What Vintage Sci-Fi is available?

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  1. Todd_Brown

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    Okay, much like the Horror post, I need help with vintage Sci-Fi. I love the B movie classics like "This Island Earth", and "War of the Worlds" (I have both), but what other titles are available? I know "The Day the Earth Stood Still" is coming, and I pre-ordered "When Worlds collide". Any help is greatly appreciated!
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  2. David Lambert

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    Try these on for size:
    • [*]Andromeda Strain, The[*]The Blob - Criterion Collection[*]Brainstorm[*]Day the Earth Caught Fire, The[*]Flash Gordon[*]Forbidden Planet[*]Invasion of the Body Snatchers[*]Little Shop of Horrors[*]Silent Running[*]Slaughterhouse 5[*]Things to Come[*]Time Machine, The[*]Westworld
    In the spirit of these, also try Battle Beyond the Stars, a "Seven Samurai"/"Magnificant Seven" in space from Roger Corman.
    Some titles above are OOP and hard to find, but those will likely show back up as rereleases later on.
    The list is all from my personal collection. I look forward to other answers, so I can get suggestions as to what to add to my own list! [​IMG]
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  3. Todd_Brown

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    I have both "Forbidden Planet" and "The Blob" (Criterion), both are great examples of the genre. I just got "Reptilicus", "The Monster that Challenged the World", and "Mars needs women". All are part of MGM's Midnight Movies.
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  4. Scott Dill

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    For very early stuff try THINGS TO COME and the three FLASH GORDON serials. Flash is fun and THINGS TO COME is a great early scifi file. The discs are retty good as well.
     
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    Oh yeah, As several others have said, FORBIDDEN PLANET is a must have. It is one of my favorite films of any genre.
     
  6. Bob McElfresh

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    Dont forget the 2-movie disk Fantastic Voyage/Voyage to the Bottom of the see. I think FV still holds up as one of the better Sci-Fi movies.
    I think The Andromedia Strain is also available on DVD. Your collection will not be complete without it.
    And shouldent the first 2 Planet of the Apes movies count?
     
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    Todd,
    I highly recommend Logan's Run and Criterion's Fiend Without a Face!
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  8. AdrianJ

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    This Island Earth is also available, but out of print. MGM is putting out a lot of these movies in their Midnight Movies.
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    I have an OOP version of Invaders From Mars (1953) - great movie, if you can find it...it might show up in a bargain bin somewhere...
     
  10. Peter M Fitzgerald

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    I may be neglecting a few titles, but here's the majority of pre-1970 sci-fi flicks on Region 1 DVD (several already mentioned in earlier posts):
    ADV Films:
    DESTROY ALL MONSTERS (1968)
    Anchor Bay:
    QUATERMASS 2 (1957)
    QUATERMASS & THE PIT (1967)
    THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE (1961)
    X THE UNKNOWN (1957)
    THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN (1957)
    THE 10TH VICTIM (1965)
    THE FOUR-SIDED TRIANGLE (1953)
    Criterion:
    FIEND WITHOUT A FACE (1958)
    THE BLOB (1958)
    Elite:
    DRIVE-IN DOUBLE FEATURE #2: THE KILLER SHREWS (1959)/THE WASP WOMAN (1959)
    Fox:
    THE FLY (1958)/RETURN OF THE FLY (1959)
    VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA (1961)/FANTASTIC VOYAGE (1966)
    PLANET OF THE APES (1968)
    Goodtimes:
    KING KONG VS. GODZILLA (1962, pan & scam only)
    Image Entertainment:
    KRONOS (1957)
    THE 4-D MAN (1959)
    FIRST SPACESHIP ON VENUS (1962)
    THE LOST WORLD (1925)
    THINGS TO COME (1936)
    DESTINATION MOON (1950)
    ROCKETSHIP X-M (1950)
    DEVIL GIRL FROM MARS (1954)
    THE BRAIN FROM PLANET AROUS (1958)
    DINOSAURUS! (1960)
    NIGHT CALLER FROM OUTER SPACE (1965)
    PLAN NINE FROM OUTER SPACE (1959)
    BRIDE OF THE MONSTER (1956)
    FIRST MAN INTO SPACE (1959)
    THE ATOMIC SUBMARINE (1959)
    THE ASTOUNDING SHE MONSTER (1958)
    TEENAGERS FROM OUTER SPACE (1959)
    CAT WOMEN ON THE MOON (1953)
    MISSILE TO THE MOON (1958)
    HIDEOUS SUN DEMON (1959)
    THE FLYING SAUCER (1950)
    STRANGER FROM VENUS (1955)
    SPACEWAYS (1953)
    TERROR IS A MAN (1959)
    THE COSMIC MAN (1959)
    ROBOT MONSTER (1953)
    PROJECT MOONBASE (1953)
    TEENAGE MONSTER (1957)
    THE BEAST OF YUCCA FLATS (1961)
    THE PHANTOM PLANET (1961)
    MONSTER FROM GREEN HELL (1957)
    SHE DEMONS (1958)
    Media-Blasters:
    GAPPA, THE TRIPHIBIAN MONSTER (1967)
    MGM:
    THE MAN FROM PLANET X (1951)
    DONOVAN'S BRAIN (1953)
    X THE MAN WITH X-RAY EYES (1963)
    ATTACK OF THE PUPPET PEOPLE (1958)
    VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS (1965)
    PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES (1965)
    THE MONSTER THAT CHALLENGED THE WORLD (1957)
    IT! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE (1958)
    MARS NEEDS WOMEN (1966)
    REPTILICUS (1962)
    ANGRY RED PLANET (1959, coming in November)
    WAR-GODS OF THE DEEP (1965, coming in November)
    Paramount:
    WAR OF THE WORLDS (1953)
    BARBARELLA (1968)
    WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE (1951, coming soon)
    Republic:
    INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956)
    Rhino:
    THE BUBBLE (1966)
    THEY SAVED HITLER'S BRAIN (1964)
    THE SLIME PEOPLE (1963)
    THE CRAWLING HAND (1963)
    MONSTER FROM THE OCEAN FLOOR (1954)
    THE PHANTOM 10,000 LEAGUES (1956)
    MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: THE BEGINNING OF THE END (regular version of the 1957 film incuded as an option)
    Roan Group/Troma:
    THE INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN (1956)/THE AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN (1960)
    GORGO (1961)
    Synapse:
    THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE (1963)
    BEAST FROM THE HAUNTED CAVE (1960)
    Universal:
    THE INVISIBLE MAN (1933)
    CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (1954)
    Warner:
    THE TIME MACHINE (1960)
    FORBIDDEN PLANET (1956)
    2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)
    Out-of-print:
    GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS (1956, Simitar)
    GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA (1964, Simitar)
    GODZILLA VS. MONSTER ZERO (1965, Simitar)
    GODZILLA'S REVENGE (1969, Simitar)
    THIS ISLAND EARTH (1955, Image/Universal)
    JOURNEY TO THE FAR SIDE OF THE SUN (1968, Image/Universal)
    --I'm intentionally leaving out titles from bottom-feeder companies like Diamond, Marengo, ERealbiz, Madacy, etc, from this list.
    It's pretty amazing to see both what is & what isn't available on the format, at this time, isn't it?
    [Edited last by Peter M Fitzgerald on September 04, 2001 at 03:01 PM]
     
