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This Island Earth
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Prepare to blast off from planet Earth in one of the most popular classic sci-fi films of all time! When atomic scientist Dr. Meacham (Rex Reason) is chosen to take part in a top-secret research experiment in a remote lab he quickly discovers that he is really involved in an evil scheme by alien Metalunans to take over Earth. After he and the gorgeous Dr. Adams (Faith Domergue) make their escape shortly before the lab explodes they are whisked away in a flying saucer to Metaluna where they are blamed for the destruction. Will interstellar negotiation save the day or will the scientists be forced to take part in a treacherous battle to the death? Featuring incredible special effects that were 2 1/2 years in the making this is one adventure that you have to see to believe!System Requirements:Running Time: 86 MinutesFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: SCI-FI/FANTASY Rating: NR UPC: 025192013621 Manufacturer No: 20136

A mysterious, pilotless plane carries scientist Rex Reason to a colony of America's best and brightest minds. They've been kidnapped by a dying alien race, the Metalunians, to repair their defense shield before their enemies destroy their world completely, toiling under their spying eyes and futuristic security cameras (two-way TVs that dominate every room). Jeff Morrow, under a raised forehead, bronze tan, and snow-white hair, philosophizes as Exeter, the thoughtful Metalunian torn between his duty and his morals as he forces the plucky humans to labor in his race's defense. The moody mystery of the first half turns to pure pulp adventure when the humans are transported across the galaxy to the battle-scarred world of Metaluna, under the threatening watch of a monstrous bug-eyed monster with a giant brain for a head and massive claws for hands. There's a genuine sense of wonder to Joseph Newman's intergalactic adventure, one of the most ambitious science fiction films of the 1950s. The story is simple space opera, but the futuristic designs of glass and metal, the marvelous alien makeup, and grandstanding special effects invest the film with a Technicolor splendor. Faith Domergue co-stars as a nuclear physicist and Gilligan's Island's Russell Johnson makes his first professorial appearance as a scientist. Science fiction auteur Jack Arnold was an unbilled codirector. --Sean Axmaker

Customer Reviews:

  • What a Sci-Fi Grand Classic
    This movie is the epitome of an era that we will never see again. This is the movie that set the stage for monster movies to follow!...more info
  • A Good Sci-Fi Flick
    Too bad they didnt elabrate upon this plot, some very good ideas that went real quick. Wish it was twice as long. Its worth a watch!...more info
  • This Island Earth
    This is a fine sci-fi movie - in color and very entertaining despite its age. We need to introduce the younger generation to it for several reasons. One: it was done in the time when we still had moral values in this country. Two: It is not so overblown with special effects that it kills individual imagination. It is inexpensive and everyone ought to learn what an Interociter is! Highly recommended, along with the Flash Gordon series, which - although it is in B&W - is fine entertainment....more info
  • Good but Missing Widescreen!
    The movie is everything I remember it to be... Cool story, excellent fx (for it's time) and wonderful production/performances... This is still a definite original in the anals of sci fi...

    Too bad it didn't come in widescreen... I was very disappointed at that as it misses the complete effect of remembering and enjoying the movie as it was.... I do not like converting films to full screen as it destroys a large part of the director's/cameraman's work! ...and my complaint? I wasn't informed that it was full screen (or at least it wasn't made obvious or clear)......more info
  • Beware of the giant ant creature
    This Island Earth is one hour and twenty-seven minutes long and was released on June 1, 1955. This is a very good movie. There is very little difference between the video and dvd. The two extras the dvd has are: the trailer for This Island Earth and what language you want to hear it in. The basic story is that a group of aliens have come to Earth to gather leading scientists to help them build large atomic energy. The Monitor tells Exeter to head back to Metaluna and take Dr. Ruth Adams and Dr. Cal Meacham with them. When they get there, they find out that it is too late to do anything and must flee Metaluna. The story is great; the color and background effects are awesome. The giant bug creature looks menacing and the special effects are out of this world. I would highly suggest this movie to anyone....more info
  • This Island Earth
    Is is fantistic, definatly a true classic in a great CD form....more info
  • Likeable Sci-Fi classic from the fifties with memorable Monster.
    My title review could describe many a classic Sci-Fier from that decade, but few forget a film like "This Island Earth'(1955).

