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Old October 8 2010, 03:12 AM   #1
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Classic SF...opinions....

I'm slowly building up my modest video library. And, of course, I'm interested in classic SF films, of which I've never seen or merely glimpsed some out rakes.

So I'm soliciting opinions on a selection of films and perhaps suggestions of ones I haven't listed.

They are:
Destination: Moon (1950)
When Worlds Collide (1951)
Them (1954)
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea (1954)
Conquest Of Space (1955)
This Island Earth (1955)
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956)
The Time Machine (1960)
Silent Running (1972)

Note: I remember Them and somewhat recall Silent Running and I have them on order. I also believe there's a remake of When Worlds Collide in the works for a 2012 release.

Classic SF films I already do have and enjoy:
The Day The Earth Stood Still
War Of The Worlds
Forbidden Planet
Planet Of The Apes
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Omega Man
Logan's Run

Thoughts anyone?
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Old October 8 2010, 03:28 AM   #2
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Re: Classic SF...opinions....

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The Time Machine (1960)
Get this one first. It's wonderful.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea (1954)
Also great.


When Worlds Collide (1951)
Them (1954)
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956)
Haven't seen these since I was a kid... but I remember enjoying them quote a bit. Would be interested to see how well they hold up to a rewatch.


This Island Earth (1955)
Cornball, but lots of fun.

Don't think I've seen the others on your list.

and perhaps suggestions of ones I haven't listed.
If you haven't seen First Spaceship on Venus (a.k.a. Der schweigende Stern), you should add it to your list.
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Old October 8 2010, 05:34 AM   #3
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I haven't seen some of these in 20 years. The more detailed my thoughts, the more recently I've seen them. Bearing that in mind:

When Worlds Collide (1951) - I recommend this one.

The Time Machine (1960) - My favorite Hays Era SF movie.

Planet Of The Apes - One of the best examinations of bigotry I've ever seen, with the apes representing the views of the 19th Century scientific, political, and common communities. The scenes of the lobotomized astronaut and the Statue of Liberty in ruins are still disturbing.

2001: A Space Odyssey - Great on atmospherics. Having an entire sequence of apes, followed by an entire sequence of just admiring the wonders of being in outer space is something they would never do today. The ending is a trip. Literally. The middle part is what feels the most like a conventional movie. So well done was 2001 that my father couldn't believe me when I told him it was made in 1968. He's from Iran so he didn't grow up with all the shows and movies someone of his age would've if he'd grown up in America.

This Island Earth (1955) - I won't lie. My opinion of this is colored by the fact that it was used for Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie. The movie seemed okay, but I've never seen it without Mike, Crow, and Tom Servo talking through it.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea (1954) - Seemed okay when I watched it. I got the book as a Christmas present when I was a kid. I still have it.
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Old October 8 2010, 07:47 AM   #4
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Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956)
It's an sf classic, though I'd recommend the 1978 version even more.
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Old October 8 2010, 07:50 AM   #5
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I really wasn't expecting much when I saw it, but "The Andromeda Strain" (1971) really holds up well. It is a great SF film. Watch it.
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Old October 8 2010, 07:57 AM   #6
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You need to finish the "Charlton Heston sci-fi trilogy" with Soylent Green. Beautiful movie, brings me close to tears towards the end.

More horror than sci-fi, but The Invisible man is excellent. It's my favorite of the old Universal films.

Your list is great. Can't go wrong with that material.
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Old October 8 2010, 11:27 AM   #7
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No classic film collection would be complete without Metropolis.
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Old October 8 2010, 11:32 AM   #8
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Is 1982 too late? That was a good year.
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Old October 8 2010, 04:37 PM   #9
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Robinson Crusoe on Mars- I know the title sounds goofy but the movie was extremely well done for its day and, despite pre-2001 cornball ideas/looks at times, it is still fun to watch.

Things To Come- based on the Well's story of scientist taking over in the wake of a horrific war, the (1932?) production has great visuals and a still-disturbing ability to portray many things that have since come to pass or that could be a reality very soon. Worth checking out.

The Time Machine- George Pal had a vision and it really came to life with this one. I watched it the other day and was struck again by how visual it was, even mesmerizing, in its beauty at times.

If you are willing to push to 1979 get Time After Time. It's just modern enough that you'll know the actors faces and it's too much fun as a love story/scifi adventure....
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Old October 8 2010, 05:06 PM   #10
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The original Invasion of the Body Snatchers is very good. I recommend it highly.

I haven't seen Them! in years, but I remember enjoying it at the time. The Encyclopedia of Film Noir includes an entry on this film, along with Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Day the Earth Stood Still, and Invaders from Mars.

And if you're interested in movies that are "so bad they're good," Plan 9 from Outer Space and Robot Monster are bona fide "classics of crap," along with Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.

I may earn the wrath of Mistral for saying this, but IMO, Things to Come has not aged well. As the saying goes, it is now merely of historical interest. I actually use it in class, to illustrate what people imagined the Second World War would be like, before it happened.
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Old October 8 2010, 05:59 PM   #11
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Them (1954)
Very good for what it is.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea
If this is the one I think it is, damned sweet.

This Island Earth
Kinda crappy. The MST3K movie which features it is good, though.

Invasion Of The Body Snatchers
Great, but not as great as the 70s version.

The Time Machine
Lotsa fun.

Silent Running
One of the worst movies ever made.
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Old October 8 2010, 06:37 PM   #12
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I really wasn't expecting much when I saw it, but "The Andromeda Strain" (1971) really holds up well. It is a great SF film. Watch it.
I love that movie. It's like an episode of classic Trek set in (then) modern day.
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Old October 8 2010, 07:00 PM   #13
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I saw This Island Earth via MST3K first and I loved the whole experience, but the uncut version does stand on its own as an enjoyable (admittedly a little goofy) sci-fi flick.

Silent Running is worth watching at least once. It's not easy to get through, but I think it should be done at least once.
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Old October 8 2010, 07:12 PM   #14
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Re: Classic SF...opinions....

Here is another movie to check out Quatermass & The Pit (U.K. title) a.k.a. Five Million Years To Earth(U.S. title) in 1968.

All of these movies that you question, I would recommend:
When Worlds Collide (1951)
Them (1954)
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea (1954)
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956)
The Time Machine (1960)
Silent Running (1972)
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Re: Classic SF...opinions....

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I'm slowly building up my modest video library. And, of course, I'm interested in classic SF films, of which I've never seen or merely glimpsed some out rakes.

So I'm soliciting opinions on a selection of films and perhaps suggestions of ones I haven't listed.

They are:
Destination: Moon (1950)
When Worlds Collide (1951)
Them (1954)
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea (1954)
Conquest Of Space (1955)
This Island Earth (1955)
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956)
The Time Machine (1960)
Silent Running (1972)
With the exceptions of THEM and INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS I own all of these, and while they are not all great, I do recommend seeing them at least once.
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