Top Sci-Fi DVDs

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  1. RogerH

    RogerH Supporting Actor

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    Aside from the main ones like Star Wars and Star Trek what in your opinion are some of the better sci-fi dvds out there?
     
  2. Simon Massey

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    Since you mention SW and ST I assume you mean quite a broad definition of sci-fi so

    A.I.
    Cube
    Gattaca
    Equilibrium
    Contact
    Code 46
    Minority Report
    Dark City

    Some of the ones I have enjoyed anyway
     
  3. Hal F

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    In no particular order:

    Slaughterhouse-Five
    Twelve Monkeys
    Man Who Fell to Earth
    The Thing (both versions)
    2001
    The Day the Earth Caught Fire
     
  4. AaronMan

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    Some that haven't been mentioned yet..

    BladeRunner
    Ghost in the Shell 1 and 2
    Terminator 1 and 2
    RoboCop
    Akira
    Planet of the Apes (original)
    Matrix Trilogy
    Alien
    Aliens
    The Time Machine (original)
    Total Recall
     
  5. Joseph Bolus

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    I like 'AaronMan''s list above, but I would add to that:

    The Fifth Element - Tremendous A/V quality; especially on the Superbit version.

    Back to the Future - Currently only available in a box set with II and III.

    Time after Time - H.G.Wells vs. Jack the Ripper!

    The Abyss - Unfortunately, the current DVD presentation is non-anamorphic!

    Jurassic Park - "All major theme parks have had delays. When they opened Disneyland in 1956, nothing worked, nothing."
    Dr. Ian Malcolm: "But if the Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don't eat the tourists"!

    King Kong (1933) - Coming to Region 1 DVD for the first time in November.

    I would very much like to recommend 'Forbidden Planet' but the current DVD transfer is dreadful.

    Some good "kids-oriented" SCI-FI with great DVD transfers would include:
    'Titan A.E.', 'The Iron Giant', and the recently released 'The Incredibles'.

    (Of course, many of the 'Superhero' movies could be considered Sci-FI. Of those, the original Superman (1978) is probably the most Sci-Fi oriented, and the current DVD of that movie is very nice.)
     
  6. Scott Kimball

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    Wow... no mentions of:

    The Day the Earth Stood Still
    Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    E.T.
    Metropolis
    Minority Report
    Planet of the Apes
    StarGate
    The War of the Worlds
    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

    Then, there's good TV stuff:
    Doctor Who
    Space: 1999
    UFO
     
  7. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    I'd second many of the ones already mentioned. I'll also suggest the following which I don't think have already been mentioned:

    Soylent Green
    The Andromeda Strain
    Sleeper
    Timecop
    X-Men
    Men In Black
    Mad Max
    The Road Warrior
    Westworld
    Futureworld
    The Final Countdown
    Logan's Run
    Galaxy Quest
    Cocoon
    K-Pax
    Fantastic Voyage
    Predator
    Silent Running
    Vanilla Sky
    Frankenstein
     
  8. CalvinC

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    i always liked Omega Man
     
  9. RogerH

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    I have a chance to get AI for 6.99 is it worth it? Can somebody give me some background on this?
     
  10. Kevin M

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    For $6.99 I personally would say go for it but this isn't a film for everyone so YMMV.
     
  11. RogerH

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    Hmmm... I stayed away from spoiler thread [​IMG] But from what I read in the imdb summary it sounds very interesting. While its not my typical movie the subject is something I probably will enjoy. Thanks I'll pick it up next time I'm out.
     
  12. Scott Kimball

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    I'm a Spielberg fan, and a sci-fi fan...

    ... and I didn't like A.I. at all.

    Background: the project was started by Stanley Kubrick, and passed on to Steven Spielberg - two men with entirely different styles. Both styles show through in the film, and are at odds with one another. The whole thing seemed kind of schizophrenic to me.

    And I really wanted to like that one...

    -Scott
     
  13. Will_B

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    "Thoughtful" science fiction:

    Gattaca
    Minority Report
    A.I.
    Vanilla Sky
    Blade Runner (but the transfer is terrible)
    12 Monkeys
    The Lathe of Heaven (original version, but the transfer is terrible because they lost the actual film and had to use a worn-out videotape to make the DVD)

    Campy-fun or otherwise lighthearted:

    Fifth Element
    Stargate
    Men in Black 1 + 2


    More action/adventure than science fiction:

    Terminator 2
    Alien

    Historical:

    Metropolis (proves Citizen Kane doesn't deserve the hype)
     
  14. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    Huh? [​IMG] Which hype are you talking about?
     
  15. Will_B

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    Kane tends to get hyped up in film schools as being responsible for films having narrative structure, realistic sets, interesting lighting, and all the other elements which today's films have. But you look back on a film like Metropolis and it is clear that these "vikings" (as Wells dismissively called everyone who had done what he later did) had it down already. I was simply highlighting that you can look very far back in time and still find some excellent films.
     
  16. Kevin M

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    [​IMG] Well RogerH, like I said, this isn't a film for everyone, Your Milage May Vari. You may wish to rent it first as is seems to be a polarising film....not a lot of middle ground in the opinions it pulls out of people, I thought it was an extremely smart & effective film.
     
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    What, no mention of Zardoz? [​IMG]

    Adding to that, Blade Runner, Man Who Fell to Earth, Slaughterhouse Five, Silent Running, Logan's Run, Farenheit 451, Galaxy Quest, Barbarella, Solaris (Tarkovsky)...
     
  18. RogerH

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    Well Kevin M for the price I can get it at its just as well that I buy it. I'll let you know what I think of it when I see it.
     
  19. Nelson Au

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    The titles listed are all great suggestions for Science Fiction films.

    I have a grouping of DVDs that I consider the landmark titles, the ones that were influential, and are favorites of mine that I never get tired of.

    In no particualr order, they are:

    The Day the Earth Stood Still
    2001
    Forbidden Planet
    War of the Worlds
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers
    Blade Runner
    The Time Machine
    The Thing
    Metropolis- (a title I have, but not seen yet!)
    Things to Come-(a title I don't have yet)
    When Worlds Collide
    Earth vs the Flying Saucers

    The majority of the titles are from the 50's, a golden era for Science Fiction films. The last title is kind of goofy, but it's for fun. Like today's films (2005 version of WotW) that are likely influenced by the current events of the world, the 1950's sci-fi is also infliuenced and disquised as commentary for the Communists scare of the era, particularly Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

    I am also a long time Star Trek fan and I think the list should include Star Trek-The Motion Picture, of all the Star Trek feature films, it is perhaps the purist vision of Star Trek crossing over into hard Science Fiction over socially conscience content for which the original series is best known for. It's also the largest film in terms of really feeling like a feature film, director Robert Wise influence no doubt.
     
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    Pitch Black
    The Chronicles of Riddick
    Thirteenth Floor
    Existenz
    Solaris
    Imposter
    Event Horizon
    Universal Soldier
    6th day
    Primer
    The Final cut
    Brainstorm
    The Arrival
    Lost in Space
    Species
    Screamers
    Returner - I’ve never seen this but is one I want to rent
    Enemy Mine
    They Live
    Cherry 2000
     

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