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Babylon 5 - The Legend of the Rangers

I am a pretty big fan of the series Babylon 5; I own all the series DVDs, and decided to start in on the movies. I missed most of them when they originally aired, and even though some of them had very bad reviews. I decided to see them all anyway, just so that I would be familiar with the entire story line. This turned out to be a bigger mistake than I thought, at least in the case of The Legend of the Rangers.

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Of all the science fiction movies that have ever been produced, one of the finest and most ground-breaking of all time is Tron. Starring Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner and directed by Steven Lisberger, Tron was also the first film to composite computer graphics and live action together in a single film. Produced using a mixture of digital, photographic, and traditional art techniques, this is a movie that could never have been made before its time, and which could probably never again be made in this way due to economic and logistic considerations.

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When you combine Kurt Russell and James Spader in a movie directed by Roland Emmerich and featuring an alien explanation for Egyptian civilization, the results are truly awe-inspiring. Maybe not sublime, but definitely staggering. Such a movie is Stargate, the Science-Fiction blockbuster of 1994 that spawned a television series, which in turn spawned another television series. Stargate will go down in history as one of the most brilliantly realized science-fiction movies of all time whether it deserves it or not — although of course, it does.

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Logan's Run

Straight from the future of the swinging seventies, it's Michael York in a jumpsuit and a bunch of chicks in sarong dresses! This seminal science-fiction film, starring York, Richard Jordan, Jenny Agutter, Peter Ustinov and others, is the highest quality cheese-fest you are ever likely to witness. While this film is anything but timeless, it is an amazingly well-conceived vision of a utopian society existing in post-apocalyptic (or something) America.

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The Abyss

Without any question from anyone who has two neurons to rub together and an understanding of the topic, James Cameron's The Abyss is a classic of science-fiction. Basically the only sci-fi movie to feature an at all realistic portrayal of action underwater, the Abyss is not just an amazing movie to watch, but an amazing movie to watch a movie about. This particular DVD set provides both.

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2010: The Year We Make Contact

In the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick turned Arthur C. Clarke's first serial, year-named book into an artistic and even metaphysical masterpiece, skillfully representing the story and the visuals while managing to confuse audiences completely — and yet not preventing them from enjoying the story. In 2010, Peter Hyams makes a more conventional picture, but one that is more accessible to audiences and which, not coincidentally, wraps up many of the loose ends found in the original story. Where 2001 was primarily about suspense, 2010 adds more of an element of drama to the picture while retaining the most fascinating aspect of the original story; the interaction between the crew and HAL, the intelligent computer which pilots the space ship Discovery.

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A Boy and His Dog

Standing tall amongst the body of work that we refer to as science-fiction today, the 1975 classic A Boy and His Dog will forever be remembered as one of the greatest pictures in science fiction. This "R"-rated picture, which in the seventies actually meant something, is one of the truest conversions of a science fiction story from print to the silver screen. Ellison is credited on the film as a writer, although the script was reworked by the film's director, somewhat prolific actor L.Q. Jones.

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