It Came From Outer Space [DVD + Digital Copy] (Universal's 100th Anniversary)
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Amateur astronomer John Putnam (Richard Carlson) and his fiancee Ellen Fields (Barbara Rush) are stargazing in the desert when a spaceship bursts from the sky and crashes to the ground. Just before a landslide buries the ship, a mysterious creature emerges and disappears into the darkness. Of course, when he tells his story to the sheriff (Charles Drake), John is branded a crackpot; but before long, strange things begin to happen, and the tide of disbelief turns… Based on a story by acclaimed writer Ray Bradbury, It Came From Outer Space is a science fiction classic that is as thought-provoking and tantalizing today as it was when it first "landed" on the sliver screen.
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"John, are they really gone?" "Yes, for now, the time wasn't right for us to meet. But there will be other nights, other stars for us to watch. They'll be back."
Universal's first polarized 3D black-and-white feature film is loving restored via digital Blu ray to the way it looked and sounded in theaters more than 60 years ago. The polarized 3D effect is amazing and not overly done like today on so many modern 3D CGI effects films. This alone makes this Blu ray a "Must Buy" for any home film library. "It Came from Outer Space" has also been restored with its original three-track *stereo* soundtrack, a breakthrough theater sound technology of that film era. A "flat" version of the film, in mono sound, is also included, as are both 3D and flat versions of its theatrical movie trailers. Also included is a documentary on Universal's science fiction films of that era and a voice-over commentary that plays over the film on a separate track.
I can't stress enough how well done this restoration is, and at the current street price of under $9 is perhaps THE BEST DEAL
in vintage sci fi movies ever!
The movie is well paced, beautifully shot, never over bearing, but a slow burn that climaxes wonderfully. A MUST SEE!
Her best movie is,"When Worlds Collide" you can see her in color in this movie.
Some friendly but really creepy looking aliens cause trouble out in the desert.
I found the streaming video to be fuzzy with poor audio. The Blu-ray is awesome just like being in a movie theater.
Last thought, the scenes with the girl in her ball gown, beckoning to the scientist are great, straight out of Wurthering Heights. Eerie.
John Putnam (Richard Carlson of “Creature from the Black Lagoon” fame) an amateur astronomer was watching the desert sky with his girl, Ellen Fields (Barbara Rush) a local school teacher, when a strange meteor came down near buy. John, first to reach it swore he saw a door shut. We see it and believe him. However no one else does. What will happen next? Watch and find out.
You can spot a Jack Arnold film by the pacing and initial dialog. This one gave me nightmares as a kid. However now when I watch this film now, I can enjoy the DOWN TO EARTH portrayal of misplaced aliens. You get the alien view from its innards. I was disappointed to find that this is not a 3-D film. I also have the children’s book of this with still shots. Your next film to view is "OUT THERE" (1995) an HBO film staring Bill Campbell and Wendy Schaal. It shows real alien interaction with people and accordions.
There is always hope that a 3D version has survived and will surface in the form of a DVD.
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Obviously very dated now, the story itself still holds up well and is told in a linear manner with some brief character introductions, the crash landing, gradual introduction of the aliens, bad reaction from humans as they become aware, and subsequent resolution.
What makes this film great is the restoration which is particularly good (while still in black and white only) but it's the 3D presentation which really shines. This is one of those disks you could put on to show people what 3D is all about. Much of the film is conducted in front of the screen, something which most modern 3D productions fail to deliver, while still keeping a good sense of depth and character placement. No pop-up cardboard characters here. And the effects are still good even in the dark shots of which there are a few.
I did have a few issues with the 3.1 sound which seemed to cut out at times. However I found changing some of the settings on my home theatre system resolved this.
It's only short at 80 minutes and it's just a bit of fun. Watch it in the dark for best 3D effect.
The movie itself is a cut above many of it's contemporaries, being based on Ray Bradbury story, it has some well written, if slightly flowery dialogue, and it's actually a bit more sympathetic to the alien than many other movies from the era of communist paranoia.
Some good extras on the disc too with an older, but interesting documentary to add some context to the movie.
Recommended if you like classic sci-fi or 3D movies. Essential if, like me, you like both!
3 stars for the picture and 3D, as it's really well done. It's so crisp, you can actually see the film grain. I'll review again when I get another copy.
There's definitely been a batch released with a problem with the stereo soundtrack on the first batch, so be careful. I've managed to finally get a copy with perfect sound. Was a case of fourth time lucky! Because of that, I've now changed my review to 4 stars.
ICFOS is, sensational title apart, a very subdued picture in how it depicts the alien landing (Notice it's not an invasion, it's because of their ship breaking down and them having to making a repair stop on Earth). The script is by SF/Fantasy wunderboy Ray Bradbury, and occasionally you will hear lines of dialog that reflect Bradbury's poetic train of thought. The original idea by Bradbury and director Jack Arnold (who later made Creature from the Black Lagoon) was to never directly show the aliens, leaving much to audience imagination. But Universal execs intervened and a reshoot was ordered in which the aliens were given form. To be fair, their design is interesting. The picture could have done with a little more atmosphere and foreboding, but it is still an interesting old-school precursor to Close Encounters... and related ET intelligence flicks.
The 2D version looked quite decent on my screen, although it's not as sharp as the best B&W flicks I've seen. The mono sound is clear, if not hugely immersive (the film was mostly shot on sound-stages). It is faithful to the period and budget, and the theremin score is atmospheric. Extras include a nice retrospective of 50's alien movies from Universal with a focus on ICFOS, and a detailed BTS anecdote laden commentary track from film historian Tom Weaver.
Ok its corny to say the least,but it does have a great appeal to me as my dad took me to see this at the pics IN 3D when you had to wear those awful glasses.
Never the less I loved the alien,big eye as I fondly call him.and the glitter trail he leaves behind.
The story itself is quite good,it was written by Ray Bradbury after all.
Let's get this straight,it isn't a classic like Forbidden Planet..but still,in my mind fun and well worth countless revisits.
Good br transfer in 2D or 3,and decent documentary as a bonus
Sound is 3 channel stereo (Left, Centre, Right)
On the disc also is the trailers in 2D & 3D and a Universal documentary (15 years old so I guess it was on the last DVD release).
3D effects are pretty good so enjoy this Ray Bradbury classic
Hampstead I think in the early 80s. But I never thought I would ever own a copy. The stereo sound is very good. I heard it with headphones. There are some great extras. A commentary, and a history of Universal Sci-fi films, plus two trailers. I could have done without Barbara Rush screaming at everything, but that is of its time. And i've never seen mentioned why the meteor/spacecraft crashing did not do more damage. It is a huge crater. Surely it would have damaged building for miles around. And there are bushes, small trees etc intact in the vicinity of the crater. Other than that it really is a classic of Sci-fi from the 50s.
On the same par as House Of Wax Vincent Price for 3d effects - the people really feel like you can reach in the screen and pick them up - it is that good. Good story too - but the creature! PLEASE.
The 3-D Film Archive have restored the film superbly and at this price there's no excuse for it not to be in the collection of everyone with a 3D TV.