Rent The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

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1h 18min
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Scott Carey (Grant Williams) encounters a mysterious radioactive mist on a boating trip and soon finds his life taking a bizarre and frightening twist. His physical size begins to diminish as he shrinks to a mere two inches. Suddenly ordinary household situations loom over him with lethal intensity: a playful cat becomes a demon and a spider a gargantuan monster. Carey finds he must rely on his wits to survive...
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Albert Zugsmith
Richard Matheson, Richard Alan Simmons
Universal Pictures
Classics, Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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Run Time:
78 minutes
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, German Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, Russian Voice Over Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Czech, Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Spanish, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
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Run Time:
81 minutes
English LPCM Mono
English Hard of Hearing
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
  • Auteur on the Campus: Jack Arnold at Universal - an extended documentary about the early career of director Jack Arnold at Universal-International studios
  • There Is No Zero: Writing 'The Shrinking Man' - an in-depth conversation with author Richard Christian Matheson about his father and the creation of the original Shrinking Man novel
  • Original Super 8 Home Cinema Version
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Teaser

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Reviews (2) of The Incredible Shrinking Man

Brilliant, Imaginative, Classic late-1950s Fantasy - Watchable, Fun and Highly Entertaining - The Incredible Shrinking Man review by PV

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This film is old but still works. It is wonderfully imaginative with the special effects as the main character shrinks. Very clever use of clothes and household items to show that and not tell it.

It's all great fun too, with dramatic music and jaw-dropping (for the time) special effects. It is way better than the modern Mat Damon movie DOWNSIZED too which went on and on. No flab on or in The Incredible Shrinking Man!

I actually turned off a modern film which was boring me to watch this one. I had seen clips before but never the whole thing. I am so glad I did.

It's very 1950s with the nuclear threat and cold war hanging over it like a cloud - literally.

They get the media circus just right - it would be the same but worse today.

And how refreshing to watch a great entertaining film with no agenda to push, no boxtick casting, no yawnsome CGI effects.

But what happened to the cat? That's what I want to know.

The ending is of its time, I suppose. Based on a novel by the man who wrote the screenplay, apparently.

Classic stuff anyway. I could watch it all again now. 5 stars

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Head Movie (spoiler). - The Incredible Shrinking Man review by Steve

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Behind this schlocky fifties exploitation title there is an intelligent sci-fi action film. Exposed to a radioactive cloud, Scott Carey (Grant Williams) begins to lose size. As he does, his relationship to his comfortable, materialistic lifestyle begins to shift.

Experimental medical treatment arrests his decline for a while. When he again begins to lose mass, he eventually falls into his cellar and is presumed dead by his despairing wife. This last third of the film below ground is about Scott's fight for survival, particularly a brilliantly staged combat with a (relatively) giant spider.

Scott finds meaning within confines of his new universe which he had lost as diminished man in the normal sized world. Eventually he loses a sense of his physicality and becomes a transcendental being, freed from the limits of his human perspective.  It's astonishing that Universal allowed the film to end like this. They really wanted Scott to be cured and to return to normality and his old life... which would have been absurd.

This was adapted from his novel by Richard Matheson- his debut film. He would go on to find a home on tv's The Twilight Zone and this is the sort of intelligent, altered reality science fiction that programme specialised in. This is easily the best film of sci-fi/horror expert Jack Arnold. The visual effects of the shrinking man's changing relationship with his environment are most impressive, but it is his interior, philosophical world that leaves the greater impression.

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