The Grindhouse Double Shock Show: The Day Time Ended/The Doomsday Machine [DVD]

Two low-budget science fiction features are teamed up on this disc from Alpha Home Entertainment, which pay more obvious tribute to the first era of direct-to-video obscurities than the golden era of 42nd Street sleaze, despite the package's title. The Day Time Ended (aka Time Warp) and The Doomsday Machine (aka Escape From Planet Earth) have both been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1; the image quality is less than stellar for both films, and The Day Time Ended's fuzzy look suggests it was sourced from an older video copy, though the saturated colors of The Doomsday Machine are reasonably well served. The audio for both features has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo, retaining the original monophonic sound mixes, and the quality is adequate if not much better. The dialogue for both movies is in English, with no subtitles or multiple language options included. The only bonus material included is a set of thirteen trailers for other Alpha video releases -- all recent straight-to-video stuff except for coming attractions reels for six Ted V. Mikels pictures. Grindhouse Double Shock Show: The Day Time Ended/The Doomsday Machine's low price will be its principle attraction to fans of oddball cinema, given the less than stellar quality of the movies and their presentation on disc.
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The Doomsday Machine
Poorly written, directed and photographed, The Doomsday Machine is one of those cheap sci-fi farragos which rounds up several faded stars and then gives them nothing to work with. Among the trapped former luminaries are Denny Miller, Mala Powers, Bobby Van and Henry Wilcoxon. The plot (for lack of a better word) involves a spaceship and its squabbling crew. The space travellers must bury the hatchet long enough to try to save the Earth from destruction. Beware: That alluring videocassette on your local rental shelves titled Escape From Planet Earth is really Doomsday Machine in disguise. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Day Time Ended
In this bargain basement sci-fi film Time Warp-The Day Time Ended, a family moves into their state-of-the-art solar-powered home in an isolated part of the desert to start a new peaceful life. Meanwhile, far away in deep space, three stars simultaneously explode, sending disruptive, time-bending shock waves through the cosmic void. These waves hit the house and soon some mighty bizarre things begin to happen, including a sudden resurgence of dinosaurs in their backyard, visitations from diminutive aliens, and a robot from outer space. The film is also titled Time Warp. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Ruta Lee
    Ruta Lee
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    Denny Miller
  • Mala Powers
    Mala Powers
  • Bobby Van
    Bobby Van
  • Henry Wilcoxon
    Henry Wilcoxon
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