For my money Mill Creek Entertainment puts out the best movie and TV collections. Some of my favorite DVD sets have come from Mill Creek and two of their latest are pretty fantastic as well. First we have Vintage Sci-Fi 6 Movie Collection. This is a collection of 1950s and 60s science fiction films that I love watching today. This DVD set includes The 27Th Day, The Night The World Exploded, The H Man, 12 to the Moon, Battle in Outer Space and Valley of the Dragons.
The standout to me is The 27th Day. Almost 60 years later and the film is still topical. Aliens give 5 random humans a box that contain capsules that could wipe out millions of people. If no one uses their capsules after 27 days, the aliens won’t destroy the Earth. Of course this coming from the 1950s, the Russians play a major role in the film. Today we’d have the Russians, but probably also Iran or North Korea involved. The film really fascinated me because despite all the advances we’ve had in the decades since this film, that basic emotion of fear is always there.
The H Man is classic Japanese sci-fi with ooze and special effects. The glowing green is just great. It’s laughable by today’s standards, but that’s what I like about these films. The Night The World Exploded predates San Andreas by almost 50 years yet seems eerily similar. 12 to the Moon is another with classic sci-fi storytelling. Shot before we actually landed on the moon, it has all the elements you expect with alien messages and life forms. Battle in Outer Space is classic sci-fi as well. Events are happening around the world because of aliens and two ships must be sent to stop more from happening. Valley of the Dragons was pretty interesting. Based loosely on a Jules Verne story, two men are sent into an alternate universe with cavemen and beasts. Probably my second favorite of the collection.
The second collection available from Mill Creek is the Hammer Films Collection. This includes The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll, Scream of Fear!, The Gorgon, Stop Me Before I Kill and The Curse of The Mummy’s Tomb.
I like to call this the Christopher Lee Collection. He appears in 3 films out 5 and Peter Cushing also appears in The Gorgon with Lee. Those two men alone are worth buying this. If you only know Sir Christopher Lee from the Star Wars prequels or Lord of the Rings, do yourself a favor and watch his older films. He is a god among classic horror fans. I wanted this just to have The Gorgon, but Scream of Fear! was very good and The Two Face of Dr. Jekyll was quite good as well. Scream of Fear! is pretty psychological for a film of its age. Stop Me Before I Kill has a good psychological edge to it and you just don’t see people wanting to strangle anyone anymore. And The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb is pretty classic horror/mummy storytelling. If you like horror films, real horror films not paranormal crap of today, do yourself a favor and get this Hammer Films Collection. It has some great Christopher Lee films in it and is just classic horror storytelling.
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