Things to Come (B&W + Colorized Versions)
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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This was a movie I would not have purchased if I had first watched it. I don't know if I will ever watch it again. Normally colorized movies are really great. Read morePublished 6 days ago by B. Hovander
I finally saw it after considering it for some time. The book "Sci-Fi Movie Freak" highly recommended it. All I can say is "save your money". Read morePublished 19 days ago by Steve Keithley
Classic movie. It was nice to watch it again after all these years.Published 1 month ago by Tony from Florida
Very fascinating DVD-----the author really showed how true these forecasts have become. Eerie....I recommend it!Published 6 months ago by Jo Ann A. Amorelli
Saw this movie on TV years and years ago and finally got to get it on DVDPublished 7 months ago by Edwin A. Peckens
It much more creativity given the times that it was made in than modern releases do now.Published 9 months ago by Elliott
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