November 1, 2007

My sci-fi DVD collection is coming along nicely

Here's a list of my science fiction film collection (all on DVD):
2001: A Space Odyssey
A Clockwork Orange
A Scanner Darkly
Andromeda Strain
Artificial Intelligence
Battle Star Galactica (2005-06)
Blade Runner
Castle in the Sky
Children of Dune
Children of Men
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Code 46
Dark City
Donnie Darko
Forbidden Planet
Frank Herbert's Dune (2000)
Futurama (Seasons 1-4)
Ghost in the Shell
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
Johnny Mnemonic
Logan's Run
Matrix: Reloaded
Metropolis (1927)
Metropolis (2002)
Minority Report
Planet of the Apes
Return of the Jedi
Serial Experiments: Lain
Silent Running
Solaris (1972)
Star Wars
Strange Days
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
The Day the Earth Stood Still
The Empire Strikes Back
The Fifth Element
The Thing (From Another World!)
The Thirteenth Floor
THX 1138
Titan AE
Vanilla Sky
War of the Worlds
Any glaring omissions?


Unknown said...

I recommend:
-David Lynch's Dune
-Babylon 5

Good hard sci-fi in film is unfortunately hard to find.

Anonymous said...

Back to the Future, ├ćon Flux (animated series, not the film), Event Horizon, The Twilight Zone television series all come to mind. Those are all worth buying, I think. There are some great lists of sci-fi films by category at Wikipedia, naturally.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Primer. Primer is the time-travel movie.

Anonymous said...

Yeah until you have to re-purchase all of 'em in HD DVD or Blu-ray.

Speaking of, can you look into your sci-fi crystal ball and tell me which format is gonna win?

Anonymous said...

I recommend The Cube and Cypher. Equilibrium too.

If you like anime: Planetes.

chesh said...

The TV series, Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex is great, though I don't believe that it shares any continuity with the movies. The second episode moves me to tears without fail.

John said...

When I was a kid, like about 12 years old or so... back before Anime made it over to North America, I stayed up LATE one night to watch Heavy Metal when it was on First Choice or Superchannel (Remember those first Cable Movie Channels?), and was blown away by it... I haven't actually looked for it on DVD, I have to admit, I'm not big on buying DVD's, tend to just DL, but if there is a remastered version w/ some decent extras it could be worth picking up...

Anonymous said...

For pure humor value: Plan 9 From Outer Space.

Also, like Anon#2 said, Primer.

Anonymous said...

I suggest Godzilla--the recently-released, original version, not the Raymond Burr version for the U.S. market.

Peter Turney said...

Colossus: The Forbin Project
- a "must see" for singularitarians

Brent Rolen said...
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Brent Rolen said...

A Clockwork Orange
Fahrenheit 451
Total Recall

George said...

Added A Clockwork Orange; forgot I had that one.

Thanks for the recommendations! There's still so much to see.

Anonymous said...

Soylent Green (is people)!

Anonymous said...

I'd recommend Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, as I think Star Trek needs some type of recommendation on the list.

Anonymous said...

Would V for Vendetta qualify as a Sci-Fi film?

Anonymous said...

-- The Fly (Cronenburg version)
-- Terminator
-- 2001
-- John Carpenter's The Thing

Anonymous said...

I'll second john's vote for Firefly and add my own: David Cronenberg's 1999 film eXistenZ.

Anonymous said...

Any Godzilla or Gamera movie--my personal favorites are Godzilla vs. King Kong, Godzilla vs. Monster Zero, and Destroy all Monsters.

What about such obscure and wonderfully awful classics as War of the Gargantuas, or Robinson Crusoe on Mars?

or the great insect movies--Them, for example?

Anonymous said...

I 2nd Ghost in the Shell: Stand alone Complex.

That series is really really good. It is one of my all time favorites.

Peter Turney said...


Peter Turney said...

The Man Who Fell to Earth

Anonymous said...

How freaky are your tastes?

- Repo Man
- Liquid Sky
- A Boy and His Dog

Nice collection, btw!

Adam S. said...

There's an anime produced in 2006 called Ergo Proxy everyone above should own. It's just that good.

Anonymous said...

Sky Captain & the World of Tomorrow

Anonymous said...

I'd make this in the top 10 as well:

Colossus-the Forbin Project

Anonymous said...

