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The DEFA Sci-Fi Collection
The DEFA Sci-Fi Collection
Actors: Yoko Tani, Oldrich Lukes, Ignacy Machowski, Julius Ongewe, Michail N. Postnikow
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
UR     2005     4hr 30min

Newly re-mastered and packed with fascinating bonus materials, THE DEFA SCI-FI COLLECTION features three seminal works from the legendary DEFA film studio: — The Silent Star, Eolomea and In the Dust of the Stars. Always pro...  more »

     
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Actors: Yoko Tani, Oldrich Lukes, Ignacy Machowski, Julius Ongewe, Michail N. Postnikow
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Love & Romance, Classics, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: First Run Features
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 08/23/2005
Original Release Date: 10/31/1962
Theatrical Release Date: 10/31/1962
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 4hr 30min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaDVD Credits: 3
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 6
Edition: Box set,Special Edition
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: German
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Nice
jrc | Jonesboro, AR USA | 08/31/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Just reviewed my DEFA SCI FI collection. There are a few minor points about the Amazon listing for this collection. Note that it only contains 3 discs, not the 5 as listed. All of the features are presented in anamorphic widescreen in the proper ARs.

All three films are presented in German with English subtitles. The quality is quite good overall. The weakest transfer is the earliest, SILENT STAR (aka FIRST SPACESHIP ON VENUS). The transfer is a bit soft and there are some occasional minor color fluctuations around reel changes. It still looks much better than Image's DVD of FIRST SPACESHIP ON VENUS (the only other 2.35:1 transfer of this title on DVD).

The other two films were released in 1972 and 1976. I had never seen them before and found them interesting.

The SILENT STAR disc was obviously made in cooperation with UMASS, and probably contains most of the same extras that their $185 disc contains!

For fans of Euro Sci-Fi, this is a very interesting collection that I highly recommend.
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Shame about the letterboxing
Shugg | UK | 01/06/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"While it is wonderful to have these very interesting films available, it is a terrible shame that they are not presented anamorphically, but letterboxed. The subtitles are also infuriating - if you zoom the picture in, the subtitles on the 2 newer films lose their second line as they are not in the picture frame. Excellent prints and extras however. It's good to see a SF perspective that is completely out of the Hollywood zone."
Eine richtige Schande!
J. MOLDOVAN | 06/14/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The subtitles are almost completely useless. A shame if you don't speak German because the films are OK. With this fault in mind, the disks are a bit pricey."