Things to Come

Things to Come

DVD - 2013
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Takes the viewer on a hundred-year time trip to 2036 A.D. when a man and a woman are rocketed to the moon.
Publisher: [United States] : The Criterion Collection, c2013
ISBN: 9781604657357
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (97 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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Nov 20, 2018

I seem inclined to review films I like, although most people would rather find out what isn’t worth watching. This 1936 production begins with an eerily prophetic forecast of WWII’s air war on England, but in this conception the war continues to rage into the 1970’s by which time civilization is reduced to a primitive level. I mean the movie, not the real decade. After which Welles’ vision becomes less realistic as humanity pulls itself together to build a better tomorrow. All these futuristic Art Deco designs are pure delight, with particularly fun performances by Raymond Massey, Cedric Hardwicke and the guy who plays ‘The Boss.’
Furthermore, forest fires are burning in California in November, and Carthage must be destroyed.

Feb 13, 2018

Also available as a download from in mp4 format and others, if you want to keep a copy locally

Oct 07, 2017

Just on a technical note, the disc cover brags about the "newly restored black-and-white version" included on this disc from 2006. In my viewing, however, a lot more could have been done in this respect, unless digital video technology has improved 100% since 2006. Colorized version had the same scratchy video and tinny sound of many 1930s movies. Note that the trailer for the colorized version included on this disc had significantly improved video and especially marvelous stereo music and sound. Wish this improvement could have been done for the full film.

multcolib_susannel Aug 15, 2016

Amazing version of H.G.Wells story about the struggle for a war-free future.
The sets and special effects are unbelievable 1936.

Feb 06, 2015

H. G. Wells’ screenplay covers 100 years of “future history” starting with a catastrophic global war in 1936 (WWII actually began just three years later) through the decades of barbarism and petty fiefdoms which followed civilization’s collapse (the dark ages of the ‘60s) and, finally, the rise of a utopian society ruled benevolently by a cadre of scientists and philosophers. But even as mankind’s shiny new cities rise from the ashes, peace is once more threatened by a growing movement of disaffected Luddites... This is an ambitious film with impressive special effects that must have been considered breathtaking 70 years ago. Furthermore there is a wonderfully retro feel to the elaborate set designs which combine elements of both ancient Rome and ‘30s art deco. But beyond the ill-fitting togas and flashy gizmos there is some very serious sermonizing by the great author himself. Wells leaves no doubt as to where his sympathies lie....scientific inquiry and rational thought are essential to our survival as a species. It comes as no surprise then that church steeples are noticeably missing from his vision of an advanced society. The film certainly has its theatrical moments, after all Raymond Massey was never known for his subtlety, but considering when it was made “Things to Come” is a classic of speculative fiction.

rhameetman Dec 22, 2013

Great sci-fi since Flash Gordon 1940.
I have 2 copies VHS that I watch every few months. Starting to get ragged.
Will definitely check out this item for nostalgia since DVD will play much clearer. Excellent period piece for history...... and many things did come to be....Ron H

voisjoe1 Dec 22, 2013

H.G. Wells, well-known for his science fiction writing' was an amazingly prolific writer with approximately 200 short stories and 150 each fiction and non-fiction books and treatises (treatises are my assumption, I find it difficult to believe that someone could write 300 full books in a lifetime). In 1933 he predicted a very destructive war that would set men back to near barbarity and then after a long time, progressive “tribes” would emerge to set aside the old barbaric ways. Then the unbelievable possiblity would arise in 2036 that man would travel to the moon via a huge space gun. In 2036, there were two opposing sides, one that proposed continuous scientific progress and those that thought progress should stop for some period of time as there had already been too much progress. Is it better for man to be dormant and live a life without risk or to fight for progress than could entail some risk of life?

Jun 24, 2013

I highly recommend Things To Come (1936) as essential viewing for anyone who's at all interested in the history of Science Fiction on celluloid._____ Yes. At times Things To Come may be a bit slow moving and noticeably dated in its outlook, but, with that aside, all is so easily forgiven once the viewer is treated to the spectacle of its impressive "Art Deco" set designs and the awesome fleet of futuristic aircraft._____ For its time, Things To Come was, in many ways, quite outstanding in its vision of the future. Its screenplay was written by the famous Sci-Fi author H. G. Wells, who, of course, adapted it from his very own novel, which was called The Shape Of Things To Come._____ Check it out!


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