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|Battle Beyond The Sun|
Actor: Edd Perry Andy Stewart
Director: Thomas Colchart
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Special Interests, Mystery & Suspense
American version of a spectacular Russian sci-fi epic featuring two grotesque monsters (added by Roger Corman) who battle it out on a distant planet. Francis Ford Coppola supervised production using the pseudonym Thomas Co... more »
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Robert I. Hedges | 07/31/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This was originally made as a political space adventure movie by the former Soviet Union in 1960 as "Nebo Zovyot". It is essentially the story of two superpowers which battle each other on various technological fronts, particularly the exploration of space. In its original form it is much longer (but more interesting) than the Corman edition, which is just over an hour long. For the post-surgical film I consider the brief running time to be an advantage.
Corman took the original film, and with the help of a young Francis Ford Coppola (who elected to be billed as "Thomas Colchart"...I can't imagine why) sliced in footage of a couple of the most ridiculous looking monsters in film history (one has an anatomically suggestive radula), added atrocious dubbing and produced this mess. While the thing is so sliced and diced as to be essentially worthless even as a sausage, I think the biggest downside to it is the pacing: even at its supremely short running time it's just painfully boring.
While I love movies of this genre, I can't really recommend "Battle Beyond the Sun" to anyone other than stalwart camp lovers or to people interested in the Soviet propaganda angle."