The Incredible Shrinking Man

The Incredible Shrinking Man

DVD - 2011
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When Scott begins to shrink because of exposure to a combination of radiation and insecticide, medical science is powerless to help him.
Audience: OFA rating: PG.
Publisher: Universal City : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, 2011.
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Incre
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (81 min.) : digital, sound, black and white ; 12 cm
Language Note: In English with French and Spanish subtitles
Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

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RobSW
Nov 25, 2015

Another good 1950s classic sci-fi movie.

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AntoNEO
Jul 30, 2014

The Incredible Shrinking Man is a 1950s B movie with an A+ premise. Like many other great science fiction films, it uses a deceptively simple concept to explore some decidedly rich territory, both narratively and thematically. In this case, the plot revolves around a man named Scott Carey who finds himself shrinking smaller and smaller due to an accidental exposure to radiation (what else, this being the 1950s). Bolstered by an intelligent script and impressive special effects (with a few dodgy ones thrown in for good measure), Scott’s terrifying descent into obscurity is just as psychologically and thematically resonant as it is viscerally entertaining, and that’s what makes this such a standout sci-fi film. As Scott’s size diminishes, the seemingly harmless domestic world in which he lives becomes increasingly more dangerous: a pet cat becomes a threatening monster, a water heater leak becomes a dangerous flood, and an everyday basement becomes an ominous cavern. Meanwhile, Scott’s voiceover invites us to ponder the existential ramifications of his plight, as the film explores themes of masculinity, hierarchical power structures, and ultimately, how we define our place in the universe. The Incredible Shrinking Man manages to ask some pretty big questions while simultaneously entertaining us with a unique survival adventure story, and that’s what makes it one of the best B-movies ever created.

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akirakato
Sep 05, 2012

Scott Carey, who has encountered a mysterious radioactive mist on a boating trip, starts shrinking smakler and smaller, and his playful cat becomes a demon, and a spider turns into a gargantuan monster.
He continues shrinking, and eventually is reduced to living in a dollhouse.
After nearly being killed by his own cat, he winds up trapped in a basement and has to battle a voracious spider.
After defeating the spider, he becomes so small that he can now escape the basement by walking through a space in a window screen.
The film (made in 1957) is thought-provoking in the sense that Scott will eventually shrink to atomic size.
No matter how small he becomes, however, he concludes he'll still matter in the universe and this thought gives him comfort and ends his fears of the future.
It seems to me that the direcor decided to get along with the atomic age instead of criticizing the atomic bombs probably because the McCarthyism or Red Scare (from 1950 to 1954 ) remained still clear in his mind.
On the contrary, a 1968 film "Planet of the Apes" is an anti-atomic science fiction film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner.
In the late 60s, anti-government movements were in full force.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Jul 04, 2012

The smallest of the small.

Technically speaking, this brilliantly realized Sci-Fi picture from 1957 was quite a marvellous achievement for its time.

A bright script, a serious approach to its story, exceptional effects for its time, and a memorable lead performance by Grant Williams, as Scott Carey, all add up to a truly superb Sci-Fi classic, unsurpassed by later attempts.

I consider The Incredible Shrinking Man to be one of the best in its genre.

It's interesting to note that the last third of this film contains no dialogue, only Williams' occasional voice-over narration.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Jul 04, 2012

(After escaping from the tarantula) - "In my hunt for food I had become the hunted. This time, I survived, but I was no longer alone in my universe. I had an enemy, the most terrifying ever beheld by human eyes."

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