Mar 222015
 

First Men in the Moon is hokey for sure but it’s also a fun flick with some impressive special and visual effects work that still, for the most part, hold up today and especially in high-definition where flaws can be highlighted.

 

 

First Men in the Moon
(1964)


REVIEW NAVIGATION

The Movie
| Special Features | Video Quality | Audio Quality | Overall

Genre(s): Science Fiction
Twilight Time | NR – 103 min. – $29.95 | March 10, 2015

MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
Nathan Juran
Writer(s): H.G. Wells (story), Nigel Kneale and Jan Read (screenplay)
Cast: Edward Judd, Martha Hyer, Lionel Jeffries

DISC INFO:
Features:
Commentary, Featurette, Into, Trailers
Digital Copy: No
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.35
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 30.9 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C


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THE MOVIE

Special effects maestro Ray Harryhausen’s First Men in the Moon posits a modern day U.N. lunar mission which discovers — lo and behold — that a motley little 19th-century human crew has beaten them to it. Edward Judd, Martha Hyer, and the inimitable Lionel Jeffries are the intrepid explorers, encountering everything from a giant centipede to some particularly nasty oversize insectoid creatures.

SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.25/5

This release comes with a 6-page essay booklet.

There’s a fair number of features including an Audio Commentary with Ray Harryhausen and FX Artist Randall William Cook; an Introduction (4:54; HD) of First Men in the Moon by Cook; vintage featurette Tomorrow the Moon (4:33; HD); and the Theatrical Trailer (3:21; HD) and Teaser (1:23; HD).


VIDEO – 5.0/5

Twilight Time releases First Men in the Moon onto Blu-ray with a brilliant looking 1080p high-definition transfer. Presented in its original 2.35 widescreen aspect ratio, this transfer is fantastic with amazing detail levels throughout, good color balance and nary a flaw like aliasing, artifacts, dust marks, scratches and other ailments that befall some of these older films.

AUDIO – 4.5/5

Not to be outdone, the 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track offers excellent clarity with crisp and clear dialogue levels while the sound effects, albeit a bit flat in spots, make good use of the front and rear channels while Laurie Johnson’s score gives some fine depth to this lossless track.



OVERALL – 4.0/5

Overall, First Men in the Moon is hokey for sure but it’s also a fun flick with some impressive special and visual effects work that still, for the most part, hold up today and especially in high-definition where flaws can be highlighted. The Blu-ray released by Twilight Time is well done with fantastic video/audio transfers and a fine set of bonus material.

 

Published: 03/22/2015

 

 

 

 

 

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