Today on Discovery
we pay a special tribute to special effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen by
presenting for your viewing pleasure a colorized version of Earth vs. the Flying Saucers. Enterprise
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956) is an American science fiction film, directed by Fred F. Sears and released by
Pictures. The film is also known as Invasion of the Flying Saucers. It was
suggested by the best selling, non-fiction book Flying Saucers from Outer Space
by Maj. Donald Keyhoe. The flying saucer effects were created by Ray
Dr. Russell Marvin heads up Operation Skyhook, which is tasked with sending rockets into the upper atmosphere to probe for future space flights. Unfortunately, all the rockets are somehow disappearing. While investigating this strange occurrence, Russell and his new assistant/wife Carol Marvin are abducted by a flying saucer, where the aliens demand to meet with certain people in order to negotiate. But it was a trick; the aliens only wanted to kill them. The invasion has begun and if Russell and Carol can't find a way to get past their defenses and stop these creatures, it may be the end of the human race.
This motion picture is a textbook example of '50s-era science fiction, Earth vs. the Flying Saucers boasts not only a solid script and competent performances, but some genuinely impressive stop-motion effects courtesy of one of the industry's uncontested masters, Ray Harryhausen. Scientist Hugh Marlowe (who faced a more benevolent invader from space five years earlier in The Day the Earth Stood Still) discovers that UFOs are responsible for the destruction of a series of exploratory space rockets launched by his space exploration project. The saucers' helmeted pilots land on Earth and deliver an ultimatum to humanity via Marlowe: fealty or complete annihilation.
Harryhausen's painstakingly intricate saucers and the destruction they wreak (particularly during an assault on
) are the film's unquestionable
highlights Washington, D.C.
Earth vs. The Flying Saucers, the special color edition is available on DVD from Amazon Books.
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