DVD News #37: Vintage Sci-Fi Six-Movie Collection.

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Mill Creek has brought out a number of these collections, scooping up stuff from the Columbia vaults (some might say from the dumpster) and bringing them out at great prices — and in their proper aspect ratios! It’s hard to keep up with ’em all. I’m really excited about this one, which gives us another picture from the underrated, overlooked Fred F. Sears.

The Night The World Exploded (1957)
Directed by Fred F. Sears
Starring Kathryn Grant, William Leslie, Tristram Coffin, Raymond Greenleaf, Charles Evans, Frank J. Scannell

The 27th Day (1957)
Directed by William Asher
Starring Gene Barry, Valerie French, George Vaokovec, Arnold Moss, Stefan Schnabel, Friedrich von, Ledebur

Twelve To The Moon (1960)
Directed by David Bradley
Starring Ken Clark, Michi Kobi, Tom Conway, Anthony Dexter, John Wengraf, Robert Montgomery, Jr.

Valley Of The Dragons (1961)
Directed by Edward Bernds
Starring Cesare Danova, Sean McClory, Joan Staley, Danielle De Metz, Gregg Martell, Gil Peerkins

The H-Man (1958)
Directed by Ishirō Honda
Starring Yumi Shirakawa, Kenji Sahara, Akihiko Hirata, Eitarô Ozawa, Koreya Senda, Makoto Satô

Battle In Outer Space
Directed by Ishirō Honda
Starring Ryô Ikebe, Kyôko Anzai, Minoru Takada, Koreya Senda, Len Stanford, Harold Conway




Filed under 1957, 1958, 1960, 1961, Columbia, DVD/Blu-ray News, Fred F. Sears, Gene Barry, Ishirō Honda, Mill Creek, Toho, William Asher

4 responses to “DVD News #37: Vintage Sci-Fi Six-Movie Collection.

  1. john k

    A very interesting collection,also several of these
    films appeared on the Sony MOD series.
    I DO wish that THE WHISTLER films were presented like
    this…in sets.
    I also wish Mill Creek would release some of the previously
    released Buck Jones and Bill Elliott Columbia’s in sets.
    A JUNGLE JIM collection would be really cool too.
    “Trash Addicts” have never had it so good!


    • I’m with you 100%, John. The possibilities of sets like this — The Whistler, Jungle Jim, etc. — is incredible. The Karloff set is terrific. While the mastering suffers a bit to wedge all these things on one disc, the ones I’ve seen are very good.


  2. Richard Oravitz

    This is a great release for me. I still needed THE 27TH DAY, THE NIGHT THE WORLD EXPLODED and VALLEY OF THE DRAGONS, the rest I already had but getting the ones I needed saved me about 50 bucks in MOD purchases!…Also, having 12 TO THE MOON and BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE together on the same disc is somewhat special as this double feature was one of my earliest movie going memories way back circa 1960. 12 came on first and I remember liking it a lot, but as an impressionable 10 year old anything SCI-FI was great including my Tom Corbett books, and since our TV was B&W, everything was in B&W. So when BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE exploded across the screen in glorious cosmic color that moment instantly became one of my most cherished movie going experiences. I had never seen anything quite like that before, and that it was in color made it all seem so real yet fantastic at the same time.
    My copy arrived a couple days ago and I’m watching it this weekend!


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