The Coolest DVD Box Set (that you'll never finish)

The ups and downs of “Sci Fi Classics 50 Movie Pack”

The first time you see the Sci Fi Classics 50 Movie Pack DVD box set on a store shelf, several thoughts will fly through your mind:

Fifty movies on 12 DVDs? For real? Holy cow!”

“Probably just a bunch of crap.”

“Still.... Fifty movies.”

“Let's see what's in here. The Atomic Brain (1964), First Spaceship on Venus (1960), She Gods of Shark Reef (1958)....”

“Heeheeheehee. Why can't I stop smiling?”

“How much is this? Twenty bucks? Awesome! That works out to... out to... well, I don't have a calculator handy, but it's damn cheap. Less than a buck a film, right? Sold!”

“This is the best $20 I ever spent! Look at what's in here! Zontar, the Thing from Venus (1966)! Teenagers from Outer Space (1959)! The Wild Women of Wongo (1958)! Oh my God, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)! I love this box set!”

So now you own Sci Fi Classics 50 Movie Pack, and experience giddy pride whenever you look at it. The picture and sound quality is nothing special, but at least you have access to crazy stuff like Eegah! (1962) and Horrors of Spider Island (1960) whenever you want. You start bringing it to movie nights with your friends. Crappy special effects have never been so hilarious. Look at the ping-pong eyeballs in Killers from Space (1954)! Or the space-helmeted gorilla from Robot Monster (1953)! Wheee!

Of course, you can't watch all 50 movies in a row, so the box gets put away for a bit. Then a bit longer. Before you know it, you've forgotten all about it.

Every now and then, you spot it gathering dust on the shelf and think, “Oh yeah! Sci Fi Classics 50 Movie Pack! How many of these have I seen so far? Only four? Man, I need to finish watching these some day! Not right now, though — I just rented The Hangover.”

So, of course this little box set is going to get forgotten. Many, many times. The prospect of actually finishing all 50 films is daunting. Just look at the list of titles on the back; by the time you finish reading the list, you've already forgotten most of it. Besides, anybody with a large home video collection will tell you that buying a film reduces the urgency to actually watch it.

Perhaps some of your friends own the Sci Fi Classics 50 Movie Pack as well. If so, one of two things can happen: Either you get competitive and try to defeat one another in a movie-viewing race, or (more likely) you stop suggesting getting together to watch Hercules Against the Moon Men (1964), since your friend can see that any old time.

So, you're probably not going to get as much mileage out of this box set as you might initially think. That doesn't make it a bad purchase. It's still a cool thing to have, because... because... well, it just is, damn it! Sometimes we like stupid stuff for stupid reasons, and there's nothing wrong with that. Would I ever consider getting rid of my copy? Don't be silly! There are a bunch of Gamera movies in here, and I might suddenly feel the urge to watch a giant flying turtle do battle with space monsters. Don't judge me!

Here's the complete list of films contained in Sci Fi Classics 50 Movie Pack:

The Incredible Petrified World

Queen of the Amazons

Robot Monster

She Gods of Shark Reef

The Amazing Transparent Man

The Atomic Brain

Horrors of Spider Island

The Wasp Woman

Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet

Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women

King of Kong Island

Bride of the Gorilla

Attack of the Monsters (a.k.a. Gamera vs. Guiron)

Gamera, the Invincible

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

Teenagers From Outer Space

Crash of the Moons

Menace From Outer Space

Hercules Against the Moonmen

Hercules and the Captive Women

Hercules and the Tyrants of Babylon

Hercules Unchained

Lost Jungle

Mesa of Lost Women

Assignment: Outer Space

Laser Mission

Killers From Space

Phantom From Space

White Pongo

The Snow Creature

Son of Hercules: The Land of Darkness

Devil of the Desert vs. the Son of Hercules

First Spaceship On Venus

Zontar, the Thing From Venus

The Astral Factor (a.k.a. The Invisible Strangler)

The Galaxy Invader

Battle of the Worlds

Unknown World

Blood Tide

The Brain Machine

The Wild Women of Wongo

Prehistoric Women

They Came From Beyond Space

Warning From Space

The Phantom Planet

Planet Outlaws

Colossus and the Amazon Queen


Cosmos: War of the Planets

Destroy All Planets (a.k.a. Gamera vs. Viras)


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