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Many science fiction films were low-budget productions (eg. Day of the Triffids), but because of growing popularity and recent developments in the technology of special effects, most films are now multi-million dollar projects.

The tone of science fiction films is often a guide to the tone of the times the film was made: other worlds and species are viewed in turn as wonderful, terrifying, threatening, incomprehensible, and childishly benign.

Notable science fiction films include:

(Note: this is not meant to be an exhaustive list of all science fiction films. Only films of notable artistic or cultural significance should be listed here.)

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Fantasy films

Fantasy films are films with fantastic themes, usually involving magic or exotic fantasy worlds, which cannot be included under the headings of science fiction films or horror films.

Examples include:

and many more...

Many fantasy films are considered to be among the ranks of the classics:

Others have become cult favourites:

Note: Some of the above movies have not yet been released on DVD. You might try the same search using our advanced search function with a VHS search or search by actor/actress or by director.


Bestselling DVD Science Fiction & Fantasy Movies and Videos
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  • Star Trek Deep Space Nine - The Complete First Season
    from Paramount Home Video.
    Okay, everyone else who wrote a review said that DS9 is the best Trek series ever, so I won't bother saying it again (even thought I kinda just did!). Character depth, story arcs, darker premises, great just rocked. However, this review is for the DVD box of the First Season. The first...

  • Metropolis (Restored Authorized Edition)
    from Kino International.
    This film has influenced everything from Citizen Kane (the opening shot of Kane's mansion is reference to an almost identical shot in Metropolis) to the Matrix. The effects in this movie are astonishing for our times and even more astonishing when its 1926 creation date is taken into account. I saw...

  • Farscape Season 2 (Volume 5)
    from A.D. Vision.
    These episodes is among the best of a truly great show and I can't recommend them high enough!! Just imagine the Liars,Guns and Money trilogy in a theater and it'll put the Star Wars prequels to shame.....Great acting,suspense,humor,drama,writing;what else can be said about a show that hasn't been...

  • The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (Platinum Series Extended Edition)
    from New Line Home Entertainment.
    Considered both as fantasy adventure and as an adaptation of a beloved literary classic, Peter Jackson's film of "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" sets new standards for cinematic excellence. Everything about this film feels exactly right, from the casting to the screenplay to the...

  • The Twilight Zone - Collection 5
    from Image Entertainment.

  • Stargate (Ultimate Edition)
    from Artisan (Fox Video).
    Ok, let's put it this way: faster than you can say "lightspeed", the movie itself will take you into a fantastic journey of Egypt Ancient world and the next thing you know you'll be sucked into a void. That said, this movie has been given a nice "touch-up" or re-release if you will. Making this the...

  • Doctor Who - The Key to Time - The Complete Adventure
    from BBC Video.
    I've been a Dr. Who fan for a LONG time and I have waited for the dvds to come out. I have 9 vhs covering some of the William Hartnell, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker and Sylvester McCoy. I loved the "The Key of Time" series, heck I love the whole series. Looking forward to all the episoded to come out on...

  • Farscape - The Complete Season 1
    from A.D. Vision.
    I've collected a lot of DVD's, some good, some bad, but there is no better set than Farscape. No matter what you crave, be it action, romance, drama, comedy, special FX, you will find it with FS. This is no ordinary series, the storylines, characters, acting & cinematagraphy rival that of movies...

  • The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (Platinum Series Extended Edition Collector's Gift Set)
    from New Line Home Entertainment.
    Considered both as fantasy adventure and as an adaptation of a beloved literary classic, Peter Jackson's film of "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" sets new standards for cinematic excellence. Everything about this film feels exactly right, from the casting to the screenplay to the...

  • The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. 2
    from Wea Corp.
    Three of these four releases from rhino are clssics, The cave dwellers is a confusing and poorly acted caveman feature starring miles o'keefe. Pod people...features one of the crabbiest bands ever, poachers, an ultra-annoying kid, and some aliens who look like biped anteaters. Shorts features a...

  • Back to the Future - The Complete Trilogy (Widescreen Edition)
    from Universal Studios.
    I was very,very mad to find our all three films Back to the future I, II, and III are all cropped down from a full screen version. This means the movie you see is a little more than a third of what you saw in the original theatrical release. These movies are one of my most favorites and it is very...

