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TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Science Fiction (2001 A Space Odyssey / Soylent Green / Forbidden Planet / The Time Machine 1960) (2009)

Keir Dullea , Charlton Heston  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Actors: Keir Dullea, Charlton Heston, Walter Pidgeon, Rod Taylor
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Widescreen, Dubbed, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Turner Classic Movie
  • DVD Release Date: September 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 447 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002945DU2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,223 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Science Fiction (2001 A Space Odyssey / Soylent Green / Forbidden Planet / The Time Machine 1960)" on IMDb

Special Features

Disc 1, side A: 2001: A Space Odyssey
Commentary by Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood
Theatrical trailer
2.35, English 5.1 and French 5.1
English, French, and Spanish subtitles
Disc 1, side B: Soylent Green
Commentary by Leigh Taylor-Young and director Richard Fleischer
Vintage featurettes: A Look at the World of Soylent Green and MGM's Tribute to Edward G. Robinson's 101st Film
Theatrical trailer
2.35, English 1.0 and French 1.0
English, French, and Spanish subtitles
Disc 2, side A: Forbidden Planet
Additional scenes
Lost footage
Excerpts from the MGM Parade TV series
The Thin Man TV series episode Robot Client
Science-fiction movie trailer gallery
2.35, English 5.1, French 1.0
English, French, and Spanish subtitles
Disc 2, side B: The Time Machine (1960)
Rod Taylor hosts the documentary The Time Machine: The Journey Back, featuring Alan Young, Whit Bissell, and others involved in the film
Theatrical trailer
1.85, English 5.1, French 1.0
English and French subtitles

Editorial Reviews

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY Stanley Kubrick's dazzling adventure of man vs. machine, a stunning meld of music and motion. From our prehistoric ape-ancestry past to uncharted realms of space, it remains a landmark, pioneering movie unlike any other. SOYLENT GREEN Charlton Heston and Edward G. Robinson headline this thought-provoking futuristic shocker set in an overcroweded New York where secrets about the food supply are zealously guarded by the government. FORBIDDEN PLANET Leslie Nielsen, Walter Pidgeon and Anne Francis star in this influential adventure fantasy about the troubled landing of a space cruiser on a planetary paradise in the year 2257 AD. THE TIME MACHINE (1960) Rod Taylor stars as a turn-of-the-20th-century scientist who builds a contraption that zips him into the near and far future in a fantastic, cleverly crafted version of H.G. Wells' immortal novel. Yvette Mimieux and Alan Young co-star.

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129 of 134 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Collection Presented in Widescreen September 8, 2009
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I was a bit hesitant to buy this collection because it was listed as having an aspect ratio of 1.33:1. However, it was also listed as being Widescreen..... so I took a chance and ordered it.

When it arrived I was happy to find that all 4 movies are presented in what appears to be their original theatrical widescreen aspect ratios, although the actual numbers aren't listed on the DVDs or the box.

What it does say on the back of the box is that both The Time Machine and 2001 are presented in the widescreen format preserving the original theatrical aspect ratio..... enhanced for widescreen TVs.

The transfers look clean and the audio is crystal clear (listed as Dolby 5.1). As has been noted these are pretty much bare bones presentations, but you get 4 excellent movies on 2 double sided DVDs for a good price. Works for me.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WARNER sci-fi quad-pack May 16, 2009
Format:DVD
Warner's TCM GREATEST CLASSIC FILMS COLLECTION is a series of over two dozen twin packs. The four titles in each set are dubbed one per side on two flip discs. Only some movies include bonus features. Transfer quality of these well-preserved ever-popular films is top-notch.

The four in this pack are any Boomer's delight, from our childhood friend Robbie the Robot ("Forbidden Planet"), to a primetime NBC-TV fave ("Time Machine"), to trippy late 60s Drive-In movie fare ("2001"), to a more sobering experience ("Soylent Green"). For any who missed these in first run, they remain prime examples of superior vintage science fiction-- deftly combining fine casts, nicely-crafted scripts, skilled cinematography and quirky (by today's standards) yet often engaging special effects.

SYNOPSES--

FORBIDDEN PLANET
An Earth colony on a planet 17 light years from home is nearly wiped out, so an expedition is sent to investigate. Curiously, the only two survivors don't seem to want any help from Commander Abrams and his men, but Abrahms won't leave until he gets some answers.

