Sci-Fi Movies on DVD and Video
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer DVD
In this sequel to Fantastic Four.(2005), the quartet of Marvel Comics superheroes is again portrayed by Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Michael Chiklis and Chris Evans. Also, Dr. Doom (Julian McMahon) is back.
"A.I. Artificial Intelligence" DVD Review
"A.I. Artificial Intelligence" raises thought-provoking questions about what it means to be human, but the movie sometimes feels too warm and fuzzy for its dark subject matter. But the movie is a flawed masterpiece that is well worth seeing. Read my brief review of "A.I."
Find out about the DVD release of this big-budget adaptation of Christopher Paolini's novel.
"It Came From Outer Space" DVD Review
Although "It Came From Outer Space" has a B-movie sensibility, I was pleasantly surprised at how good-looking and thought-provoking it is. Read my DVD review of "It Came From Outer Space."
"Planet of the Apes" (2001) DVD Review
The 2001 version of "Planet of the Apes" has been released as a two-disc DVD set that’s loaded with special features. Read my review of this movie on DVD.
"Signs" DVD Review
"Signs" is very entertaining. I think that Shyamalan's genius lies in his ability to evoke an atmosphere of ominous dread. Even watching the movie at home, I almost jumped out of my seat a couple of times. Read my review of "Signs" on DVD.
"Solaris" (2002) DVD - Short Review
"Solaris" (2002) is a challenging science-fiction movie that was written and directed by Steven Soderbergh and stars George Clooney. I watched this film on DVD recently and loved it, but I think it's aimed at viewers who like puzzle movies that pose open-ended questions. Read a short DVD review of "Solaris."
"Solaris" (2002) Explanation
"Solaris" (2002) is a challenging movie, and I decided to set down here my explanation of it in the hope that some people might find that helpful. However, my explanation is only one among several that are plausible. If you have an explanation you prefer, go with that.
"Star Wars Episode I" DVD Review
While "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" doesn’t quite match the warmth and humor of the three "Star Wars" films released in 1977-83, the new movie is visually far superior to those earlier films, and when I watched "Phantom Menace" recently on DVD, I found it to be extremely entertaining. Also, the DVD comes packaged as a two-disc set loaded with interesting extras.
"Star Wars: Episode II" DVD Review
Although I found "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" to be flawed, I thoroughly enjoyed it as a guilty pleasure. Read my review of the "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" two-disc DVD set.
"The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" DVD Review
I found "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" DVDs to be dazzlingly cinematic and intellectually engaging. J.R.R. Tolkien's much-loved novel comes vividly to life on the screen. Read my brief review/overview or a full-length review of the DVDs.
"The Matrix Reloaded" DVD Review
I was dazzled by the visual sense of "The Matrix Reloaded" and by its highly stylized action sequences, but I didn't become emotionally involved because the film was more about style than substance. Read my review of "The Matrix Reloaded" on DVD.
"Solaris" (1972) Full-Length DVD Review
There is almost no action in Tarkovsky's "Solaris," and the special effects are unimpressive. But I find this film extremely thought-provoking and hypnotically resonant. To my mind, this movie is cerebral science fiction at its very best because of the humanistic and moral issues it explores. Read my review of this movie on DVD.
"Solaris" (1972) Short DVD Review
Even though there's little action or impressive special effects, to my mind this movie is cerebral science fiction at its very best because of the humanistic and moral issues it explores. Read my review of Andrei Tarkovsky's 1972 movie "Solaris" on DVD.