It Came from Outer Space [Blu-ray] [1953]

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  • Release Date: 02/14/2017
  • Rating: G
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Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (255 out of 258)

Special Features


  • Feature commentary with film historian Tom Weaver
  • The universe according to Universal: an original documentary on It Came From Outer Space
  • Theatrical trailer (2D & 3D versions)

Synopsis


It Came from Outer Space

Cast & Crew


  • Richard Carlson
    Richard Carlson - John Putnam
  • Barbara Rush
    Barbara Rush - Ellen Fields
  • Charles Drake
    Charles Drake - Sheriff Matt Warren
  • Russell Johnson
    Russell Johnson - George
  • Kathleen Hughes
    Kathleen Hughes - Jane



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99%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It Came From Outer Space ... into your living room

    Posted
    JIMQK

    What a great movie, and we finally have it on Blu-ray the way it was presented theatrically, in 3D and three-channel stereophonic sound. Fans of classic science fiction movies and classic 3D flicks have waited years to see It Came From Outer Space in its intended format. Thanks to the 3D Film Archive, that is now possible. The new Blu-ray from Universal features a stunning restoration of the 1953 feature about an alien spacecraft that crash-lands near a small Arizona community. The alien occupants begin to kidnap some of the townsfolk and assume their identities. The beings tell the local astronomer they are doing so in order to make repairs to their craft, but the town sheriff is suspicious and wants to fight the creatures. Over the years, the 3D Film Archive - which originally undertook this project for UK Blu-ray distributor Panamint - has restored several 3D classics such as Dragonfly Squadron, The Bubble, The Mask and Gog. Like those restorations, the archive's work on It Came From Outer Space does not disappoint. In 2D, many scenes in the movie come off as mundane. Now in 3D, a backyard telescope pokes out of the screen and almost knocks you in the face. A ladder on a utility truck is so vivid you feel like you can attempt to climb up it. The cyclopean eyeball of one of the horrendous aliens almost touches your nose. Boulders from an avalanche look like they'll land on your lap. In short, the 3D effects are fantastic, flawless. This is how the movie was meant to be viewed, and watching it in 3D after years of viewing it flat makes you realize you've been missing a lot. Then there's the sound. That three-track stereo sound. That sound that was featured in the movie when it was first released and never heard again - until this Blu-ray release. Wow! Incredible. Again, if not for the 3D Film Archive, this is a facet of the movie that likely would have been lost in oblivion. It's a game-changer, folks. Explosions carry a lot more weight. The creepy score is distributed throughout three speakers, helping you to hear aspects of its haunting melody you've never noticed before. In short, the already amazing three-dimensional images onscreen are even further enhanced by the powerful, dynamic three-track stereo track. Universal's disc is rounded out with a lively commentary track from film historian Tom Weaver, a very entertaining documentary about the movie called The Universe According to Universal, and 2D and 3D trailers of the movie. The movie also features optional subtitles. For those without 3D setups, a 2D version of the film is also included. You can't go wrong with this release. Presently, it's a BestBuy exclusive available for as low as $7.99. This might be the Blu-ray deal of the past 10 years. Really. If you love classic movies, or if you love classic science fiction or if you love classic 3D films, or all of the above, It Came From Outer Space is a can't-miss purchase.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding Film, Outstanding 3-D

    Posted
    Mike

    IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE is an established classic among the science fiction films of the 1950s. Much ink has been spilled discussing its place in the genre and its status as the first cinematic adaptation of the work of Ray Bradbury. It's a shame that so many film writers and historians over the years have given away its central conceit (a mistake I will not repeat here), as this convinces those who have not seen it that the film will lack tension and suspense and atmosphere. If you have not seen IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE, I will let you discover for yourself the tension, the suspense, the atmosphere, plus the fine performances, the literate script, the tight direction, the sharp production values. But the real revelation here now is just how much better—better-looking, better-sounding—and more enveloping the film becomes when seen in its intended stereoscopic 3-D format with original three-channel stereophonic sound. IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE was shot in two-strip 3-D using Universal's own proprietary camera rig. Its makers showed restraint where restraint was called for, but they also knew exactly the right moments to break the plane of the screen, so to speak, and drive home to the spectator the visual power of three dimensions. Now that the film has been entrusted to the capable hands of the 3-D Film Archive for careful pictorial alignment and adjustment of small but niggling errors, it looks better than it ever has. It piles shame on the timid, tepid, and often pointless 3-D on view in so many of today's multiplex blockbusters. The original magnetic stereo sound, with discrete left, center and right channels, has been preserved on this Blu-Ray. It is remarkable that it survives at all. You may be astonished to hear true directional dialogue that seems to follow characters as they move here and there across the screen. Your next door neighbors may be astonished to hear such incredible dynamic range, especially in a film of this vintage; be prepared to ride the volume controls as one mighty explosion after another rocks your sound system. Perhaps the most staggering fact of this present incarnation of IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE is the small price Universal and Best Buy are asking. This film would be worth your consideration in any event, but if you are a serious fan of science fiction or 3-D, given how little this 3-D Blu-Ray costs, you simply must add it to your collection. You will not be sorry.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Classic 1950's Sci Fi in beautifully restored 3-D

