The Hellstrom Chronicle [Blu-ray]
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Using fascinating microphotography (which was cutting edge at the time), "The Hellstrom Chronicle" allows the host (actor Lawrence Pressman who confides in us early on in the documentary that what he is about to tell us has cost him friends and faculty positions)to document with often stunning photography WHY we don't and won't deserve to inherit the Earth. Cleverly promoting the film as if it were science fiction thriller, producer David Wolper, Seltzer and Green created a fascinating film that used truth to lure in unsuspecting audiences like a venus flytrap to educate while entertaining.
Olive films presents "The Hellstrom Chronicle" in, what it claims, is the original aspect ratio in 1.66:1 pillar boxed (with black bars on the side). The international Movie Database claims that the film was originally presented in 1.85:1 but it's possible that the film was matted in theaters after the film was shot. Olive films has often released films that were independently produced, have become public domain or were orphaned and not owned by a major studio.
The visual presentation of the film is somewhat mixed ranging from stunning with bright, bold colors to clearly in need of restoration. For example, there's a scene early on where Hellstrom talks to us in a public park and the source print has clearly faded (and it's on one side of the frame).Read more ›
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Saw the original movie years ago and added it to my collection.Published 17 days ago by Ronald W. Nelson
The world will eventually fall into the grip of insects! A horror style documentary with real nature footage of the insect kingdom. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Damascus Cain
One of the best and most unique documentaries on insects ever made. I have been waiting for years for this film to come out digitally. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jonathan Sager
I saw this movie back in the 70s and can only remember that I had a morbid fascination watching it. I bought it for my niece's sleepover thinking it was a great idea since these... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Judy
I saw this with absolute horror when it first came out - all the schools ought to be showing it in biology!Published 7 months ago by Frederic W. Silsby
A sappy narration and very repetitive. However the photography of the insects was outstanding.Published 11 months ago by Brian McDonough
I saw this movie in the theater when it came out in the 70's. Great cinematography,Published 11 months ago by Bryan R. Walker
One of the most awesome Documentaries Ever! SPine Tingling, Frightening, Educational, and Informative! A MUST SEE! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Eleni Berberian