The 1950s seem so long ago and yet it isn’t. We seem to be drifting back more and more to that kind of mindset. Suspicious of others and divided. You think we would have learned our lesson. One good thing that came out of that type of environment was that there were some great science fiction films made. Paramount Home Entertainment now gives us on 4K Ultra HD edition of two of the better ones of that era – War of the Worlds (1953) and When Worlds Collide (1951). Hours and hours of sci-fi fun here!
When Worlds Collide directed by Rudolph Mate:
Earth seems to be doomed as it has two large things on a collision path with it. Both a planet and a brand new star are hurtling, on a collision course, towards Earth. Earth seems doomed, so a group of survivalists race to construct a spaceship to take them away to another planet where they could live.
this is a sci-fi film that yes involves a little science but at the heart of it is really a look at human behaviour. Plenty of insight into human nature goes on here.
The War of the Worlds directed by Byron Haskin:
The planet Earth is under invasion. It starts when a meteor crashes near a small town in California. The residents there are excited in the beginning. That turns into fear and panic when they discover that the aliens on it are far from friendly. These aliens have used up the resources on their home planet and so are looking for another to live on.
An adaptation of the HH Wells novel and an iconic sci-fi film of this era. For the time, the special effects and miniatures are quite excellent.
- Commentary by actors Ann Robinson and Gene Barry
- Commentary by film director Joe Dante, film historian Bob Burns, and Bill Warren, author of Keep Watching The Skies!
- The Sky Is Falling: Making The War of the Worlds
- H.G. Wells: The Father of Science Fiction
- The Mercury Theatre On The Air presents The War of the Worlds radio broadcast
- Original Theatrical Trailer