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 ›
Forbidden Planet, from the 50's has a World War Two vibe, everyone on the spaceship looks and talks like they just walked out of a WW2 submarine movie. The special effects are cheesy to modern eyes, but pretty good for the time. Sort of similar to The Day the Earth Stood Still, but in color. You can also see that the writers of the first Star Trek series borrowed ideas from this movie. For instance, the ships captain, first officer, and doctor, are the three main characters - just like Kirk, Spock, and McCoy. As was prevalent at that time, the government was to be believed, trusted and obeyed.
The Time Machine, from the 60's reminds me of other films from the era, like Journey to the Center of the Earth or War of the Worlds. Sort of a squeaky clean, family, Disney ambiance. No sex, minimal violence and profanity. Just the sort of thing for kids, but also fine for adults. You can see the concern for nuclear war that was prevalent during the Cold War era - the sound of the air raid sirens was something I was familiar with as a kid, so it pushed all the "duck and cover" buttons I had growing up. There is also some great social commentary with the relationship of the Eloi and Morelocks that went right over my head when I was a kid.
2001 enters the 70's with a sort of movie version of the psychedelic era. Great music and visuals and a plot that makes no sense unless you read the book first.Read more ›
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When I got the product the cover was rip. But the movies played good. favorite movies ever.Published 17 days ago by Adam
Four Sci-Fi Classics. Great stories. Three out of the four (Forbidden Plant, The Time Machine, and 2001) are what I would count among the top ten sci-fi movies of the 20th Century,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lupus Boletus
With the lone exception SOYLENT GREEN all three others rate *5* star Movies!!!!!Published 1 month ago by A Roger Zelazny Fan
Again four classic movies that I have watched time and time again. And will continue to watch now that I have them in mu collection. AAAA++++Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
It says it has spanish subtitles. The only one that doesn't have subtitles The time machine, the one that I was interested.Published 1 month ago by Cliente de Amazon
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