New Book IDs Top 10 Sci-Fi Films21 Jul, 2006 By: John Latchem
2001: A Space Odyssey
SAN DIEGO — Authors John L. Flynn and Bob Blackwood used Comic-Con to reveal the results of a four-year fan poll conducted to determine the best science-fiction films of the 20th century.
Their results are listed in the book Future Prime: The Top 10 Science Fiction Films of the 20th Century, due in August. The good news for film fans is all 10 are on DVD, and some are being prepped for special-edition re-releases within the next year.
The top 10, listed with their DVD supplier, are:
10. Aliens (1986), Fox
9. The Matrix (1999), Warner
8. Star Wars (1977), Fox
7. The Terminator (1984), Sony
6. Planet of the Apes (1968), Fox
5. Alien (1979), Fox
4. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), Fox
3. Forbidden Planet (1956), Warner
2. Blade Runner (1982), Warner
1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Warner
The book also includes interviews with some of the people who worked on the films as well as fun trivia about each production.
For example, director James Cameron's original choice to play the Terminator was not Arnold Schwarzenegger, but O.J. Simpson; and the Statue of Liberty ending of Planet of the Apes was actually not suggested by “Twilight Zone” creator Rod Serling, but by comedic director Blake Edwards during lunch with the producers.