630Itâ€™s October. The days are getting shorter and the evenings colder. What could be more obvious than spend the time with a few decent DVDs. Tonightâ€™s movie is barely Halloween-themed, but I think it still works. Thereâ€™s something about destroying Earth that always cheers me up.
**When Worlds Collide** (German Title: **”Der JÃ¼ngste Tag”**) is a classic tale of doomsday. When a couple of astronomers first discover an alien sun and its planet fast approaching on a collision course with Earth, no one believes them. Naturally. Their proposal to build a modern Noahâ€™s Ark is turned down by the United Nations. Only a few industrialists heed the warning â€“ some out of idealism, but at least one because he fears for his own life. With their money, the scientists begin building a rocket to save a handful of people.
Filmed in colour in 1951, When Worlds Collide must have been an expensive movie to make. While it is certainly antiquated, itâ€™s interestingly executed. Itâ€™s a good mix between the human drama of the survivors, and the natural catastrophe. There are even some nice pictures â€“ the sunken New York City, for example, doesnâ€™t look too shabby.
The DVD I watched â€“ German Edition â€“ contains no particular specials. Thereâ€™s the theatrical trailer, which is funny more than anything else, and various languages (English, French, Italian, Spanish). Youâ€™re buying this for the movie and I can tell you that if you like sci-fi or catastrophe flicks, youâ€™ll enjoy this one. Yes itâ€™s ancient. Yes you have to take all that into account. Still, itâ€™ll entertain you. Justâ€¦ brace yourself for the ending. It is truly horrible. And I do not mean that in a good way. I donâ€™t think I am giving much away by telling you that of course there is a â€œhappy endâ€. Itâ€™s basically a few people being happy in front of a landscape that is so obviously painted that it was a piece of crap when it was first designed. I guess the movieâ€™s budget ran out right before the end. Still, watch this one.