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Battle Of The Worlds

2009

NR
3.1 out of 5 stars (12) IMDb 4.3/10

A stray planet, on a collision course with earth, instead slows and takes orbit around our blue marble. An offbeat scientist, Professor Benson, works around the clock with his team of scientists to try and save the earth....

Starring:
Claude Rains, Bill Carter
Runtime:
1 hour, 22 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction
Director Antonio Margheriti
Starring Claude Rains, Bill Carter
Supporting actors Umberto Orsini, Maya Brent, Jacqueline Derval, Renzo Palmer, Carlo D'Angelo, Carol Danell, Jim Dolen, Joe Pollini, John Stacy, Aldo D'Ambrosio, Massimo Righi, Giuliano Gemma, Annamaria Mustari, John Karlsen
Studio Cheezy Flicks Ent.
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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By Richard J. Oravitz on October 24, 2011
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Sorry, but I've a much better print of this film on vhs, bolder, brighter colors. I bought this only because the SINISTER CINEMA catalog listed their version of this film as having " GOOD COLOR "......Maybe that means faded washed-out color is good, I don't know. All I do know is that if you already have this gem of an Italian Sci-Fi film on vhs then you're probably better off sticking to what you have then going here. Maybe, in the far distant future some dvd company will see fit to give this film the proper release it deserves, along with other Italian Sci-Fi classics like WAR OF THE PLANETS, WILD, WILD, PLANET, and SNOW DEVILS being offered by WARNER BROS. on dvd-r at far too much $$$...Give us fans of such stuff a break!!!
Go to OLDIES.com, they often run WARNER BROS. dvds at a pretty good discount. That's where I'm ordering my copies of WAR OF THE PLANETS, WAR BETWEEN THE PLANETS and SNOW DEVILS.
As for BATTLE OF THE WORLDS, I guess I'll just have to go on waiting until some major company steps up and releases this classic. Come on, it has one of Claude Raines best performances as well as being one of Giuliano Gemma's (PISTOL FOR RINGO, ARIZONA COLT) first billed roles.
Sorry again, but even as this is a real miss from Sinister Cimema, go to their web site and order any Spaghetti Western title that's listed as 35mm/scope. They're ALL GREAT!!!! I finally got a chance to see BULLETS DON'T ARGUE, the Rod Cameron Spaghetti Western that was the main feature being shot with back-up money being channelled into the low-next to nothing budgeted A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS. FISTFUL made history and BULLETS DON'T ARGUE is all but forgotten, 'tho is was destined to be THE MAJOR FEATURE.
Let me tell you, it's really a pretty good movie and I enjoyed it a lot...
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Let me get the technical stuff out of the way - the volume is a little low on this one, the contrast isn't that great, and the picture is a bit fuzzy. The worst part is when the aliens finally appear, and we can barely tell them from the background; I still have no idea what they look like. Maybe it's nostalgia, but I feel like we got a much better picture when this was shown on TNT late at night back in the 90's.

In any case, this is a low-budget sci-fi movie, and it shows. The FX are practically non-existent, the dialog is awkward, and the acting is all over the map, tho nobody was bad enough to spoil the experience. The beginning is actually a bit slow - imagine entire theater and TV audiences sitting still for this stuff and then cry a little at how our attention span has withered over the decades. I almost stopped watching, but what saved the show, for me, anyway, was the character Benson.

Benson is this wonderful, crusty, horrible old man, at once pushed aside to potter in his lair and yet still feared and respected by his colleagues at the science station. He tells everyone exactly what he thinks about them, has a very low opinion of the human race, and prefers the company of his dog. Then suddenly, his predictions about the incoming planet are all proven correct, and everyone needs him and pays attention to him again. He has the answers to save the world, but hardly cares, as he finds the act of explaining things tiring - what finally brings him to the aid of mankind is the thirst for knowledge - he must know what is at the core of the incoming planet.

It's hardly Shakespeare, but there are elements of genius in the Benson character's dialog and actions, especially in the scene when he demands control of the entire space force in exchange for his help.
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I saw this as a kid and remember it being spooky and mysterious and full of rockets and flying saucers and something I never thought of before ......Artificial planets being used as space arks. The concept is great and certainly original for the time. The story:
A large planet wanders into the solar system and many scientist believe its trajectory may put it on a collision course with earth. One Astrophysicist "Dr. Benson" has calculated that the intruder will miss the Earth by 90,000 miles. Everyone is grateful that the planet does indeed miss the Earth but..... instead of bypassing the Earth it slows down and changes course and goes into orbit around the Earth. Dr. Benson realizes that only one thing can explain this and it does not bode well for Earth. There are some interesting twists and turns and this is not your average Earth VS the Aliens flick. Also Benson is played by Claude Raines. That's the good . Now For the bad: The production values are low even for the time. Most of the characters are cardboard and so is most of the acting. Many of the sub-plots and dialogue are ludicrous. This is a movie that could have been great with a good director and decent actors and some Money!!! If only Ray Harryhausen or George Pal or Irving Block had done this!!! Oh well. Worth the watch at least once particularly if you like late 50's early 60's Sci-Fi. Rent it Don't buy it.
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Format: DVD
This is a 1963 Italian sci-fi film. A planet from outside the galaxy has been seen in our solar system and is headed for earth. Only the obstinate Dr. Benson can save us because he know calculus. The picture takes place in the future where we have bases on Mars.

The acting was bad as the film lacked any decent dialouge. The special effects were cardboard space craft on a string. This is a color film but doesn't hesitate to use black and white stock footage of natural disasters. The film lacked the camp value to make it a good "bad film" to watch. It was interesting to see their vision of our future. There are better and "badder" old sci-fi films out there.
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