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It Came From Outer Space DVD
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Directed by Jack Arnold (1953)
While stargazing in the desert, an amateur astronomer and his girlfriend see what they think is a meteor crashing into the ground.
They discover it is a crashed space craft, but their account is dismissed by the authorities and they become a laughing stock in the press.
Unlike the normal invaders from another planet, the aliens just want to fix their craft and get home, but his being a classic B movie they need to take over human bodies to get the parts they need.
Visually quite stunning even in the original black and white, this is a great movie. It was filmed to be shown in 3D at the cinemas originally, so things can look a little strange at times. The aliens are a little bit of a let down too.
The main lead Barbara Rush won a Golden Globe award as Most Promising Newcomer - Female for her role in this movie.
Special features on the DVD include a commentary from film historian Tom Weaver's as well as a documentary called "The Universe According to Universal" which offers a fascinating historical background on some science fiction films.
Rating: none Region 1 Aspect Ration: 1.33:1 Sound: 3.0 stereo B&W 1953
Languages on disc: English, Spanish and French + Captioned for all three languages
Amateur astronomer John Putnam (Richard Carlson) and his fiance Ellen Fields (Barbara Rush) are stargazing in the desert when a spaceship bursts from the sky and crashes to the ground. Just before a landslide buries the ship, a mysterious creature emerges and disappears into the darkness. Of course, when he tells his story to the sheriff (Charles Drake), John is branded a crackpot; but before long, strange things begin to happen, and the tide of disbelief turns...
Based on a story by acclaimed writer Ray Bradbury, It Came From Outer Space is a science fiction classic that is as thought provoking and tantalizing today as it was when it first "landed" on the silver screen.
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