Wednesday, July 22, 2009

View-Master: METEOR

METEOR (1979) was American International Pictures' too little, too late and wayyyy too lame entry in the disaster movie cycle of the '70s. Directed by Ronald Neame seven years after he helmed THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE and featuring an all-star cast led by Sean Connery, Natalie Wood, and Henry Fonda (as the president of the United States), METEOR got terrible reviews and barely earned half of its $16 million budget domestically, making it one of the biggest -- if not the biggest -- failure in the 25 year history of AIP. A Sandy Howard/Run Run Shaw co-production, it doesn't even rate a mention in Arkoff's autobiography, Flying Through Hollywood by the Seat of My Pants. Sadly, it's also the only AIP release to be marketed with a View-Master tie-in. We can't post any of the eye-popping 3-D images, but below is the booklet that was issued with the pack.

In addition to the View-Master tie-in, there was a METEOR novelization from Warner Books... official METEOR movie magazine from Warren Publishing...

...and a METEOR pinball machine from Stern!

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