In a nut shell, One of the best "cheap n cheerful" sci-fi/comedy films ever.
We first picked up the 2 x 400ft double album of this film many years ago but i always wanted the full feature, one day here in Plymouth from our very own movieland international Roger rang me with a copy, £80. A bargain.
Being an Iver film we were half expecting this one to have started fading, what a great surprise to see that it's as good now as when we bought it.
I am sure many of you know the plot with the talking bomb that just wants to blow up after several malfunctions and of course that comical Alien which appears to be a beech ball with Webb feet, its got the right mix of science fiction and comedy and made on a budget of just $60.000 when John Carpenter and Dan O' Bannon were film students.
John Carpenter and Dan Bannon wrote the screenplay while film students at the University of Southern California. Six years later, the basic "Beachball with Claws" sub-plot of the film was reworked from comedy to horror, and became the basis (along with an unpublished story about gremlins aboard a B-17) for the O' Bannon-scripted science fiction horror classic, Alien.
The super 8 copy we have is very very good considering how old this must be now, there is no fade and colours are very vibrant, very few marks on this copy, the only bit of criticism i can come up with is that it isn't quite pin sharp, but it is far from soft, generally a good overall image. Sound is good, & through our old pioneer stereo amp the added bass gives the film so much more woomfff, especially those deep motor sounds as the bombs go in and out, the electric storm and the light speed sequence before the title, all sound so good with that volume cranked up.