SOYLENT GREEN
In the (now not too) distant future, an overpopulated Earth broils from the greenhouse effect. Many plants and animals are extinct, so the hungry billions are nourished with color-coded foodstuffs from the Soylent company. There's yellow and red, but their very best is Soylent Green. When the company's president is murdered, a detective's investigation uncovers a horrible secret.

TIME MACHINE
Directed by pioneer special effects wizard George Pal, this adaptation makes author H.G. Wells the main character.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars terrific collection , what do you have to lose ? November 10, 2009
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as noted elsewhere , these films are presented in their proper aspect ratios and are all fun classics . with todays' heavy reliance on CGI in sci-fi filmaking , these films are more than desirable , they're essential . all films have english subtitles .
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sci-fi classics November 14, 2009
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Received the item on time and was happy to see the quality of the DVD's. There are 2 DVDs with 2 movies each. Read side A as side B has no titles. I thought I would get 4 DVDs but after reading side A I was happy to be able to save storage space by having them this way. I am very happy with the movies and service! It is wonderful being able to buy my favorites like this and have ordered more classics as well. If you like older movies and want to get good quality and save money then these are the packages for you!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TCM Sci-Fi collection January 23, 2010
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TCM's Sci-Fi collection is truly great collection of four films.
"2001: A Space Odyssey" is one of the all-time great films. A very interesting film about a flight to the Saturn system, the discovery of a simple black slab on the moon and the insanity of a computer! You have to watch this film to appreciate it. No words can explain it.
"Soylent Green" is food. A very unusual film. Quite distrubing for it's time and now.
"The Time Machine" another H.G. Wells novel come to life. Very good special effects and story. Interesting concept and characters.
"Forbidden Planet" is one of the greatest Sci-Fi films ever made. It's very advanced for the time (1954) and the story is terrific. The characters are really good and the cast is excellent. See if you recognize anything abpout this film in relation to other films and TV shows which came after.
Every review I've ever read about this film always mentioned Shakespear's "The Tempest". Well I'm only mentioning it because all the other reviews did too. I've never read "The Tempest" nor seen an adaptation of it so I have no idea if it resembles that play. I just took the film by itself.
Buy this collection. You won't be disappointed.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TCM's SCI-FI classic films ( 4 DVD's) January 26, 2013
By mario s
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Disc 1, 2001: Space Odyssey, runs for 148 min., colour, widescreen, Lang., English, French

Disc 2, Soylent Green, runs for 97 min., colour, widescreen, Lang. English, French

Disc 3, Forbidden Planet, runs for 99 min., colour, widescreen, Lang. English, French

Disc 4, The Time Machine, runs for 103 min, colour ( back DVD cover states B/W), widescreen,
Lang. and Subtitles English and French.

All movies (4 DVD's ), are in colour, widescreen, and have subtitles in English, French, Spanish, as mentioned on first 3 movies above. Another great collection from TCM, for a great price!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
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Published 2 days ago by carol s saul
5.0 out of 5 stars Great boomer Sci. Fi
All of the classic Boomer era Sci-F i films they took me back to my youth.
Published 3 days ago by Kenneth T. Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Reel Classics!!
Great flicks! Well worth it!
Published 8 days ago by George Hoerman
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved watching these again
Shipped out quickly. Loved watching these again. They are all great movies!!
Published 18 days ago by noone
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything seems fine, though I'm confused
Everything seems fine, though I'm confused. Is this product supposed to have four disks, or two as the cover suggests? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ian
5.0 out of 5 stars A great value
Love these old films. Soylent green what a great movie and of course 2001. This came with four seperate DVD's. What a great value!!
Published 1 month ago by Robert D. Reyff
5.0 out of 5 stars TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Science Fiction (2001 A...
This is a great deal - four movies for one low price. They are all classic Sci-Fi movies. It is interesting to watch them in chronological order starting with the oldest... Read more
Published 3 months ago by S. Loftin
4.0 out of 5 stars Great collection, lousy packaging
These are four great films, especially the original Time Machine. For a major release carrying the TCM brand, I'm surprised at the lousy packaging of the discs. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Pinky
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the Past!
This really turned out to be a good buy since nearly everyone in my family now wants to borrow it. It comes in a rather bizarre four-on-one-spindle case, but as far as I can tell,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by K. Birtwell
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic sci-fi
Excellent movies, high quality prints. Only drawback is discs are stacked 4 deep in the case (no sleeves) making them awkward to handle and easily scratched.
Published 5 months ago by LY
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