Monday, March 14, 2016

Cinema Cycle - The Land Unknown


CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)

Golden Age of Science Fiction Thrillers II
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DATE REVIEWED: 03/14/2016


FORMAT: Laserdisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 20 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 16.3 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 4388.3 miles

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SYNOPSIS: Three navy officers and woman reporter become stranded in a prehistoric jungle in the middle of Antarctica. (seriously)

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CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER:  Cutting edge for it’s day.  Campy by today’s standards.  Think of “Leave to Beaver” meets the Crab Monster.

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PROS AND CONS:  I thought this was going to be another bizarre movie experience along the lines of “Plan 9 From Outer Space”, but I was wrong, sort of.

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It is pretty bizarre, but it also done with some studio muscle behind it and while some of the effects are laughable by today's standards, you can tell they were not cheap for their day.  

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What does tend to shine through all the campy-ness is the true blue, ‘The American Way is the Right Way’ sort of thinking.  Gender roles are clearly defined (the final line of the film is the heroine exclaiming to her new celibate fiance that they will be having a baby in 9 months!) There are a lot of morality and humanity issues raised where perseverance and fortitude always prevail.


To read an overview of this project, check out this status posting.  

This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.