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A Century of Science Fiction (2006)

Cast: William Shatner, Vincent Price, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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Genre: Documentary, Science Fiction , Classic Sci-Fi, Film

A Century of Science Fiction (2006)
Blast off to unknown worlds with this remarkable 5 DVD set featuring the very best of science fiction and fantasy from a century of cinematic magic, told in 26 haunting half hour shows. Including memorable scenes from such sci-fi classics as A Trip to the Moon, The Day the Earth Stood Still, War of the Worlds and The Terminator, just to name a few. Plus interviews with such legends as William Shatner, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vincent Price and much much more!

A Century of Science Fiction (Disc 1 of 5) (2006)
This dvd contains the following episodes:

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.

Long before Jurassic Park, dinosaurs roamed thru a variety of horror films, going all the way back to The Lost World in 1925.

A Century of Science Fiction (Disc 2 of 5) (2006)
This dvd contains the following episodes:

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 million years from now? Science-fiction loves to play this particular game of "what if."

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 Leagus Under the Sea and FroThe Earth To The Moon.

Lost Worlds
Could there really be sabertoothed tigers, cave men, and dinosaurs on isolated islands and atop towering mountain peaks? These lost worlds are finally found

A Century of Science Fiction (Disc 3 of 5) (2006)
This dvd contains the following episodes:

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.

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 facinating 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.

A Century of Science Fiction (Disc 4 of 5) (2006)
This dvd contains the following episodes:

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 CP30, 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 crome 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 1950's (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

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 Calrson, Charlton Heston, and so many others.

A Century of Science Fiction (Disc 5 of 5) (2006)
This dvd contains the following episodes:

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 auidences 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 1930's.

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 staple of the sci-fi genre, as seen in this overview of time- travel films.

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, George Melies, and H.G. Wells.

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'Documentary' or Pastiche? by TontyH June 21, 2011 - 12:46 PM PDT
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As the DVD's cover image suggests, this 'documentary' is little more than a pastiche of sci-fi references thrown together with a loose (and I do mean LOOSE) narration and... well, that's about it.

Although each episode covers a different theme, there is little discernible structure beyond that. It's just a hodge podge of old, faded footage (most of which seems to come from previews and other after-market stock) thrown in the blender and spun for 25 minutes at a sitting.

If you simply want a quick and easy source for knowing what has come down the sci-fi pike through the years (say, to help you make a wish list for future viewing), then grab some popcorn (...and maybe a nap) and check out this DVD series. But if you're looking for a documentary with any insight into the history of sci-fi cinema beyond mere name-dropping... well, keep looking.

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