Written by: Michael Den Boer on May 18th, 2006
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1962 (Creation of the Humanoids), Italy, 1966 (War Between the Planets)
Directors: Wesley Barry (Creation of the Humanoids), Antonio Margheriti (War Between the Planets)
Cast: Don Megowan, Erica Elliott, Don Doolittle, George Milan, Dudley Manlove (Creation of the Humanoids), Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Ombretta Colli, Enzo Fiermonte, Halina Zalewska (War Between the Planets)
DVD Released: May 30th, 2006
Approximate Running Time: 84 Minutes (Creation of the Humanoids), 77 Minutes (War Between the Planets)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen (All Films)
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English (All Films)
DVD Release: Dark Sky Films
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.98
Creation of the Humanoids: In the future a nuclear war has destroyed most of Earth. Now what humans remain must now rely on robot’s known as “Clickers” who have green skin and are bald. Not all humans trust these robots and there is a group “The Order of the Flesh and Blood”. They are lead by a man named Cragis. Secretly the robots with the help of a scientist have been making new robots male and females that look identical to their human counterparts. Cragis becomes suspicious so he raids the scientist lab and when he gets in he is too late the scientist is dead and of course Cragis blames the Robot. Cragis more determined then ever continues to uncover the truth and when he finds the ultimate truth will he be able to accept it.
The acting like the sets in this film is stiff and un-lifelike. The dialog and plot are almost to highbrow for such a low budget affair. The film is filled with many twists and ironies like Cragis falling in love with a woman who is really a robot. Shouldn’t he know the difference his is after all the leader of The Order of the Flesh and Blood? Man’s fear of Robot’s is a theme that recurs in many of these films from this time. Man’s fear of the unknown and it’s unwillingness to embrace technology are driven home in this films plot. There is very little action in this film as most of it takes place in subdued looking sets in which characters spout off endless reams of dialog. Despite all of its flaws Creation of the Humanoids can be a lot of fun if it is not taken to seriously.
War between the Planets: Natural disasters’ like floods and earthquakes are happening at an alarming rate. Scientists’ soon discover that the cause for this is another planet is on a collision course for Earth. Mankind’s only hope for survival is riding on a group of Scientists who are being sent in a rocket ship to investigate this unknown planet that approaches Earth.
This Sci-Fi epic was directed by Antonio Margherit under the pseudonym Anthony Dawson. Margherit makes excellent use of blood colors through out and many of the sets give the film a claustrophobic feel that adds to the films building tension. The film starts off slowly and things begin to get interesting when the crew of scientists leave for outer space. The action is subdued for most of the film with the bulk of it happening in the final twenty minutes. The effects while not state of the art do bring back memories of a time when there were no CGI effects. This film does have several long stretches in which nothing happens still it is entertaining in a superficial way.
Creation of the Humanoids and War between the Planets are presented in 1.85:1 aspect ratios and they are both anamorphic enhanced. The colors for both films look vivid with lucid red and blues. The black levels are solid and detail look exceptional sharp through out. Overall the source materials used for both transfer are nearly flawless and free on nay major print damage.
Both films come with one audio option English which is presented in a Dolby Digital mono. There are some minor instances of hissing, still nothing that ever becomes to distracting. Removable English subtitles that are easy to read and follow have been included.
Before the film and in between the features is where all the extra content takes place. Extras’ consist of some old school drive in concession stand ads and coming attractions’ which are essentially trailers for films released by Dark Skies. Overall Dark Skies Films latest double feature pairs together two quirky Sci-Fi films at a more then affordable price.