Earth Vs The Flying Saucers Fred F. Sears

Earth Vs The Flying Saucers Fred F. Sears
This two-disc re-release of the 1956 Sci-Fi classic Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers is everything a fan of classic genre cinema could ask for; it’s filled with top-notch special features, as well as the remastered film in both the original black and white and the new colourised version. Dr. Russell Marvin (Hugh Marlowe), lead scientist at the Sky Hook space exploration project, is approached by a flying saucer while driving to work. Not realising that the UFO is trying to communicate a message to him, Dr. Marvin goes about his usual business. When the aliens later land and attack the Sky Hook base, Dr. Marvin realises his error. Now the best minds of planet Earth must work together to stop the alien invasion or face destruction. Earth vs. The Flying Saucers owes its existence in no small part to the stop-motion work of special effects grandmaster Ray Harryhausen (The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, One Million Years B.C., The Clash of the Titans). Prior to modern digital animation, Harryhausen was the king of Hollywood effects, responsible for inspiring countless filmmakers to push the boundaries of their imaginations. The two-disc set is packed with worthwhile features, including a discussion with Harryhausen about the making of the film, a sad look back on the Hollywood "blacklisting” of writer Bernard Gordon, a conversation between Harryhausen and director Tim Burton, a look at the colourisation process, as well as the usual commentary track by Harryhausen and his fellow visual effects creators. Earth vs. The Flying Saucers may not appeal to a wide audience, but this DVD is an exceptional package of Hollywood history and is a must see for film fans and students of the silver screen. (Sony)