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The Illustrated Man

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Jack Smight's ambitious but muddled attempt to bring Ray Bradbury's masterful collection of speculative fiction The Illustrated Man to the screen comes to DVD in this release from Warner Home Video. The Illustrated Man has been transferred to disc in widescreen format; the picture is letterboxed on conventional monitors at the aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and is enhanced for anamorphic play on 16x9 monitors. The image looks good, though the film's soft, muted color scheme is a bit different than what most viewers may ...
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Jack Smight's ambitious but muddled attempt to bring Ray Bradbury's masterful collection of speculative fiction The Illustrated Man to the screen comes to DVD in this release from Warner Home Video. The Illustrated Man has been transferred to disc in widescreen format; the picture is letterboxed on conventional monitors at the aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and is enhanced for anamorphic play on 16x9 monitors. The image looks good, though the film's soft, muted color scheme is a bit different than what most viewers may be used to from contemporary films. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono, and it sounds good though not spectacular. The dialogue is in English, with an alternate dubbed track in French and optional English language subtitles. As a bonus, this edition includes a short on the making of the film, "Tattooed Steiger," which focuses on the creation of Rod Steiger's "skin illustrations" for the picture; the film's original theatrical trailer also appears, as well as a preview of a direct-to-video sequel to The Dukes of Hazard, which seems a bit out of place in this context. While The Illustrated Man has more than its share of flaws, the movie was a sincere effort to approach Ray Bradbury's work in an intelligent and thoughtful manner on screen, and sci-fi fans will want to give it a look for just that reason.
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Special Features

Vintage featurette: Tattooed Steiger; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English & Fran├žais; Subtitles: English (feature film only)
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This Ray Bradbury adaptation is a well-intentioned but deeply flawed affair. The biggest problem with The Illustrated Man is that it forgoes the sense of wonder that infuses Bradbury's work. Instead, screenwriter/producer Howard Kreitsek and director Jack Smight go for a psychological, message-conscious approach that often steamrolls over the subtleties of the material in an attempt to make it feel 'serious.' As a result, "The Veldt" and "The Last Night On Earth" feel more like lectures than stories (they also suffer because their twist endings are telegraphed long before they get a chance to unfold). The best of the stories is "The Long Rain," where the psychological approach fits the introspective tone of the story. The film's framing device is frequently more interesting that the stories it surrounds: it benefits from a compelling sense of mystery and committed performances by Rod Steiger, Robert Drivas and Claire Bloom (all of whom also figure prominently in the stories). Unfortunately, the framing device fizzles out with a lame 'open ending' likely to leave most viewers scratching their heads. In short, The Illustrated Man is a misfire that is likely to disappoint viewers who expect it to live up to its heady ambitions.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/19/2006
  • UPC: 085391112013
  • Original Release: 1969
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:43:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rod Steiger Carl
Claire Bloom Felicia
Robert Drivas Willie
Don Dubbins Pickard
Jason Evers Simmons
Tim Weldon John
Christine Matchett Anna
Pogo Peke the Dog
Technical Credits
Jack Smight Director
Gordon Bau Makeup
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Howard b. Kreitsek Producer, Screenwriter
Philip H. Lathrop Cinematographer
Ted Mann Producer
Marvin March Set Decoration/Design
Archie Marshek Editor
Terry Nelson Asst. Director
James E. Reynolds Consultant/advisor, Special Effects
Joel Schiller Art Director
Anthea Sylbert Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank Weatherwas Consultant/advisor
Ralph Webb Special Effects
Ray Bradbury Source Author
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Illustrated Man
1. Credits [5:38]
2. Drifter and Two Bums [4:37]
3. Skin Illustrations [4:08]
4. Don't Look Too Long [3:47]
5. Rose From Felicia [6:33]
6. The Veldt [4:41]
7. Nursery Problems [5:06]
8. Welcome to Camelot [4:28]
9. No Loving Feeling [5:15]
10. Where Are Your Parents? [3:03]
11. Seduced by Beauty [6:37]
12. Rocket Power [3:32]
13. Endless Rain [4:14]
14. Death for Disobedience [2:53]
15. Death by Drowning [3:13]
16. Williams' Time [5:01]
17. Sun Dome [2:03]
18. Unable to Go [3:14]
19. Last Night of the World [3:44]
20. Fate of the Children [5:52]
21. Next Morning [2:26]
22. Vanished [5:34]
23. Back Into the Future [2:30]
24. Murderous Vision [4:21]
25. Cast List [:23]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Illustrated Man
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   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Tattooed Steiger
      Theatrical Trailer
      Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Fran├žais
      Subtitles: On
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2002

    best sci-fi / horror film

    i saw this film many many years ago, and this film has stayed in my memory forever. the writting and the immaginination glows through out the entire film. not many movies have made such an intence impression on life and death.

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