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

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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.

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

Product Details

  • 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 (189 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002945DU2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,632 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By Derek Dean on 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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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.

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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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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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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 Forbidden Planet, to the newest - Soylent Green. You can see how American culture has changed over the decades.

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.
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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, it keeps the DVDs from scratching each other. Seeing the Time Machine again was wonderful, and the best part was the circa-1980s short film included on the disc in which a rather aged and wrinkled Rod Taylor explained the making of the movie, and particularly the construction and fate of the Time Machine itself. Seeing Soylent Green for the first time reminded me of Charlton Heston's hammy acting, but very poignant was watching E.G. Robinson's final film role before his death. I am looking forward to watching the other two after my kids return it -- heh -- overall, you can't go wrong with this!
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