Friday, 17 August 2012

DVD Review - 100 Greatest Sci-Fi Classics

100 Greatest Sci-Fi Classics
Directors: Various
Starring: Vincent Price, Jesse Ventura, Bill Paxton, James Earl Jones, Ben Kingsley, Dorothy Stratten, Mark Hamill, and Many More!
Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
ASIN: B0088JH7C4
Release Date: July 10, 2012
Approx. Runtime 132 Hours 34 Minutes
Rating: NR, G, PG, PG-13, R

Mill Creek Entertainment has recently released the 100 Greatest Sci-Fi Classics to DVD which consists of two previously released sets, Sci-Fi Classics Anniversary Edition and Sci-Fi Invasion at the retail price of $44.98. 

Even though I grew up watching Sci-Fi movies, I have never of heard of most of the titles on either sets. 

The Movies on Sci-Fi Invasion are the following:

Disc 1 -Brain Twisters, The Head, The Day Time Ended, Eyes Beyond the Stars
Disc 2 - Hands of Steel, War of the Robots, 984: Prisoner of the Future, Top Line

Disc 3 - Night Fright, Slipstream, Extraterrestrial Visitors, Star Knight
Disc 4 - Invaders From Space, The Alien Factor, Hyper Sapien: People From Another Star, Escape From Galaxy 3
Disc 5 - Welcome to Blood City, It's Alive, Future Hunters, The Creeping Terror
Disc 6 - Trapped by Television, Rocket Attack U.S.A., Hundra, Mission Stardust
Disc 7 - The Gypsy Moon, The Brother From Another Planet, Battle Beyond The Sun, Primal Impulse
Disc 8 - Morons From Outer Space, Alien Prey, Future Women, Star Pilot
Disc 9 - Assassin, Fugitive Alien, Beyond the Moon, The Crater Lake Monster
Disc 10 - Raiders of Atlantis, Robo Vampire, Horror High, Galaxina
Disc 11 - Night of the Blood Beast, The Manster, Evil Brain From Outer Space, The Bat, Life Returns
Disc 12 - The Giant of Metropolis, R.O.T.O.R., Death Machines, Abraxas - Guardian of the Universe, Silver Needle in the Sky

This set features classics, aliens, and a few horror movies, such as the cult classic Horror High about a teenage version of Dr. Jeckel & Mr. Hyde. The movie was released in 1974 to mainly drive-ins; despite being PG the movie is actually bloody. In The Day Time Ended (which is produced by Charles Band), A normal family is visited by alien beings, and these beings transports the family's home to prehistoric times. My favorite is Future Hunters starring Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day) and Linda Carol, who play a young couple who are given the Spear of Destiny by a man from the year 2025. The spear happens to the exact one that was used on Christ at the Crucifixion. If it falls into the wrong hands the world is doomed.
The movies on the Sci-Fi Classics set are:

Disc 1, Side A - The Incredible Petrified World, Queen of the Amazons, Moon of the Wolf
Disc 1, Side B - She Gods of Shark Reef, The Amazing Transparent Man, The Atomic Brain
Disc 2, Side A - Horros of Spider Island, The Wasp Women,
Disc 2, Side B - Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet, Voyage to the Planet of the Prehistoric Women
Disc 3, Side A - Kong Island, Bride of the Gorilla,
Disc 3, Side B - Attack of the Monsters, Gamera the Invincible
Disc 4, Side A - Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, Teenagers from Outer Space
Disc 4, Side B - Rocky Jones, Space Ranger: Crash of the Moons, Rocky Jones, Space Ranger: Menace From Outer Space
Disc 5, Side A - Hercules Against the Moon Men, Hercules and the Captive Women
Disc 5, Side B - Hercules and the Tyrants of Babylon, Hercules Uncahined
Disc 6, Side A - The Lost Jungle, Mesa of Lost Women,
Disc 6, Side B - Assignment: Outer Space, Laser Mission
Disc 7, Side A - Killers From Space, Phantom From Space
Disc 7, Side B - White Pongo, The Snow Creature
Disc 8, Side A - Son of Hercules: The Land of Darkness, Giants of Rome
Disc 8, Side B - First Spaceship of Venus, The Alpha Incident
Disc 9, Side A - The Astral Factor, The Galaxy Invader
Disc 9, Side B - Snowbeast, Unknown World
Disc 10, Side A - Blood Tide, The Brain Machine
Disc 10, Side B - The Wild Women of Wongo, Prehistoric Women
Disc 11, Side A - They Came From Beyond Space, Warning From Space
Disc 11, Side B - The Phantom Planet, Planet Outlaws
Disc 12, Side A - Colossus and the Amazon Queen, Eegah, 
Disc 12, Side B - Cosmos: War of the Planets, Destroy All Planets.

The first movie I watched on this set was the cheesy 1959 Teenagers from Outer Space because I had seen about twenty minutes of it late at night before and I was curious at how the silly movie ended. There are four fun Hercules movies; well I guess there are five if you count the Son of Hercules: The Land of Darkness. I have to mention one of the worst movies every put to film is on here, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.

The 100 Greatest Sci-Fi Classics movies have never been restored, therefore some of the picture quality is VHS quality, but for the price, I doubt this will change someone's mind about buying the set. I highly recommend the set to B-Movie fans.

Disclaimer - I received a free review copy from Tower PR  in exchange for an honest review.

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