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Phase IV: The Microcosmic World of Ken Middleham
Cinefex Issue 3 - Article by Don Shay

Phase IV was anything but a typical science fiction film. No spaceships, no alien invaders, no unleashed technological horrors - just ants. But not ordinary ants. Ants with geometric patterns emblazoned on their foreheads; ants unafraid to engage a praying mantis in battle; ants that bestow ceremonial honors on their fallen dead; and ants that transport crystals of posionous material in a suicidal death march. Ace macro cinematographer Ken Middleham discusses the creation and photography of these uncharacteristic ant behaviors.

Milton Parker, Thursday, 8 March 2012 22:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

shot of tarantula's face (?) where you can see a fly reflected in its eyes is amazing. what a great film.

the sir edmund hillary of sitting through pauly shore films (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 12 March 2012 21:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

Probably shouldn't have been rated G.

I find myself saying this about other scifi movies of the era - destroy all monsters, beneath the planet of the apes, planet of the apes, and the andromeda strain come to mind, all have pretty violent/disturbing scenes, with (not that I care) nudity in the latter two. MPAA, what happened to you?

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 21:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

bummed that netflix has the DVD of hellstrom chronicle but not blu-ray

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 21:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

The end of the trailer for phase IV clearly uses a few shots from the original ending of the film

The directors cut has got to be out there somewhere

Milton Parker, Friday, 30 March 2012 02:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

god I wish that would get discovered

milton maybe you can be the ray carney to saul bass' cassavetes

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Friday, 30 March 2012 15:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

!!

johnny crunch, Monday, 25 June 2012 23:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

phase iv is super creepy & psychedelic, with some of the best acting by real ants ever filmed and a great burbling electronic score. I was talking to a friend who had vague memories of seeing it as a child, but he had perfect recall when it came to the scene where ants started crawling out of the 3 circular holes in a dead guy's hand.

DVD NOW PLZ

-- Edward III, Wednesday, 19 March 2008 14:35 (3 months ago) Link

DVD GODZ HAVE ANSWERED MY PRAYERS

― Edward III, Wednesday, July 9, 2008 4:35 PM (3 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

The end of the trailer for phase IV clearly uses a few shots from the original ending of the film

The directors cut has got to be out there somewhere

http://www.youtube.com/v/IuhgBvOWb_k&fs=1&hl=en

― Milton Parker, Thursday, March 29, 2012 10:41 PM (2 months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

god I wish that would get discovered

milton maybe you can be the ray carney to saul bass' cassavetes

― diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Friday, March 30, 2012 11:15 AM (2 months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

2 months pass...

HOLY

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/saul-bass-phase-iv-original-ending-cinefamily-paramount-341449

― Ned Raggett, Monday, June 25, 2012 6:15 PM (Yesterday)

my phase iv precog is strong

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Tuesday, 26 June 2012 04:28 (1 year ago) Permalink

And for that we thank you.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 05:24 (1 year ago) Permalink

this would be the point in a twilight zone episode where I'd say I like the film so much I wish it would come true

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Tuesday, 26 June 2012 05:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

fancy poodle (latebloomer), Tuesday, 26 June 2012 10:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

haha what the what

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Tuesday, 26 June 2012 16:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

venn diagram of baseball fans & apocalyptic insect enthusiasts

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Tuesday, 26 June 2012 16:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

That's fucking ILX in a nutshell! It's obvious that's Morbz right there!

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 16:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

so awesome this has been found. great news.

a dense custard of infinity (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 26 June 2012 18:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

LOTS OF LOVE FOR THIS FILM.

Matt M., Monday, 2 July 2012 04:42 (1 year ago) Permalink

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 2 July 2012 07:30 (1 year ago) Permalink

Hey, did you go to either of the showings of the film the last couple weekends? I was told that the suppressed ending was going to be screened, but friends who went just last night said that the ending wasn't shown, due to objections by the estate. What gives?

Matt M., Monday, 2 July 2012 15:30 (1 year ago) Permalink

Cinefamily did mention that the re-discovered ending would only be shown on 24 June. I went to the showing on Thursday... still processing it. I'm not sure if it's even reviewable in the traditional sense.

Man I wish someone would DVD-R release all of Omni Magazine.

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 2 July 2012 21:13 (1 year ago) Permalink

Ah, interesting. I'd assumed that once the ending was out there that it'd be shown again.

Or it would at least show up on the net...

Would buy a DVD of OMNI in a heartbeat. Maybe less.

Matt M., Monday, 2 July 2012 23:18 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

also online: audience-cam from the phase iv cinefamily screening

Milton Parker, Monday, 22 July 2013 19:14 (8 months ago) Permalink

WHERE

truth bomb lawyer mean mean pride (Edward III), Tuesday, 23 July 2013 18:50 (8 months ago) Permalink

Milton Parker, Sunday, 28 July 2013 22:28 (8 months ago) Permalink

thanking u

truth bomb lawyer mean mean pride (Edward III), Monday, 29 July 2013 17:55 (8 months ago) Permalink

maybe it's just as well they took that out, it would've blown my childhood mind beyond all repair

truth bomb lawyer mean mean pride (Edward III), Monday, 29 July 2013 18:02 (8 months ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

The lost ending is without a doubt the coolest thing I have ever seen. I still need to see this movie though.

Are there any other films that have this style trippy amazing 70s psych montage? It is beyond cool.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 3 October 2013 20:22 (6 months ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, "Quest" is pretty cool too!

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 3 October 2013 20:22 (6 months ago) Permalink

mr bass and mr middleham would have loved these

Milton Parker, Thursday, 10 October 2013 17:51 (6 months ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

RIP Nigel Davenport.

hewing to the status quo with great zealotry (DavidM), Monday, 4 November 2013 15:08 (5 months ago) Permalink


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