When Worlds Collide

When Worlds Collide

DVD - 2001?
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Earth is destroyed by a runaway star, but not before a few privately financed individuals can escape to start anew on another planet.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount, [2001?]
Edition: Standard version
ISBN: 9780792173045
079217304X
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE WHEN
Characteristics: Laser optical
optical
1 videodisc (G)(82 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Notes: "Based on a novel by Edwin Balmer and Philip Wylie."
Originally released in 1951 as a motion picture

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lukasevansherman
Mar 04, 2016

Even giving it the benefit of the doubt as a 50s sci-fi film, this has dated badly, which I don't think is true of superior contemporaries like "The Thing" and "Invasion of the Body Snatchers." The whole the world's gonna end plot would be further exploited by movies like "2012," "Armageddon," and "The Day After Tomorrow." The acting is wooden, but not in a very enjoyable way. Producer George Pal was involved in 2 pretty good H.G. Wells adaptations, "The War of the Worlds" and "The Time Machine."

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akirakato
Dec 15, 2015

This is a SF classic directed by George Pal, based on a novel by Edwin Balmer and Philip Wylie, originally released as a motion picture in 1951.
The special effects of the massive tidal waves appear pretty good, but others seem primitive.
The space suits look shabby and could not definitely protect the riders.
The scenery of the new planet looks like a mural drawn by an amateur painter.
The space ship looks like a theater and I don't think it could fly into space.
Anyway, this film was made in 1951.

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Monolith
Dec 15, 2012

Yeah, it's corny. Dated. Sexist. A little cheezy. And that's why I like it. This was the way it was in '51, and the best they could do. Some of the effects are pretty cool, actually. Pilot/womanizer David Randall is a hoot, lighting his smokes with money. And if a rogue planet heads for Earth, you bet I'm gonna indulge on some vices I've been abstaining from!

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Nov 07, 2012

Even though its visuals have dated somewhat since its original release back in 1951, "When Worlds Collide" is still an interesting "End-of-the-World" Sci-Fi fable, no matter what others might say to the contrary._____ Brilliant scientist, Dr. Cole Hendron, tries to convince a doubting world that Earth is in the direct path of a rogue planet called Bellus that's about the size of our Sun. And a collision with Bellus is inevitable._____ With no time to lose, wealthy financier, Sydney Stanton, orders the immediate construction of a giant spaceship to transport selected survivors safely to a distant planet known as Zyra._____ A world lottery is held in order to determine who is to travel to Zyra on this astounding spacecraft._____ The special effects (which includes the submersion of Manhattan) won an Oscar for this impressive, technicolor, "George Pal" production._____ Just convince yourself that "When Worlds Collide" could really happen and I guarantee that you'll enjoy this thoroughly entertaining picture from start to finish.

aaa5756 Dec 09, 2011

A good old movie!!! B+

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Monolith
Dec 15, 2012

David Randall: (inhaling upon landing on Zyra): "Best air I ever tasted!"

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