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    I just rewatched PHANTASM recently and it did not work for me. I remember seeing parts of it as a kid and really liking it, but this time I was left rather cold. Maybe it was just my mood that day. I need to give it another shot. Arrow In the UK put out a box set of all five films so I’m tempted to pick it up and plow through the whole series.

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      I definitely get the in-the-mood aspect of Phantasm. I too want to get to the rest of the series. I was advised not to skip the second one as currently I would have to based on streaming needs, so I first will have to get to number-two before the rest.

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        I recently finished Phase IV. I rate this one high, and should point out this is not my first time seeing it. Cool 1970s science-fiction (another one I think from around the same time that I have enjoyed, Zardoz). The way the story is told makes you think like you are reading one of those paperback novels from the time with those great covers that now stimulate feelings of nostalgia (and painfully so, I might add).

        Could have used more voice-over, I think, to explain a bit more of what was going on. And funny, I always thought the phases referred to phases in space causing the ants to evolve, but I think it referred to the phases of the experiments/communications (I probably missed something along the way). I hope they didn't really kill the praying mantis in that scene, though! (I think some ants may have died, however.)

        Wish some small press would license the rights to the novelization and bring that back into print for a reasonable price. Unfortunately, and I don't know what the last-sale prices really are, I cannot spring for a used copy at this time (or probably at any time)...reminds me to buy any and all novelizations that get released these days...

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          Originally posted by JJ123 View Post
          I definitely get the in-the-mood aspect of Phantasm. I too want to get to the rest of the series. I was advised not to skip the second one as currently I would have to based on streaming needs, so I first will have to get to number-two before the rest.
          Yeah, I think part two is owned by a different studio (Universal?) than the rest which usually leaves it as the odd man out for various licensing.

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            Originally posted by JJ123 View Post
            I recently finished Phase IV. I rate this one high, and should point out this is not my first time seeing it. Cool 1970s science-fiction (another one I think from around the same time that I have enjoyed, Zardoz). The way the story is told makes you think like you are reading one of those paperback novels from the time with those great covers that now stimulate feelings of nostalgia (and painfully so, I might add).

            Could have used more voice-over, I think, to explain a bit more of what was going on. And funny, I always thought the phases referred to phases in space causing the ants to evolve, but I think it referred to the phases of the experiments/communications (I probably missed something along the way). I hope they didn't really kill the praying mantis in that scene, though! (I think some ants may have died, however.)

            Wish some small press would license the rights to the novelization and bring that back into print for a reasonable price. Unfortunately, and I don't know what the last-sale prices really are, I cannot spring for a used copy at this time (or probably at any time)...reminds me to buy any and all novelizations that get released these days...
            Phase IV has been on my “track down” list of movies to see fir a while. There’s way too many movies! And I think this might be the first time Zardoz has been mentioned on the forum. You’ve got some deep dives going on!

            I wonder how much interest there would be for reprints of movie novelizations? I know that some are incredibly hard to find and very expensive like Teddy, the novelization of the movie The Pit. I have some fondness for novelizations. I first read the novelization of Aliens before seeing the movie and it blew my mind as a kid.

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