Saturday, January 24, 2009

Journey to the Seventh Planet

Journey to the Seventh Planet is a 1962 science fiction film about an Earth expedition to Uranus, which they pronounce "yur AH nus". Ib Glindemann is credited for "original music". The set-up reminds me a bit of the Star Trek Shore Leave episode, though this movie ends up in a whole 'nother place. This is an interesting film, though slow-moving and with chintzy special effects.

Googlevideo has it online:

Voice-over narration before the credits:
There are no limits to the imagination, and man's ability to make reality out of his visions is his greatest strength. Through this skill, he has been able to conquer time and space. The story you are about to see takes place after man has solved the complex mysteries of space travel. The year is 2001. Life has changed now. The planet Earth is no longer racked by wars and threats of annihilation. Man has learned to live with himself. The United Nations is the sole governing body of the world, and the great hunger now is for knowledge. All the planets near the Sun including Saturn have been explored and charted by the U.N. space fleet. But as yet no sign of life in any form has been discovered. The search goes on, and systematic exploration continues. Spaceship Explorer 12 is now on a mission to survey, land and investigate the 7th planet Uranus.

Moria says that "despite itself the film succeeds in transcending its limitations by creating an air of intriguing mystery."

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