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Dystopian Films: 1960 – 1969

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1960s

Alphaville (1965)

A French film noir movie that features suspense, mystery and secret agents. It takes place in a dystopian metropolis located in a distant galaxy where a computer uses mind control to rule over the citizens of Aphaville suppressing individuality and love. The DVD linked below plays in US DVD players and has English sub-titles. Be aware that other versions on Amazon may have other language sub-title or only play in European DVD players.

Alphaville Alfavil Jean-Luc Godard (NTSC All Region Import) Akim Tamiroff, Anna Karina, Eddie Constantine*
  • NTSC All Region Import
  • Fullscreen, B&W
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English and Korean

Fahrenheit 451 (1966)

From the science fiction best-selling masterpiece written by Ray Bradbury. Fahrenheit 451 is about a future where books are banned. Montag (Oskar Werner), is a fireman in charge of burning the forbidden books. He finds himself a hunted fugitive after he meets a school teacher (Julie Christie) who dares to read.

Fahrenheit 451 [Blu-ray]*
  • Shrink-wrapped
  • Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (06/06/2017)
  • Blu-ray, NR (Not Rated)
  • Running time: 113 minutes
  • Oskar Werner, Julie Christie, Cyril Cusack, Anton Diffring, Jeremy Spenser

La Jetée (1962)

A radical science-fiction film about time travel told in still images. In the future which everyone is forced to live underground after a catastrophic war and a prisoner is selected to travel back in time to try and prevent the disaster that made the world uninhabitable. This short movie was the inspiration for the movie 12 Monkeys starring Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt.

La Jetée / Sans Soleil (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]*
  • Shrink-wrapped
  • Criterion Collection (02/07/2012)
  • Blu-ray, NR (Not Rated)
  • Running time: 130 minutes
  • Étienne Becker, Jean Négroni, Hélène Chatelain, Davos Hanich, Jacques Ledoux

Seconds (1966)

Rock Hudson stars in Seconds, directed by John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate). It concerns a middle-aged businessman dissatisfied with his suburban existence, who elects to undergo a strange and elaborate procedure that will grant him a new life. Starting over is not as easy as it sounds though.

Seconds (Criterion Collection)*
  • Shrink-wrapped
  • Criterion Collection (08/13/2013)
  • DVD, R (Restricted)
  • Running time: 107 minutes
  • Rock Hudson, Salome Jens, John Randolph, Will Greer

The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)

The United States and the Soviet Union simultaneously set off nuclear explosions resulting in bizarre weather changes around the world. When news reporters dig deeper they discover that the blasts have knocked Earth off its axis and sent it hurtling towards the sun. Now, as scorching heat and devastating floods plague the planet, cities explode in chaos and mankind is left with one last hope: A final massive detonation that will either re-balance Earth’s orbit or destroy our world forever!

The Day The Earth Caught Fire*
  • LIONSGATE (03/08/2012)
  • DVD, Unrated (Not Rated)
  • Running time: 99 minutes
  • Janet Munro, Leo McKern, Edward Judd
  • English

The Last Man on Earth (1964)

Screen legend Vincent Price stars in this, the first, and finest, adaptation of Richard Matheson’s classic horror/sci-fi novel I Am Legend. After a plague wipes out the human race, Dr. Robert Morgan struggles with loneliness – and his sanity as the monotony of the unending days broken only by his daily hunts for vampires. Later remade as Omega Man starring Charlton Heston and then again as I Am Legend starring Will Smith.

The Last Man on Earth - In COLOR! Also Includes the Original Black-and-White Version which has been Beautifully Restored and Enhanced!*
  • Factory sealed DVD
  • Legend Films (10/21/2008)
  • DVD, NR (Not Rated)
  • Running time: 86 minutes
  • Vincent Price, Franca Bettoia, Emma Danieli

The 10th Victim (1965)

It is the 21st Century, and society’s lust for violence is satisfied by ‘The Big Hunt,’ an international game of legalized murder. But when the sport’s two top assassins are pitted against each other, they find that love is the most dangerous game of all. THE 10TH VICTIM is the international cult classic whose wild action and sexy style has influenced a generation of movies, from The Running Man to the Austin Powers series. Now this outrageous satire has been newly remastered from the original negative and is presented here in high definition.

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The 10th Victim [Blu-ray]*
  • Shrink-wrapped
  • Blue Underground (09/13/2011)
  • Blu-ray, NR (Not Rated)
  • Running time: 92 minutes
  • Marcello Mastroianni, Ursula Andress, Elsa Martinelli, Salvo Randone, Massimo Serato

The Time Machine (1960)

Rod Taylor (The Birds) stars as a turn-of-the-century inventor whose time machine inadvertently transports him thousands of years into the future where he falls in love and fights to free her from a tribe of underground mutants. Based upon the novel by H.G. Wells. Featuring Oscar-winning special effects by George Pal.

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Time Machine, The (BD) [Blu-ray]*
  • Shrink-wrapped
  • WarnerBrothers (07/08/2014)
  • Blu-ray, G (General Audience)
  • Running time: 103 minutes
  • Various

The Trial (1962)

Anthony Perkins (Psycho) plays Kafka’s Joseph K. Featuring inventive camera work by Orson Welles (Citizen Kane). A nightmarish world only gets progressively worse the more Joseph K discovers how the Established Order operates.

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