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Directed by Jack Arnold
USA 1957

 

"I was continuing to shrink, to become... what? The infinitesimal? What was I? Still a human being? Or was I the man of the future? If there were other bursts of radiation, other clouds drifting across seas and continents, would other beings follow me into this vast new world..."

 

When Grant Williams is subjected to a radioactive mist while on holiday with his wife, he falls ill and then starts to shrink. It's a simple premise, but the result is a masterpiece of the science-fiction genre that plays to the human emotion of the situation rather than overwhelming the audience with special effects. First his wife begins to order him around, then, as he gets inexorably smaller, the household cat becomes a savage predator, a splash of water threatens to destroy him and he fights to the death against a spider before advancing to the next stage in his strange and lonely existence. Director Arnold came to science fiction from a background of documentary-making (he later moved again, to comedies), and his sparse direction allows the tension to build naturally so that the terror and poignancy of the story work their way into the audience's brain without being forced. A total classic.

Excerpt from Channel 4 located HERE

 

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Theatrical Release: February 22nd, 1957

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DVD Review: Universal Pictures - Region 2,4,5 - PAL

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Distribution Universal Pictures - Region 2,4,5 - PAL
Also available in the US in The Classic Sci-fi Ultimate Collection single edition - OR individually (September 2012):

           

or Volumes 1 + 2 combined OR individually (September 2012):

            

Runtime 1:17:27 
Video 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.20 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUBs: French (Dolby Digital 2.0), German (Dolby Digital 2.0), Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0), Russian (Dolby Digital 2.0)  
Subtitles English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Universal Pictures Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

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DVD Release Date: February 6th, 2006

Transparent Keep Case
Chapters: 18

 

Comments:

This is quite an above average transfer. Single layered but stacked with a host of DUBs and subtitle options - the image is acceptably sharp, progressive, anamorphic and there is some grain and dirt showing through. I enjoyed its consistency and lack of digital manipulation. No extras at all but like many of the new crop of Universal PAL DVDs they are set to be sold with region-coding to flog in Europe, Middle East, Russia and Australia.

As far as the film goes this is an unforgettable classic - full of continuity questions but extremely inventive and intriguing. At this alluring price we strongly recommend.  

Gary W. Tooze

 





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DVD Box Cover

   

CLICK to order from:

or in the US edition  (September 2012)

Distribution Universal Pictures - Region 2,4,5 - PAL
Also available in the US in The Classic Sci-fi Ultimate Collection single edition - OR individually (September 2012):

           

or Volumes 1 + 2 combined OR individually (September 2012):

            

 





 

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