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Those films with a following all their own.

Arch Oboler
Topic by: RHorsman
Posted: July 30, 2003 - 10:08 AM PDT
Last Reply: August 1, 2003 - 8:09 PM PDT

author topic: Arch Oboler
post #1  on July 30, 2003 - 10:08 AM PDT  
I saw The Bubble last night and found it surprisingly enjoyable, beyond just being a campy carwreck of a 3-D mishmash. Or something. Does anyone know if any of Oboler's other films are worth seeing? I'm hearing that The Twonky is an interesting oddity, though difficult to track down...
post #2  on July 30, 2003 - 3:34 PM PDT  
I haven't seen those movies, but I've heard some of Arch Oboler's Lights Out radio shows and they are pretty wild. Horrific and funny with great sound effects.

There was one that included the sound effect of a person being turned inside out.

It GONG is GONG later GONG than GONG you GONG think.
post #3  on July 31, 2003 - 11:15 AM PDT  
I found a web page with some Real Audio Lights Out radio shows.

post #4  on August 1, 2003 - 11:23 AM PDT  
I'm hearing that The Twonky is an interesting oddity, though difficult to track down...
All that you have heard about The Twonky is entirely true. It is a film unlike any other. I highly recommend it (although, as you note, it is nearly impossible to locate). It does appear on television occasionally. Supposedly, Rare Video has VHS copies of the film, although I cannot vouch for the legitimacy of these tapes (evidently released years ago by a company called Hellfire Video).

Oboler is a fascinating character. In addition to The Bubble, the only other related title currently on disc is On Our Merry Way, an omnibus film with a segment based on a story by Arch.


post #5  on August 1, 2003 - 12:03 PM PDT  
i have a pair of 3D goggles from seeing spykids 3D last night. will that work with the bubble, thinkest thou?
post #6  on August 1, 2003 - 12:05 PM PDT  
actually it raises a question about 3D and digital projection and DVD that i won't address because gong THIS gong IS gong THE gong WRONG gong THREAD gong gong gong gong
post #7  on August 1, 2003 - 12:43 PM PDT  
> On August 1, 2003 - 12:03 PM PDT dpowers wrote:
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> i have a pair of 3D goggles from seeing spykids 3D last night. will that work with the bubble, thinkest thou?
> ---------------------------------

If they're plain old red'n'blue 3-D glasses then yes. If they're some kinda polarized defraction grid with nanobauble reconfigulators then probably no. I used my pair from the old Starship Titanic game, but any glassic cardboard and celo glasses should do.
post #8  on August 1, 2003 - 1:05 PM PDT  
Oddly enough, Spy Kids 3-D uses the old red/blue glasses (instead of polarized). I haven't seen the film but I hear the 3-D sequences work pretty well. Do you agree, Mr. Powers?

post #9  on August 1, 2003 - 2:16 PM PDT  
no not oddly - it's being shown digitally, so no fancy polarization, just color changes.

it looks all right. some sequences are distorted, but the chase scene in the middle ROCKS SOMETHING FIERCE. i cannot overstate that. as far as the rest of the movie, s'okay.
post #10  on August 1, 2003 - 8:09 PM PDT  
there are two scenes that are fabu in 3D. first, the giant robot fight. second, the phantom menace meets tron meets animaniacs bumper-death race. far as i'm concerned the race is worth seeing big.

the movie is otherwise "mostly harmless." my sweetie gave it and the other two spykids flix three big thumbs up for accentuating the positive in adult relations, and leaving kids to be kids, having fun, being brave, calling in the parental cavalry when the going gets really tough. no bloody anything, either, as demonstrated by the rating box:

some material may not be suitable for children

peril! eek!

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