Qty:1
  • List Price: $29.95
  • You Save: $10.96 (37%)
& FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
Only 3 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
The Hellstrom Chronicle [... has been added to your Cart
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by adlibrary
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: DVD is in very good condition. Fast shipping directly from Amazon warehouse. Reliable customer service and no-hassle return policy. Qualifies for PRIME and FREE SHIPPING!
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for up to $2.95
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

The Hellstrom Chronicle [Blu-ray]

4.6 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

Additional Multi-Format options Edition Discs
Price
New from Used from
Multi-Format
(Jan 10, 2012)
"Please retry"
1
$18.99
$14.43 $14.42

Unlimited Streaming with Amazon Prime
Unlimited Streaming with Amazon Prime Start your 30-day free trial to stream thousands of movies & TV shows included with Prime. Start your free trial
$18.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details Only 3 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • The Hellstrom Chronicle [Blu-ray]
  • +
  • Phase IV [Blu-ray]
Total price: $35.98
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Scientist Nils Hellstrom shows why he thinks ants, bees and other hardy insects will outlast man. Oscar for best documentary.

Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Directors: Walon Green
  • Producers: David L. Wolper
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: January 10, 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005ZSFYNU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,879 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: DVD
I saw this movie decades ago, and I'm still thinking about it! It is actually a GORGEOUS, BEAUTIFULLY PHOTOGRAPHED documentary about insects, presented as a science fiction "warning" that insects were here before humans and that they will survive us and possibly take over the world at the end. "Hellstrom" is the narrator, the voice of doom giving all the facts, which are actually pretty convincing, about insects which will enable them to one day be Planet Earth's dominant species. This movie is entertaining and educational. Did I mention gorgeous?
2 Comments 24 of 25 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Nils Hellstrom the host of the 1972 Oscar winning documentary "The Hellstrom Chronicle" doesn't exist and never has. A documentary-thriller written by David Seltzer ("The Omen")and directed by Walon Green argues that bugs, plants and other small creatures will inherit the Earth and we, humanity, are but temporary passengers on our planet.

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 ›
4 Comments 17 of 17 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: VHS Tape
I saw this movie in the theater when it first came out, and was blown away by the cinematography, which would be good by today's standards. Not only should this movie still be on VHS, but I think it is deserving of being on DVD as well, and perhaps even released in theaters again. Anyone who had never seen it would have no idea how old it was, and us old farts who did see it would no doubt enjoy seeing it again.
1 Comment 22 of 24 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD
A tad irrelevant, a bit childish, sure, but it will make you think. Are we the Masters of the Earth or just a bunch of parasites that don't deserve to live in such a wonderful place? If nothing else, great macrophotography, and an amusing storyline. I can't wait for my little girls to see this. We should never take for granted the World that we live in.
1 Comment 11 of 12 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: VHS Tape
The insects were here before us, and they'll be here afterwards. Pair this chill-filled documentary with Saul Bass' "Phase IV" (he was the guy who made the great title sequences for all your favorite films) for an evening of entomological horror. The good doctor says: "Only Man ponders his existence. His questions lead to torment, for he is unable to accept, as the insects do, that life's only purpose is life itself." Where's the dvd edition?
Comment 4 of 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD
Long before we had great documentaries such as Planet Earth, Life and the World's Most Amazing Events, there was a documentary that was way ahead of it's time. That "Doc".... was titled 'The Hellstrom Chronicle'! The amazing thing about this documentary is that I still remember it! I haven't seen it for well over 30 years and I can remember pieces of it as if I saw it yesterday. The film is beautifully shot with some incredible footage even by today's standards. I can only hope that this masterpiece will see an appropriate DVD and or Blu Ray release. It really is a one of a kind film that should be part of anyone's nature film library.
9 Comments 5 of 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
It is an old film I have been trying to get for years. Quality of CD mediocre. Price high but it is a real specialty item, very difficult to find.
1 Comment 2 of 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This DVD is well worth seeing. The photography is word class and the naration is fascinating. I remember it when it first came out, and years later, I was able to make a VHS copy from TV. The quality of my recording was poor, and so I was really excited to find a mint DVD to add to my collection. The video is great for young and old alike, and it is based on the truth, (an extremely rare commodity these days).The Hellstrom Chronicle
Comment 1 of 1 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
The Hellstrom Chronicle [Blu-ray]
This item: The Hellstrom Chronicle [Blu-ray]
Price: $18.99
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?