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The Bubble
The Bubble
Actors: Michael Cole, Deborah Walley, Johnny Desmond, Kassie McMahon, Barbara Eiler
Director: Arch Oboler
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Cult Movies
NR     1999     1hr 52min


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Actors: Michael Cole, Deborah Walley, Johnny Desmond, Kassie McMahon, Barbara Eiler
Director: Arch Oboler
Creators: Charles F. Wheeler, Arch Oboler, Igo Kantor, Marvin J. Chomsky
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Cult Movies
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Classics, Science Fiction, Classics, Family Films, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Studio: Rhino / Wea
Format: DVD - 3D,Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 10/05/1999
Original Release Date: 12/21/1966
Theatrical Release Date: 12/21/1966
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 52min
Screens: 3D,Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

Plodding but not without interest
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This was originally released in 1966 at 112 mins in Spacevision 3-D, which made use of the polarized system and clear grey glasses. In 1976, a shorter version running 91 mins was released widely under the title "Fantastic Invasion of Planet Earth." The original polarized version had incredible 3-D, but this is a "downconverted" anaglyph version which uses the red and vlue type of glasses. The effect is not nearly as good, but it does work significantly better than Rhino's "Comin at Ya" DVD. The film is kind of slow and it has been compared to an overlong episode of "The Twilight Zone" which is an accurate description. It does manage to hold some interest for sci-fi fans, however. If you want to see a 3-D film on DVD, this one works better than I expected because it has less gimmick shots which do not work well in red/blue anaglyph format. The best example of this type of 3-D on video is definately the VHS or laser release of "the Mask" (1961) or even the DVD of "Freddy's Dead" which is included in the ELm st box set. However, should you wish to see a really good, full color version with full 3-D effects, and are willing to invest in some semi-expensive electric shutter glasses, go to to find out how! Many 3-D movies are available, including a perfect version of "Comin at Ya'!"
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Steven W. Hill | Chicago, IL United States | 05/15/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This isn't exactly a review... first of all, the disc is not full-frame, it's widescreen. In fact, it calculates to about 2.50:1 which is wider than your basic Panavision film! Second, the running time is just over 90 minutes, not 112. Third, my copy is in a snapper case, not a keepcase.Okay, I'll make a few comments. The 3D effect is not very good - I've always had trouble with these red/blue 3D presentations - but it's a lot better when viewed on a computer monitor than on a television for some reason. The movie is interesting but there's not much payoff - they're trapped in this bubble, we know there's something controlling the people inside, but it's all situation and not enough conclusion. Probably due to its era, it reminded me a lot of an episode of LAND OF THE GIANTS. Regardless of my mild negativity, since I really enjoy this genre, I liked the movie enough to give it 3 out of 5."
3dgeek | USA | 08/31/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)

" really have to play around with your tv color adjustment to get the right setting for the 3D effects to work. Basically, you need to set it so that the blue portion of the 3D image matches the blue lens of your 3D glasses.
As for the story, well, it was kinda weak, and very similar to the (as stated above) Twilight Zone episode where the couple wakes up, hungover, after a party in a strange town that seems to have no escape. Here, however, the characters get to the outskirts of town to find a clear wall/dome surrounding the city. I don't want to ruin anything here, so I will just say that the conclusion is really a let down, and very unclear at best.
Very cheesy movie, only recommended for those who love 3D movies no matter WHAT the quality or plot."
The Bubble 3-d DVD
davidsdigimom | Clifton Park, NY United States | 04/16/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)

"The 3-d effects on this movie are poor at best. Even adjusting the color on the TV as reccomended does not improve. I normally have no problem viewing 3_D effects, however, this movie only has a select few scenes that actually appear in 3-d. The problem may be in the poor quality of the recording."