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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?
 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
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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I won't take the time to review the film here, just the product. If you are a fan of Things to Come, the UK 2-disc Special Edition (Network, 2007) is really the only one you want to buy until an inevitable new restoration for Blu-ray is announced. The picture quality is very good, and this is the most complete version available. I look forward to a future updated high-definition restoration so that the many remaining lines and imperfections can be digitally removed. Although the disc boasts just such a digital restoration, there are many signs of age and damage still evident throughout the film.
Disc 1. The restored film and audio commentary. There is an audio commentary by Nick Cooper that, while technically informative, is delivered in a low, mumbling, monotonous tone that took me three sittings to complete. It is truly unfortunate that Network decided not to give subtitles for either the film or the audio commentary.
Disc 2. Bonus Features. A couple of very interesting features. A Ralph Richardson chat show appearance. Only tangentially relevant to Things to Come, but if you like Richardson, you'll enjoy. The other video highlight was a fascinating 1975 short by Brian Aldiss on Things to Come. The Virtual Extended Edition allows you to rewatch the film, while filling in some of the missing scenes with photographs or text -- a great bonus. I would have chosen to have Cooper deliver his audio commentary over the Virtual Extended Edition, so that he could have discussed the more complete version presented there. Both the audio commentary and the Extended Edition will appeal to cinephiles only, so they might as well have been paired. An old audio recording outlining the wandering sickness was a real gem to include.
23-page booklet that is well researched and informative. This is always a nice gift for film fans and a rare inclusion that demonstrates Network's commitment to this project.
There is simply no comparable edition to the Network 2-disc SE at this time, making this version the hands-down winner at this point. What's missing? Subtitles for the feature are required. Subtitles for the audio commentary would have been a nice touch too, so that you can watch the film with a textual commentary if you choose. The contemporaneous Things to Come (Digitally remastered in colour) [DVD]  offers none of these bonus features but presents the colorized version. For the non-purist, that is a nice alternative viewing experience, so I don't regret buying that edition as well.
So how to rate it when the film is five stars but the sound is one? I'd say four hoping that your ears can get used to the reverb.
Unfortunately, this Network Blu-ray presentation has very disappointing sound.
I've played it back on different systems with no improvement. This is certainly not a problem because the film is old - I have an off air recording I made on VHS in the 1980’s and the sound is excellent.
Some technically knowledgeable reviewers here and elsewhere online have described the soundtrack as having 'phasing problems' and a 'flanging/reverb effect'. Whatever technical descriptions may apply, it is like the sound for this release was mixed and re-recorded in a very large bathroom! The sound on this Blu-ray has been meddled with and been botched somewhere down the line...
It is a pity the sound problem was not identified and corrected by the otherwise excellent Network Distributing before they signed off on it. (A similar problem exists with their ‘Ipcress File’ Blu-ray release, but that’s another story.) However, at the current price of ten pounds or under it is still worth owning this release - There are some nice extras and the film itself has never looked better.
If it wasn't for this irritating sound glitch I would have given this Blu-ray 5 stars out of 5.
There have been some truly amazing and beautiful restorations in recent years, but it is very probable we are coming to the end of the era of being able to own hard copies of favourite films and television programmes to place in our very own beloved collections.
DVD and Blu-ray sales are falling and some titles by-pass disc altogether and go straight to streaming services. So it is more important than ever to get these things right. Streaming and watching online is the way it is all going; it is the shape of things to come.
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