Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 15th, 2016
Theatrical Release Date: Canada, 1979
Director: George McCowan
Writers: Mike Cheda, Joseph Glazner, Martin Lager
Cast: Jack Palance, Carol Lynley, Barry Morse, John Ireland, Nicholas Campbell, Anne-Marie Martin
BluRay released: September 27th, 2016
Approximate running time: 98 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 English, DTS-HD Mono English
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
BluRay Release: Blue Underground
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $29.98
Synopsis: In the distant future what is left of mankind now inhabitants the moon and their fate now lays in in hands of three man one robot crew sent to take down megalomaniac hell bent on destroying mankind if his demands are not meet.
The Shape of Things to Come was directed by George McCowan whose other notable films include, Frogs and The Magnificent Seven Ride!. Key collaborators on The Shape of Things to Come include, cinematographer Reginald H. Morris (Black Christmas, Porky’s) and composer Paul Hoffert (“Deadly Nightmares”). The screenplay for The Shape of Things to Come was adapted from author H.G. Wells novel of the same name. Many of Wells novels have been adapted into feature films most notably, The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Invisible Man and The War of the Worlds.
The Shape of Things to Come was made during an era when Sci-Fi saw a resurgence due to the phenomenal success of Star Wars. And though the story has all the ingredients one would want or expect from a space opera. Unfortunately, when it comes to other areas of this film that are severely lacking, most notably when it comes to production design. Another area that does not hold up well includes the primitive looking special effects. And not to be overlooked are the melodramatic performances that at times verge into the absurd. Overall The Shape of Things to Come is classic example of grade Z shlock.
The Shape of Things to Come is presented on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. For this release a brand new Hi Def transfer has been created from the films original negative. And the result is a transfer that greatly improves upon Blue Underground’s previous release for the film.
This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in English and a DTS-HD mono mix in English. Both audio mixes sound clean, clear and balanced. With the main difference between these two audio mixes being the DTS-HD 5.1 has better channel separation. Also this release comes with three subtitle options, English SDH, French and Spanish.
Extras for this release include, a press book gallery, a poster & stills gallery, a T.V. spot, a French language trailer for the film (1 minute 58 seconds, in French with English subtitles), two interviews – the first interview with actor Nicholas Campbell titled Jason’s Journey (13 minutes 57 seconds) and the second interview with composer Paul Hoffert titled Symphonies in Space (17 minutes 2 seconds).
Topics discussed in the interview with Nicholas Campbell include, his origins as an actor, The Shape of Things to Come and the role he portrayed in the film, working with producer Harry Towers, director George McCowan and actor Jack Palance, shooting films in Toronto and his thoughts on how the film turned out.
Topics discussed in the interview with Paul Hoffert include, his origins as a musician, early success as a member of a Rock N’ Roll band named Lighthouse, the transition from rock music to film composer, the score for The Shape to Things to Come and his thoughts about the film.
Overall The Shape of Things to Come makes its way to Blu-Ray via a strong audio / video upgrade and a pair of informative extras.