The Day the Earth Caught Fire

The INCREDIBLE becomes Real! The IMPOSSIBLE becomes Fact! The UNBELIEVABLE becomes True!
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  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: July 7, 2020
  • Originally Released: 1961
  • Label: KL Studio Classics

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User Ratings: 2,714
One is never quite sure how seriously one is expected to take this examination of newspaper ethics in time of crisis: the shot of the two headlines is certainly ironic, but the final narration is so noble and portentous that its effect is dissipated. Full Review
Monthly Film Bulletin
Jan 30, 2018
The premise lends itself to the inspired pandemonium of a Max Ernst Full Review
Dec 9, 2009
The disaster genre is not generally known for its insights into characters or its clever dialogue, but The Day the Earth Caught Fire is an admirable exception. Full Review
Dec 1, 2004
Rating: 3/5 -- Slow, depressing, but convincing sci-fi film
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Aug 21, 2002
Rating: B+ -- An intelligent low-budget sci-fi doomsday pic. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Jun 7, 2011
Rating: 2/5 -- The Day the Moviewatcher Nodded Off
Jul 26, 2002
A compelling science-fiction opus from Britain - less hypnotic, perhaps, than last year's Village of the Damned but superior to most of its competitors. Full Review
Maclean's Magazine
Oct 11, 2019

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From Val Guest, the director of The Quatermass Xperiment, Quatermass 2, The Abominable Snowman and Hell Is a City, comes one of the greatest doomsday movies ever made! When the United States and the Soviet Union simultaneously set off nuclear explosions, London’s Daily Express begins to report on bizarre weather changes around the world. But when the reporters dig deeper, they discover that the blasts have knocked Earth off its axis and sent it hurtling towards the sun. Now, as scorching heat and devastating floods plague the planet, cities explode in chaos and mankind is left with one last hope: A final massive detonation that will either re-balance Earth’s orbit or destroy the world forever! Produced, directed and co-written by Guest, this British classic is legendary for its brilliant dialogue, chilling realism and one of the most provocative endings in sci-fi history. Beautifully shot in stunning black-and-white Cinemascope by Harry Waxman (The Wicker Man, Brighton Rock) and starring Janet Munro (The Crawling Eye), Leo McKern (A Man for All Seasons) and Edward Judd (First Men in the Moon), The Day the Earth Caught Fire is now completely re-mastered in 4K from the original vault materials.


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