- Run Time: 1 hours, 37 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: June 18, 2013
- Originally Released: 1936
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: New, restored high-definition digital film transfer
- Audio commentary featuring film historian and writer David Kalat
- New interview with writer and cultural historian Christopher Frayling on the film's design
- New visual essay by film historian Bruce Eder on Arthur Bliss's musical score
- Unused special effects footage by artist László Moholy-Nagy, along with a video installation piece by Jan Tichy incorporating that footage
- Audio recording from 1936 of a reading from H.G. Well's writing about the wandering sickness, the plague in Things To Come
- Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien
- Special Edition
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.37
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Entertainment Weekly - 07/12/1996
Total Film - 07/01/2007
3 stars out of 5 -- "When it came to predicting the future, Herbert George Wells was no slouch....Wells' story takes in war, plague, destruction and rebirth."
Ultimate DVD - 06/29/2007
5 stars out of 5 -- "[With] some stunning design and imagination....Quite amazing..."
Sight and Sound - 09/01/2007
"Menzies' visionary if eccentric adaptation of H.G. Wells' novel is fascinating both as a record of 1930s England and for its apocalyptic vision of the future."
New York Times - 06/28/2013
"Wells and his collaborators meant to offer a stern, though ultimately hopeful, vision of humanity's halting progress across the century to come."
A visually sweeping sci-fi classic full of futuristic vistas and modern cityscapes, based on the story by H.G. Wells and written for the screen by Wells. Beginning before World War II and travelling to 2036 AD, this journey predicts a host of modernities before following a rocketship to the moon. Massey is a future leader determined to restore law and order.
In the years since they were published, H.G. Wells's words seem to have become prophecies...
Society in 2036 has devolved into a leisure-saturated body of mass consumers. Important decisions are relegated to an elite few. World wars have left parts of the globe in ashes; localized conflicts continue as a way of life. Social and medical epidemics rage.
The comfortable bourgeoisie dwells like moles, living below sea level. Its members rest on cellophane sofas, inhale filtered oxygen, ingest preserved food, and entertain themselves by synthetic light.
While the intelligentsia obliterates the sick to create a utopia for the earthlings who remain, others plan a mysterious trip to the moon, purportedly for humanity to reach the next rung on its evolutionary ladder.
- Additional cast: Pearl Argyle (Katherine Cabal), Kenneth Villiers (Maurice Passworthy), Anne McLaren (The Child), and Patricia Hilliard (Janet Gordon).
- Additional credits: Nigel Tangye (aeronautical advisor) and Frank Wells (assistant art director).