ALL SCI-FI Forum Index ALL SCI-FI
Nothin' but pure science fiction!
 
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

Flight to Mars (1951)
Goto page Previous  1, 2
 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    ALL SCI-FI Forum Index -> Sci-Fi Movies and Serials from 1950 to 1969
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Bud Brewster
Galactic Fleet Admiral (site admin)


Joined: 14 Dec 2013
Posts: 13565
Location: North Carolina

PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

________________________________

I guess I shouldn't hold my breath while waiting for comments about my proposed sequel, huh?

Oh well . . . at least I had fun writing it. Sad

_________________
____________
I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit. Only way to be sure.
~ Corporal Hicks
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Custer
Space Sector Commander


Joined: 22 Aug 2015
Posts: 936
Location: Earth

PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 6:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apparently Harvey Weinstein isn't taking any new movie proposals at the moment, sadly...

But a great concept - with that much plot, maybe it should be a trilogy? Otherwise there's a danger that the cute cat wearing the woolly hat could end up with its scenes left on the cutting room floor, or its digital equivalent.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
Bud Brewster
Galactic Fleet Admiral (site admin)


Joined: 14 Dec 2013
Posts: 13565
Location: North Carolina

PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

________________________________

Good point about the richness of the potential sequel!

It just goes to show what a gold mine this modest movie could have been in the hands of folks who saw the possibilities. Concocting a yarn like I described is easy. Just ask yourself what consequences would result from the major plot elements: the Martians' advanced technology, the ruthless ambition of several Martian leaders, the arrival of a spaceship with a design they wanted to use, etc etc etc.

As you indicated, Custer, I didn't restrict myself to proposing just enough plot for one sequel, I just ran with the idea to it's logical conclusion — for the pure fun of it! Very Happy

By gum, I think I'll find another 1950s sci-fi movie and do the same thing again! I enjoy the hell out of it. And if some of you folks enjoy reading it, that's just icing on the cake. Wink

_________________
____________
I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit. Only way to be sure.
~ Corporal Hicks
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Bud Brewster
Galactic Fleet Admiral (site admin)


Joined: 14 Dec 2013
Posts: 13565
Location: North Carolina

PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

________________________________

Don't forget to order your official 2019 Flight to Mars calendar will supplies last!




_________________
____________
I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit. Only way to be sure.
~ Corporal Hicks
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Bud Brewster
Galactic Fleet Admiral (site admin)


Joined: 14 Dec 2013
Posts: 13565
Location: North Carolina

PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2020 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bud Brewster wrote:
________________________________

Thinking Outside the "Plot"!
________________________________

As I described in the post above, think of the possible story lines for a sequel!

Civil war on Mars could divide them into two camps: those who want to invade the earth and those who want be our friends and allies.

The pro-Earth faction builds several rockets and sends ambassadors to warn us of the anti-Earth factions who plan to invade and conquer us.

The rest of the plot in this odd version of War of the Worlds involves Earth being attacked by Martian invaders . . . but also about being defended by Martian allies!

The climax would be a colossal battle — both in space and on Mars — in which the Earth/Martian coalition defeats the hostile Martian forces, frees Mars from the its own brutal tyrants, and unites the two planets!

An era of peace between Earth and Mars begins as the two planets unite to make ambitious plans to mine the asteroids, build Moon bases and space stations, and develope their shared technology to create a fantastic future for both races! Very Happy

Here's an idea for a second sequel. This one would be about an advanced civilization on Venus.

Or rather . . . under it! Confused

The Venusians actually caused the global warming on Venus thousands of years ago, and as the planet got progressively hotter they frantically created underground cities far below the surface to protect them from the rising heat.






During the first century the cities were built in whatever natural caverns the Venusians could find.





But as the centuries rolled by the Venusians developed technology that allowed them to excavate caverns so large they had their own clouds and weather.





The irony of this is that once they had established their beautiful underground cities, they were trapped there by the hellish heat on the surface. Even though their technology progressed to the point where they could build sophisticated spacecraft, all efforts to launch them up through the atmosphere proved disastrous.

If they rose quickly, friction was added to the atmosphere's heat. If they rose slowly, the increased exposure time damaged the spacecraft before they reached space.

Even the upper portions of the tunnels they built to the surface were so hot, construction crews perished the closer they got to ground level! Shocked

On the plus side, boring down into the planet provided the Venusians with a treasure trove of metals and minerals! Their entire civilization was one gigantic mine! Very Happy

And here's a choice bit of iron, too. The intense heat near the surface provided limitless geothermal energy. On Earth we have to drill down to take advantage of that. On Venus . . . they drilled [iu]up[/u]! Cool

But eventually the Venusians developed highly advanced robots which were made of an incredible metal which could withstand the heat and complete the tunnels to the surface. The tunnels were lined with this metal, too. And spacecraft made of this metal could survive the passage through the scalding atmosphere.

And that's another bit of irony; their spaceships didn't have to survive the heat of reentry . . . they had to survive the heat of departure.

And so at last, the Venusians had a way to leave their inhospitable world and invade that lush, green planet just 26 million miles away — Earth! Shocked

_________________
____________
I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit. Only way to be sure.
~ Corporal Hicks
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Maurice
Quantum Engineer


Joined: 14 Dec 2013
Posts: 347
Location: 3rd Rock

PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2020 5:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The average surface temperature on Venus is 864ºF. The Space shuttle faced re-entry heat of about 3000ºF. So the trick would be to cover the entire craft in a material that would dissipate heat, not just the underbelly.

The real trick would be getting off the surface with that 90 atmospheres of pressure and out of those sulfuric acid clouds.

