An out of this world selection of science fiction film and TV classics is waiting for you in-store at JB Hi-Fi this July. We’ve handpicked some perennial favourites to get your collection started…
TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY
James Cameron’s sci-fi juggernaut is the definitive Terminator sequel. It also kickstarted the CGI revolution (the polymorphic T-100 is an incredible villain) and turned Sarah Connor into a kick-ass action icon to rival Ripley. And the gargantuan action set pieces, including a risky helicopter stunt and a runaway liquid nitrogen tanker, still deliver an adrenaline rush today.
In the 41st Century, the lava lamp aesthetic has taken over the universe. The glam Barbarella (Jane Fonda) is a secret agent assigned to stop evil scientist Durand-Durand (yes, the ’80s band’s inspiration) from threatening the galaxy with a Positronic Ray. Lurid production design, bizarre sets and costumes, and a cheesy Euro score all scream one thing: cult classic!
STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA
‘Complete’ in that includes Episodes I – VI, this comprehensive and stunning set is worth purchasing for the 40+ hours of bonus content alone – the best of which is the deleted material from A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, plus the vintage 1977 featurette The Making of Star Wars. You may even find yourself reassessing the prequel trilogy…
Christopher Nolan’s dazzling and cerebral sci-fi epic sends Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway across the universe to discover a new world for humanity to inhabit. Alongside some hard SF concepts involving black holes and event horizons, there’s the very human story of a family man who knows what’s at stake and will do whatever it takes to succeed, despite insurmountable odds.
Denis Villeneuve’s exquisite and philosophical rumination on the challenges of communicating with an alien species is an example of the genre at its finest. Amy Adams plays a linguistics expert who is enlisted by the military to make first contact with squid-like alien visitors. Arrival is a haunting masterpiece that ranks alongside Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Contact.
Writer-director Alex Garland adds to his impressive resume of sci-fi credits (Ex Machina, Dredd, Sunshine). Natalie Portman leads a team of female scientists into a mysterious quarantined zone where the laws of nature have gone berserk. With nods to Alien and The Thing, this incredibly eerie and thought-provoking thriller is filled with big ideas and some genuinely terrifying moments.
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. You name it and Mulder and Scully have probably investigated it.
STAR TREK DISCOVERY: SEASON 1
Set a decade prior to the voyages of Captain Kirk, the sixth Trek series boldly opts for a darker approach that fits the universe surprisingly well – once you get over the initial shock of sex scenes and expletives on Star Trek. There’s also an unstable captain, a mutinous female officer named Michael, a cool new look for the Klingons, and enough breaking of the Starfleet Prime Directive to make Picard livid.