This Island Earth (Joseph M Newman, 1955) [RePoPo]

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Name:This Island Earth (Joseph M Newman, 1955) [RePoPo]

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Technical Information
Type..................: Movie
Container file........: AVI
Video Format..........: H.264
Total Bitrate.........: 2274Kbps
Audio format..........: AC3 (As in DVD, Untouched)
Audio Languages.......: English 1.0
Subtitles Ripped......: Spanish
Subtitles in Subpack..: French, Spanish
Resolution............: 640x480
Aspect Ratio..........: 1.33:1 (Open Matte) **See note below**
Original Aspect Ratio.: 2.00:1 (according to IMDB, presumably 1.85:1)
Color.................: Color
FPS...................: 23.976
Source................: NTSC DVD
Duration..............: 01:25:58
Genre.................: Science-Fiction
IMDb Rating...........: 6.5/10
Movie Information.....:


OPEN MATTE is a filming technique that involves matting out the top and bottom
of the film frame in the movie projector (known as a soft matte) for the
widescreen theatrical release and then scanning the film without a matte (at
Academy ratio) for a full screen home video release.

Usually, non-anamorphic 4-perf films are filmed directly on the entire full
frame silent aperture gate (1.33:1). When a married print is created, this frame
is slightly re-cropped by the frame line and optical soundtrack down to Academy
ratio (1.37:1). The movie projector then uses an aperture mask to soft matte the
Academy frame to the intended aspect ratio (1.85:1 or 1.66:1). When the 4:3
fullscreen video master is created, many filmmakers may prefer to use the full
Academy frame (open matte) instead of creating a pan and scan version from
within the 1.85 framing. Because the framing is increased vertically in the open
matte process, the decision to use it needs to be made prior to shooting, so
that the camera operator can frame for 1.85:1 and "protect" for 4:3; otherwise
unintended objects such as boom microphones, cables, and light stands may appear
in the open matte frame, thus requiring some amount of pan and scan in some or
all scenes. Additionally, the unmatted 4:3 version will often throw off an
otherwise tightly-framed shot and add an inordinate amount of headroom above
actors (particularly with 1.85:1).

The standardization of widescreen TVs and the growing use of 3-perforation 35mm
film (with an aspect ratio of 1.78:1) to save on film costs has made the open
matte process less popular in recent years. (Taken from wikipedia)
Release Notes
When atomic scientist Dr. Meacham (Rex Reason) is chosen to take part in a
top-secret research experiment in a remote lab, he quickly discovers that he is
really involved in an evil scheme by alien Metalunans to take over Earth. After
he and the gorgeous Dr. Adams (Faith Domergue) make their escape shortly before
the lab explodes, they are whisked away in a flying saucer to Metaluna, where
they are blamed for the destruction. Will interstellar negotiation save the day
or will the scientists be forced to take part in a treacherous battle to the
death? Featuring incredible special effects that were 2 1/2 years in the making,
this is one adventure that you have to see to believe.

Jeff Morrow - Exeter
Faith Domergue - Dr. Ruth Adams
Rex Reason - Cal Meacham
Lance Fuller - Brack
Russell Johnson - Steve Carlson
Douglas Spencer - Monitor
Robert Nichols - Joe Wilson
Karl Ludwig Lindt - Dr. Adolph Engelborger
Jack Byron - Photographer
Spencer Chan - Scientist
Richard Deacon - Pilot
Coleman Francis - Expressman
Mark Hamilton - Metatunan
Edward Hearn
Edward Ingram - Photographer
Eddie Parker - Mutant
Regis Parton - Mutant
Olan Soule - First Reporter
Robert B. Williams - Webb

Joseph Newman - Director
Jack Arnold - Director (reshoots)
William Alland - Producer
Franklin Coen - Screenwriter
Raymond F. Jones - Book Author
Edward G. O\'Callaghan - Screenwriter
Clifford Stine - Cinematographer / Special Effects
Joseph E. Gershenson - Musical Direction/Supervision
Henry Mancini - Composer (Music Score)
Hans Salter - Composer (Music Score)
Herman Stein - Composer (Music Score)
Virgil Vogel - Editor
Alexander Golitzen - Art Director
Richard H. Riedel - Art Director
Russell A. Gausman - Set Designer
Julia Heron - Set Designer
Rosemary Odell - Costume Designer
Leslie I. Carey - Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Pritchard - Sound/Sound Designer
Millicent Patrick - Makeup
Bud Westmore - Makeup
David S. Horsley - Special Effects
Fred Frank - First Assistant Director


Variety, Jan 1st 1955

Plot motivation in the screenplay is derived from the frantic efforts of the men
of the interstellar planet, Metaluna, to find on Earth a new source of atomic
energy. For the accomplishment of this goal, the outstanding scientists in the
field have been recruited by a character named Exeter, who has set up a
completely-equipped laboratory in Georgia.

One of the most thrilling sequences occurs as huge meteors attack the space ship
as it is working its way to Metaluna. Ingeniously-constructed props and
equipment, together with strange sound effects also are responsible for
furthering interest, which is of the edge-of-the-seat variety during the latter
half of the film. For an added fillip, there\'s a Mutant, half human, half
insect, which boards the ship as it escapes from Metaluna.
Assemble your Interociter...

Exeter would have only one rival for Most Compelling Alien of the Fifties; that
would be Klaatu (The Day the Earth Stood Still). The differences between the two
are profound. From the moment he appears, Klaatu is an arresting presence, an
advanced being even at his most humane. Exeter, in contrast, comes from a
technologically advanced culture, but he is very human: emotional, powerless to
resist fate, but resilient and optimistic in the face of total destruction, a
symbol of ethical perseverance. Side by side they serve as a reminder that
humanity can aspire to more than one goal. One question the film doesn\'t answer:
Were there more Exeters on Metaluna, or was he unique?

As with Klaatu, the performance of Exeter is crucial. Morrow strikes the right
note: His dignified, soulful portrayal lays this alien bare for the audience. At
first, This Island Earth slyly packages itself as Meacham\'s story; but bit by
bit Exeter takes over the film from this square-jawed, deep-voiced,
two-dimensional scientist-cum-hero. Reason and Domergue do a fine job with their
forgettable roles; nonetheless Exeter is much the more interesting character.
(The supporting cast includes poor Russell Johnson in another role later
overshadowed by his unfortunate three-hour tour.)

The art direction and special effects--always trumpeted as two and a half years
in the making--are superb, and not just for 1954. Tremendous effort went into
communicating the scale of destruction on Metaluna, which is mutilated by
meteors remote-controlled from enemy spacecraft. (Brilliantly, the barely
glimpsed Zahgon ships look harsh and alien even from the standpoint of the
Metalunans.) Yet the creators had the sense to remember that the purpose of
effects is setting. The people behind today\'s effects-obsessed science fiction
dreadnoughts need to see This Island Earth immediately.


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