It Conquered The World on VHS video. Movie starring Peter Graves, Beverly Garland, Lee Van Cleef. Directed by Roger Corman. 1956.
From the VHS box:
Every man its prisoner… Every woman its slave!
It was part plant and all monster, with crustacean arms and chainsaw teeth. Humanity had never seen anything like it. But whatever it was, It Conquered the World!
Producer-director Roger Corman tapped into the Red Scare of the ’50s with this harrowing tale of a vege-alien from Venus who can bend human minds to his evil will. The terror begins when the monster makes contact with a well-meaning American scientist (Lee Van Cleef, the spaghetti-western star who here packs a microscope instead of a six-gun). The scientist guides the monster to earth… but regrets his hospitality when the newcomer sends out hordes of bats whose bites reduce the townsfolk to zombies.
Peter Graves and Beverly Garland are among those who battle back in this top sci-fi thriller that critic Leonard Maltin calls “well acted… one of Corman’s best.” A creepy monster, blood-sucking bats, screaming victims and earnest men of science: now that’s a Drive-In Classic!
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Macross Plus: The Movie on VHS. English Subtitled Version. Starring Rica Fukami, Banjô Ginga, Shô Hayami. Directed by Shôji Kawamori. 1995.
From the VHS box cover:
Contains never before seen footage!
Macross Plus scores with its triple-play of dynamic mecha action, dramatic characters and rock music elements creating a visual bonanza with whirlwind air combat scenes that leave you mesmerized.
In 2040 A.D., on the colonial planet Eden, the Ministry of Defense is testing a transforming super-stealth aircraft to counter alien attacks. Join in on the action when rival pilots Isamu and Guld battle for aerial supremacy and the affection of the beautiful Myung. This dramatic, visually superb and complex Japanimation feature is certain to become a favorite with Manga fans everywhere.
From The Director – Shoji Kawamori:
“…There have been many events over time with this title and finally we have been able to release this movie edition. I would like to personally thank all the people who sent us letters of support. When we were making the film, my intentions were to make an animé that was appealing for both fans and the general public. I hope that you liked it…”
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Alien Nation on VHS video. Starring James Caan, Mandy Patinkin, Terence Stamp. Directed by Graham Baker. 1988.
From the VHS cover:
They have come to Earth to live among us. But there’s something about them we don’t know. Be prepared.
Drugs. Violence. Crime. The headlines of the near future are a lot like today’s — with one big difference. In L.A. alone, there are 300,000 humanoid extraterrestrials. “Newcomers” or, less politely, “slags.” Refugees from a disabled slave ship, they’ve stayed to live and work among us, to try to fit in. But there is something about them we do not know.
James Caan is Sykes, a veteran police detective out to avenge the death of his partner who was killed in a shootout with Newcomers. Many Patinkin is Sam Francisco, Sykes’ new partner and the force’s first Newcomer plainslothesman. Together they uncover a trail of murder leading to the most terrifying drug epidemic to ever hit Planet Earth.
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Nightfall on VHS video. Starring Jennifer Burns, Winsome Brown, Joseph Hodge (Haj), David Carradine. Based on the story by Isaac Asimov (which was inspired by an Emerson quote) published in 1941 and subsequently expanded into a full novel by Asimov and Robert Silverberg in 1990. Produced by Roger Corman. Directed by Gwyneth Gibby. 2000.
From the VHS box:
“The Greatest Science Fiction Story of All Time.” as voted by The Science Fiction Writers of America
The people of the planet Aeon, blessed with six suns, have never experienced night. When an archeological excavation uncovers evidence of an ancient catastrophe, all signs point towards the impending darkness of the very first Nightfall. Panic erupts as the suns slowly disappear one by one. Science struggles against superstition as the people race to comprehend the approaching Nightfall… the end of the world as they know it.
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Fahrenheit 451 on VHS video. Starring Oskar Werner, Julie Christie, Cyril Cusack. From the book by Ray Bradbury. Directed by François Truffaut. 1966.
From the VHS box cover:
Ray Bradbury’s best-selling science fiction masterpiece about a future without books takes on a chillingly realistic dimension in this film classic directed by one of the more important screen innovators of all time, the late Francois Truffaut. Julie Christie stars in the challenging dual role of Oskar Werner’s pleasure-seeking conformist wife, Linda, and his rebellious, book-collecting mistress, Clarisse.
Montag (Oskar Werner), a regimented fireman in charge of burning the forbidden volumes, meets a revolutionary school teacher who dares to read. Suddenly he finds himself a hunted fugitive, forced to choose not only between two women, but between personal safety and intellectual freedom. Truffant’s first English language production is an eerie fable where mankind becomes the ultimate evil.
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Redline on VHS. Sealed screener copy. Starring Rutger Hauer, Mark Dacascos. With Yvonne Sciò, Patrick Dreikauss. Directed by Tibor Takács. 1997.
From the VHS box:
In the future, death is only the beginning.
In the tradition of such science fiction classics as “Blade Runner” and “Escape From New York” comes a terrifying vision of a future unlike any seen before.
When John Wade (Rutger Hauer) tries to smuggle fantasy chips for the city’s cyberjunkies, he is betrayed by his partner, Merrick (Mark Dacascos), and killed. Authorities resurrect him with bio-synthetic cyber-implants to interrogate him regarding the TROIKA, a crime syndicate that counts Merrick as a member.
Once alive, Wade escapes and begins an intensive search for Merrick in the underworld of the future — seedy cyber-slums and sex-dens to exact revenge on the traitor in a blaze of gunfire. After dodging assassins and scavenger bounty hunters, Wade realizes that in this world, he can trust no one.
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Predator on VHS. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall. With Elpidia Carrillo, Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura, Sonny Landham. Directed by John McTiernan. 1987.
From the VHS box:
A creature from another world and this time Schwarzenegger is the prey!
Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in this action-packed adventure story of fighting men pitted against an unseen enemy, a force more powerful than their fiercest weapons. Recruited by the CIA to rescue hostages held by guerrilla fighters in a Central American country, Schwarzenegger and his men encounter an enemy unimaginably more deadly than any on Earth — because the Predator is not of this Earth. Packed with spectacular special effects and combat scenes of gut-wrenching power, PREDATOR is the most terrifying — and most exciting — Schwarzenegger movie yet.
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