Best Fantasy Movies of 1996
James and the Giant Peach
When the young orphan boy James spills a magic bag of crocodile tongues, he finds himself in possession of a giant peach that flies him away to strange lands.
A Catholic school newcomer falls in with a clique of teen witches who wield their powers against all who dare to cross them -- be they teachers, rivals or meddlesome parents.
In an ancient time when majestic fire-breathers soared through the skies, a knight named Bowen comes face to face and heart to heart with the last dragon on Earth, Draco. Taking up arms to suppress a tyrant king, Bowen soon realizes his task will be harder than he'd imagined: If he kills the king, Draco will die as well.
A fleet of Martian spacecraft surrounds the world's major cities and all of humanity waits to see if the extraterrestrial visitors have, as they claim, "come in peace." U.S. President James Dale receives assurance from science professor Donald Kessler that the Martians' mission is a friendly one. But when a peaceful exchange ends in the total annihilation of the U.S. Congress, military men call for a full-scale nuclear retaliation.
The Nutty Professor
Eddie Murphy stars as shy Dr. Sherman Klump, a kind, brilliant, 'calorifically challenged' genetic professor. When beautiful Carla Purty joins the university faculty, Sherman grows desperate to whittle his 400-pound frame down to size and win her heart. So, with one swig of his experimental fat-reducing serum, Sherman becomes 'Buddy Love', a fast-talking, pumped-up , plumped down Don Juan.
An ordinary man sees a bright light descend from the sky, and discovers he now has super-intelligence and telekinesis.
Construction worker Doug Kinney finds that the pressures of his working life, combined with his duties to his wife Laura and daughter Jennifer leaves him with little time for himself. However, he is approached by geneticist Dr. Owen Leeds, who offers Doug a rather unusual solution to his problems: cloning.
The Preacher's Wife
Good natured Reverend Henry Biggs finds that his marriage to choir mistress Julia is flagging, due to his constant absence caring for the deprived neighborhood they live in. On top of all this, his church is coming under threat from property developer Joe Hamilton. In desperation, Rev. Biggs prays to God for help - and help arrives in the form of an angel named Dudley.
Tabloid reporters are sent by their editor to investigate after the paper recieves a letter from a woman claiming an angel is living with her.
1952: Bishop Bilodeau visits a prison to hear the confession of Simon, a boyhood friend jailed for murder 40 years ago. However, once there, Bilodeau finds himself forced to watch a play put on by Simon and the other inmates depicting the two men's youths. As the play progresses, the tragic truth of Simon's crime comes to light.
A nice guy has just moved to New York and discovers that he must share his run-down apartment with a couple thousand singing, dancing cockroaches.
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
A girl, sent by her parents to live with her two eccentric aunts, finds out on her sixteenth birthday that she is a witch.
Superman: The Last Son of Krypton
Clark Kent, the last survivor of the dead planet Krypton, uses his amazing powers to defend people of his adopted world, Earth, and become Superman.
Tromeo & Juliet
A modern, punk adaptation of Shakespeare's classic. Told irreverently, this film attempts to impact the viewer in the same way theatre-goers were effected in Shakespeare's time. Bawdy, Violent, Humorous, and Romantic.
The Crow: City of Angels
After Ashe and his little son are murdered violently for no reason by Judah's men, he returns from the dead to take revenge. One after one, Judah's people face the power of the dark angel. The second film based on James O'Barr's cult comic.
Goosebumps: The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight
There something funny about Jodie and Mark's grandparents' farm, but nobody's laughing, especially when twelve strange new scarecrows scare more than just the crows! Don't Go To Sleep: Matt Amsterdam wishes his family were different - until he wakes up from a nap in the attic to find that things are suddenly very different. Calling All Creeps: Ricky Beamer hopes for revenge when he puts a mean girl's phone number in a personal ad. But when he starts getting scary midnight calls, he's the one getting the creeps!
All Dogs Go to Heaven 2
Charlie and Itchy return to Earth to find Gabriel's Horn, but along the way meet up with a young boy named David, who ran away from home.
