World Without End & Satellite in the Sky

World Without End & Satellite in the Sky

Director: Edward Bernds, Paul Dickson

Cast: Edward Bernds, Paul Dickson, Hugh Marlowe, Kieron Moore

     
 
This double-feature disc from Warner Home Video offers a pair of somewhat unusual science fiction/adventure films, both issued in 1956, in amazingly good presentations. Edward Bernds' World Without End and Paul Dickson's Satellite In The Sky were both shot in CinemaScope and color, making them somewhat special at the time, and doubly so as relatively low

Overview

This double-feature disc from Warner Home Video offers a pair of somewhat unusual science fiction/adventure films, both issued in 1956, in amazingly good presentations. Edward Bernds' World Without End and Paul Dickson's Satellite In The Sky were both shot in CinemaScope and color, making them somewhat special at the time, and doubly so as relatively low-bodget productions. What's more, both movies -- despite crowd-pleasing thrill sequences and action settings -- were essentially idea-driven science fiction, their plots built around and addressing key concerns of their era, derived from very different levels of political thinking and discourse. World Without End, originally produced and released by Allied Artists and starring Hugh Marlowe, Nancy Gates, and a young Rod Taylor, is the more entertaining of the two pictures as well as the faster-moving of the pair, a typical Hollywood B-picture in the genre with a slightly better than usual cast, production, and script -- not that it's great art or filmmaking, but the picture manages to take itself seriously while still moving along at a break-neck pace. Satellite In The Sky, by contrast, is a good idea for a science fiction story, about the controversy surrounding the design and launch of the first manned orbital vehicle, the safety of which (and that of the Earth) is compromised both by a well-meaning anti-space flight activist and the short-sightedness of military planners; but it fails through its own terminal talkiness, taking itself much too seriously in all the wrong ways. It has some great shots (especially of the Vulcan bomber in flight, as an early establishing shot), and holds up well enough as viewing, but there's precious little excitement generated by most of what we see. The letterboxed (2.35-to-1) transfers on both movies were made using what are mostly impeccable sources, though there seems to be a problem with some of the audio clarity in the final few minutes of World Without End. Each movie has been given a paltrey seven chapters, and there are no bonus features. The disc opens automatically to a simple single-layer menu that offers only the selection of films, and not even random chapter access.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2008
UPC:
0883929039081
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:45:00
Sales rank:
44,631

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