Though it's a major-studio, full-color production shot in Cinemascope—a process sadly lost in a severely clipped pan-and-scan transfer—this 1956 sci-fi movie, on video for the first time, has the look of a major film and the feel and sensibility of a low-budget production. Fortunately, it also retains many of the latter's pleasures. A group of astronauts, the first men ever in space, accidentally breaks the time barrier and finds itself stranded in the Rocky Mountains of the 26th century. After encountering an embarrassingly inanimate-looking bunch of giant spiders, they discover that things have changed following, of course, a nuclear war. In a reversal of its obvious source, H.G. Wells' The Time Machine, the surface has become overrun with savage, one-eyed "mutates" while a gutless but peaceful strand of humanity has gone underground. Here, the women are brassy and scantily clad, the men wear stockings and skull caps, and all are fearful of life on the surface, even though remaining underground may mean the end of their civilization. Though not a good movie by any stretch—at one point, while his buddy is fighting the leader of the one-eyed monsters, an astronaut enthusiastically shouts, "Stay on his blind side!"—World Without End never lulls and seldom fails to entertain, albeit not always in the way intended. Historical note: In an example of a director's projects eventually being matched to his level of talent, Edward L. Bernds would go on to direct the Zsa Zsa Gabor vehicle Queen of Outer Space, as well as Three Stooges In Orbit and The Three Stooges Meet Hercules.