TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Science Fiction (2001 A Space Odyssey / Soylent Green / Forbidden Planet / The Time Machine 1960)
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Directed by pioneer special effects wizard George Pal, this adaptation makes author H.G. Wells the main character.Read more ›
"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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Brought back memories of drive in theaters. Back when these came out they were so cool. Need to put yourself in the 60/70's mindset.Published 12 days ago by Jim Jackson
all dvd's worked and are a great addition to my collection.Published 2 months ago by Thomas N. Adams
i got this for forbidden planet. t was good picture quality and sound, only complant is dvd's are stacked on each other in case not a big deal.Published 3 months ago by Chris F.
COLLECTING SCI -FI FAVORITES PREVIOUSLY AVAILABLE ONLY THRU TV BROADCASTPublished 3 months ago by REEL RELIEF
still captivating after decades have elapsed. guess that is why they call them classics.Published 3 months ago by kevin 'doc' holiday