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December 30, 2009

The Incredible Shrinking Man chosen for the U.S. National Film Registry!

Wanted to briefly post some exciting news about one of my favorite sci-fi films of all-time, The Incredible Shrinking Man. As you can tell from the title, The Incredible Shrinking Man has been chosen as a film to be placed in the U.S. Library of Congress' National Film Registry, a great honor for any film.

For those who don't know about it, National Film Registry selects 25 films each year "that will be preserved as cultural, artistic and/or historical treasures for generations to come." In other words, it's an effort to ensure that some of cinema's greatest treasures are maintained for as long as humanly possible. 2009's selections bring the total number of film's in the Registry to 525.

I'm extremely pleased to see this little film, from The Creature of the Black Lagoon director Jack Arnold and sci-fi/horror god/writer Richard Matheson, chosen for this honor. It's been one of my favorite sci-fi films for a while now, and is a great example of how good b-movies can be even with the most ridiculous of plots. While I don't have time to fully rave about the film right now, I wanted to at least bring the honor to attention, and reiterate how excited I am to see a film like this (and especially this film!) honored as something that will live on for a long, long time. While the film's currently only available in a 5-Disc collection of sci-fi flicks that Universal released a couple of year's ago, here's hoping that this award will bring bigger and better things for Arnold and Matheson's truly Incredible Shrinking Man!

Here's a short trailer for the film. It's not the best quality, but it does feature a pimping from none less than Orson Welles!

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