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Things to Come [Blu-ray] [1936]

4.2 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Raymond Massey, Ralph Richardson, Margaretta Scott, Edward Chapman, Cedric Hardwicke
  • Directors: Cameron Menzies
  • Format: CD+DVD, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Jun. 2012
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B007TT3L74
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,686 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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A future history as scripted by the visionary writer H.G. Wells, Things to Come set a high benchmark for science fiction with its fantastic design, gigantic sets and spectacular special effects. Acknowledged as a landmark within the genre, Oscar-winning William Cameron Menzies (Invaders from Mars) creation is an astounding vision of post-war desolation and utopian futurism.

Starring Oscar-nominated Raymond Massey (A Matter of Life and Death) as John Cabal and his descendants and the award-winning Ralph Richardson (The Four Feathers) as The Boss, Things to Come showcases a gorgeous, instantly recognisable score by Arthur Bliss. Presented for the first time in High Definition, this version of Things to Come has been painstakingly restored from the remaining film elements and represents the most complete version known to exist.

It s Christmas 1940 and the people of Everytown, unprepared and ill-equipped, find themselves at war against an enemy who has been planning such a conflict for years. The land is devastated by the horrors of aerial bombardment as the war drags on for thirty years, causing a period of despair, with feudal tyrants ruling a downtrodden populace suffering famine and pestilence. Can the human race rise above its desperate circumstances and build a scientific utopia?

SPECIAL FEATURES
[] Extensive booklet (expanded from the DVD) by Nick Cooper
DISC ONE BLU-RAY
[] Audio commentary with Things to Come expert Nick Cooper
[] Comprehensive HD image gallery, including many rare stills
[] HD merchandise image gallery
[] US re-release trailer
[] Script PDF
DISC TWO DVD
[] Virtual Extended Edition a viewing option allowing for the inclusion of text and images from long-missing and unfilmed scenes to present a tantalising what if?
[] On Reflection: Brian Aldiss on H.G. Wells a 25-minute documentary from 1971
[] Ralph Richardson interview by Russell Harty in 1975
[] The Wandering Sickness an original 78rpm recording
 

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Based on HG Wells's speculative meditation on the price of progress, this 1936 English science-fiction epic shows the painterly touch of director William Cameron Menzies, an American whose career in art direction and production design, as well as uncredited directorial work, attached him to such visual triumphs as Gone with the Wind, Alexander Korda's sumptuous 1940 Thief of Baghdad, and Menzies's better-known SF achievement as director, the original Invaders from Mars. Things to Come traces a generational saga that begins, presciently, with a global war that outlives its own political purpose, unravelling society to a Balkanised world of isolated communities. In the wake of a subsequent, devastating plague, a new technocracy arises, evolving toward Menzies's striking vision of vast, subterranean cities, rendered in matte paintings building on then-contemporaneous art-deco "streamlined" aesthetics. Driven more by theme than plot, Things to Come lacks the sheer momentum of other Wells classics brought to film (The Invisible Man, War of the Worlds, and The Time Machine, among them); but Menzies's bold look and a strong cast including Raymond Massey, Ralph Richardson, Cedric Hardwicke and a young Ann Todd explain the film's enduring appeal. --Sam Sutherland --This text refers to the DVD edition.


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