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Them! and The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms make this a bargain
on February 24, 2016
I only purchased this set in order to get a copy of "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms" - I already had a copy of "Them!" and hadn't really given the other two films much thought (I don't recall ever seeing Satellite in the Sky before, but I believe I'd seen World without End a long time ago). I personally feel that "Them!" is THE ultimate giant mutated monster film of the 50s (though Godzilla/Gojira ranks a very close second). Though I've seen "...Beast..." many times, mostly as a kid - I really wanted to finally get a decent copy - so that quest has been achieved. As an added plus, it also has subtitles, and a few extra features - a couple of them with my *hero*, the late Ray Harryhausen.
Though I loved "...Beast..." as a kid, I admit (and agree with a friend) that it really isn't that great of a movie. Still, the special effects, including the title monster, helped set the bar for later films (and, arguably, was the inspiration for Gojira/Godzilla).
The other two films, I consider their inclusion as 'extras' with this set - and I haven't viewed them yet.
I did consider downgrading my rating for this set to 4 stars - mostly because of the way "Them!" and "...Beast..." were included on a double-sided DVD. I consider that a little bit ... odd. I really don't 'blame' Warner Brothers or the manufacturers for that, but feel (I may be wrong, though) that it was something TCM had come up with. Still, I stuck with the 5 star rating - simply because the presentation of "Them!" helps elevate this set onto a higher plateau.
Bottom line: if you love your old-time giant monster films, you won't be upset with this.