    Universal made many Sci-Fi classics in the 1950s, but this was bigger budgeted and more thought provoking than most. It was also in color and it's special effects are actually top of the line for the time.

    The plot is about how a group of aliens are enlisting the aid of humans(unwillingly) to help save there dying planet which has undergone devastation due to war. The aliens are depicted sympathetically and lead alien, Jeff Morrow in an odd role, is quite good.

    Rex Reason and Faith Domergue are the scientists that journey to there planet aboard there spaceship and there likeable enough protagonists. There they encounter one of make up artist Bud Westmore's strangest creations with the "Metaluna Mutant", a strange humanoid insect thing with a giant external brain and clipper hands! It's still a pretty creepy Monster and one of the most memorable of the 50s.

    While the film wasn't as intellectually compelling as say "Forbidden Planet'(1954), "The Day the Earth Stood Still"(1951) or "The Incredible Shrinking Man"(1957), the film still has enough brains and charm to entertain many years after the fact and still remains an enjoyable Sc-Fi adventure.

    The DVD is practically bare bones and it's odd that Universal chose not to place this one there "Ultimate Sci-Fi Collection", but oh well. It's still worth any Science Fiction fans time, eve without any Special Features....more info
  • Beware of the giant ant creature
    This Island Earth is one hour and twenty-seven minutes long and was released on June 1, 1955. This is a very good movie. There is very little difference between the video and dvd. The two extras the dvd has are: the trailer for This Island Earth and what language you want to hear it in. The basic story is that a group of aliens have come to Earth to gather leading scientists to help them build large atomic energy. The Monitor tells Exeter to head back to Metaluna and take Dr. Ruth Adams and Dr. Cal Meacham with them. When they get there, they find out that it is too late to do anything and must flee Metaluna. The story is great; the color and background effects are awesome. The giant bug creature looks menacing and the special effects are out of this world. I would highly suggest this movie to anyone....more info
  • This Island Earth
    Classic 50's sci-fi. I especially liked how they gave the scientist a jet plane to get around in given to him by "the guys at Lockheed". Thinly veiled cold war paranoia flick. Faith Domergue looks awesome in her tight Metaluna catsuit. Only thing I found distracting is that The Professor from Gilligan's Island plays one of the scientists... I kept expecting to see Mary-Ann and Ginger. ...more info
  • TIE
    A pleasurable trip to another planet and back. I saw it as a kid and it was very impressive for the pre- Star Wars Sci-fi buff. As an adult it isn't quite as inspiring, but still fun....more info
  • One of the greatest Sci Fi pictures ever.
    This is my favorite Sci Fi picture. Its ranks with the 60's 'The Time Machine' and 'Forbidden Planet' as the greatest in my book. To this day I still love it when I see the Flying Saucer fly over Metaluna's destroyed surface (wires, dry ice and all). The sound track and music is so good and the story though very simple is very good.
    Love the white hair and high foreheads, just cool.
    If you liked 'Star Trek The Original Series' and those old E.C. Comics of the fifties you will love this especially the start where the two scientists get the mysterious catalouge and make the Interociter.
    The picture quality was good and so was the sound....more info
  • More good sci-fi
    Another great sci-fi project from the 50's. Pretty good special effects for it's era. A must for outer space fans....more info
  • A little day trip.
    This is a great old 50's sci-fi that has it all: cheezy effects, strange plot, weird aliens, sinister undertones, and a pointless trip to another planet. A great addition to your library....more info
  • Not as fun with out the guys of MST3K
    I saw this film on Mystery Science Theater 3000 the movie and it was funny. I wish they would re-release that. this dvd by itself is not cool....more info
  • Finally, an affordable 'This Island Earth'!
    After years (literaly) of looking monthly at $50 to $100 listings for This Island Earth, an affordable DVD is available! Universal hasn't included any extra bells and whistles but so what. Most of us don't usually watch them anyway. The quality is a bit short of perfect and the color's a little off. Just remember that it not a "modern" SF production. So settle back and watch one of the Classics of Science Fiction filmdom. ...more info
  • Forehead Maximus
    I'm thinking that Joe Wilson, Dr Meachams's sidekick, might have been the victim of an atomic wedgie or two while in school. Also noticed that Brack's dialogue coach was not listed in the credits...Too bad, he did one hellava job, eh? ...more info
  • This Island Earth, an Epic Swansong of 50's Sci Fi
    The cinematography of this film is what makes it a film that stands alone in this genre. The vibrant colors and special effects demand attention. Although This Island Earth lacks the poignant message of films like "The Day the Earth Stood Still," it still manages to convey humanity in a hopeful light in the face of challenge. Most of the alien hierarchy look like Bill Murray with obscenely large foreheads. There are comical errors when the film cuts from grand eloquent sets, to stock footage of a car crash. This film synergistic compiles all the esoteric components of 50's sci-fi. It has amazing effects for the time, a plausible, but familiar, plot which is complimented by the cast. It has amazingly surreal monsters that are greeted by a woman's scream and lamenting alien would be conquered.
    Great film for film lovers.
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  • This is a classic everyone should own!
    It's a very 1950ish movie but it has a great plot.... aliens have come to Earth looking for scientists to help them save their world.... you must own this one if you are a sci-fi fan!...more info
  • This Island Earth has stood the test of time.
    This Island Earth is one of the few movies that have stood the test of time. It is still as interesting today as it was when I first say it almost 50 years ago. ...more info
  • MORK FROM METALUNA