  • Stargate SG-1 Season 1 Boxed Set
    from MGM/UA Video.
    The Stargate SG-1 Season 1 Box Set is a great introduction to this excellent sci-fi series. Although the first season had its share of clunkers (as is only normal with any new series trying to find its footing), SG-1 succeeded in quickly establishing its characters and unique plotlines, and...

  • Stargate SG-1 Season 2 Boxed Set
    from M G M, Inc.
    SG-1 is crazy good, and Season 2 was arguably the best season so far. As with many TV adaptations, the sophomore year is when a series tends to truly expand its horizons from the original, and this is certainly true with Stargate SG-1. Season Two lays the groundwork for many of the key storylines of...

  • Star Trek The Next Generation - The Complete Seventh Season
    from Paramount Home Video.
    Season 7 is well worth waiting for; in my view it's the best season of TNG, slightly better than seasons 3, 4, and 6. By-the-technical-manuals-fans often reject such epsiodes as "Masks," "Emergence," and "Genesis," but these are some of my favorite episodes; they're highly apolitical, bend reality,...

  • Star Trek The Next Generation - The Complete Fifth Season
    from Paramount Home Video.
    The 5th season of STAR TREK TNG had it share of highs and lows, in front of, and behind the camera. The season brought original series star, Leonard Nimoy as Spock, out of t.v. retirement for a two parter called "Unification". The strange thing is, while it was great to see the Vulcan interact with...

  • Minority Report (Widescreen Edition)
    from Universal Studios.
    Stephen Spielberg's latest sci-fi/action film "Minority Report" is certainly a massive special-effects hit, but great special effects and a superstar actor cannot always compensate for a weakened story and predictability. The film is based upon the brilliant short-story (of the same name) that was...

  • Alice in Wonderland
    from Walt Disney Home Video.
    Although there have been many film versions of Lewis Carroll's classic story about Alice's adventures in Wonderland, Disney's 1951 animated version is by far the best. The "Alice" stories themselves are timeless classics that deserve to be passed down from one generation to the next, and this film...

  • The Twilight Zone - Collection 1
    from Image Entertainment.
    In response to some of the other reviews, it has happened...yes you can get the TZ collection in chronological order - all 156 episodes. I just ordered it and absolutely love the set. I found the set for sale at It's a great price, plus the special features discs have some very cool...

  • Star Trek The Next Generation - The Complete Sixth Season
    from Paramount Home Video.
    Season 6 of Star Trek the Next Generation has many middle of the road episodes with a few really strong thrillers and character episodes. Chain Of Command (with the superb David Warner from "Titanic" "The Omen" and other Star Trek episodes / films) deals with the capture and torture of Picard by the...

  • Star Wars - Episode II, Attack of the Clones (Widescreen Edition)
    from Twentieth Century Fox Home Video.

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Widescreen Edition)
    from Warner Home Video.
    The first in the J.K. Rowling series entitled "Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone" is one of the best fantasy films that I've seen in a very long time. While nowhere near as captivating or as visually explosive as the Lord of the Rings movies, Harry Potter is a marvelous silver screen...

  • Signs (Vista Series)
    from Walt Disney Home Video.
    "Signs" is an excellent sci-fi/horror movie, combining elements of "War Of The Worlds" with "Night Of The Living Dead." Mel Gibson plays Graham Hess, a minister who has lost his faith after his wife is killed. His brother Merrill (Joaquin Phoenix) moves in to his farm to help take care of Graham's...

  • The X-Files - The Complete Fifth Season
    from Twentieth Century Fox Home Video.
    Even if it only has 20 episodes (The shortest season being the 9th), this season marks the end of the Vancouver era. After this and the movie, TXF team moved to LA and started what i think tobe the best season of all (The 6th), changing the full screen format for a more cinematographic style, with...

  • Star Trek The Next Generation - The Complete Second Season
    from Paramount Home Video.
    The second season of STAR TREK-TNG is marked by change. It also has 4 fewer episodes than the usual 26. The shorter season happened because of a Hollywood writer's contract dispute over the hiatis. In my opinion, the strike caused the writing staff to lose momentum. The end result is a lopsided...

