Century of Science Fiction - Hosted by Christopher Lee (2006) Horror Movie Review
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Hosted by internationally acclaimed horror-meister Christopher Lee, this remarkable 5-DVD set features the very best of science fiction and fantasy from a century of cinematic magic, told in 26 haunting half-hour shows.
Trace the evolution of the science-fiction film from marvelous early trick shorts such as Melies’ A Trip To The Moon through classic sci-fi like The Day the Earth Stood Still and War of the Worlds to more recent mega-hits such as Independence Day and The Terminator.
This scintillating set features classic film clips, rare behind-the-scenes footage, and interviews with such sci-fi and movie legends as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kevin Costner, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Vincent Price, Ray Bradbury, Charlton Heston, Sharon Stone, just to name a few.
Discover the secrets behind a hundred years of science-fiction magic and adventure!
After the End - What “things to come” will there be after man destroys himself - and the world? Here’s a passel of post-apocalyptic pictures poised to please!
Alien Life Forms - We are not alone. Not by a long shot. We’re surrounded by sci-fi flicks filled with strange visitors from other planets with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men.
Amazing Inventions - Time machines, disintegrator machines, shrinking rays - they’re all here - and more!
Artificial Intelligence - Computers can be our friend, or they can be H.A.L. from 2001.
Dinosaurs - Long before Jurassic Park, dinosaurs roamed thru a variety of horror films, going all the way back to The Lost World in 1925.
Final Frontier - “Science fiction” has become almost synonymous with “outer space” - and with good reason. Take a delightful trip among the stars - at warp speed.
Future Worlds - What will the world be like a hundred years from now? A thousand years from now? A million years from now? Science-fiction loves to play this particular game of “what if.”
H.G. Wells - A salute to the brilliant Victorian mind that gave us The Invisible Man, The Time Machine and War of the Worlds.
Jules Verne - A fantastic voyage through the work of the 19th century French fantasist who gave us 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and From The Earth To The Moon.
Lost Worlds - Could there really be saber-toothed tigers, cave men, and dinosaurs on isolated islands and atop towering mountain peaks? These lost worlds are finally found.
Mad Scientists - How many times have sci-fi films centered on mad scientists? (And what were they mad at?) Many legendary performers have taken their turn playing sinister scientists and deranged doctors, working on fantastic formulas.
Mutations - An experiment with radiation and nuclear energy - and something goes terribly wrong. Let us count the different ways sci-fi films have dealt with this intriguing notion.
Powers of the Mind - This fascinating chapter takes a look at such mental manifestations as ESP, mind control, and telekinesis.
Queens of Sci-Fi - Zsa-Zsa Gabor played The Queen of Outer Space, but there were so many other sinister sci-fi sisters, as you’ll discover!
Ray Harryhausen - A salute to the king of stop-frame animation, who brought to life Jason and the Argonauts and The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, amongst many others.
Robots - From the sexy Art Deco robot in Metropolis to the low-budget gorilla-with-a-space-helmet robot in Robot Monster and on to R2D2 and C3PO, audiences have been fascinated by mechanical men (and women).
Sci-Fi Heroes - Just as westerns have cowboys and Indians and crime films have cops and robbers, sci-fi films have their Flash Gordons and Mings the Merciless; Luke Skywalkers and Darth Vaders, among so many other heroes and villains.
Sexy Sci-Fi - Science fiction isn’t all cold chrome robots and the freezing abyss of outer space. Hollywood wisely injected a large quotient of lovely ladies into their strange tales - and we’re all luckier for it.
Spawn of the Atom - The A-bomb. The H-bomb. From the conclusion of World War II thru the 1950s (and beyond), people were fascinated by - and frightened of - the atom bomb and its horrible power. This made it a natural subject for sci-fi movies.
Stars - There are the stars that astronauts travel to and then there is that “other” kind of star which, in the world of sci-fi, included John Agar, Ken Tobey, Richard Carlson, Charlton Heston, and so many others.
Strange Invaders - Not all aliens come in the form of little green men with disintegrator guns. Here’s a salute to the germs, blobs, viruses (viri?) and bacteria that sci-fi filmmakers have unleashed on audiences over the years.
The End of the World - From Biblical floods to natural disasters and plagues of giant insects, it’s not always man who manages to destroy the world, as vividly illustrated in these sci-fi favorites.
The Serials - Just as there were western and gangster serials, science fiction also had its fair share of 12-chapter cliffhangers, going back to the 1930s.
Time Travelers - H.G. Wells wasn’t the only one who wondered what it would be like to travel forward - or backward - in time. It’s a staple of the sci-fi genre, as seen in this overview of time-travel films.
U.F.O.s - Swamp gas? Airplanes? Secret government weapons? Or are they really from “out there”? Here’s a look at all the sci-fi flicks that have concerned themselves with flying saucers.
Weird Worlds - A fascinating look at how sci-fi films have portrayed man’s desire to travel to other planets, as seen by such early visionaries as Jules Verne, Georges Melies, and H.G. Wells
About Century of Science Fiction - Hosted by Christopher Lee (2006)
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Runtime: 127 minutes