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The Bubble (1966)

PG | | Sci-Fi | 21 December 1966 (USA)
A couple encounter mysterious atmospheric effects in an airplane and find themselves in a town where people behave oddly. They eventually escape.

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Arch Oboler

Writer:

Arch Oboler
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michael Cole ... Mark
Deborah Walley ... Catherine
Johnny Desmond ... Tony Herric
Kassie McMahon Kassie McMahon ... Doctor
Barbara Eiler Barbara Eiler ... Nurse
Virginia Gregg ... Ticket Cashier
Vic Perrin Vic Perrin ... Taxi Driver (as Victor Perrin)
Olan Soule ... Watch Repairman
Chester Jones Chester Jones ... Newspaper Vendor
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A couple encounter mysterious atmospheric effects in an airplane and find themselves in a town where people behave oddly. They eventually escape. Written by Fred Curtis <fred@cs.su.oz.au>

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A Sci-Fi Experience That Will Blow Your Mind! See more »

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Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fantastic Invasion of Planet Earth See more »

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Runtime:

| (re-issue) (1976)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.50:1
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Originally the film was released with a running time of 112 minutes but several notable critics denounced the slow pacing so, in 1968, director Arch Oboler cut the movie to 91 minutes. Unfortunately, the edits were made directly to the original camera negative and the footage was discarded. No prints of the 112 minute version are known to exist. See more »

Alternate Versions

About ten years later, this film was re-released in a edited and re-titled version. Approximately two reels of footage was removed and it was re-titled "Fantastic Invasion of Planet Earth." In the early 1980s, this edited and re-titled version was released again during the brief 3-D revival of that period. See more »

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This was NOT first polarized 3D!
5 August 2013 | by jack_northSee all my reviews

I was a teen in the 60's and a big horror movie fan who saw and read anything I could get my hands on regarding horror films, and especially 3D horror films of the 50's. I distinctly remember reading the press releases in the Detroit newspapers that Arch Oboler, one of the technical pioneers of 3D films in the 50's, was in town to supervise the installation of special silver screens for his new 3D process.

It was not new because it used polarized lenses...those had been used in the majority of the 3D films in the 50's. The new process related to the projection of the film. (I don't recall the articles going into much more detail about that process, but now I know it was apparently the first to combine both images on a single filmstrip.)

I was so excited that Oboler himself was in my hometown to supervise the showing I made sure to go see it. I believe it was at the Adams in downtown Detroit.

The 3D was mind-blowing! The beer tray floating out over the audience has still (this is mid 2013) not been topped for jaw-dropping 3D. I have thought of it many times since, and I think the reason it worked so well, and so much better than explosions or other fast-moving moves out of frame, is that the tray moved slow enough to follow and keep in focus by our eyes. (This is similar to holding one finger in front of your face and slowly moving it toward your nose. Your eyes cross slowly as your finger gets nearer.) I remember little else of the film, but I know that I walked out feeling I got my money's worth, just for the 3D alone.


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