Warner's TCM GREATEST CLASSIC FILMS COLLECTION is a series of over two dozen twin packs. The four titles in each set are dubbed one per side on two flip discs. Only some movies include bonus features. Transfer quality of these well-preserved ever-popular films is top-notch.
The four in this pack are any Boomer's delight, from our childhood friend Robbie the Robot ("Forbidden Planet"), to a primetime NBC-TV fave ("Time Machine"), to trippy late 60s Drive-In movie fare ("2001"), to a more sobering experience ("Soylent Green"). For any who missed these in first run, they remain prime examples of superior vintage science fiction-- deftly combining fine casts, nicely-crafted scripts, skilled cinematography and quirky (by today's standards) yet often engaging special effects.
An Earth colony on a planet 17 light years from home is nearly wiped out, so an expedition is sent to investigate. Curiously, the only two survivors don't seem to want any help from Commander Abrams and his men, but Abrahms won't leave until he gets some answers.
In the (now not too) distant future, an overpopulated Earth broils from the greenhouse effect. Many plants and animals are extinct, so the hungry billions are nourished with color-coded foodstuffs from the Soylent company. There's yellow and red, but their very best is Soylent Green. When the company's president is murdered, a detective's investigation uncovers a horrible secret.
Directed by pioneer special effects wizard George Pal, this adaptation makes author H.G. Wells the main character. After watching the rapid forward passage of time via changing fashions in a nearby ladies dress shop window, Wells rides his machine to a distant future where society is divided into meek surface dwellers and underground cannibals who prey on them.
Episodic, gently paced story encompasses the cosmically assisted rise of humankind from hairy cave dweller to space-traveling modern man to our ultimate pre-planned destiny. Along the way we thrice encounter a mysterious ebony-hued monolith, experience artificial gravity, grapple with a powerful cyber-mechanism gone haywire and watch a man in his prime age, die and undergo embyronic transformation (perhaps into a higher life form?).
Warner's TCM HORROR set includes "Freaks" (1932), "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1941), "House of Wax" (1953) and "The Haunting" (1963).
Parenthetical numbers preceding titles are 1 to 10 viewer poll ratings found at a film resource website.
(7.8) Forbidden Planet (1956) - Walter Pidgeon/Anne Francis/Leslie Nielsen/Warren Stevens/Jack Kelly/Richard Anderson/James Drury
(7.0) Soylent Green (1973) - Charlton Heston/Leigh Taylor-Young/Chuck Connors/Joseph Cotten/Brock Peters/Edward G. Robinson/Dick Van Patten
(7.6) The Time Machine (1960) - Rod Taylor/Alan Young/Yvette Mimieux/Sebastian Cabot/Whit Bissell
(8.4) 2001: A Space Odyssey (UK/USA-1968) - Keir Dullea/Gary Lockwood/William Sylvester/Douglas Rain