The Shape of Things to Come [DVD] [1979]

George McCowan's science fiction film The Shape of Things to Come gets its second DVD release on this title. The film is presented in a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1. English and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include television advertisements for the film, reproductions of the poster, and the French theatrical trailer. This is a fine release from Blue Underground.
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Special Features

  • French theatrical trailer
  • TV spot
  • Poster and still gallery


The Shape of Things to Come
This is a remake of a 1936 sci-fi, future dystopia tale by H.G. Wells, but the drama, as interpreted by director George McCowan and scripter Martin Lager is not altered to accommodate today's more demanding audiences. As a result, the story, characters, and dialogue are a little weak. After a nuclear holocaust has forced people on earth to set up house on the moon (covered by an insulating, glass-like bubble), their continuing existence depends on some medication to fight off the effects of radiation (!). The trouble is that this medicine is now controlled by the villainous Omus (Jack Palance) who lives on the planet where the miracle drug is made. He is in the process of blackmailing the earth people into accepting him as a dictator when a group of them sneak out in a rocket to defeat him and save the day, whatever the day is on the moon. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Jack Palance
    Jack Palance - Omus
  • Carol Lynley
    Carol Lynley - Niki
  • John Ireland
    John Ireland - Senator Smedley
  • Barry Morse
    Barry Morse - Dr. John Caball
  • Nicholas Campbell
    Nicholas Campbell - Jason Caball

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