An out of this world selection of science fiction film and TV classics is waiting for you at JB Hi-Fi this July. We’ve handpicked some perennial favourites to get your collection started…
STAR WARS: THE SKYWALKER SAGA
That’s no moon, it’s a 9-Movie Collection! The Skywalker Saga has been a part of our lives since 1977 and all the films are right here in this deluxe box set, from The Phantom Menace to The Rise of Skywalker. Follow the adventures of Anakin, Vader, Luke, Leia and Rey, and remember: The Force will be with you, always.
James Cameron’s gung-ho sequel to Ridley Scott’s classic sends Warrant Officer Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) to confront her worst nightmare, in the company of a group of cocky Colonial Marines who have no idea what’s waiting for them on planet LV-426. Aliens broke new ground in 1986 by turning Ripley into a gutsy maternal warrior, and a female action icon was born.
A fascist future society sends an army of teenaged soldiers into battle against a horde of alien insects. Would you like to know more? Director Paul Verhoeven (Total Recall, RoboCop), never known for his subtlety, turned Robert A. Heinlein’s controversial ’50s novel into one of the best sci-fi spectacles of the nineties. “The only good bug is a dead bug!”
THE FIFTH ELEMENT
In 1997, director Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita) dropped a crazy sci-fi bombshell featuring all the fun of Star Wars, with the action, accessibility and snappy humour ramped up to 11. It’s the future-based tale of a flying taxi driver (Bruce Wills) and a mysterious fare (Milla Jovovich) that pretty much literally falls into his lap. A visually stunning cult classic.
ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL
This big screen adaptation of Yukito Koshiro’s cyberpunk manga series is the lovechild of producer James Cameron and director Robert Rodriguez. Assembled from parts of RoboCop, Rollerball and Elysium, it combines the CGI grandeur of a Cameron production and the grit of Rodriguez, and the result is a successful and dazzling translation of manga to movie.
THE EXPANSE: SEASON 1
Adapted from the series of novels by James S.A. Corey, The Expanse is grand and gritty space opera blended with detective noir and geopolitical intrigue – a speculative look into a near future where humankind has colonised the solar system, but still has all of today’s problems. If you’re serious about sci-fi, this series will give you the same rush you got from Battlestar Galactica.
THE OUTER LIMITS: THE COMPLETE ORIGINAL SERIES
“There is nothing wrong with your television set… We are controlling transmission.” This brilliant 1960s anthology series is a cousin to the original Twilight Zone albeit with an emphasis on sci-fi themes (having been first broadcast in the shadow of the atomic age), a dash of gothic horror, and a new monster/alien every week – all rendered in eerie black-and-white. Essential!
THE X-FILES: SEASON 1
Arguably one of the best seasons of the phenomenal series, the first X-Files were predominantly stand-alone cases free of the show’s overarching conspiracy mythology. The early episodes offered fresh and clever variations on popular sci-fi/horror tropes – aliens, UFOs, faith healers, evil children, monsters, etc. If it’s weird, Mulder and Scully have probably investigated it.