Criterion Press Release: Things To Come (Blu-ray)

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    THINGS TO COME – Blu-Ray & DVD Editions
    A landmark collaboration between writer H. G. Wells (Island of Lost Souls), producer Alexander Korda (The Thief of Bagdad), and designer and director William Cameron Menzies (Gone with the Wind), Things to Come is a science fiction film like no other, a prescient political work that predicts a century of turmoil and progress. Skipping through time, Things to Come bears witness to world war, dictatorship, disease, the rise of television, and finally, utopia. Conceived, written, and overseen by Wells himself as an adaptation of his own work, this mega-budgeted production, the most ambitious ever from Korda’s London Films, is a triumph of imagination and technical audacity.

    1936 • 97 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • 1.37:1 aspect ratio

    SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
    • New high-definition digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
    page 2 of 6
    • Audio commentary featuring film historian and writer David Kalat
    • Interview with writer and cultural historian Christopher Frayling on the film’s design
    • Film historian Bruce Eder on Arthur Bliss’s musical score
    • Audio recording from 1936 of a reading from H. G. Wells’s writing about the “wandering sickness,” the plague in Things to Come
    • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien
    • More!

    TITLE: Things to Come (BLU-RAY EDITION)
    CAT. NO: CC2271BD
    UPC: 7-15515-10691-7
    ISBN: 978-1-60465-734-0
    SRP: $39.95
    PREBOOK: 5/21/13
    STREET: 6/18/13
     
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    Wow, this is excellent news! Have been forced to watch multiple crummy prints of this movie, can't wait to see a quality (hopefully) Bluray transfer.
     
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    I'm sure it's the same transfer as the UK Blu-ray, which is pretty amazing.
     
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    Looking forward to this one as well. Criterion is really hitting it out of the park once again in June.
     
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    Its got an ITV credit so it should be the British master (with some Criterion tweaking of course).
     
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    I only have it on an old VHS copy that is barely watchable. I'm really looking forward to seeing the REAL THING.
     
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    Beautiful. Can't wait.
     
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    Like the British Network Blu-ray (which I own), the upcoming Criterion lists a running time of 97 minutes, short of the 108-minute premiere cut, but 4-5 minutes longer than the prints we have been accustomed to (my Super 8mm print ran 92m). There is a lengthy article in the 32-page Network booklet that explains the various cuts and what was deleted. What we have now is likely the most complete version we will see. It's a weirdly-paced film, its second half oddly less engaging than its first, but the restoration is quite beautiful compared to any previously available video edition. And, oh, that astonishing score by Arthur Bliss!
     
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    The 108 minute version is long gone correct?
     
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    Long gone. I doubt Criterion will need to "tweak" what is essentially a beautiful master from ITV.
     
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    Nick Cooper worked on the UK release for Network; his Things To Come site is worth a look.
     
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    I really need to watch my Legend Films edition to see if I want this. I bought the Legend version with She and still havent watched either one (severe catching up to do)
     
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    The Legend edition is a joke - you won't be able to tell anything from it other than you'll want to flush that transfer down the toilet.
     
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    I forgot when I first saw this announced above that I have the UK disc on its way to me. Maybe I'll end up with both, as there are a number of different additional features on each one. At any rate, I really can't wait to see this.
     

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