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spectator's Avatar spectator 10:50 AM 01-29-2012
Blade Runner.

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invadergir's Avatar invadergir 11:34 PM 01-29-2012
I would think JURASSIC PARK would qualify here. Might not have dinos yet but i can see it soonish. We do have cloning going on as we speak and so it's just a matter of time

Source Code who knows but it almost suggests that it could kind of be happening now.

Wall-E already getting pretty fat and the world is getting pretty dirty
Josh Z's Avatar Josh Z 11:04 AM 01-30-2012
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Screamers
Brazil

They are not yet released on Blu.

The theatrical cut of Brazil is available on Blu-ray.
dvdmike007's Avatar dvdmike007 12:02 PM 01-30-2012
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The theatrical cut of Brazil is available on Blu-ray.

And the Europe cut
Josh Z's Avatar Josh Z 12:15 PM 01-30-2012
A couple of guilty pleasures:

Timecop - Released in 1994. Set in the fantastical future year of 2004. I love the tank-like "futuristic" cars that everyone on the street drives.

Predator 2 - Released in 1990. Set in the near future of 1997, a time when violent drug gangs have overrun Los Angeles and turned the city into a blazing chaotic war zone.
Morpheo's Avatar Morpheo 12:31 PM 01-30-2012
Does Equilibrium qualify? It's not clear which year the action is taking place but it looks close to our time...
Aaelara's Avatar Aaelara 12:56 PM 01-30-2012
I'd like to add two movies:

Monsters
Never Let Me Go
KBMAN's Avatar KBMAN 02:15 PM 01-30-2012
Rein of Fire
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
dvdmike007's Avatar dvdmike007 02:33 PM 01-30-2012
The Saint, iirc it's set tomorrow
deltasun's Avatar deltasun 02:43 PM 01-30-2012
A few more (though some may be stretches for Sci-Fi):
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Pitch Black/Chronicles of Riddick
The Matrix
Dune
5th Element
Flash Gordon
Moon
Inception
Resident Evil films
Solaris
Sunshine
Surrogates
War of the Worlds
Knowing
Flash Gordon
Avatar
Another Earth
ADU's Avatar ADU 09:51 PM 01-30-2012
More good suggestions. Thanks folks.

FYI, I pulled Close Encounters and The Thing from my suggestions because I think those are actually set "in the present", which is really a separate category that may require a new thread.

I think Josh has the basic idea. If much or all of the film takes place after the picture was made/released (but not way, way far away in the future), then it's probably a good fit with most other suggestions here.

Specifying the year when the film takes place (if you know) might also help.
Josh Z's Avatar Josh Z 10:59 AM 01-31-2012
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A few more (though some may be stretches for Sci-Fi):
9
Pitch Black/Chronicles of Riddick
The Matrix
Dune
5th Element
Flash Gordon
Moon
Inception
Resident Evil films
Solaris
Sunshine
Surrogates
War of the Worlds
Knowing
Flash Gordon
Avatar
Another Earth

Very few of these are "near future" movies. Dune is set in the year 10,191 ferchrissakes!

I would say that of your list, the only ones that qualify are Moon, Surrogates and the Resident Evil sequels starting with the third movie. The rest of your picks are either set in the present day (War of the Worlds, Knowing), the distant future (Pitch Black, The Fifth Element) or are not clearly defined as to whether they're present day or near future (Inception).

I don't know if there's an official definition of the "near future," but I personally would define it as less than 50 years from the present day. I suppose you could stretch that to 100 years, but I would consider something like Total Recall (set in the year 2084) to be decidedly "futuristic" and not "near future."

Sorry if I come across pedantic about this, but this genre is one I have a real weakness for, especially movies where the "future" year has already passed us by in real life.
mtbdudex's Avatar mtbdudex 12:06 PM 01-31-2012
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Firefly
Event Horizon
Pitch Black
Chronicles of Riddick

add Serenity , great movie based on the series Firefly
the original Planet of the Apes
Silent Running
Mad Max
Dark City
Starship Troopers
surap's Avatar surap 12:46 PM 01-31-2012
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And the Europe cut

Ooops! Sorry.
neveser's Avatar neveser 01:10 AM 08-04-2012
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One that I would really like to see released on BD is Wim Wender's Until The End Of The World. The best available version of this film is the Region 2 DVD release from Ripley's Home Video, and I'm not even sure if it's still available, I purchased my copy from Scarecrow Video in Seattle several years ago.

Ahh, nice to see someone mention this. I have the 3 disc director's cut German DVD. Cost quite a bit to buy but well worth it. I've tried to find out who had the rights to the video in the US with no luck. Warner did the videotape that I bought ages ago. My wife has the US poster framed on her wall. I worked in the video store when it was first released on VHS so that's how I was able to get that poster. I've emailed Warner to no avail and I've emailed Criterion since they've handled some of Wim Wendor's movies. Never heard back from them either. I could certainly see Criterion doing the director's cut. The movie would fit in nicely with their catalog.

Sorry, didn't mean to hijack your thread. Carry on! smile.gif
ADU's Avatar ADU 04:28 PM 08-04-2012

Your comments seem perfectly on-topic to me. smile.gif


TonyDP's Avatar TonyDP 07:37 PM 08-04-2012
How about Robinson Crusoe on Mars. Pretty imaginative sci-fi film in the "B" movie vein but still using near-future technology.
comixguru's Avatar comixguru 09:54 PM 08-04-2012
Never Let Me Go looked stunning on Blu-ray. Far from your usual science fiction movie, though.
EddieVanHalen's Avatar EddieVanHalen 05:50 AM 08-05-2012
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"not too distant future" I swear I heard the year 3000 somewhere.

Believe me, it's not mentioned in the movie, I know it all by heart.
iontyre's Avatar iontyre 09:55 AM 08-06-2012
I concur on Gattaca, one of my favorities. Timecop is a guilty pleasure of mine, and Robinson Crusoe on Mars is fun as well...all these should be considered.
dvdmike007's Avatar dvdmike007 02:48 PM 08-06-2012
Timecop is set in the past now, 2004
ADU's Avatar ADU 06:28 PM 08-07-2012
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Timecop is set in the past now, 2004

 

It is sort of up to you how to define "near-future". IMO though, Timecop fits because it's 2004 setting is after the film was made in 1994, just like 2001 is set after it was made in 1968. (See Josh's post about this above.)

 

IOW, if the film was set in the "near-future" when it was made, then I think it still qualifies (even if it's setting is now technically in the past smile.gif ).


dvdmike007's Avatar dvdmike007 06:32 PM 08-07-2012
So then The Saint and other films set "Tomorrow" would count
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