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CLIPS DVD Review by Roger Tennis

THE BUBBLE

THE BUBBLE DVD

ROG'S VIEWPOINT

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5 CAMS (3-D Blu-ray restoration)

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RATED NR
A plane carrying pregnant Catherine (Deborah Walley), her husband Mark (Michael Cole) and pilot Tony (Johnny Desmond) is forced to land in a very strange town. The inhabitants are all in a zombie-like trance and the entire town is covered by a gigantic bubble. After the premature birth of their first child, the young couple and pilot desperately search for a way out of this bizarre situation. "The Bubble" is a rather odd curiosity piece created by director/writer Arch Oboler, who also wrote and directed the first theatrical 3-D release of the early 1950s: "Bwana Devil", to show off his revolutionary Space-Vision 3-D system. Many objects, like the wing of an airplane and a floating tray of drinks, fly out of the screen. Unfortunately, the performances and simplistic plot fall flat. The film plays out like an overlong episode of "The Twilight Zone". Released in 1966, it is interesting to note the similarities between this movie and Stephen King's book "Under the Dome" - which was published in 2009. Stars Michael Cole ("The Mod Squad" TV series) and Deborah Walley ("Gidget Goes Hawaiian") have both done better work, but this sci-fi oddity is all about the third dimension gimmickry.

The gimmickry is the reason to own this absolutely out-of-this-world 3-D Blu-ray release (Nov. 18, 2014) from Kino Lorber, as part of their Kino Classics series. Certainly a must own for 3-D enthusiasts, this widescreen film was amazingly restored by the 3-D Film Archive and its founder Bob Furmanek. The eye-popping effects are preserved in this grand restoration. Originally 112 minutes, the movie was cut to approx. 91 minutes in 1976 and released as "Fantastic Invasion of Planet Earth". The cuts were made to the original negative and the deleted material was destroyed. This Blu-ray edition is the most complete version of the movie available. Among the bonus features are screenplay excerpts of deleted scenes and an essay by preservationist Bob Furmanek. Trailers and a stills gallery are also included. The alternate title opening and a restoration demonstration are presented in both 3-D and 2-D. For those who don't have 3-D systems, the 2-D version will work on all Blu-ray players. I'm hoping that Kino Lorber and the 3-D Film Archive make a fortune on this spectacular presentation - encouraging future restored releases of those past 3-D classics, especially from the 1950s. While "The Bubble" may fall short of being a cinematic masterpiece, this Blu-ray release is simply fantastic.