The Incredible Shrinking Man

Out on:Blu-Ray 13th Nov. 2017

Fast sell:

Legendary writer Richard Matheson and Fifties creature feature director Jack Arnold deliver a thrilling and innovative sci-fi horror classic, a box office smash described by Time Out as a ‘pulp masterpiece’.

Key talent:

Jack Arnold (Creature From The Black Lagoon)

Richard Matheson (I Am Legend)

Grant Williams (The Monolith Monsters, Written on the Wind)
Randy Stuart (All About Eve)
April Kent (I’ve Lived Before)
Paul Langton (They Were Expendable)
Raymond Bailey (Vertigo)



He baffles science! He confounds medicine! Submitted for your approval, the strange story of Scott Carey – an ordinary young man who, through an extraordinary set of circumstances, becomes The Incredible Shrinking Man!

Whilst on a holiday cruise with his wife, young Scott finds himself enveloped by a luminous mist which cover him in a strange, glittery dust. Several months later, he’s accidentally sprayed with an insecticide. Soon, Scott starts shrinking at an alarming rate, and before long he’s thrust into a terrifying world of gigantic cats, spiders and other over-sized pitfalls.

We like it because:

Based on the novel by the massively influential sci-fi and horror writer Richard Matheson (I Am Legend, The Martian Chronicles), with a script adapted by Matheson himself, and directed by Fifties sci-fi king Jack Arnold (Creature From The Black Lagoon), this is rightly regarded as being one of the finest science-fiction films of all time, a critically-acclaimed smash hit that currently has a 90 per cent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Genuinely thrilling, and, as Scott’s plight becomes more desperate, tense and gruelling, the film features superbly realised special effects that bely the era, and the setting Scott finds himself in - filled with oversized household objects that suddenly become threatening and dangerous - takes on a wonderfully surreal atmosphere.

This beautiful UK Blu-ray debut features a documentary on Jack Arnold, the pioneer behind Creature From The Black Lagoon and It Came From Outer Space; new sleeve artwork and a collector’s booklet; as well as, for old school enthusiasts, a Super 8 presentation of the film - the incredible shrinking reel, if you like.

Special Features:

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original uncompressed PCM mono audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Auteur on the Campus: Jack Arnold at Universal – an extended documentary about the early career of director Jack Arnold at Universal-International studios
There Is No Zero: Writing The Shrinking Man – an in-depth conversation with author Richard Christian Matheson about his father and the creation of the original Incredible Shrinking Man novel
Super 8 cut-down version
Original Theatrical Trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sara Deck

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Kim Newman


UK RRP: £24.99 Blu-ray
Region: B
Rating: PG
Genre: Sci-Fi
Duration: 81 mins
Language: English
Subtitles: English / English SDH
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: TBC
Black & White
Discs: 1

Director: Jack Arnold
Cast: Grant Williams, Randy Stuart, April Kent

UK Cat No: FCD1628
UK Barcode: 5027035017976



Arrow Video
Release date
13th November, 2017