The Incredible Shrinking Man [DVD + Digital Copy] (Universal's 100th Anniversary)
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Featuring groundbreaking special effects, The Incredible Shrinking Man is considered one of the most innovative and thought-provoking films ever made. When Scott Carey (Grant Williams) encounters a mysterious radioactive mist on a boating trip, he soon finds his life taking on a bizarre and frightening twist. His physical size begins to diminish as he shrinks to a mere two inches. Suddenly, ordinary household situations loom over him with lethal intensity, a playful cat becomes a demon and a spider is a gargantuan monster. Carey finds he must rely on his wits to survive in his new oversized world in this sci-fi classic that remains as terrifying today as it did over 50 years ago!
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The film's special effects are more than good enough, the acting is good to so-so, and the movie has effective adventure with giant spiders and cats; flash flooding amid everyday household items made large by the main character's shrinking malady. What makes the film special is the script by Richard Matheson and the pensive ending added on by the director Jack Arnold that takes this Sci Fi adventure to the next level of classic film and true Science Fiction. The ending of this movie is organic, it goes where it has to go. It is also extremely creative. By the time we follow Scott Carey to the window looking out into the world, we understand his feelings and marvel at his courage as he looks at what lies in his future. It is an upbeat ending that fits. It is 1950's Science Fiction that goes beyond the aged but fun Sci Fi of its day.
The package is bare bones. No extras worth noting beside trailers, and I had no problem with the price. It is the movie I wanted to see after so many years of wondering why it was not on DVD. It is a very good movie, even after almost 60 years and that in itself is a strong recommendation.
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I had seen this movie when i was about seventeen years old and I always wanted to see it again.
There is nothing like the original.
The story is quite unique. They should've made more movies like this.