IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE

Brad­bury Bodys­natch­ers

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

re­leased 17 oc­to­ber 1953 | PG | blu-ray 3d

Di­rec­tor Jack arnold Cast richard carl­son, bar­bara rush

blu-ray de­but This one’s all about the firsts. It was the first sci-fi film di­rected by Jack Arnold (Taran­tula etc), the first to utilise a desert lo­ca­tion, and one of the first ma­jor stu­dio 3D pro­duc­tions.

It doesn’t stop there, with re­gards to this disc: the film’s on Blu-ray here for the first time – and, ex­cit­ingly, in 3D too. While there’s also a 2D op­tion, this Ray Brad­bury tale of an as­tronomer find­ing aliens will likely be best en­joyed as it was at ’50s drive-ins (“Fan­tas­tic Sights Leap At You!”).

Sixty-three years later, It’s story, with its body-bor­row­ing aliens, is not that sur­pris­ing. That’s for­give­able of course, be­cause this is where so much started, but the film spins what now seems a stan­dard yarn. It’s full of good things, though, from its eerie score to its sub­jec­tive alien view­point shots, and the way that ten­sion is grad­u­ally built.

Ex­tras All the ex­tras are car­ried from the pre­vi­ous DVD re­lease: an en­ter­tain­ing half-hour doc­u­men­tary on Uni­ver­sal’s sci-fi movies; a vig­or­ous fact-a-sec­ond commentary by film his­to­rian Tim Weaver; trail­ers. Rus­sell Lewin

Both Brad­bury and Arnold wanted a mon­ster-free movie, but Uni­ver­sal in­sisted on see­ing the “Xenomorphs”’ true form.

The ob­ses­sive car me­chanic fol­lowed them ev­ery­where.

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