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directed by Montgomery Tully

UK 1967

 

Doomwatch star Simon Oates takes the lead role in this cult '60s sci-fi gem, adapted from visionary author Murray Leinster s novel The Wailing Asteroid by fellow Hugo-Award winner John Brunner. Also starring Bond girl Zena Marshall and featuring typically comedic turns from Patricia Hayes and Charles Hawtrey, The Terrornauts is presented here in brand-new transfers from the original film elements of both its initial theatrical and subsequent, shortened versions.

Joe Burke heads a radio telescope project at a British observatory, hoping to pick up signs of life from another planet; thus far, the team has reported no positive results. But just when the project is about to be cancelled, Burke discovers a faint signal the same mysterious signal that intrigued and haunted him as a child and decides to respond....

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Theatrical Release: February 1967

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DVD Review: Network - Region 2 - PAL

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Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 58:08 (4% PAL speedup) / Theatrical Version : 1:13:57
Video

1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.99 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English 2.0
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Network

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen - 1.66:1

Edition Details:
• Original Theatrical version (1:13:57)

Trailer (1:41)

Gallery

DVD Release Date:
March 17th, 2014
Slim Transparent case

Chapters 10

 

Comments

Weak, but 'campy' science fiction effort from the 60's. Poor costumes and special effects and a modest story.

It vacillates between poor and acceptable for the image and audio quality. It is dual-layered as it offers two versions of the film ('Re-Release' and 'Theatrical'). I assume the 'Re-release' was made because the surviving elements were too poor, or too costly, to restore. The transfers for both are anamorphic in the 1.66:1 aspect ratio. It is only 'watchable' but nothing more and has inferior, inconsistent sound.

 

About the included, longer, 'theatrical version' Network states "viewers will notice a drop in quality" but the image is actually crisper although it can look very green and does have noticeable scratches. It has similar audio issues.

Extras, aside from the bonus Theatrical Version, include a trailer and 'Gallery'.

I don't recommend for those expecting too much although the crackling audio and visual anomalies can add to the nostalgia - it is certainly priced fairly at 5 GBP.

  - Gary Tooze

 


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