Battle Beyond the Sun
The gigantic battle! - which race will win ... and rule the universe?
Two countries race to have the first successful landing on Mars.
A mighty dry science fiction movie about the race between the South Hemis (Soviets) and the North Hemis (US) to reach Mars first. It's pretty typical 1950's scifi movie, full of bad science, bad special effects and exposition. The monsters that Francis Ford Coppola added when 'Americanizing' the movie don't help much at all, though given the appearance of one of them, it was perhaps appropriate I logged this movie after watching Teeth.
"Battle Beyond the Sun" is a 1960 Roger Corman release adapted from a Soviet science fiction film directed by Mikhail Karyukov and Aleksandr Kozyr. It tells of the "space race", with the USSR forced into competing with the USA to become the first nation to colonize Mars. Corman acquired the film for US distribution and hired then film-school student named Francis Ford Coppola to Americanize it. In addition to preparing a dubbing script free of anti-American propaganda and supervising the dubbing, Coppola filmed a few shots of two Martian animals fighting and cut them into the Soviet material. This Americanized version was titled Battle Beyond the Sun and distributed by American International Pictures in 1964.
You can watch it online here www.ziln.co.nz/video/1353
Another Corman frankenstein job on a Russian SF movie merged with new footage, apparently shot by Francis Ford Coppola. Only reason to watch this is the "battle" of the title, between two monsters the bored Coppola and crew made to be a barely-disguised penis and vagina.