Grindhouse Sci-Fi Collection (The Galaxy Invader / Kong Island / Warriors of the Wasteland / Cosmos: War of the Planets / The Day Time Ended / The Doomsday Machine / War of the Robots / It's Alive) (4-DVD)
- Number of Discs: 4
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 11 hours
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Released: October 27, 2009
- Originally Released: 2009
- Label: Alpha Video
Description by OLDIES.com:
Starring Jim Davis, Dorothy Malone, Christopher Mitchum, Natasha Ryan; Directed by John "Bud" Cardos.
The Doomsday Machine (1972, Color): A nuclear showdown between the U.S. and the Red Chinese reaches a boiling point when spies discover that the communists have created a doomsday machine capable of disintegrating the Earth. As the world approaches apocalypse, the Americans hastily launch a crew of male and female astronauts into space in a last ditch effort to save the human race. The orbiting survivors watch horrified as the Earth is destroyed. Adrift in their tiny, vulnerable ship, they must face their greatest fears and a very dark future of hardship, madness and death.
Starring Grant Williams, Mala Powers, Henry Wilcoxon, Ruta Lee; Directed by Harry Hope and Lee Sholem; Cinematography Stanley Cortez.
The Galaxy Invader (1985, Color):A hideous reptilian alien crashes his space ship in rural Maryland. Soon the night woods are crawling with beer-drinking rednecks hankering to capture the "green man," get famous and make a whole lot of money. Leading the chase is drunkard Joe Montague, the violent patriarch of a poor backwoods family. After six men in the hunting party die in a fierce shoot-out, Joe manages to lasso the creature. But a local teen and a freelance UFO investigator are determined to rescue the alien, setting the stage for an angry confrontation that can only lead to more deadly violence. Starring Richard Ruxton, George Stover, Glenn Barnes, Fave Tilles, Don Liefert; Written & Directed by Don Dohler.
Special Galaxy Invader BONUS Feature: Commentary Track with George Stover, Leanna Chamish, and Dick "Count Gore DeVore" Dyszel
Kong Island (1969, Color): Robot-controlled killer gorillas, guided by signals from a mad scientist's secret underground lab, raid a safari camp, and kidnap beautiful young Diane as she undresses for bed. Her father begs mercenary soldier Burt Dawson to lead a rescue mission. Burt's crew is ambushed in the jungle, leaving him the only survivor. Racing for his life through the underbrush, he comes face to face with the "Sacred Monkey" - a beautiful girl who had been raised by apes. Her help will be crucial for Burt's escape from the dark labyrinths of Kong Island. Starring Brad Harris, Marc Lawrence, Ursula Davis, Esmeralda Barros; Directed by Robert Morris.
War Of the Robots (1978, Color, 103 minutes): An army of androids from beyond the solar system is sent to earth to kidnap its greatest scientist in a desperate bid to save their home planet from extinction. A team of space rangers is sent on a daring rescue mission, leading to a final cataclysmic battle in space, as Earth tries to hold off a mass invasion by the robot fleets.
This lavish Italian production comes on the heels of the phenomenal success of American director George Lucas' groundbreaking Star Wars - and its influence is apparent (watch for the light sabers!). Director Alfonso Brescia alternated between gladiator, mafia and space operas in his thirty year filmmaking career. Star Antonio Sabato is the father of well-known American TV personality, Antonio Sabato, Jr.
Starring Antonio Sabato, Yanti Somer, Malisa Longo, Patrizia Gori; Directed by Alfonso Brescia.
It's Alive (1968, Color, 80 minutes): In a subterranean labyrinth beneath the remote mountain home of a deranged madman lurks a hideous creature that lives on human flesh. Three victims, imprisoned in the volcanic hell-hole, plead for their lives to their diabolical captor as they desperately attempt to escape their fate - a quick meal for the monster. This low-budget shocker from notorious Z-budget director, Larry Buchanan (The Eye Creatures, Zontar - The Thing from Venus, Mars Needs Women) stars Tommy Kirk, one-time Disney teen heart-throb. Kirk starred in many Disney live-action classics in the 1950s, including Old Yeller, The Shaggy Dog, Swiss Family Robinson and The Absent-Minded Professor.
Starring Tommy Kirk, Bill Thurman, Shirley Bonne, Annabelle MacAdams, Coveth Ousterhouse; Directed by Larry Buchanan.
Warriors of the Wasteland (1982, Color): In the post-apocalyptic world of 2019 A.D., a cult of executioners terrorizes the straggling remnants of humanity. The bloodthirsty Templars, an army of crazed killers led by an egomaniacal tyrant known only as One, roam the scorched and barren landscape in jerry-rigged death cars, rooting out the survivors and slaughtering them. One man, Scorpion, has dedicated his life to fighting the evil Templars. He is joined in this blood feud by Nadir, a renegade fighter with a bad attitude and a quiver full of explosive-tipped arrows. Grossly outnumbered, the two righteous warriors have the fate of earth's future in their hands.
This Italian variation on the mega-hit Mad Max series is a high-octane blood-bath. Fred "The Hammer" Williamson stars as arrow-bomber Nadir. Williamson made a name for himself as a street-wise tough guy in "blaxploitation" films like That Man Bolt (1973) and Black Caesar (1973) and more recently appeared in the Robert Rodriquez indie shocker, From Dusk Til Dawn (1996) as a vampire hunter.
Starring Fred Williamson, Timothy Brent, George Eastman; Directed by Enzo G. Castellari.
Cosmos: War of the Planets (1977, Color): Mysterious signals from beyond the solar system have the Earth in a panic. The Space Command sends maverick Rocket Captain Alex Hamilton and his crew of astronauts into uncharted regions of the galaxy to investigate. After a disastrous encounter with alien saucers, their crippled ship is pulled by a gravity beam down to a rogue planet ruled by a cybernetic monster. The evil machine needs humans to repair its damaged circuitry so that it can carry out its plan to conquer the universe - beginning with Earth!
From the same Italian crew that brought Battle of the Stars (1977), War of the Robots (1978) and Space Odyssey (1979) to the screen, Cosmos: War of the Planets pays homage to some of the greatest science fiction hits of the time, featuring a ship-board "orgasmatron" (a la Woody Allen's 1973 hit, Sleeper) and a neurotic out-of-control computer (shades of Hal 9000 in Kubrick's 1968 masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey).
Starring John Richardson, Yanti Somer, West Buchanan, Katia Christine; Directed by Alfonso Brescia.