_________________
* * *
"The absence of limitations is the enemy of art."
― Orson Welles
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Maurice
Quantum Engineer


Joined: 14 Dec 2013
Posts: 347
Location: 3rd Rock

PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2020 5:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bud Brewster wrote:
The Internet Archive has all the Starlog issues on file, so if I can find the one that had the article about this movie, I can post it here.

But I'll be damned if I can find out which issue it was!!! Sad

FYI:

STARLOG INDEX here: http://www.schoolandholmes.com/Starlog%20Index.pdf

From that:
Flight to Mars
Issue Page
003: 46
004: 11
007: 59
015: 12

Most of the mentions of the film are in the context of other 50s films. Issue 15 (found here) has a short piece about Wade Williams titled Saved From Extinction that mentions it. But I see no in-depth articles on the film.

_________________
* * *
"The absence of limitations is the enemy of art."
― Orson Welles
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Bud Brewster
Galactic Fleet Admiral (site admin)


Joined: 14 Dec 2013
Posts: 13565
Location: North Carolina

PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

________________________________

Much oblidged, Maurice! Very Happy

Before I obtained the VHS tapes or the DVD, I read that article about the movie's rescue from oblivion, and I was delighted to learn about this "lost classic".

I really like the movie, and it would have been a shame if prints of it hadn't been discovered.

_________________
____________
I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit. Only way to be sure.
~ Corporal Hicks
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Brent Gair
Mission Specialist


Joined: 21 Nov 2014
Posts: 468

PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2021 8:00 pm    Post subject: Blu-ray Disc Special Edition Reply with quote

Howdy folks!

Gee, I feel a little guilty about not posting FOREVER but I just ran out of things to say. After all, they aren't making old movies anymore Smile.

Then I got the mailing from Bud and thought I should try some more posting here. (sorry if the image is a bit large).

I've got this pre-ordered for July.

So here is the claim. This is supposed to be a 4K restoration done from 35mm color separations of the original Cinecolor negative! Sounds a bit too good to be true. We'll see.



Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Bud Brewster
Galactic Fleet Admiral (site admin)


Joined: 14 Dec 2013
Posts: 13565
Location: North Carolina

PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2021 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

________________________________

Bless my soul, Brent! I contacted the Canada government about year ago and begged them to investigate your disappearance —but they refused to take me seriously. Rolling Eyes

However, I'm tickled pink by both your triumphant return and the happy news that a really good Blu-ray of Flight to Mars is finally being released.

I just pre-ordered mine too from Amazon. Thanks for sharing this great news. And please don't go so long between visits, sir!

The fun thing about All Sci-Fi is thinking of something new, interesting, and possibly controversial to say about OLD movies.

I'll just toss out a suggestion to illustrate my point. Can you prove conclusively with any screen shot or publicity photo that Altaira was actually wearing panties? Shocked

Kinda makes ya think, don't it . . . Confused

(Just for the record, I think this photo has been altered, so it doesn't count.)




_________________
____________
I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit. Only way to be sure.
~ Corporal Hicks


Last edited by Bud Brewster on Thu Jul 22, 2021 6:37 pm; edited 1 time in total
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Brent Gair
Mission Specialist


Joined: 21 Nov 2014
Posts: 468

PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2021 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It has arrived!

I hope to watch it later tonight...but it looks real Smile.


Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Bud Brewster
Galactic Fleet Admiral (site admin)


Joined: 14 Dec 2013
Posts: 13565
Location: North Carolina

PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2021 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

________________________________

Mine arrived on Tuesday. I too plan to watch it today. In fact, I'm watching it right now . . . with the commentary by Justin Humphreys. Cool

I've seen this movie so many times that I decided to watch the new Blu-ray with the commentary. And it was a wonderful experience. Justin Humphreys did a great job! He was both respectful and knowledgeable about this movie and the sci-fi genre in general.

The picture quality of this Blu-ray is wonderful! The restoration is flawless! I was very pleased. Very Happy

The horribly damaged portions of the Wade Williams versions are — thankfully — gone from this Blu-ray! The print has been fully restored, so the image is free of scratches, cuts, and film gaps!

I was amazed by how beautiful this "lost" science fiction movie looked after being repaired! Very Happy

If you've seen this movie many times over the years (as I have), the commentary will jazz up your enjoyment with interesting comments. Throughout most of Justin Humphrey's commentary he was respectful of the movie — but towards the end he began to criticize it, and I disagreed strongly with his complaints.

Finally, there's this. This Blu-ray gives the movie such a gorgeous look that it elevates my opinion of it to the point where I now consider it almost equal to movies like Destination Moon and Conquest of Space.

Those movies might be more intelligent — but aesthetically they aren't a whole lot better.

This movie offers science fiction fans a story rich in imagination and packed with sci-fi eye-candy — like futuristic architecture, beautiful rockets, and sexy ladies in short shirts!





This movie avoids the heavy drama of Destination Moon and Conquest of Space.while portraying a cinematic version of the colorful comic books we loved as kids.

Not every movie needs to be thought provoking. Sometimes we just want to relive the thrill we got when we were young and idealistic. Cool

_________________
____________
I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit. Only way to be sure.
~ Corporal Hicks
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Pow
Galactic Ambassador


Joined: 27 Sep 2014
Posts: 2120
Location: New York

PostPosted: Fri Jul 23, 2021 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bud, your sequel story would make for a splendid movie.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    ALL SCI-FI Forum Index -> Sci-Fi Movies and Serials from 1950 to 1969 All times are GMT - 5 Hours
Goto page Previous  1, 2
Page 2 of 2

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group