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CELEBRATED studio Amicus Productions, is best known for creating some of Britain’s best fantastical horror titles, as well as an assortment of titles of prestige (The Birthday Party), pop musical (It’s Trad, Dad!) and science fiction seeped in fantasy.
Their spectacular styles and imaginative stories have resulted in many of their films receiving cult classic status and must-see films for every generation.
Now, some of the best known titles (see below) are available to buy individually on DVD from July 30, 2012.
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, Warlords of Atlantis is certificate PG and has a running time of 92 mins.
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, At The Earth’s Core is certificate PG and has a running time of 86 mins.
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, The Land That Time Forgot is certificate PG and has a running time of 87 mins.
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, They Came From Beyond Space is certificate PG and has a running time of 82mins.
Win all four Amicus titles on DVD
To celebrate the release of Warlords of Atlantis, The Land That Time Forgot, They Came From Beyond Space and At The Earth’s Core on DVD from Amicus Productions, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 sets. Simply answer the following question…
Q. Who directs The Land That Time Forgot?
Simply send the answer to Amicus Productions DVDs competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email