Excuse the representative banner title. We've strayed outside the boundaries of our initial 1950s + 60s science-fiction / fantasy / creature-feature Blu-ray entries - expanding to include many new titles that deserve acknowledgment. We've only briefly extended outside the date range. The appeal remains inherent from the innocence of childhood - overflowing with campy nostalgia - to inspiring imaginative future-esque adventures or mythical fantasies recognized by inventive, alluring titles, frequently set in isolated islands, outer space, distant planets or quaint, small towns steeped in tradition.

 

'Creatures' remain a strong focus of many of the chosen films - preferably of the Ray Harryhausen, claymation, variety - they are often dinosaur or dinosaur-like, sometime alien, fable-deviations, or accidentally man-made (enter wayward scientists or mad doctors etc.). There can be human-hybrids of animals (from a fly to an alligator). Automatons are appealing; robots utilized as potentially dangerous and unreadable tertiary characters - powerful and inscrutable.  Both Universal and Japanese monsters are mainstays.

 

We've added some 'Republic Serials' and avoided comedy/satire (Jerry Lewis films Visit to a Small Planet and The Nutty Professor or Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine and The 10th Victim) and intentionally neglected movies that are primarily occult and horror - notably Gothic period films, although we have included a few very worthy Hammer Studio titles.

 

Our rational is indefensibly thin, excluding The Last Man on Earth (apocalyptic and zombie-related), Frakenheimer's socially-probing and deep Seconds, the Thunderbirds series with their delightful Supermarionation process. Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey deserves it's own category. Alain Resnais' Je t’aime, je t’aime (1968) is a great film but doesn't fit-in here. What about Hitchcock's The Birds? Science-fiction? creature feature? Committee says 'yes' - it's added.

 

Some of the most desirable titles are still not available on Blu-ray; The Day of the Triffids, the original Village of the Damned, 1953's Invaders From Mars, and also from that year War of the Worlds, The Amazing Colossal Man, 51's When Worlds Collide and Five, 1958's Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, plus Monsters on Campus, Cult of the Cobra, Dr. Cyclops, The Leech Woman, The Cosmic Man, The Flying Saucer, Stranger From Venus, Invasion of the Saucer Men, Day the World Ended, The She-Creature , The Flesh Eaters, and many more. Perhaps Criterion will upgrade their Monsters And Madmen set with The Haunted Strangler, Corridors of Blood, The Atomic Submarine and First Man into Space. We have added some posters of the most coveted below, and a few book recommendations.

 

We remain flexible in our selections and look forward to updating the list with more titles as they are upgraded to the Blu-ray format. Please tell us your preference! P.S. Thanks again to Gregory!

 

The listing is in alphabetical order (click review buttons to also see comparisons where applicable):

 

The 3 Worlds of Gulliver

(1960)

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad

(1958)

20 Million Miles to Earth

(1957)

The Alligator People

(1959)

The Angry Red Planet

(1959)

The Astro-Zombies

(1968)

Atlantis: The Lost Continent

(1961)

Attack of the Puppet People(1958)

 

The Bamboo Saucer

(1968)

Barbarella (1968)

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)

The Beast of Hollow Mountain (1956)

The Birds (1963)

The Black Sleep

(1956)

The Blob (1958)

The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962)

 

The Bubble (1966)

Caltiki, the Immortal Monster

(1959)

The Colossus of New York (1958)

Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe

(1953)

Conquest of Space

(1955)

Crack in the World

(1965)

Creature from the Black Lagoon

(1954)

Cyborg 2087

(1966)

 

Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D

 (1966)

The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)

The Day the Earth Stood Still

(1951)

Destroy All Monsters (1968)

Dimension 5

(1966)

Donovan's Brain

(1953)

Dr. Who and the Daleks

 (1965)

The Earth Dies Screaming (1964)

 

Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)

Fahrenheit 451

(1966)

Fantastic Voyage

(1966)

Fire Maidens of Outer Space (1956)

First Men in the Moon

(1964)

The Fly

(1958)

Flying Disc Man From Mars

(1950)

Forbidden Planet

(1956)

 

From Hell It Came

(1957)

Gamera Films (1965-70)

The Giant Claw

(1957)

Godzilla (1954)

Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1966)

Gog

(1954)

Gorgo

(1961)

Ikarie XB 1

(1963)

 

The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

The Illustrated Man

(1969)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

Invisible Invaders

(1959)

The Invisible Monster

(1950)

Island of Terror (1966)

It Came from Beneath the Sea

(1955)

It Came from Outer Space (1953)

 

It! The Terror from Beyond Space

(1958)

Jason and the Argonauts (1963)

Journey to the Center of the Earth

(1959)

Journey to the Far Side of the Sun

(1969)

Journey to the Seventh Planet (1962)

King Kong Escapes

(1967)

King Kong vs. Godzilla

(1962)

The Land Unknown

(1957)

 

The Lost World

(1960)

The Magnetic Monster

(1953)

The Man from Planet X

(1951)

The Manster

(1962)

Master of the World

(1961)

Mighty Joe Young

(1940)

The Mole People

(1956)

The Monolith Monsters (1957)

 

The Monster of Piedras Blancas

(1959)

The Monster That Challenged the World

(1957)

Mysterious Island

(1961)

The Neanderthal Man

(1953)

Night of the Big Heat

(1967)

One Million Years B.C. (1966)

The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues

(1955)

Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)

 

Planet of Apes (1968)

Planet of the Vampires (1965)

Project X (1968)

Quatermass and the Pit

 (1967)

Quatermass 2(1957)

The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)

Queen of Blood

(1966)

The Reptile

(1966)

 

Robinson Crusoe on Mars

(1964)

The Space Children

(1958)

Tarantula

(1955)

Them!

(1954)

The Thing from Another World (1951)

This Island Earth

(1955)

The Time Machine

(1960)

The Tingler (1959)

 

Tobor the Great (1954)

Unearthly Stranger

(1963)

The Valley of Gwangi

(1969)

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

(1961)

Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet

(1965)

War-Gods of the Deep

(1965)

The Wasp Woman

 (1959)

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth

(1970)

 

World Without End

(1956)

X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963)

X The Unknown (1956)

Yongary, Monster from the Deep

(1967)


Posters of desirable 'Nostalgic Science Fiction' films

that are NOT on Blu-ray yet.

* The German Blu-ray of H-Man HERE is listed as having an English DUB but it does not.

 


Recommended Science Fiction Film poster Books (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)

 

Film Posters of the 60s: The Essential Movies of the Decade : From the Reel Poster Gallery Collection
by Tony Nourmand, Reel Poster Gallery, Graham Marsh
Science Fiction Poster Art
by Tony Nourmand, Graham Marsh
Science Fiction and Horror Movie Posters in Full Color
by Alan Adler
Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy Movie Posters & Lobby Cards
by Forrest J. Ackerman, Robert Brosch

 


 

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