October 04, 2013

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

The Martians are irked that their children spend so much time watching TV shows from Earth that sing the praises of Santa Claus, so they decide to make a trek to the planet to capture Mr. Claus. During their mission, they also abduct two children who lead the aliens to the North Pole and Santa Claus.
Bonus features: 45 minutes archival footage reel; trailer; stills gallery.
The Archival footage reel is from a lot of different shows and some cartoons. Very impressive footage played back at the theaters before or between the movies. Worth a look. ~Mike

Certainly a hokey movie but technically very well done. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 60881-D Released in 1964 81 minutes

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October 01, 2013

Gorgo

Enterprising Joe and Sam capture a 65-foot monster and bring it to London as a seaside carnival attraction. This proves to be a major mistake when Gorgo's mother comes in search of her baby and trashes London.
Special features: "Ninth wonder of the world: the making of Gorgo" a new documentary by Daniel Griffith; Gorgo-Gorgo the monster from the sea!; video comic; extensive lobby card & poster gallery; photo gallery; Gorgo toys & collectibles gallery; production notes; original theatrical trailer; pressbook gallery; star cine cosmos; French language "Fumetto" (comic box); restoration video; before & after; optional music & effects track.

If they would have just released baby Gorgo London would have survived. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 61511-B (blu-ray only) Releassed in 1961 77 minutes

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February 01, 2012

The illustrated man

A man's intricate tattoos are the settings for an anthology of strange science-fiction stories.

Rod Steiger plays the part of a man whose tattoos hold a dark glimpse into the future. Once you stare, you cannot back away and you want to see more. Based on Ray Bradbury's “The illustrated man”.
When Mr. Steiger is in a film you can be assured that it will be dramatic and sometimes uncomfortable. He usually takes on very tough roles. He was certainly an actor who stretched the limits of his ability. This part is no exception. This is an outstanding, little known treasure at the Askwith. The screenplay is one of the best
adaptations of a Bradbury book. Jack Smight directed and Howard B. Kreitsek wrote the screenplay. Upon further research it looks like the book is being made into a film for 2013 release. Will it hold up against Steiger's interpretation? ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 54726-D 103 minutes released in 1969 and DVD issued 2006.

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October 21, 2011

Beyond the Time Barrier

A supersonic test pilot exploits the theory of relativity to travel to and from the bleak future of humankind.

Our hero arrives in 2024 long after a cosmic plague has wiped out more than half of mankind. He must get back to 1960 to warn the human race that the cosmic plague will hit in 1971 and they better do something to stop it. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 55607-D 74 minutes 1960

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May 05, 2009

Los cronocrimenes

How much can your life change if you travelled back into time for almost one hour? Once the process of time travel is started can one ever go back and change it back?

Askwith Media Library Number 49472-D

Released 2007 USA
Directed and Written by Nacho Vigalondo

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