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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Probably the best known of these films is "Them!". In a location in the southwest U.S., at the site of the test of several nuclear weapons, people and sacks of sugar are disappearing in large quantities. Robert Graham (James Arness) represents federal law enforcement in the investigation, and Dr. Harold Medford (Edmund Gwenn) represents science. Also, there is a second doctor Medford, the very attractive daughter of Harold Medford.
"The Beast from Twenty Thousand Fathoms" revolves around a dinosaur trapped in the Arctic ice that is thawed and awakened as the result of a nuclear test. The scientist who first sees the creature is not believed. However, he soon has converts when the beast emerges from the deep and starts not only devouring Manhattanites but spreading a deadly disease.
"Satellite in the Sky" is a British effort. A rocket crew carries a powerful new type of bomb into space for a test. However, the bomb becomes attached to the ship's hull and will soon detonate if something is not done. This one is a bit talky, but pretty well done.
"World Without End" was produced by poverty row studio Allied Artists, whose catalog is now owned by Warner Brothers. Four astronauts returning from a mission to Mars wind up on earth 600 years in the future.Read more ›
4 Classic 1950's Sci-Fi films for $18.99, prior to this collection's release you would have had to pay a lot more in purchasing these movies separately.
Here are the movies listed , in order by my favorite to least liked.
THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS (1953):
Another creature being awakened by atomic bomb testing, this time it's a gigantic dinosaur "Rhedosaurus"
Excellent stop-motion effects by the master "Ray Harryhausen". Of course of all places the creature heads to , it has to be New York City. Here we get to see a lot of massive destruction + a lot of stock footage of military personnel and aircraft in attack mode.
Features the classic Coney Island Roller Coaster / Dinosaur scene that was years ahead of its time.
Again another black and white classic that has been transferred to DVD that is exceptional in clarity.
One of the more classic "BIG BUG" movies of all time. Again mankind has upset mother nature with atomic radiation.
Great production values and great sets, shot in glorious black and white.
One of the most "chilling" sounds is hearing the strange high-pitched chatter coming from "THEM". Giant-Sized atomic bred ants, who attack mostly in their search for sugar.
Stars James Arness (Matt Dillon of Gunsmoke fame)
Great transfer to DVD. I can still remember seeing this movie for the 1st time when I was young.
WORLD WITHOUT END (1956)
Never have seen this film before, it was quite a surprise.
4 astronauts are returning from earth's 1st mission to Mars, when they enter a mysterious time warp and are thrown into a nuclear ravaged earth some 552 years into the future.( Planet of the Apes ?Read more ›
The quality of the film transfers to DVD is superior so I was more than happy to retire my old VHS tapes.
THEM! ranks as the best of the Bug films made popular in the 1950's. TARANTULA is right behind with THE BLACK SCORPION AND THE DEADLY MANTIS in the middle and BEGINNING OF THE END and EARTH VS. THE SPIDER taking up a rear position.
The opening of THEM!, including the bright red title bursting dramatically to fill the screen, is extremely effective and sets the mood for the mystery to come. The giant ants are ungainly by today's standards but still work their magic and the suspense builds throughout as actions unfold to find and destroy the threat of a multiplying atomic creation.
THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS showcases the genius of Ray Harryhausen's pain-staking stop-motion animation technique and should be added to his colorized titles along with EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS, 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH and IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA. A finely tuned tale with top-notch performances by Cecil Kellaway, Paula Raymond and sci-fi icon Kenneth Tobey
WORLD WITHOUT END has that space/time warp thingy going on that lands explorers on a future Earth devastated by atomic war, with a giant spider and mutants trying to put the hammer down (clubs, actually) on underground survivors that include lovely women in those cute mini-skirt costumes that made the rounds in such other pot-boilers as FLIGHT TO MARS and QUEEN OF OUTER SPACE.
The spaceship in ...END also found a home in several other interplanetary tales such as QUEEN... and IT! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Two Classics but a couple of hangups playing Beast from 20000 Fathoms.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
The collection has one of the all time greatest movies ever made. The number one best sci-fi ever. "THEM"!Published 1 month ago by Rick Schefcick
Just as you remember them from the old-time Saturday sci-fi matinee on TV. Them! is in glorious black and white and the focus is sharp and nuanced. It is the best of the batch. Read morePublished 1 month ago by DLAllen
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