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The Illustrated Man 1969 PG CC

Shipwreckedastronauts wander across a planet cursed by The Long Rain. And lovingparents choose their children's fate when the end nears.

Starring:
Rod Steiger, Claire Bloom
Runtime:
1 hour, 43 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction
Director Jack Smight
Starring Rod Steiger, Claire Bloom
Supporting actors Robert Drivas, Don Dubbins, Jason Evers, Tim Weldon, Christine Matchett, Pogo
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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By Wayne Klein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 23, 2006
Format: DVD
It's rare that I'll write an indifferent or negative review because I try to stick to stuff that I like. I had high hopes for "The Illustrated Man". The film has been critically lambasted over the years so was anxious to see if the film was a solid version of Bradbury's stories. Fans who enjoyed the film when it was first released will probably enjoy this the most. It reminds me of the minor classic "The Fool Killer" which had a promising story that just doesn't quite live up to its true potential. Regardless, Steiger gives a powerful and occasionally quirky performance as a drifted tatooed by a woman from the future from head to toe. When you look at the tatoos, they come alive setting up three different stories from Bradbury's famous book of the same name.

The framing device set during the Depression works well as does the very last story in this set. Carl (Rod Steiger in a commanding occasionally unhinged performance)plays a carnival worker who is lured into the parlor of a "Skin Illustrator" Felicia(Clarie Bloom). She works her magic with her needles and die using Carl's body for a canvas to create illustrations that come to life if the viewer stares at them for too long. Carl borders on madness because of the experience (he says he can feel them crawl on his skin literally itching to tell a story I suppose)and because he's now an outcast is trying to find Felicia so he can kill her. Carl meets a drifter Willie (the late Robert Drivas --who looks a bit like Nathan Fillion from "Firefly", "Serenity" and "Slither"-- in a fine performance where he holds his own throughout the film against Steiger). Carl unfolds his story about becoming an illustrated man and Willie finds himself drawn into three of the "tattoos" that ensnare him in their stories.
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Perhaps this was cutting edge fantasy forty years ago. Today, it might better be called a "cult classic," enjoyable as much for its dated look and effects as for its association with Bradbury's brilliant set of short stories, The Illustrated Man. This captures just a few of the short stories originally collected in the IM anthology. It starts with "The Veldt," one of the greats of the creepy-little-kids genre. The next story tracks astronauts stranded on Venus, back when Venus's shroud concealed a verdant monsoon instead of a burning desert, baking under sulfuric acid clouds. It ends with a tragic (if somewhat predictable) story of intellectual hubris gone wrong. The whole set is bound together by the Illustrated Man, whose magical tattoos act out these scenes - or cause them to appear in the viewers' minds.

The illustrations - Steiger's painted-on tattoos - form another story in the extras section of this disk. That goes through the months of planning, followed by long hours of intensive work transferring the images onto his skin. Today, the job would probably be done post-production in the bowels of a compute farm. Back then, it was real ink on real skin, producing a Peter Max-ish look that evokes Yellow Submarine.

Nostalgia buffs and Bradbury completists will enjoy this immensely. It dates from the era of the original Star Trek series, though, and carries some of the same look and acting style, for better or worse. If that works for you, great - it works for me.

-- wiredweird
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It is possible that some viewers may find this classic late 60's
sci-fi not up to the standard of Ray Bradbury's creative style. But since childhood, I have always enjoyed this movie. Rod Steiger (one of my favorite actors) is unique and believable in his role as the "illustrated man", and Claire Bloom is beautiful as always. The movie gets a bit slow in parts but somehow with the musical score is mysterious and entertaining. If you enjoyed 451 I think you will be pleased with this captivating film.
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By C. R. Dun on December 20, 2005
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This is my favorite movie. Hard to say why....its something to do with the higher element of it. Rod Steiger gives one of his best performances, Claire Bloom and Robert Drivas are also very powerful and the direction of Jack Smight is masterful. Its a film about the human condition, watch it with a very open mind and you'll be blown away. Ok, so why isn't it available on DVD?
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...Rod Steiger's finest performance, and along with "Something Wicked This Way Comes", and "Farenheit 451", one of the best adaptations ever of Bradbury put to the big screen..... and YOU can't see it on DVD, unless you, and everyone you know votes for it. PLEASE vote for this great film, it's a classic that TRULY deserves to be treasured, restored, and preserved on DVD. You won't regret it.
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The book by this title is phenomenally well written and enjoyable. The movie was just metiocre, because the lead was cast with a one dimensional, flat actor whose acting never allowed me to suspend my disbelief. Read the book if you have the time.
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Great to finally own this on DVD. Now how do I vote to have The Reincarnation of Peter Proud released to DVD?
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Rod Steiger is Carl, "The Illustrated Man", a drifter covered from collar to toe in elaborate tattoos placed upon him by a mysterious and magical woman from the future. When he crosses paths with a young drifter named Willie, he relates to him the story of how he acquired his "illustrations" and how they haunt him and have filled him with hate and anger. It seems that each of his tattoos, described to be "alive" or animated but not really shown to be, tell a story of the future, and three of these stories are shown to us. They are stories taken from the 18 story anthology book of the same name by Ray Bradbury. The first is "The Veldt", in which a couple grows concerned over their children spending time in a holographic playroom programmed with a violent African Veldt environment. The second is "The Long Rain", in which stranded astronauts are driven to madness by a hard and incessant rain as they attempt to cross an alien landscape in search of one of their luxurious "Sun Dome" shelters. The final story is "The Last Night of the World", in which another pair of futuristic parents are troubled by an impending apocalypse and whether or not to administer suicide pills to their children to prevent their suffering. Along with the three tales is the continuing story of the two drifters that frames the collection.

"The Illustrated Man" is an odd little film. Strange enough is seeing this depression era wraparound story presenting these three far-future tales, but that's just kinda cool, and Rod Steiger's acting is as passionate as always. But, while I don't agree with the many who thought this film was terrible since it was first released, I will admit that it isn't perfect, and this is not a comparison with the source material at all, as I have not read it.
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