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27th June 2012 14:32:00
Posted by Dave Foster

Amicus Classics this July

News
Studiocanal have announced the UK DVD release of four genre classics from celebrated British studio Amicus Productions. Warlords of Atlantis (1978), At The Earth's Core (1976) and In the Land That Time Forgot (1975) all star Doug McClure and were directed by Kevin Connor. They are joined by director Freddie Francis' 1967 film They Came From Beyond Space. Available individually from 30 July 2012, the RRP is £15.99 each. More from the press release below...

Warlords of Atlantis (1978) - Directed by Kevin Connor
From writer Brian Hayles, best known and most loved for his time as a writer of the original Doctor Who TV series for almost a decade, comes a perilous, nautical tale of mutiny, murder, hidden treasure, giant sea monsters and lost worlds.

Aboard the Texas Rose, a professor of archaeology, his scientist son, and an engineer are on a quest to find the lost city of Atlantis. When a giant octopus attacks their ship, they awaken within a mysterious under water realm. A deep-sea kingdom has been colonised by an advanced alien race with immense psychic powers and a dark secret…

Starring Doug McClure, Peter Gilmore and Shane Rimmer

DVD tech specs: 1.78:1 | English Mono 2.0

At the Earth's Core (1976) - Directed by Kevin Connor
Adapted from famed author and creator of generation endured and loved characters including Tarzan and John Carter, Edgar Rice Burrough’s novel of the same name, Amicus presents another visual spectacular where monsters rule the (inner) world.

Eccentric scientist Dr. Abner Perry (Peter Cushing), develops a huge burrowing machine to pierce the Earth’s core and explore the mysteries deep beneath the surface of our planet. Accompanied by his rich, young backer David Innes (McClure), they travel in the machine. However when it loses control and drills past the core, they realize they have discovered a twilight world ruled by evil giant pre-historic birds that have enslaved a tribe of humans. Can the Doctor and his backer help rescue the tribe and escape the evil clutches of their flying nemesis?

Starring Doug McClure, Peter Cushing, Caroline Munro

DVD tech specs: 1.78:1 | English Mono 2.0

The Land That Time Forgot (1975) - Directed by Kevin Connor
Adapted from another of Edgar Rice Burroughs much loved science fiction classic novels, this time exploring a lost world inhabited by fantastical deadly beasts, dinosaurs, hostile tribes and deadly wildlife.

Set during World War I, survivors of a sinking British merchant ship take the opportunity to command a passing German U-boat. During the violence, the boat loses radio contact and when the U-boat veers off course and loses fuel, they drift into a strange, mist-filled land bursting with rich vegetation. There, they discover huge prehistoric monsters and that dinosaurs still roam. Amid conflicts between the opposed nations, they are forced to bury their political differences in a combined effort for survival.

Starring Doug McClure and John McEnery.
Extras: Interview with Director Kevin Connor, All new interview with Susan Penhaligon
DVD tech specs: 1.85:1 | English Mono 2.0

They Came From Beyond Space (1967) - Directed by Freddie Francis
Directed by two-time Academy Award winning cinematographer Freddie Francis, it cannot be denied that Francis was well-known for creating and delivering superior visuals in film – the key ingredient of sci-fi fare. THEY CAME FROM BEYOND SPACE was no exception.

Extra-terrestrials from outer space have developed a way of transforming brain-power into pure energy, at the expense of their physical forms. Needing new bodies to house the incredible force, the extra-terrestrials invade Earth to export human beings. No one is immune from the invasion except for scientist Dr. Curt Temple, whose skull, as a result of an accident, is reinforced with a metal plate.

Starring Robert Hutton and Jennifer Jayne

DVD tech specs: 1.66:1 | English Mono 2.0

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About Dave Foster
Dave has been loitering the virtual halls of TDF for a decade now and the majority of that time has been spent as Editor of the Home Cinema section (formerly DVDTimes). He doesn't contribute reviews anywhere near as much as he once did (or indeed would like to) but when he does it will invariably be something in the anime or Asian film area.