    (head space)



    It's interesting, almost delirious and hilarious, to see Robin Williams, in what must be his earliest role, as eXeter, predating the other alien he was predestined to play, Mork from Ork in Mork and Minda.
    Ahh, human!
    Don't think it's him? Nanu Nanu? Think it's really Jeff ToMorrow? Shazbut look again. And again and again. You'll soon see.
    You can even uncannily tell by his calm, gentle, lyrical voice! But those eyes, with even more of that quality, with even more of that quality than RW himself, see it's him, IT IS HIM!
    I can hardly see Jeff in there at all. Only Robbie the Alien. Robbin the Williams.

    And if anyone thinks he was too young then: How do you think he's the funniest guy on the planet (just as Exeter's the most serious guy off the planet)?
    Because he IS an alien. He is not just a comic genius but a cosmic genius.
    Can anyone truly say he was not 4 years old? That in his youth at least, earthtime meant little and that he grew up quicker?

    I need not point to the parallel providence, that The Professor from Gilligan's Island plays one of the scientists, learning in this film the great, almost fantastic, knowledge needed for his later, perhaps stranger, journey to the incredible Gilligan's island, from which none of the suvivors returned.

    I believe this movie truly is the magic of filmaking, and has a subtext, or supertext, if you will, my friends, far beyond the normal, with a scope far, far beyond the 2 1/2 years in the making.

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    Rex Reason, with a name as fantastic as the movie's title, shoulda been the guy with a high forehead - in real life.
    With a voice as deep as space, he's infinitely the right guy for this job.

    In the end, Exeter, as his name suggests, in deed prophesies, does... well I won't give it away. Poor inhuman. Think, if he was called Cliffhead and he jumped to his death into the sea he would be even truer to his name.

    He and his kind ain't the only ones with a convoluted brain case in this film (talk about: is that a huge bulge in my head or am I just glad to see you, earthman?) Besides the plot, the mutANT - as Exciter convulantantly, and excitedly, calls him - which, also true to its name, is a giant insect - is the biggest off-ender.

    The print of this new release is DVD quality.

    3 1/8 stars


    I am over the age of 130
    I am Entiter.
    My hair is see-thru, transparent, and extremely new wave.



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  • Classic Sci-Fi, So-So Transfer
    If you like classic Sci-Fi, you will like this movie. Mutants, flying saucers, advanced technology - what else can you ask for? The only downside to this DVD is that the transfer is not superior to the videotape version....more info
  • A Classic.
    Very good production for it's time. The story is too simplistic, but it moves along well. However, younger generations may not enjoy it and appreciate it's value as a classic.
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