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

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#1 of 14 ONLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted March 21 2013 - 08:43 AM

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THINGS TO COME – Blu-Ray & DVD Editions
[color=rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Tahoma;font-size:16px;]A landmark collaboration between writer H. G. Wells ([/color]Island of Lost Souls[color=rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Tahoma;font-size:16px;]), producer Alexander Korda ([/color]The Thief of Bagdad[color=rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Tahoma;font-size:16px;]), and designer and director William Cameron Menzies ([/color]Gone with the Wind[color=rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Tahoma;font-size:16px;]), [/color]Things to Come[color=rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Tahoma;font-size:16px;] is a science fiction film like no other, a prescient political work that predicts a century of turmoil and progress. Skipping through time, [/color]Things to Come[color=rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Tahoma;font-size:16px;] 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.[/color]

[color=rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Tahoma;font-size:16px;]1936 • 97 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • 1.37:1 aspect ratio[/color]

[color=rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Tahoma;font-size:16px;]SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES [/color]
[color=rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Tahoma;font-size:16px;]• New high-definition digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition[/color]
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[color=rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Tahoma;font-size:16px;]• Audio commentary featuring film historian and writer David Kalat [/color]
[color=rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Tahoma;font-size:16px;]• Interview with writer and cultural historian Christopher Frayling on the film’s design[/color]
[color=rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Tahoma;font-size:16px;]• Film historian Bruce Eder on Arthur Bliss’s musical score[/color]
[color=rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Tahoma;font-size:16px;]• Audio recording from 1936 of a reading from H. G. Wells’s writing about the “wandering sickness,” the plague in [/color]Things to Come
[color=rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Tahoma;font-size:16px;]• PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien [/color]
[color=rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Tahoma;font-size:16px;]• More![/color]

[color=rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Tahoma;font-size:16px;]TITLE: Things to Come (BLU-RAY EDITION)[/color]
[color=rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Tahoma;font-size:16px;]CAT. NO: CC2271BD[/color]
[color=rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Tahoma;font-size:16px;]UPC: 7-15515-10691-7[/color]
[color=rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Tahoma;font-size:16px;]ISBN: 978-1-60465-734-0[/color]
[color=rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Tahoma;font-size:16px;]SRP: $39.95[/color]
[color=rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Tahoma;font-size:16px;]PREBOOK: 5/21/13[/color]
[color=rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Tahoma;font-size:16px;]STREET: 6/18/13[/color]
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#2 of 14 OFFLINE   Richard V

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Posted March 22 2013 - 07:30 AM

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. 


See you at the pah-ty, Richter.

#3 of 14 OFFLINE   haineshisway

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Posted March 22 2013 - 07:37 AM

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. 

I'm sure it's the same transfer as the UK Blu-ray, which is pretty amazing.



#4 of 14 OFFLINE   Russell G

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Posted March 22 2013 - 08:20 AM

Looking forward to this one as well. Criterion is really hitting it out of the park once again in June.



#5 of 14 OFFLINE   Lord Dalek

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Posted March 22 2013 - 09:29 AM

Its got an ITV credit so it should be the British master (with some Criterion tweaking of course).



#6 of 14 OFFLINE   Matt Hough

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Posted March 22 2013 - 01:02 PM

I only have it on an old VHS copy that is barely watchable. I'm really looking forward to seeing the REAL THING.



#7 of 14 OFFLINE   Charles Smith

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Posted March 23 2013 - 05:05 AM

Beautiful.  Can't wait.



#8 of 14 OFFLINE   Dick

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Posted March 24 2013 - 05:33 AM

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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Posted March 24 2013 - 08:15 PM

The 108 minute version is long gone correct?



#10 of 14 OFFLINE   haineshisway

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Posted March 24 2013 - 10:44 PM

Long gone.  I doubt Criterion will need to "tweak" what is essentially a beautiful master from ITV.



#11 of 14 OFFLINE   John Hodson

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Posted March 25 2013 - 03:08 AM

Nick Cooper worked on the UK release for Network; his Things To Come site is worth a look.


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#12 of 14 OFFLINE   David Steigman

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Posted March 25 2013 - 03:39 PM

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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Posted March 25 2013 - 04:13 PM

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)

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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Posted March 25 2013 - 08:42 PM

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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