Gulliver washes ashore on Lilliput and attempts to prevent war between that tiny kingdom and its equally-miniscule rival, Blefiscu, as well as smooth the way for the romance between the Princess and Prince of the opposing lands. In this he is alternately aided and hampered by the Lilliputian town crier and general fussbudget, Gabby.
Goosebumps: Say Cheese and Die
Greg and his friends break into an old warehouse, where they find an unusual camera. However, the photographs Greg takes with it seem to predict disaster, and he becomes convinced the camera is cursed.
Moments with Johan
The beautiful gay erotic superstar Johan Paulik is enthusiastically celebrated in this jam-packed compendium of Johan's greatest on-screen performances, plus an exclusive interview with the charming boy himself and previously unseen out-takes which reveal the charm and humor of this much admired adult model.
A country singer dies prematurely, but cannot enter heaven until she performs a good deed back on earth.
The Island of Dr. Moreau
A shipwrecked sailor stumbles upon a mysterious island and is shocked to discover that a brilliant scientist and his lab assistant have found a way to combine human and animal DNA—with horrific results.
Recently orphaned, a young boy is taken in by his godmother who is shocked to realize that she can see the boy's imaginary friend: a flamboyant, French magician named Bogus.
Goosebumps: Monster Blood
Evan's visit to his great aunt Katherine's house turns eventful when he finds a jar marked "Monster Blood". He and his new friend, Andy, decide to try it out, but are horrified to find that it is growing.
Goosebumps: The Headless Ghost
Best friends Duane and Stephanie regularly attend the tour of Hill House, a local haunted house, pulling pranks on unsuspecting visitors. However, when they decide to look for the head of a ghost, they get more than they bargained for.
Goosebumps: Ghost Beach
While visiting their elderly cousins in a remote coastal town, brother and sister Jerry and Terri are told about an apparently haunted cave by two mysterious teenagers. However, when they explore the cave, the mystery deepens.
Dating the Enemy
One messy science journalist (Tash) and a neat television host (Brett). Two very different people whose relationship is nose diving to get the opportunity to experience life in their partners shoes when they wake up one morning in each others bodies. Valuable lessons are learned by each as they both have to adjust to very different lives.
Goosebumps: Attack of the Mutant
While on his way to an orthodontist appointment, comic book enthusiast Skipper spots a building which resembles his favorite villain's headquarters. However, when he and new friend, Libby, venture inside, they have no idea what awaits them.
Mrs. Santa Claus
Neglected by her husband during the pre-Christmas rush, Mrs. Claus takes the reindeer and sleigh out for a drive, only to end up stranded in the neighborhood of Manhattan's Lower East Side.
The Wind in the Willows
Jailed for his reckless driving, rambunctious Mr. Toad has to escape from prison when his beloved Toad Hall comes under threat from the wily weasels, who plan to build a dog food factory on the very meadow sold to them by Toad himself.
The Adventures of Pinocchio
One of puppet-maker Geppetto's creations comes magically to life. This puppet, Pinocchio, has one major desire and that is to become a real boy someday. In order to accomplish this goal he has to learn to act responsibly. This film shows you the adventures on which he learns valuable lessons.
Christmas Every Day
Billy Jackson is not having a good Christmas. He got a basketball for Christmas and just cannot make a jump shot. His Uncle David is coming to town to open a Valu-Mall, which will put his Dad's store out of business. When he tells his little sister Sarah that there is no Santa she makes a wish that it would be Christmas every day. Billy now has to relive Christmas Day over and over again.
Gargoyles: The Heroes Awaken
After a magic spell in 10th century Scotland turns them to stone, a group of gargoyles that turn to flesh and blood when the sun goes down are resurrected by an opportunistic billionaire with sinister intentions.
The Canterville Ghost
When a teenaged girl moves to England, with her brothers and parents into the ancient Canterville Hall, she's not at all happy. Especially as there's a ghost and a mysterious re-appearing bloodstain on the hearth. She campaigns to go back home, and her dad, believing the ghost's pranks are Ginny's, is ready to send her back. But then Ginny actually meets the elusive 17th-century Sir Simon de Canterville (not to mention the cute teenaged duke next door), and she sets her hand to the task of freeing Sir Simon from his curse.
