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It Came from Outer Space

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Jack Arnold's science fiction classic It Came From Outer Space comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible and the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by film historian Tom Weaver, a documentary about the making of the film, still photos, posters, production notes, and the theatrical ...
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Overview

Jack Arnold's science fiction classic It Came From Outer Space comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible and the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by film historian Tom Weaver, a documentary about the making of the film, still photos, posters, production notes, and the theatrical trailer. This is a very entertaining disc from Universal Studios that should have broad appeal beyond just genre enthusiasts.
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Special Features

Original documentary; Feature commentary with film historian Tom Weaver; Photograph and poster gallery; Theatrical trailer; Production notes; Cast and filmmakers
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
It Came From Outer Space is a Cold War-era parable warning against the dangers of paranoia and xenophobia. The film works in large part because of writer Ray Bradbury's allegorical richness; his story was the basis for Harry J. Essex's screenplay, and it represents aliens as a giant, all-seeing eye. Notable as the first of several 1950s films to have visitors from outer space take human forms, It Came is an effective companion to such paranoia films as Quatermass II (1957) and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956). Even if it can't be seen its original 3-D form, Clifford Stine's tightly composed cinematography conveys the characters' sense of fear and apprehensive curiosity. Director Jack Arnold allows the story's pace to build gradually, following the careful constructs of Bradbury's tale.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/21/2002
  • UPC: 025192043529
  • Original Release: 1953
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:21:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 9,636

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Carlson John Putnam
Barbara Rush Ellen Fields
Charles Drake Sheriff Matt Warren
Russell Johnson George
Kathleen Hughes Jane
Joe Sawyer Frank Daylon
Dave Willock Bit
Alan Dexter Dave Loring
Morey Amsterdam
Budd Buster Tom
Edgar Dearing Sam
George Eldredge Dr. Snell
Brad Jackson Snell's Assistant
Warren MacGregor Toby
Technical Credits
Jack Arnold Director
William Alland Producer
Glenn E. Anderson Sound/Sound Designer
Robert F. Boyle Art Director
Leslie I. Carey Sound/Sound Designer
Harry J. Essex Screenwriter
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Joseph E. Gershenson Musical Direction/Supervision
Irving Gertz Score Composer
Bernard Herzbrun Art Director
David S. Horsley Special Effects
Joseph E. Kenny Asst. Director
Ruby Levitt Set Decoration/Design
Henry Mancini Score Composer
Rosemary Odell Costumes/Costume Designer
Herman Stein Score Composer
Clifford Stine Cinematographer
Paul Weatherwax Editor
Bud Westmore Makeup
Ray Bradbury Source Author
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Writer (Main Title) [3:31]
2. A Meteor? [6:27]
3. The Alien Eye [4:29]
4. Some Kind of a Ship [3:20]
5. The Creature [2:38]
6. Reporters [1:53]
7. Skeptics [4:58]
8. Alien Takeover [4:43]
9. A Warning [9:33]
10. The Miners [2:13]
11. The Trouble With Ellen [8:24]
12. A Request For Help [3:08]
13. The Sheriff's Orders [1:07]
14. Desert Showdown [5:47]
15. Preparing For the End [4:44]
16. Putnam's Gambit [2:29]
17. They'll Be Back [3:06]
18. End Titles [2:14]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Scenes
   Bonus Materials
      The Universe According to Universal
      Feature Commentary With Film Historian Tom Weaver
      Photograph and Poster Gallery
      Theatrical Trailer
      Production Notes
      Cast and Filmmakers
         Richard Carlson as John Putnam
         Barbara Rush as Ellen Fields
         Charles Drake as Sheriff Matt Warren
         Russell Johnson as George
         Kathleen Hughes as Jane
         Joe Sawyer as Frank Daylon
         Directed by Jack Arnold
      Recommendations
      DVD Newsletter
   Language
      Spoken Language
         English 3.0 Stereo
         Feature Commentary With Film Historian Tom Weaver
      Captions and Subtitles
         English for the Hearing Impaired
         Español
         Français
         None
   Play
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great 50's Sci-Fi Fun

    As a science fiction film by today's standards..the effects are minimal but work. The characters are a bit wooden as in all sci-fi films, but are likable and thanks to Ray Bradbury's influence, have great lines. The story plays heavily on the paranoid-witch hunter ideas prevalent to it's day, especially relating to the bad-guy/alien theories that would soon be the norm of 50's sci-fi. I like the atmosphere of the desert and all it's mysteries, kinda like what outer space is all about. It would be interesting to see the film today in it's original 3-D format since,I understand, a lot of the story translation and particular scenes seem lost in it's flat 2-D video appearance. The idea of showing the alien, necessary in it's day, to me is immaterial, since by today's CGI standards, it's appaearance is not scary. The film overall is great fun though,and its' black/white format just perfect.

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