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Sci-Fi films Not Released In Australia For Reasons Unknown.

HONDOHONDO Member Posts: 7,017 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector


Port Sinister (1953 ).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Port Sinister is an interesting film. I wasn't released in Australia for reasons unknown. It was possibly banned by the Australian censor on horror grounds or it is possible for this independently made film the Australian distribution rights were not controlled by RKO. RKO only had release rights to the film in the U.S. from 1953 until the film was re-released by Mutual Productions in 1957.

It is interesting the image on the above British quad that should have shown a threatening giant crab has been replaced by a mountain. The film was re-released under the title of Beast Of Paradise Isle on a double bill in 1957 with Creatures Of The Jungle which was the re-release title of The White Orchid.

Lawrence

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  • HONDOHONDO Member Posts: 7,017 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector

                                                                 The Atomic Submarine ( 1959 )                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Another interesting film. It wasn't released in Australia for reasons unknown. It was possibly banned in Australia but I doubt this as it doesn't appear to be the type of film that would be banned. It was an independently made film released in the U.S.A. by Allied Artists. I found it was released in at lease two European countries along with Argentina. It is possible Allied Artists didn't have Australian release rights for this film.

    Some Trivia obtained from the IMDb website.

    The film inspired the film Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea ( 1961 ) and the TV series Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea ( 1964 ). it was also remade as an episode of that series.

    The trailer for this Allied Artists release played down the science fiction elements and made it look more like a military action film.


    Lawrence
  • EisenhowerEisenhower Member, Administrator, Moderator Posts: 3,373 admin
    Great looking HS! They used cool artwork with photo images nicely! Dick Foran, Bob Steele and Tom Conway! I imagine it would have some good action!
    Mark
  • HONDOHONDO Member Posts: 7,017 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector

                                                                                                                                                                                                King Dinosaur  ( 1955 )                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             An early Bert I Gordon effort running a brief 63 minutes in screen running time. Has only a 1.9 rating on the IMDB website. Has been called one of the worst films ever made by some. One of the final films released by the Lippert Pictures organisation in the U.S.A. before their product, under the new name of Regal Films, was released by 20th Century Fox worldwide.

    Could have been missed around the time that Lippert Pictures ceased operating and when a few companies were releasing some Lippert product but my feeling is nobody wished to release this film in Australia because it was so bad.

    Lawrence
  • DavidDavid Administrator Posts: 10,060 admin
    Dunno, seem in line with the rest

    David
  • HONDOHONDO Member Posts: 7,017 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector
    There are numerous Lippert films that were not released in Australia in the1950s including Project Moonbase, The Jungle and Unknown World. The Unknown World has been screened in the early hours of the morning on ABC television and is really bad.
    Lawrence
  • HONDOHONDO Member Posts: 7,017 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector
    edited October 2015

    Jumped the gun. Soon.

    Lawrence
  • HONDOHONDO Member Posts: 7,017 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector

    Having some problems processing an image at present.

    Lawrence
  • HONDOHONDO Member Posts: 7,017 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector
                                                                                                                                                                               Unknown World  ( 1951 ). The second of the Lippert Pictures U.S. releases I intend listing on this thread. King Dinosaur was posted previously. There will be more later. All of the Lippert Pictures I have shown so far plus all those that will follow were not released in Australia. I believe none of them were banned but just not picked up for distribution in Australia.
    Lawrence
  • HONDOHONDO Member Posts: 7,017 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector

    Project Moonbase ( 1953 ). The third of the Lippert Pictures U.S. releases not released in Australia.

    Lawrence
  • HONDOHONDO Member Posts: 7,017 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector
                                                                                                                                                                                              Spaceways ( 1953 ). A co-production and U.K. film. A Hammer Films / Exclusive Films U.K. release and released by Lippert Films in the U.S.A. The fourth of the Lippert Pictures sci-fi titles not released in Australia.
    Lawrence
  • HONDOHONDO Member Posts: 7,017 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector
    edited August 2016

                                                              From Hell It Came ( 1957 ). A combination Horror and Sci-Fi film produced by  Milner Brothers Productions and originally released in the U.S.A. by Allied Artists Pictures. I am uncertain for the reason why it wasn't released in Australia.       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The answer could be one of the following ----

    Banned but no record found to confirm this.

    Paramount Pictures when they obtained Australian distribution rights in the late 1950's to AA product and had a large backlog of product, the film was left out of the current and backlog of titles bought due to the large number of films that were available.

    The film was rejected by Paramount Pictures as being simptly terrible. Only has  a 3.4 rating score on IMDB and Leonard Maltin rated it 1 & 1/2 out of 7.


    Lawrence
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