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James Cameron’s Story Of Science Fiction Season 1 Blu-ray Review

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“James Cameron’s Story Of Science Fiction” offers up fun interviews but there’s not much you haven’t heard before if you’re a veteran of the sci-fi genre.

In this 6 hour-long episode AMC documentary series, filmmaker James Cameron (of “Avatar,” “Titanic,” and “Terminator” fame) interviews other directors, actors, critics, and people of various professions about 6 specific subjects in the sci-fi universe- Aliens, space, monsters, dark futures, intelligent machines, and time travel. Among the interviewees (some of which include people Cameron has worked with)- George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, Milla Jovovich, Ridley Scott, Christopher Nolan, Keanu Reeves, Will Smith, Sigourney Weaver, Zoe Saldana, astronaut Cady Coleman among others. The above mentioned subjects are discussed in relation to humanity and, of course, through various films. Expect to see tons of film clips of everything from “2001: A Space Odyssey” to “The Matrix.”

James Cameron may be a titan in the film industry, but he rubs a lot of people the wrong way. If you’re not a fan of the often self-centered Cameron, you might be annoyed by his presence here as he really doesn’t add much to the series. Granted, he’s more subdued here than usual, but the series doesn’t need him on camera. It would have worked as a straight up documentary series with interviewees just talking to the camera (which some do here). 

As for the content here, it’s a pretty basic overview/examination of sci-fi films/TV series and subjects ala future possibilities, what’s out there in space, the unknown, space exploration, technological advancements, where we are headed as a society, post-apocalyptic fears, etc. For us sci-fi geeks, these are all topics that have been talked about ad nauseum. Yes, it’s always great to hear from legends such as George Lucas (I’ll listen to him talk all day long), but the actual discussions are all too familiar even if they are endlessly fascinating and absorbing to hear. However, for those that may be sci-fi novices, there is certainly much to learn from the 6 episodes here and, really, I think that’s who this series is for the most.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? The episodes look crisp in 1080p.

Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A nice clean audio track.

Extras include extended interviews with Guillermo del Toro, George Lucas, Christopher Nolan, Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg and Arnold Schwarzenegger. 

 

July 25, 2020 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , , ,

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