Flight To Mars (1951) [Special Edition] [Blu-ray]
(Marguerite Chapman, Cameron Mitchell, et al / Blu-ray / NR / (1951) 2021 / The Film Detective - MVD Visual)
Overview: Five Earthlings land on Mars and are greeted by a team of friendly inhabitants. In time, they learn that the genial welcoming party secretly covets their ship.
Fearing they have depleted the key mineral used to power their life-support systems, the Martians are determined to get off their dying planet.
Not only do the Martians intend to leave the stranded crew behind to die, but they also plan to invade and conquer Earth. The discovery of this sinister alien agenda kicks off a long round of deception and suspense.
Can the space travelers outsmart these diabolical Martians? All seems lost until a female Martian scientist offers to help. Suddenly the group from Earth has a fighting chance!
Blu-ray Verdict: Personally, I love this 1950’s movie! Always have done. In truth, I kina enjoy most all of the pictures from this era and have several of its contemporaries, but now it has had a quite spectacular 4K restoration process applied, sourced from the original 35mm Cinecolor separation negatives, well, it is like gold in my hands right now!
This movie has lots of the quaint things which are distinctive about the pictures from that era, such as fantastic rocket ships, great imagination, quaint outfits, (leather flying jackets and leather flying caps as spacesuits, alien women with padded shoulders and mini-skirts), and a Martian surface with no change of gravity! Oh, and breathable air, of course!
The movie is about four people, three scientists and one journalist, who journey to Mars, not knowing what they will find or whether they will find their way home again.
On their way to Mars, our heroes encounter a meteor storm, and lose all contact with Earth, their only option is to keep going. When they get to Mars, they find that there exists a race of fellow human beings who survive underground.
At first, everything seems utopia, but, as we soon learn, the Martians are running out of resources on their planet and Earth starts to look pretty good.
Luckily, not all the Martians are on board with the idea of conquering Earth, including a beautiful, short-skirt, wearing Martian woman named Alita, who decide to help the Earth people.
Something else I think you all should know is that this movie was filmed on a very low budget and in only five days! Never the less, the movie looks fantastic and the production design is stellar also.
That rich goodness all said, Flight To Mars, for me, still isn’t as good as period classics such as Forbidden Planet (one of the all-time best), When Worlds Collide, or The Day the Earth Stood Still, or perhaps even the well-polished production of Destination Moon, but it is still very much a quite wonderful movie for any fan to own and include in their growing collections of this kind and genre. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.37:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
4K restoration sourced from the original 35mm Cinecolor separation negatives
Two exclusive documentaries - Walter Mirisch: From Bomba to Body Snatchers and Interstellar Travelogues: Cinema’s First Space Race
Audio Commentary with Justin Humphries
Full Color booklet with essay, Mars at the Movies, by Don Stradley