/Sony Pictures Home Entertainment .
R4 . B&W . 80 mins .
PG . PAL
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EARTH! Cool, green, blue planet, third from the Sun! Long thought to be the only source of intelligent life in the Universe! Its people pursuing their advances in SCIENCE! SPACE! TECHNOLOGY! THE ATOM! NEW FABRICS FOR SOCKS!..
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Little do the inhabitants of this planet know, that out in the furthest reaches of the galaxy, our humble home is being watched by a civilisation MORE ADVANCED THAN OUR OWN!
BA DA DUM DA DUM DA DAAA!
And now, the people of Earth face their ultimate threat – not from the DEVIOUS COMMUNISTS! Not from the WILEY CHINESE! Not even from the sinister ROTARIANS!
The Army unveils its high tech table soccer training facility.
This threat comes from FLYING SAUCERS!
BA DA DA DUM DUM DA DAA! DUM DUM DUM DAD DAAAA!
CAN our pipe smoking men of science devise a technology to defeat them?
WILL the brave soldiers of our Armed Forces be able to hold them back long enough?
ARE the actors good enough to looking convincing while pointing at hubcaps on fishing line?
FIND OUT.. DA DUM!.. when you tune.. DA DA DA DUMMMMM!.. into.. DAA!.. Earth Versus The Flying Saucers!
Dear reader, have you had to resort to video when watching this fine feature film in the past? If you answered “YES!”, then fret no more! Burn those old tapes, I say. BURN THEM! BURN! Eeeiiiii! Once again, our circular plastic fantastic has delivered the goods for your televisual edification. WONDER at the CLARITY! BOGGLE at the SHARPNESS! SLAP YOUR ARSE at the screen filling 1.85:1 aspect ratio! Even the blemishes and grain add wholesome character goodness. Finally you can enjoy your old B&W sci-fi classics without fear of taping repeats of Hogan’s Hero’s over them.
Major Johnson let one rip after a spicy Indian curry with devastating results.
The dialogue, as hokey and solemnly silly as it comes, it reproduced perfectly. HEAR scientists talk above amazing impenetrable electrical shields and other bullshit in DD2.0 mono! The effects, especially the flying saucers with their hiss-free ear piercing screech, will pop your ear drums! It’s good, ALL GOOD! WOOOO!
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And then we have the Deluxe Special Bonus Extra Material Features, exclusive to DVD! To begin, there's an EvtFS Featurette with Joe Dante interviewing the one, the only, the old, Ray Harryhausen! Woooo, again! It’s short, but informative (did you know that the production design was largely based on Harryhausen’s storyboard sketches?)
Colonel Adams loved to impersonate a chocolate Easter bunny with things got tense.
Following this, we have a Theatrical Trailer and short Photo Gallery and then a reprise of the brief This is Dynamation featurette and longer The Harryhausen Chronicles, narrated by our favourite Vulcan without boobs, Spock! Wooo, indeed, Captain!
Yes, these features have been repeated on other discs, but really, who gives a good flying f.. er, saucer? If you’ve seen it before, try switching off your tele, getting off your voluminous butt and going outside for a change.
Did you ever think that some people might not buy all the DVDs in this series and would miss out otherwise? No? I didn't think so.
This is a ripper of an old film, and about 98.6% of the inspiration for Tim Burtons much maligned Mars Attacks! If this genre bends your goolies in the right direction, then get out there and get yourself a copy today.