  11. Dave Hahn

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    From the suggestions you've received so far, I'd personally recommend:
    2001: A Space Odyssey The Classic No one's collection is complete without it.
    The Andromeda Strain A great sci-fi suspense thriller
    Barbarella Jane Fonda almost naked, need I say more? Okay, it's also a fun, campy sci-fi classic
    The Blob - Criterion Collection A young Steve McQueen stars in this drive-in classic
    Donovan's Brain a faithful interpretation of one of the greatest science fiction short stories ever
    Flash Gordon More camp, more fun, more near nekkid lovelies!
    The Invisible Man Maybe the one all the rest should be judged against
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers I'm one of the few people who prefers the modern version with Donald Sutherland, but you can't go wrong with the original either
    Planet of the Apes So good, Tim Burton couldn't resist it! Charlton Heston's best role in a sci-fi
    Slaughterhouse 5 From my favorite director, George Roy Hill; a faithful version of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.'s best selling novel.
    The Time Machine Even counting the films in this list, perhaps the greatest classic science fiction film of them all.
    War of the Worlds Grew up watching this on tv, no Orson Wells but great stuff.
    Westworld Yul Brenner's character from The Magnificent Seven in robot form, which goes beserk. This film may be a little dated now, but it was way cool when it first came out.
    and I'll add:
    Fahrenheit 451 The Ray Bradbury classic everyone has to read in school, but directed by legendary French director, Francois Truffaut
    Rollerball James Caan and John Houseman do sci-fi, and they do a good job!
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  12. Jim_K

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    You've got a pretty comprehensive list to go by so I'll recommend the ones I own (If you haven't already seen them of course).
    QUATERMASS 2 (1956) X-files meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers which it pre-dates.
    QUATERMASS & THE PIT (1967) X-files meets Pink Floyd
    X THE UNKNOWN (1957) X-files meets the Blob which it pre-dates
    THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN (1957) Very creepy & a younger Peter Cushing
    THE FLY (1958)/RETURN OF THE FLY (1959) The former a fine wine & the later CHEESE to go with it.
    VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA (1961)/FANTASTIC VOYAGE (1966) The former is UBER CHEESE but the later is a sci-fi classic
    And the following are no brainers of course.
    PLANET OF THE APES (1968)
    WAR OF THE WORLDS (1953)
    INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956)
    THE INVISIBLE MAN (1933)
    CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (1954)
    THE TIME MACHINE (1960)
    FORBIDDEN PLANET (1956)
    2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)
    FRANKENSTEIN (1933)
    BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935)
     

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