  • Star Trek The Next Generation - The Complete First Season
    from Paramount Home Video.
    Superb. Seeing these twenty-six episodes together for the first time in fifteen years was truly a treat. The behind-the-scenes information is well done and worth the purchase, and the menus are well-organized. The preview (Episode Log) screen for each of the seven discs is excellent, with each disc...

  • Babylon 5 - The Complete First Season
    from Warner Home Video.
    Babylon 5 The first Season and a great disappointment. Series A+, DVD C-. I have waited for this DVD set since DVDs first appeared. Today I got my copy and eagerly anticipated watching a few episodes. What a disappointment. How any person who produces DVDs could have let this out of production is...

  • Star Trek The Next Generation - The Complete Fourth Season
    from Paramount Home Video.
    More sure of itself than ever...The fourth season of Star Trek-TNG is known for three things. First, there was the departure of actor Wil Wheaton, and his alter ego Wesley Crusher, from the series. Second, the resolution to last season's cliffhanger finale, "The Best Of Both Worlds", which was very...

  • The X-Files - The Complete Sixth Season
    from Fox Home Entertainme.
    I am not going to elaborate on the technical details of the DVD collection of Season Six, since more nit-picky people have already gone in depth into that area. My review is going to focus solely on the episode quality in terms of characters and plot. This season really marked a turning point in the...

  • The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. 1
    from Wea Corp.
    Thank you Rhino!!!! This collection features four episodes of the most inventive, hilarious show to ever hit the airwaves! The first 3 are Mike Nelson episodes. "The Skydivers" must rank as one of the worst films the SOL crew ever was forced to endure, but as is always the case on MST3K...the worse...

  • The X-Files - The Complete First Season
    from Twentieth Century Fox.
    In the first season of The X-Files, we are introduced to the Lone Gunman, Scully's father dies, Deep Throat is killed, and the X-Files are closed. All 24 episodes are on 7 discs, with documentaries, deleted scenes, etc. Episodes: ----------- 1) The X-Files (pilot) - This is the episode...

  • The Alien Legacy
    from Twentieth Century Fox.
    I saw Ridley Scott's "Alien" when I was about ten. I'm eightteen years old now and when I watch this movie I still marvel at the effects when the alien creature makes it's first horrific appearance at the dinner scene. (If nobody knows who R. Scott is, he is the brilliant mind behind "Gladiator" and...

  • Stalker
    from Image Entertainment.
    STALKER is one of the best sf films ever. Extremely intelligent in every way I could mention, the movie does not fail to hold the viewer's interest at every step. A loose adaptation of the novel ROADSIDE PICNIC by the brothers Boris & Arkady Strugatsky, this film is every bit as rewarding an...

  • Star Trek The Next Generation - The Complete Third Season
    from Paramount Home Video.
    From the beginning of the third season to the very last show of season 7, "All Good Things,", TNG is now running at full stride. In the Hiatus between seasons two and three, the shows producers made some very good and very important changes. They hired Michael Piller, who from then on showed what a...

  • The Prisoner - The Complete Collection
    from A & E Entertainment.
    Well not exactly Patrick McGoohan's opening from The Prisoner, but it did catch your attention :-). Seriously here they are, all 17 episodes plus the Prisoner Video Companion originally offered on MCI Home Video now on DVD compliments of our good friends at A&E. What's nicer is the episodes are...

  • Forbidden Planet
    from Warner Studios.
    "It will remind us...after all...that we are not God..." --Leslie Nielsen as Commander J.J. Adams in the last scene in FORBIDDEN PLANET. WHAT A CAST!!! WHAT A SCREENPLAY!!! WHAT FANTASTIC MUSIC!!! WHAT A ROBOT!!! WHAT A MOVIE!!! The producers of FORBIDDEN PLANET took Shakespeare's "The Tempest,"...

  • Mysterious Island
    from Columbia Tristar Hom.
    Michael Craig and Herbert Loom lead a cast of good actors in this 1961 classic about seven people (Five men and two women) who must survive on a strange island full of giant crabs, giant birds, and large bees. In the process they learn the fate of the mysterious Captain Nemo. A film that has a...

  • Earth vs. the Flying Saucers
    from Columbia Tristar Hom.
    So far as story goes, the title says it all, and you won't find any brilliant performances, acclaimed writing, high-concept storylines, or big budgets here. But you will find Ray Harryhausen's stop-motion special effects, and that counts for a lot. This is not among Harryhausen's more elaborate...

