H.G. Wells’ Things To Come – Criterion [Blu-ray] (1936) *NEW*

H.G. Wells’ Things To Come – Criterion [Blu-ray] (1936) *NEW*


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 megabudgeted production, the most ambitious ever from Korda’s London Films, is a triumph of imagination and technical audacity.

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It's Christmas 1940, and Everytown resident John Cabal (Raymond Massey) fears that war is imminent. When it breaks out, the war lasts 30 years, destroying the city and ushering in a new dark age of plagues and petty despots. But there is hope in the form of Wings Over the World, a group of pacifist scientists and thinkers lead by Cabal. Their dream is to build a Utopian society on the ruins of the old. But first they'll have to unseat the latest ruling tyrant (Ralph Richardson).
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Things to Come

UK poster for the premiere run of the film
Directed by William Cameron Menzies
Produced by Alexander Korda
Written by H. G. Wells
Based on The Shape of Things to Come
1933 novel
by H. G. Wells
Starring Raymond Massey
Ralph Richardson
Cedric Hardwicke
Pearl Argyle
Margaretta Scott
Music by Arthur Bliss
Cinematography Georges Périnal
Edited by Charles Crichton
Francis D. Lyon
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • 20 February 1936
Running time
108m 41s (see below)
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £260,000

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Weight 0.5 lbs
Dimensions 5.3 × 0.5 × 6.75 in


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