    Posted
    DDDavid
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    One of the better of the 1950's 3-D movies now available in a restored 3-D version that works extremely well on new 3-D TV's We watched it on a 65" LG 3D 4K TV and it looked fantastic. One of the more interesting scripts of the period, as, in this case, the aliens are not here to conquer us, but have simply landed a damaged ship which they want to repair so they can leave Earth as soon as possible. My only complaint is that the original 1:33 ratio was cropped to 16:9. Seems to work well in this current full screen format, with some minor stereo window violations at the edges. In spite of great digital restoration there are still some small anomalies from the original photography, but very minor in a film that was well composed for 3-D. Today's films could learn from studying this. And somehow the combination of black-and-white and 3-D also works quite effectively.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sci Fi Classic Gets Great Blu Ray

    Posted
    Moviebuffmel
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    Because I don't have a 3D Blu Ray player, this will mostly focus on the 2D aspect. The disc works fine with a regular Blu-Ray player, but you won't be able to experience the 3D version. Still, it is nice to see a classic get its own release. The bonus features are minimal with an audio commentary from a film historian, a 30 minute retrospective documentary and trailer serve as simple extras. However, this is an important addition to your library for just the movie itself. The story is actually crafted from Ray Bradbury which made for a clever analogy for our fears in the Cold War. Also, the idea of aliens being non-threatening is a great twist that many studios wouldn't dare to utilize at the time. The only other I can think of that did this was The Day The Earth Stood Still. It Came from Outer Space should be remembered as a classic for its poetic dialogue and great use of tension. Those hoping for a huge body count or gore might be disappointed. I stress this is a different kind of movie that asks if humanity exists in different forms and how we would treat that if visitors from another world did come down. Worth seeing for the creepy atmosphere and clever writing.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    LET IT COME FROM BEST BUY INSTEAD OF OUTER SPACE!

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    PAUL3rdBestBuyUSAcustomer
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    Let it come from Best Buy into your home! The 3D is good, as it is from the 1950s, an early stage and beginning for 3D, and in black and white. "IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE" is a classic, and should be in your home, particularly if you own a 3D TV. And for the price, it is OUT OF THIS WORLD!, for only $8 dollars at Best Buy. Because I noticed others around the internet, on other websites, trying to rip people off, by charging twice as much and even more, for the BEST BUY edition! As the saying goes, always go to -and get- the ORIGINAL, which is Best Buy, because it is a BEST BUY exclusive-special. Like I said, the words "BEST BUY' has true meaning, and everybody should buy all their products at Best Buy. As the prices are the BEST. Get in your space ship or car, and ZOOM into Best Buy to buy this.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good 1950s sci fi movie

    Posted
    luckydragon
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    My review is for the 2D version only. The Blu-ray video quality on this 1953 black and white movie co-written by Ray Bradbury is very good. It also includes an informative commentary by film historian Tom Weaver who gives information on the cast including star Richard Carlson and co-stars such as Russell Johnson The Professor on GILLIGAN'S ISLAND, but for some odd reason, never mentions the lead female Barbara Rush. The special features also includes a sci fi documentary. One complaint is that, unlike most sci fi movies from the same era, this one doesn't have a battle between the aliens and the military which would have added more drama and excitement to it.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    1950s sci-fi 3D at a bargain price

    Posted
    Auroran
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    This is classic, fully restored 3D from the 1950s, at an amazing price! (It is, however, in black-and-white.) As you may guess, this sci-fi story depicts the crash of an object from outer space containing an extraterrestrial being, and one human's attempt to deal with the situation. As any good sci-fi story should, it raises interesting questions about caution vs. trust, observation vs. suspicion, protection of loved ones vs. defense of the human race, etc. For an aficionado of home 3D, it's a no-brainer; but even for the rest of you, it's a reasonable deal at this price if you are at all fond of classic sci-fi.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It Came from Best Buy!

    Posted
    f451
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    Excellent film -- worthy of Rod Serling but based on a screenplay by Ray Bradbury and adopted for this film. This 50s sci-fi s classic was filmed with *real* 3D cameras so the depth is natural and immersive without feeling dialed in in post. The B&W cinematography is gorgeous bordering on noir. The original classic Academy aspect ratio has been retained. The directional three channel stereophonic sound is clear with the dialog never buried in the mix. There are some very good extra. This is an exemplary release and bodes well for future releases of 3D classics! A keeper.

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