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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They say the book is always better than the movie: Nightfall
Go back in time and pretend the movie never existed: Nightfall and Other Stories (Crest Science Fiction, P1969)
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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