'Warning From Space: Special Edition'
(Keizô Kawasaki, Toyomi Karita, Bin Yagisawa, et al / Blu-ray / NR / (1956) 2020 / Arrow Video - MVD Visual)
Overview: UFOs are seen around Tokyo, but because they look like giant starfish the aliens cannot approach us without creating panic!
Hence one of them sacrifices itself and takes the form of a popular female singer. It/she warns mankind that a meteor will crash on Earth.
While the approaching meteor causes hotter and hotter weather, mankind runs and builds a last-chance, anti-meteor weapon!
Blu-ray Verdict: Telling it like it is, 'Warning From Space' is a rather cheesy and laughable science fiction effort from Japan, in which Earth is attacked by aliens which look like giant starfish (the cheap costumes have to be seen to be believed!).
In order to cut down on budget, one of the aliens disguises itself as a female singer and it turns out that the aliens aren't bad at all, but rather wishing to help mankind by warning them of an impending meteor strike.
The action is made up of the usual disaster set-pieces achieved with miniature effects and guys in suits arguing in official rooms in a bid to make things right.
That all said, where once only a dubbed version with poor picture quality was available, now we got a quite wondrous High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation, with original uncompressed Japanese mono audio and even an optional newly translated English subtitles included, toboot!
If you weren't aware, 'Warning From Space' was made by Japan's Daiei studio which later gave us the 'Gamera' series of movies and it also seems to borrow ideas that were contained in the 1950s sci-fi classics, 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' and 'When Worlds Collide,' which is no bad thing (given how good those two movies were, of course).
So, in conclusion, if you want to watch actors trying to entertain you with dialogue cut out of a crackerjack box for characters, cut out of a refrigerator box in a plot cut out of the ads in a comic book, settle in and watch this delightfully goofy sci-fi flick, 'Warning From Space.'
Oh, and if the plot confuses you, I suggest buying a ton of old sci-fi pulp magazines from 1930-1960 and reading them, 'cause by the time you're through, you'll understand the plot like the back of your hand! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
– Original uncompressed Japanese mono audio
– Optional newly translated English subtitles
– Brand new commentary by Stuart Galbraith IV, author of Monsters Are Attacking Tokyo!
– First-ever HD transfer of the American release version of the film, including a newly restored English dub track
– Theatrical Trailers
– Image galleries
– Reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by Matt Griffin
Amazon Purchase Link
Original Japanese Trailer