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Join host William Shatner on a high speed ride through the greatest science fiction television shows ever, including "The X-Files," "Star Trek," "Lost in Space," "The Outer Limits," "Space: 1999," "My Favorite Martian," "The Time Tunnel," "Babylon 5," "Planet of the Apes" and more. This one-of-a-kind special features exclusive interviews with the creators of some of sci-fi's most memorable moments: Chris Carter, Jonathan Harris, Robert Culp, James Darren, David Hedison, Robert Colbert and Frank Thomas Jr. Also contains rare bonus footage not seen on TV, including clips from "It's About Time," interviews with Bill Mumy and Bob May (the "Lost in Space" Robot) and more.

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Product Details

  • Actors: William Shatner, Don Hastings, Al Hodge, MJ Lallo, Frankie Thomas
  • Writers: Michael Zack
  • Format: Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 16, 2001
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005OCLA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,647 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "TV Guide looks at Science Fiction" on IMDb

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By dee on April 7, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I bought two DVDs and watched them one after the other. The first one I watched was "The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen". Maybe I was spoiled by that DVD because when I watched this one, I was very disappointed.
This DVD is taken from a TV Show in 1997. William Shatner is the "host" and he starts it off by saying, "Over the next 60 minutes, we will look at various shows..." After the commercials were edited out and then the Extras were added, the DVD totals only 59 minutes.
Clips were shown of various Sci Fi episodes, including: "Space Cadet", "Lost in Space", "The Six Million Dollar Man", "The Time Tunnel", "Star Trek", "The Outer Limits", and "The X Files". These were short clips.
Also, there were categories where clips of shows were shown - including: Science Fiction Pioneers, Television Robots, and Aliens. There was also a short bit about how the Sci-Fi gendre started on TV and its progression.
Another part of the show consisted of separate interviews with stars of various Sci Fi TV shows. I thought someone would have represented "Star Trek" but no. A few of the interviews were interesting but, again, they were too short. And the interviews of Jonathan Harris, Bill Mumy and Bob May (Robot) of "Lost in Space" were also on the "Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen DVD. Except here, they were much shorter.
There are a few minutes of interaction between William Shatner and the Robot from "Lost in Space" - very childish and boring. And I actually like Shatner!
As for the Extras, they consisted of more clips of interviews.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bernie HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 25, 2012
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Narrated by William Shatner, we get a whirlwind overview of TV guides of memorable moments of sci-fi through the decades. Too bad this is a 1997 overview which means we are missing a decade or so of more recent TV programs and inspired movies. I could think of a few missed programs but I also found some old ones that I forgot about.

Now with the DVR craze all of them are coming back or back for the first time for many people. I think it is time for a new TV Guide look at Science fiction.

Speaking about all the old stuff you need to look for "The Bamboo Saucer" (1968) with Lois Nettleton who was in Twilight Zone (1 episode, 1961) The Midnight Sun as Norma.
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By Allen D. Yoder on November 25, 2008
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Over all a very nice pice. Spends a little too much time on the pre 1960's tv shows and not nearly enough time on everything past 1960. The Robot only gets 2nd banana treatment for a short time and then it's back to Shatner or nuthin.
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By Richard W. on July 26, 2013
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This is exactly what I was looking for and this item is something that fulfills my needs for what I want.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Torres on July 6, 2009
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This item was delivered as promised and brought back great memories!!

Thank you!!
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