- Feb 8, 1999
- Real Name
- Robert Harris
William Cameron Menzies' 1936 Things to Come is a huge film -- a collaboration between author H.G. Wells and London Films' top exec Alexander Korda.
Some of the apparent (uncredited) people involved, who would later be at the top of their crafts -- Jack Cardiff and Peter Ellenshaw as Special effects camera operator and assistant matte painter. Robert Krasker and Jack Cardiff, both as production camera operators.
Things to Come is a multi-leveled film, that may leave some cold, but given an open-minded viewing, tends to stand the test of time quite well.
I have no idea how many times I've viewed this film. I had a decent 16mm print, with less than stellar variable density audio, as a teen. And later a nice 35, albeit a couple of generations from original negative.
Now derived from a 35mm fine grain master, held by the BFI, Criterion's new Blu-ray is the best that I've ever seen the film look, and sound.
For those who have not experienced the film, I believe you'll find the whole, far more than the sum of its parts.
Image - 3.5
Audio - 3