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Planet of Storms — aka Planeta Bur (1962)

 
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 4:24 pm    Post subject: Planet of Storms — aka Planeta Bur (1962) Reply with quote

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It saddens me to think that the Russians did such a fine job of producing this intelligent and imaginative movie in the early 1960s while most of Hollywood's science fiction films were far less praiseworthy during that period. Sad

Take a look at the movies from 1960 through 1965 in All Sci-Fi's chronological index for that period and you'll see what I mean.

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The premise of Planeta Bur is wonderfully ambitious; a three-ship mission to Venus suffers the loss of one ship during the voyage, but this bold endeavor includes the following inspiring elements.

Those magnificent space suits —




— a floating car that epitomizes the "futuristic" designs of Detroit's "dream cars", a decade earlier —





— and a robot who looks like he could kick Gort's ass!



And that surprising ending, which simply screams "sequel" . . . in both Russian and English! Laughing

Imagine a sequel which connects the dialogue between the cosmonauts in the movie when they speculate that the Venusians were actually colonists from Mars —

— and the film's climax, which offers this shot as a connection between those same Venusian colonists from Mars —



— along with the well-known Face on Mars! This is a very cool movie. Cool

By the way, look closely at the amazingly symmetrical border around the "face" in the version on the right below.



Even if we're completely wrong to think that the eroded rock is a human face in the left-hand image . . . how can the natural rock formation around it in the right-hand image appear so much like a frame that surrounds a "portrait"?

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This film is also known as "VOYAGE TO A PREHISTORIC PLANET" And can be found here :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oz2vjciA9_s
In original Russian (With subtitles.)

And here :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sh2nLzOVHeQ&t=672s

In English.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

^^ Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet was an Americanized version that changed the storyline somewhat, and added newly shot footage of Basil Rathbone and Faith Domergue.

And then there's Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (1968), which consists mostly of English-dubbed Planeta Bur footage and features Mamie Van Doren and a bevy of amphibian, telepathic, seashell-bra-wearing Venus babes!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 2:41 am    Post subject: Re: Planet of Storms — aka Planeta Bur (1962) Reply with quote

Bud Brewster wrote:



Even if we're completely wrong to think that the eroded rock is a human face in the left-hand image . . . how can the natural rock formation around it in the right-hand image appear so much like a frame that surrounds a "portrait"?

Because.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I was very surprised yesterday when I discovered that even though Planeta Bur (Planet of Storms) was listed in the alphabetical index, the link didn't work and we did NOT have a thread for it.

Curious . . . Confused

We do, of course, have threads for the two Americanized versions mentioned above, located at the links below. My post which recreated a thread for the original Russian film isn't much more than some sincere praise and several nice pictures, but I'm delighted that it resulted in a discussion by you guys.

Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (1968)

Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet (1965)

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That floating car looks suspiciously like “Supercar” from the 50’s puppet cartoon show I watched as a kid.

I remember the Prehistoric Planet reruns too. That robot could carry two cosmonauts across a lava flow until it started to melt at which time it tried to throw off the two men. Guess the Russians didn’t know about Asimov’s laws of robotics.

https://images.app.goo.gl/VYnWoUj31PuDFAyRA
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The one it reminds me of is the 1954 concept car, the Ford Atmos.




In fact, with a bit of Bud's Phamous Photographic Phiddling I can make the Atmos look even more like the floating car.
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