Space:1969 -Brother Sun, Sister Moon
Here's a couple of new releases of two 39 year old British space films!!! Hard to believe!!! The first is MOON ZERO TWO, a Hammer film from 1969(it's double billed with WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH as Best Buy exclusive!) that's a total hoot from the wild animated/swingin rock credits that are completely out of place but somehow, appropriate. The film stars James Olsen, Catherine Schell(yep, Maya from SPACE:1999 season 2) and Carol Cleveland(Monty Python) in a small role. Touted as a "space western" it has some fairly cool visual effects(with the clarity of DVD you can now see the folds in the black space backdrop cloth!!) and actually, good acting. The sets, clothing, costumes are everything 1960's but in the year 2021. Nice to know those fashions may have a comeback!!
And speaking of SPACE:1999, a few years before Gerry Anderson made that series, he produced a cool, slightly illogical film called JOURNEY TO THE FAR SIDE OF THE SUN. Known in the UK as DOPPELGANGER, it tells the story of a journey, in the year 2069 to a new planet on the other side of the sun from the earth. When the two man crew-headed by Roy Thinnes-arrives they find something they didn't expect-that they've somehow returned to earth. Or have they?
The film benefits from incredible FX work by Derek Meddings, and, a great score by Barry Gray who literally was the "sound" of anything Gerry Anderson. The film also stars most of the cast of the series UFO which was a spin off, more or less, of this film, in 1970. Again, it's nice to know that Nehru jackets and go-go boots will be in fashion again in 2069.
Oddly, the series SPACE:1999 owes more to MOON ZERO TWO than JOURNEY despite the former film was a totally different production crew. I watch these old films, they're always a hoot to have on when I am painting something spacey. Both are available now, with MOON ZERO TWO being a Best Buy exclusive!