Serenity is a glaring omission

Buckaroo Banzai
The Thing (old version and new)
Saturn 3
12 Monkeys
Starship Troopers
The Man Who Fell To Earth

The old Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon serials.
Space 1999
Space above and beyond

Unknown said...

A great collection. And your readers' suggestions -- the great majority of them -- are terrific.

All I can think to add are the third Matrix film; Clooney's Solaris [I know, I know. But it's very good!]; and The British TV version of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe.

Anonymous said...

Aliens (the 2nd one) and The Abyss are James Cameron classics worth owning.

And I agree with other readers' recommendations on Total Recall, Dune and 12 Monkeys. 12 Monkeys is way underappreciated, I think.

And I'm gonna finally give Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex a try after all the positive recommendations here.

Unknown said...

Remember now I'm an old dude. These mostly come from the 1950s/1960s.
But a Sci. Fi. collection must have them. Some are Bug movies but that makes
them Sci. Fi.

Panic in year zero, 1962 (Atomic bombs and surivors)
The last man on Earth, 1964 (long before Night Of the Living Dead there were those dang Zombies)
Earth VS the Spider AKA The Spider 1958. (Hot rods, chicks, and giant Spiders.)
Tarantula!, 1955 (More giant spiders.)
Giant Spider Invasion (Even more giant spiders! And "The Skipper" to boot! Can you say "little buddy?")
This Island Earth, 1955
Monolith Monsters 1957(Used to be hard to find, but it has been "discovered" again.)
It! the Terror from Space. 1958. (Alien is based on this one and the original is great.)
It Came from Outer Space, 1953.
When Worlds Collide, 1951 (Won an academy award for special effects.)
Assignment Outer Space. 1961.
Unknown World, 1951
The Black Scorpion, 1957 (Clint Eastwood is the pilot in the jet.)
This is not a Test, 1962 (Great plot)
Unknown Island, 1948. (I loved it as a kid.)
Destination Moon, 1950. (George Pal...need I say more?)
All the Ray Harryhausen Movies...First Men in the Moon, 20 Million Miles to Earth, Earth vs the Flying
Saucers, It Came from Beneath the Sea, Mysterious Island,)
Them! 1954. (Considered a classic and I agree. One of the creepiest opening to any movie. James Whitmore,
James Arness, Fess Parker)
The Blob, 1958 (Steve Mcqueen)

I could just keep going forever.

The Giant Spider Invasion

tgrosh4 said...

If one includes TV serials, how about Doctor Who, maybe 'Doctor Who: The Five Doctors' (1983). 'Terror of the Zygons' and Genesis of Daleks,' 'The Invasion of Time,' and 'Logopolis' are some of the Tom Baker classics which come to mind. See

As I consider it further, maybe creating categories might be better than an ever growing list, e.g., most formative and most representative of the genre and then other categories such as best animations, best in their era, best films, best serials, etc.

I agree w/John's recommendations and his statement that good, hard sci-fi in film is unfortunately hard to find. Considering the wide number of suggestions you're receiving here and on the Chronicle of Higher Education's site, from which I linked to find your fascinating material,

What is the defintion of sci-fi with which you are using to create your library?

Anonymous said...

I'd add
Le Dernier Combat
Fantastic Planet
Tetsuo: The Iron Man
off the top of my head.

Anonymous said...

i you liked Dark City you'll probably like City of Lost Children.

Anonymous said...

Let me suggest some New Zealand films, M8, leaving out those that were big hits in the US.

The Quiet Earth
> I love Bruno Lawrence and would strongly also recommend Smash Palace, even though not SF, just because he stars in it.

Perfect Creature

Sleeping Dogs

Whale Rider
I include this film, because though not SF, it has some elements that I think might appeal and be common to SF

The Navigator

Anonymous said...

It seems nobody has recommended The Man from Earth ( ) yet. It's the best sci-fi movie I've seen in years. No special effects, no big stars, no big budget. Just a bunch of college professors sitting in a room, having a conversation. Sounds boring? Believe me, it's anything but.

Anonymous said...

I recommend Quatermass and the Pit, it is out of print and very hard to find but good quality hard sci-fi for any collection. If you like kaiju, then the Heisei Gamera trilogy is a must.