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Things to Come (B&W + Colorized Versions)

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Editorial Reviews

There's world war in 1940, chaos in 1970 and a sterile utopia in 2036, as predicted by H.G. Wells.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Raymond Massey, Margaretta Scott, Ralph Richardson, Sir Cedric Hardwicke
  • Directors: William Cameron Menzies
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Legend Films
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BSBBIK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,777 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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I first saw H.G. Wells "Things To Come" when I was about 12 and even then it made an indelible impression on me. The last time I saw it was in college (too many years ago to mention) for a film history class and it held up well. So this restored DVD version is only my third viewing of this flick.

But the film itself still holds up, addressing many social, political and scientific implications of a progressing society that many of us would do well to heed today. For purposes of complete disclosure I must admit up front that I am a serious technocrat and believe that our intelligent ability to use science and technology to uncover the secrets of nature is the main thing that will carry us through our current difficulties and out into the future. And is apparent that H.G. wells thought much the same. (After you see this movie you will understand that, if I had the option, I would join "Wings Over The World" instantly...).

No doubt that this movie is a bit dated -- cinematic sensibilities have changed a lot since the production of this film. Yet, there are many stylistic choices in the areas of lighting and photography that lift it out of the ordinary. And given the technical limitations of its day, the special effects in "Things To Come" (especially the scale model work) is extremely creative and inspiring.

The restoration of this classic is very well done, and probably the best that can be achieved, given the age of the materials thay probably had to work with. Though I prefer watching the original black and white, the colorized version on this disc is not too bad -- it affects an impressionistic quality, using color in a pastel fashion to overlay rather than replace information.
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I always hated colorized films, but this time it was done right. The colors don't truly look natural, but they have depth and variance and they give an almost three dimensional effect to the picture. Besides, if you don't care for it, you also have a beautifully restored B&W version of the film as well. The special features aren't all that impressive, but the real treat is watching what is probably the best version of this movie available.
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This is a review of the excellent Ray Harryhausen Colorized version of this 1936 British Classic. As my title implies this is the only motion picture whose screenplay was actually written by H.G. Wells. Imagine having started writing that in 1934 and predicting the Second World War while being off on the date of it's start by only 15 months. The film opens with the bombing of EVERYTOWN by the unmentioned enemy. When Wells went to see the film with a London audience in 1936 he was shocked to find them laughing at his opening. These Londoner's didn't believe their city would ever be bombed. The picture covers 100 years in the lives of the Cabal family from Well's prediction of World War Two starting on Christmas Eve 1940 and going to a future EVERYTOWN in the year 2036. The cast is outstanding with Raymond Massey as John Cabal and his great grandson, Sir Ralph Richardson as the Boss of the plague ravaged EVERYTOWN and Sir Cedric Hardwicke as the the futurist artisan who speaks against the evils of man's progress. William Cameron Menzies is the director and he would go on to direct Gone With the Wind and the original version of Invaders from Mars among other films. The movie is produced by the legendary Alexander Korda. In all a great combination for great entertainment.A side note for British Comedy fans is that the actor playing the security man in 2036 would decided drama was not to his taste and try comedy. His name was Terry Thomas.

As to the quality of this film. I never saw it more clearer and the images are in the correct screen ratio. Every other DVD version I have seen had even the titles cut off. Yes I would agree the sound is not perfect and the colorization is off in scenes due to the quality of the original film, but all in all the viewer can't go wrong. I highly recommend this film to any fan of H.G. Wells.
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H.G. Wells' history of the future (from the past, no less!) was immortalized in this World War II-era British production, and was a bold prediction of the path that lay before mankind.

As global war decimates the citizens of "Everytown" (a not-so artfully disguised London) the world as we know it is transformed into a dystopian, medieval abyss where the bi-plane is an marvelous warfighter and cars are quite literally operating on "horse power." Things to Come chronicles mankind's decline and subsequent rise as a group of scientists from the Cradle of Civilization remake society in their shining image.

As with all Legend Films releases, this DVD contains the original black and white film (in its best available quality) and the newly colorized production. Both are worth considering as independent viewing experiences, since the different palates carry such a different flavor.

Notable at the time (and even today) for its fantastic special effects and visual design, this new DVD production of Things to Come is notable for its consultation with legendary special effects guru and Oscar winner, Ray Harryhausen. Before he became a household name, Ray worked as a cameraman on the original production of Things to Come. Here, Ray puts that firsthand knowledge to use, providing Legend Films with the best possible reference for its colorization process. What you see is what Ray's camera saw, and truly what the Director originally intended. Extensive interviews with Ray about his career and the process of colorizing older movies round out a package fit for any DVD enthusiast.
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