Flight to Mars

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This DVD offers one special feature that's worth the price of the disc by itself, a 55-minute video interview with Cameron Mitchell by David Del Valle, conducted in 1988, in which the star reminisces about actors and directors that he'd worked with and the training that he had, as well as the actual production of this particular film. Mitchell has more fun recalling other sides of his career, particularly the awkwardness over the movie Gorilla at Large, and working on it with Lee J. Cobb -- with whom he'd starred...
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Overview

This DVD offers one special feature that's worth the price of the disc by itself, a 55-minute video interview with Cameron Mitchell by David Del Valle, conducted in 1988, in which the star reminisces about actors and directors that he'd worked with and the training that he had, as well as the actual production of this particular film. Mitchell has more fun recalling other sides of his career, particularly the awkwardness over the movie Gorilla at Large, and working on it with Lee J. Cobb -- with whom he'd starred on Broadway in Death of a Salesman -- in a situation where Cobb was being treated rather poorly by the studio. His recollections about Death of a Salesman are fascinating, and it's only a shame that he wasn't drawn out even further about the production of the play or the movie; he also illuminates some of the aspects of a film, Monkey on My Back, what was pegged at the time for potential Oscar attention, but has been forgotten over the decades. And Mitchell spends a good deal of time in the second half of the interview recalling his work with Mario Bava, and that portion of his career spent in Italy. As to Flight to Mars, it isn't in perfect shape -- there's an annoying intermittent blob that crops up in the middle of the picture -- but it's better than one would expect from a 51-year-old movie shot in Cinecolor at Monogram Pictures. And, indeed, some of the night scenes depicting the preparations for take-off look gorgeous, which makes up for some of the graininess in the other shots. Virginia Huston's lips, and the flame of the rocket as it lifts, are stunning, and most of the movie is a delight to the eye, in spite of the occasional scratch and blemish. The menu opens automatically on start-up, and is very easy to maneuver around. The chapter encoding is generous given the nature of the movie -- it's difficult to imagine someone wanted to break this plot down in any detail whatsoever -- and the bonus features include the trailers from a handful of other titles in the "Wade Williams Collection," of which Flight to Mars is a part.
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Special Features

Theatrical trailer; Photo gallery; Video interview with Cameron Mitchell
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/7/2002
  • UPC: 014381967821
  • Original Release: 1951
  • Rating:

  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:11:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 14,352

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marguerite Chapman Alita
Cameron Mitchell Steve Abbott
Arthur Franz Dr. Jim Barker
Virginia Huston Carol Stafford
John Litel Dr. Lane
Richard Gaines Prof. Jackson
Morris Ankrum Ikron
Lucille Barkley Terris
Robert H. Barrat Tillamar
Edward Earle Justin
William Forrest Gen. Archer
William Norton Bailey Councilman
Trevor Bardette Alzar
Stanley Blystone Councilman
David Bond Ramay
Raymond Bond Astronomer #2
Tristram Coffin Commentator
Russ Conway Astronomer #1
Everett Glass Montar
Perc Launders Workman
Bill Neff Sergeant
Frank O'Connor Councilman
Bob Peoples Soldier
Technical Credits
Lesley Selander Director
Irving A. Block Special Effects
Jack Cosgrove Special Effects
Edward S. Haworth Production Designer
Victor Heerman Editor
Richard V. Heermance Editor
Dave Milton Art Director
Walter Mirisch Producer
Harry Neumann Cinematographer
Jack R. Rabin Special Effects
Marlin Skiles Score Composer
Arthur Strawn Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title; Final Preparations [9:47]
2. Takeoff [3:41]
3. Avoiding the Moon [4:03]
4. Feeling Small [4:29]
5. Launching the Cylinder [3:25]
6. Meteor Storm [2:59]
7. Crash Landing [4:06]
8. Meeting the Martians [7:12]
9. Ikron's Plan [2:39]
10. Rebuilding the Ship [1:29]
11. The New Assistant [5:01]
12. The Ruse [6:44]
13. Raw Deal [2:13]
14. Ready to Go [4:14]
15. Suspicious Minds [4:44]
16. Escape [3:53]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Feature Start
   Scene Selection
   Theatrical Trailer
   Interview With Cameron Mitchell
   Hidden Feature
      Brooklyn Gorilla
      She Demons
      Monster From Green Hell
      Flying Saucer
      The Crawling Eye
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I agree - Very Poor Print!

    I also feel that this transfer could have been much better. I have this film on VHS. I collect 1950's era SciFi and I have been purchasing the DVD's to replace my VHS copies. Unfortunately, this one will have to wait as the VHS copy is so superior to the DVD print that I intent to send it back. Save your money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Peice of Crap

    This is one of the worst quality tranfers to DVD I have ever seen. Simply horrible. Film burn-in right in the center of the screen for most of the film, horrible splices right in the middle of a couple of scenes with important dialogue that leaves you wondering what the heck they said. No excuse for this crap. There should be a warning on the packaging regarding this DVD. Now, I have purchased many old sci-fi DVDs like this one with absolutely no complaints including other similar titles from Image Entertainment who put this junk out. In addition, I have tried to contact Image Entertainment reagrding this DVD and my emails have gone ignored. If you really need to buy this then wait for it to get to the $4.99 bin where it truly belongs.

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