When The Stars Meet The Sea
The film traces the destiny of Kapila, an outcast child who had been deemed by his fellow villagers to have supernatural powers of destruction, because of the timing of his solar eclipse birth.
The Making of 'E.T. The Extraterrestrial'
A behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of Steven Spielberg's 1982 film "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial."
Samson and Delilah
Mara and Manoa are both upstanding and religious Israelites living under the harsh and unjust rule of the Philistines. One day, a mysterious stranger appears to Mara and promises her that she will bear a son whom she is to call Samson.
Goosebumps: Stay Out of the Basement
When her mother leaves town to visit a sick relative, Margaret's concern for her father grows. She does not know what he is working on in the basement and cannot figure out why his behavior has changed.
The Wizard of Oz On Ice
An ice-skating television adaptation of the 1939 musical film based on Lyman Frank Baum's 1900 fairy tale novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz".
Maze has gained incredible powers traveling through time and space, but she has also acquired one rather large problem: every night she turns into a really horny man. Unfortunately, Maze must rescue an equally lascivious princess from a mysterious warrior cult. Still, the male version of Maze would rather be chasing tail than rescuing willing princesses.
When Hibio's adventurer mother sets off to research a mysterious tribe, she hits a wall. Frotunately for her, the beautiful young Nima sees a family portrait and decides that she wants her son for her husband and she gets a chance to further her research. She agrees to the arrangement. Of course, she doesn't consult him about his future bride. When Nima shows up in Tokyo to be with her new husband, hilarity and chaos ensues as Hibio and his modern Tokyo background meets Nima's magical heritage.
Goosebumps: Go Eat Worms
Todd is obsessed with worms. He is planning to do his science project on them, along with playing a prank on his sister. However, it soon becomes apparent that Todd's wriggly friends may be turning against him.
The Battle of Brazil: A Video History
The struggle of releasing "Brazil" in the United States of America is examined in this Criterion documentary.
Josh Kirby... Time Warrior: Last Battle for the Universe
In the sixth Josh Kirby adventure, typical American teenager Josh Kirby (Corbin Allred) is once again thrust from the 20th century into the future, where he finds himself trying to save Earth from total destruction as he comes into contact with a race of mushroom people.
Gulliver begins a voyage by boat, but in the middle of the trip is caught in a storm and the ship sinks. Gulliver comes then to Lilliput, an island inhabited by tiny people. It will have many adventures, helping to establish peace with the neighboring country.
The Princess Castle
Inside a secret door under the stairs, Claire and her sister Caitlin find an enchanted trunk, a magical locket and an invitation that whisks them away to a magical kingdom.
The Boy from Mercury
Set in 1960s Dublin, a fatherless eight-year-old boy who feels alienated by his family, escapes his reality by deciding he's been sent from Mercury to study life on Earth. His fantasies mirror the life of his hero, Flash Gordon, from the serial he watches each week at the local cinema. His escapades result in dilemmas that drive his mother to such distraction that she turns to the boy's strange uncle for help.
Welcome to the Discworld
Death loses his job, and there is no one on the Discworld to collect the dead. "How life and death depend on each other absolutely." This is a short (7:32 minutes) introduction to the pilot "Reaper Man" which was never filmed. It appears on the DVD for the TV Series "Soul Music" which is an animated adaptation of a Terry Pratchett novel of the same name.
Odyssey Into the Mind's Eye
Computer animation compilation that features a soundtrack by Kerry Livgren and two more vocal tracks, One Dark World (sung by Darren Rogers) and Aspen Moon (sung by Livgren's nephew Jacob). Odyssey Into The Mind's Eye also features versions of CGI sequences from Johnny Mnemonic and Ecco: The Tides of Time. Released on VHS and DVD by Sony Music.
Christmas in Cartoontown
It's Christmas Eve, and Irv the Elf is usually the Santa's helper who helps get the reindeer in the air, but this year, things are a little different. Somehow, Irv's gotten trapped inside a plastic snow globe, and now a couple of kids named Heidi and Alex are going to have to team up with the heroes from their favorite fairy tales like Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Pinocchio, in order to make sure Christmas happens for boys and girls all over the world.