  • 2001 - A Space Odyssey (Limited Edition Collector's Set)
    This is a profound movie. Keep in mind that in 1968 there was no hand-held calculators, no push button telephones, no personal computers, no internet, no stereos, no cassettes but eight-track players, no UHF or VHF television, no word processors, few electric typewriters, virtually no color TV,...

  • The War of the Worlds
    from Paramount Studio.
    I was fortunate enough to see this George Pal classic upon its original release in 1953, and it was an awesome experience for a 13 year old boy! I saw it on the big screen again in 1977, when it was re-released to cash in on the tremendous success of Star Wars, and it was just as good the second...

  • Plan 9 from Outer Space
    from Image Entertainment.
    Overhyped as "The Worst Movie of All Time," Ed Wood's film about space aliens trying to take over the world by resurrecting the dead should more appropriately serve as a table of content for all the bad horror movie cliches that were developed over it's time. Ed Wood's apparent claim to fame were...

  • When Worlds Collide
    from Paramount Studio.
    Indeed, there is no question in reviewing the premise of this film: the Earth WILL be destroyed. It's not just a matter of blowing a piece of cosmic debris out of the sky... Doing my best to place myself in the position of one of the myriad cast, I have found the experience of viewing this film to...

  • Barbarella
    from Paramount Studio.
    Roger Vadim's sexy sci-fi opus starring his then wife Jane Fonda as the outer space adventuress Barbarella opens with the now famous strip-tease scene over the opening credits. Fonda peels out of her space suit accompanied by the sexy sixties pop theme song. She is totally nude but discretely...

  • Destination Moon
    from Image Entertainment.
    George Pal's "Destination Moon" is a CLASSIC Science Fiction Movie of the 1950's. I recommend it to everyone. HOWEVER be aware that the DVD edition is made from an EXTREMELY POOR QUALITY print. Its scratchy, its noisy in places and scenes are shortened by a few seconds where broken film has been...

  • The Time Machine
    from Warner Studios.
    ... So that disqualifies me from being a Sci-Fi geek. That being said, I've reviewed a handful of movies ..., but I've never reviewed my favorite of all time. Year after year, this one stands out: The Time Machine, first viewed...

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers
    from Republic Studios.
    Don Siegel's Invasion of the Body Snatchers proves to be a classic of the science-fiction genre. Usually bored to death of sci-fi films, I quite enjoyed this film of pods taking over and transforming themselves into the citizens of Santa Mira, while they sleep, in the hopes of soon engulfing the...

  • 20 Million Miles to Earth
    from Columbia Tristar Hom.
    This is the type of film I love. Good story,good effects and a GREAT monster THE YMIR to boot. This is what hollywood needs to do is go back look at films like this and realize that its substance to a movie not CGI effects that tell and make a story. Im 24 and have a old school style when it comes...

  • The Crawling Eye
    from Image Entertainment.
    You need to be a fan of silly, classic '50's Sci-Fi films to appreciate The Crawling Eye to really enjoy it. If you are not, don't waste your time. This movie has some really bad visual effects (Two men, mountain climbing in the Swiss Alps. It was so obvious that they were placed in front of a bad...

  • H.G. Wells' First Men in the Moon
    from Columbia Tristar Hom.
    This is a jolly version of H.G. Wells' vision aided with Ray Harryhausen's special effects. A group of astronauts from earth go to the moon for the first, so they think. Once there, a British flag and a paper declaring the moon in the name of Queen Victoria is found proving there we not the first to...

  • Rocketship X-M
    from Image Entertainment.
    In this movie, we have the story of earth's first flight to the moon but an accident occurs on the ship and the crew finds themselves heading toward Mars. Once on Mars, they discover a dome-shape building, a metallic mask and figure that at one time a "superior" race had once lived there. While most...

  • It! The Terror from Beyond Space
    from Mgm/Ua Studios.
    Thomas Wolfe said it best: You can't go home again. And for those who fondly recall Friday nights or Saturday mornings of their youth spent glued to classic horror and sci-fi on the TV, I suggest: keep those memories untainted by reality and avoid movies such as It! Terror from Beyond Space. If you...

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