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Classic Sci-Fi Movies  (BFS/AHT)


Picture: C- each, except C for Teenagers     Sound: C-     Extras: D     Films:


In The Year 2889   (1967)   C-

Teenagers From Outer Space   (1959)   C-

They Came From Beyond Space   (1967)   C



Of all the triple features on a single DVD BFS has issued under the American Home Treasures label, the best by default is Classic Sci-Fi Movies, which manages to dig up some of the more interesting materials.  They also happen to be in slightly better shape in a few places, but marginally.


In The Year 2889 is the biggest wreck, trying to be some kind of post-Apocalyptic tale, but never gaining momentum or believability.  The cannibalism and telepathy are never convincing as predatory or as horrors.  Paul Petersen has no idea what to do in it, the script and directing do not help, and the acting is bad.  At least it is about an interesting subject, so it fails in living up to a premise, instead of having a stupid one to begin with.  It is also a guide on what NOT to do with such material.


Teenagers From Outer Space is a dumb film, but in such a way that it is a cult film of sorts.  A spaceship drill-lands in a remote area, and teenage-looking aliens pop out to invade.  The film is stupid, with dialogue and acting to match, but we are talking in the band DEVO’s league.  The monochrome, full-frame transfer is average, but that is better than just about any of the other films in this DVD series.


That leaves They Came From Beyond Space, which is far from regarded as a great film, but far better than critics seem to think.  Not a masterwork, but Freddie Francis, the great British cinematographer-turned-sometimes-director has created something here that goes beyond a revival run in the Mystery Science Theater screening room.  Milton Subotsky wrote the screenplay, having previously co-written the underrated John Moxey Horror thriller City of the Dead (1960, reviewed elsewhere on this site) and both Peter Cushing Dr. Who feature film outings.  It takes the isolation and style of TV’s The Avengers, and crosses it with several alien invasion themed stories.  Too bad the print is so bad here.  At the beginning, it is credited to Eastmancolor through Humphreys, while saying Color by Pathé at the end.  More on this when we get a better print.


The usual, brief trivia, briefer bio/filmography info. And “ten compelling” cases of UFO sighting are included.  If you find the DVD for nothing, at least it might be worth a few laughs.  Otherwise, we’ll se about a better transfer on They Came From Beyond Space.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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