THE ILLUSTRATED MAN REVIEWED
“The Illustrated Man” is a wonderful anthology about a Carny telling tales about his tattoos. It also involves Rod Steiger wanting to murder a witch, but let’s let that go. Several great Bradbury stories get to see filmed adaptations. The best happens to be The Last Night of the World, but I enjoyed this early take on The Veidt. Bradbury stories like this live for the twists, but they’re handled with a classic restraint that modern films are missing.
As great as the Jerry Goldsmith score plays, as amazing as Rod Steiger is the lead….the film feels very listless. I could’ve almost seen this serving as the TV pilot for an ongoing series of Bradbury adaptations. For a film that I haven’t seen in years, I expected this movie to age slightly better. Unfortunately, the Bradbury adaptations remain a mixed bag. The worst case that happens is you get a film that feels too devoted to the text and the best case is that it feels like a wonderful dream that has nothing to do with the original story. Roll the dice with the Illustrated Man.
- 2.35:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 2.0 MONO
RELEASE DATE: 9/19/17
The Plot Thus Far
The Illustrated Man is classic Bradbury, a collection of eighteen startling visions of humankind’s destiny, unfolding across a canvas of decorated skin, visions as keen as the tattooist’s needle and as colorful as the inks that indelibly stain the body. The images, ideas, sounds and scents that abound in this phantasmagoric sideshow are provocative and powerful: the mournful cries of celestial travelers cast out cruelly into a vast space of stars and blackness, the sight of gray dust settling over a forgotten outpost on a road that leads nowhere, the pungent odor of Jupiter on a returning father’s clothing. Here living cities take their vengeance, technology awakens the most primal natural instincts, Martian invasions are foiled by the good life and the glad hand, and dreams are carried aloft in junkyard rockets.
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