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Old 01-01-2005, 16:53   #1
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Red face This Island Earth

Does anybody have this classic movie on dvd to loan me for a day or so grovel grovel. please
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Old 02-01-2005, 09:14   #2
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Nope, but I share your love of it. It's not of the quality of Forbidden Planet or The Day the Earth Stood Still, but it nevertheless has a certain something about it - something special.
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Yes Dan it does have that certain something, already have michael rennie in the day the earth stood still.
Also you may already know this but forbidden planet is out on region 2 in february.
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Fantastic...

Love the film as well. There are some up on Ebay but they look to be copies rather than original DVD's.

Hope they re-release this soon as I would love to add it to my collection...
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Wolfman apparently i am told that it should be released region 2 sometime in 2005 fingers crossed.
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Old 02-01-2005, 11:32   #7
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What's the source of that info guysie?
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Heres hoping - Ive been looking for this recently myself - classic movie. Im also waiting on DVDSoon to send through my Things To Come DVD. Shame they havent released many of the other classics like Robinson Crusoe on Mars etc.
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It was on a website american saying that it will be released in 2005 in europe first i only came across it my chance and i did not save it i will try and find the link again and let you know.
Robinson crusoe on mars good movie love to get that on dvd too.
Was adam west in this too?
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Yes Adam was in the first few minutes of RCOM. I'm also looking forward to this emerging on disc.
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Yes i remember RCOM the capsule kept orbiting the planet and i think he kept trying to blow it up my remote control.
It amazes me that some of the rubbish they put out on dvd, lets have some classics like ISLAND EARTH, RCOM, TIME TUNNEL, how about that classic 60,s sci fi tv series INVADERS.
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It was on a website american saying that it will be released in 2005 in europe first i only came across it my chance and i did not save it i will try and find the link again and let you know.
Robinson crusoe on mars good movie love to get that on dvd too.
Was adam west in this too?
Thanks but just in case I'll wait for the Hodson-approved rumour before I get my hopes up
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It's not of the quality of Forbidden Planet or The Day the Earth Stood Still,
Quite right, it's better than either of those.
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Ah; guysie, I think I've found where you may have spotted this rumour. From a post at imdb:

"Universal was planning to release THIS ISLAND EARTH with a package of about 12 or so other 1950s classic sci-fi B-movies, as its headliner, in fall 2003, and as far as I know, the packaging was completed, but the release was cancelled because Universal was sold to a big conglomerate corporation and now everything is backlogged. I would expect that the new reorganized Universal will release this package of 1950s classics sometime in 2005. Oddly, the company may release them in the UK and Europe first. A note of interest: Universal has never released this movie on DVD, only licensed it to Image Entertainment which released it from 1999 until their license expired in 2001. That is why the former DVD release is now OOP and collectors are driving the prices up on e-Bay.

"When the new Universal DVD is released it will be a special collectors edition with many extras including a documentary of the making of the film which Bob Skotak was working on some time back."


I'll stick it in the 'rumours' section in the first post of the Upcoming Classic thread.
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Quite right, it's better than either of those.
LOL - fair enough. I have always thought that Forbidden Planet was a touch overrated - but the Robert Wise movie is an all-time favourite of mine. The combination of alien-Rennie and Bernard Herrmann's score, allied with razor-sharp cinematography and cold war politics, make the film unbeatable for me.
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Yes well done that was the post i read so there could be a good chance for its release.
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"When the new Universal DVD is released it will be a special collectors edition with many extras including a documentary of the making of the film which Bob Skotak was working on some time back." [/I]
That sound's positively mouth watering. Come on Universal make it 2005 please.
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Quite right, it's better than either of those.
Dood: it has a bugman wearing slacks... and proffers an academic world where hydrocephalic aryans wander around and nary an eyebrow is raised... and the butchest of butch leads, darling.

It's fun, but not a patch on TDtESS or Forbidden Planet... for one thing those two films combined offer up about a quarter of the sarcastic opportunities afforded by This Island Earth to Mystery Science Theatre 3000.
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Yes Dan it does have that certain something, already have michael rennie in the day the earth stood still.
Also you may already know this but forbidden planet is out on region 2 in february.
I too have The Day the Earth stood Still on DVD and This Island Earth is rather good by far the best in my mind is Forbidden Planet!

I love Robby the Robot (note: I'm Robbie) I love the story and The big fight between the crew and the invisable monster. Just class.

So Region 2 Febuary. Hexcillent!
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...bugman...academic world...hydrocephalic aryans...an eyebrow is raised...
This Island Earth is an engrossing SF mystery far more engaging than either Forbidden Planet or The Day the Earth Stood Still. Both of those are moderately thoughtful movies but I think one tends to admire them more than actually enjoy them. For one thing FP is too cold and woodenly acted (you know the movie has problems when its warmest character is a robot) and TDTESS is overly sober. Once we've seen the saucer landing and Gort has shown what he can do it all becomes a bit too much like listening to an earnest adult drumming a message into the kiddies. It may be worthy but, frankly, it's not that entertaining. By contrast, This Island Earth couldn't care less about delivering a message or reworking Shakespeare. It just wants to have a great time entertaining you with a mystery story, throwing as many pulp SF tropes as it can think of at you and backing them up with the highest possible production values (and in that regard TIE easily holds its own with FP - it's simply dazzling to watch). Oh, I'm sure FP and TDTESS will continue to grace the lists of pretentious film snobs looking for 'messages' and 'seriousness' in the genre, but when it comes to sheer enjoyment neither of 'em can hold a candle to This Island Earth.
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Oh, dear ...offend your post-modern sensibilities does it? If I were you I shouldn't watch anything made before 1992.
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It's fun, but not a patch on TDtESS or Forbidden Planet... for one thing those two films combined offer up about a quarter of the sarcastic opportunities afforded by This Island Earth to Mystery Science Theatre 3000.
Well if MST3000 is your barometer of critical approval, then...

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