TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Sci-Fi Adventures (Them! / The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms / World Without End / Satellite in the Sky)
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THEM! - Radiation-mutated ants – 12 feet long and capable of lifting tons – become giant problems for James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, James Arness and all of Los Angeles. "Fascinating to watch. Them! is taut science fiction" (A.H. Weiler, The New York Times). THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS - An A-bomb test in the Arctic awakens a gargantuan prehistoric dinosaur that makes New York City its stomping ground in the movie (from a story by Ray Bradbury and with superb special effects by Ray Harryhausen) that launched a string of Atomic Age creature features. WORLD WITHOUT END - Hugh Marlowe, Rod Taylor and other Mars-mission astronauts skid on a time warp into a post-apocalyptic future Earth marked by fear, mutant monstrosities and a diminishing group of subterranean survivors. Can these wayfarers from the past preserve our world’s future? SATELLITE IN THE SKY - A stalwart crew (and a female reporter stowaway) guides a stratospheric jet rocket ship on the first space flight. The mission also involves another first: the outer-space detonation of the feared tritonium bomb. But mechanical failures threaten to trigger disaster. Strap in for suspense!
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The second DVD doesn't have a label but Them is on one side with Beast on the other.
My advice? Check the price of the 2 movie vs 4 movie DVD and unless you really want to add WWE and SITS to your collection, go with the least expensive as transfers on both are top notch.
Turner Classic Movies has packaged together four titles from those drive-in days of the late 1950's early 1960's in one cool little package. If you are a fan of these sci-fi B-movies, you should definately grab this set:
"Them" (1954)- A genuine classic starring Marshall Dillon (James Arness) himself as "something" begins attacking a small desert town in New Mexico. Odd footprints are found around each scene of destruction. A pot-bellied scientist and his daughter are brought in to help solve the mystery (gotta love the old wise scientists/professors in these films). Also starring James Whitmore as the state trooper who stumbles onto the first attack by "Them!". Outstanding special effects, and a fun story make this a movie you will re-visit often.
"Beast from 20,000 Fathoms" (1953) - Almost a decade before "Godzilla" stormed ashore in Tokyo, "Beast from 20,000 Fathoms" unleashes a huge lizard (actually a dinosaur called Rhedosaurus) on New York City. After being thawed from it's deep sleep in the Arctic Circle by a nuclear bomb test, the creature begins it's reign of destruction down the cost of Canada and onto New York City where it decides to visit Coney Island. The real draw here is the stop motion creature F/X by Ray Harryhausen which still look amazing today.
"World Without End" (1956) - This is a nifty, but kind of depressing time travel tale. Returning from a trip to Mars, four astronauts find themselves flung a couple centuries into Earth's future. They find Earth is now a nuclear wasteland and that it's inhabitents now live underground. The rulers of this new civilization don't want the astronauts to interfere with their world and look to get rid of them. A bit talky, and somewhat slow, but still a decent little flick.
"Satellite in the Sky" (1956) - This one is kind of a dud. Maybe toss it on as background noise, or on a sleepy rainy afternoon where you can doze off and on while it spools out. Britain wants to test out a new bomb in space, and launch a rocket with a full crew to conduct the test. They activate the bomb, but the ship can't get away. The crew has must try to defuse the bomb before it explodes. Lots of talk and cheezy 1950's space scenes, but pretty boring overall, and the reason this set doesn't get 5 stars.
Still with the one dud, this set is well worth picking up for fans of the genre.
Them and The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms are Black & White while World Without End and Satellite In The Sky are in color. All four movies come in crisp and sharp transfers.
Note: You might recognize one of the characters, Kenneth Tobey, starring in The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms as the leader who saved our planet from "The Thing from Another World".
Highly recommend this set to anyone whose childhood was filled with these type of movies and I still keep repeating the phrase "Make me a Sergeant in charge of the Booze".
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