency throughout. Oh, there are some slap-your-forehead moments, but c'mon, this was 1957.
Speaking of dated, there are some really blatant examples of sexism that presumably reflect the mores and attitudes of the time. These are all the more jarring because Laura "Hutch" Hutchinson, played by the lovely Kathryn Grant, is a smart, savvy, educated, articulate and competent woman--except when she's not.Read more ›
The terrible earthquake strikes, confirming your device works, but now its detecting growing, dangerous underground pressures at locales around the world - an ominous indication of impending worldwide earthquakes. It's imperative that you discover the cause, but you'll need your assistant to postpone her plans to marry Brad; you call Laura . . . .
If you are Laura Hutchinson, your heart soars with renewed hope - you didn't really want to marry Brad, but a girl can't wait forever for the man she loves to notice her. You join David's expedition deep into Carlsbad Caverns to take more detailed measurements of whatever is causing the growing pressure. While you and David monitor the machine, a ranger rinds a rock in a pool of water; unfortunately for him, he takes it home, but his misfortune provides the first clue . . . .
Comment: You might expect that Dr. Conway's amazing Pressure Petro-meter device to look remarkable. Alas, it is a squeaky, rotating drum on top of a box with two round meters, and a horizontal florescent tube which is mounted in front of the drum!
Science: Don't expect to learn any.
DVD - 2011, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE.) Measured aspect ratio: 1.85 (widescreen.) Movie is in black & white. Sharpness, contrast, & brightness: good to excellent. Defects: none noted. Sound: volume lower than most. Sound clarity: excellent. Subtitles: none. Extras: movie trailer.
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When his new machine shows him that a huge earthquake will hit in 24 hours, Dr. David Conway (William Leslie- MUTINY IN OUTER SPACE) tries to convince the Governor to evacuate the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
Stuck in a shabby little room, super genius Dr. David Conway (William Leslie) invents a snazzy machine that predicts earthquakes. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Einsatz
Interesting sci-fi with "saving the world" theme...I enjoy the side effects and the B acting....Published 19 months ago by "old movie finatic"
This was a gift for my brother and he says it is just what he was looking for.Published 20 months ago by RUTHANN DANIELS
Poor job on details for Subtitles: English which was never show up at all NOTHING! That was bad sample of telling them about it!! Please correct it and leave it out!! Read morePublished on December 4, 2013 by LoverDVD
There is really no "monster" per sa. But it could be a sequil to Monolith Monsters. as a newly discovered rock threatens the stability of the planet! Read morePublished on September 26, 2013 by R.young
A scientist develops A machine that can detect earthquakes,and when he warns people they don't take it seriouly.A nd for that A heavy price is paid lives and buildings. Read morePublished on March 25, 2013 by Amazon Customer
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