It's not the worst movie ever made, and there are some good bits in it. It just doesn't amount to much overall. The other day I watched the section based on "The Veldt" (a section that Mr B doesn't like very much) and thought it was quite well done in some respects, although it misses the point of the original story.
The film does have some merit (and nostalgia value), but it's a mystery why the three story segments are so mediocre when they had such a wealth of great material to draw from. Rod Steiger is brilliant as the I.Man, though.
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I received this DVD as a gift for Father's Day, but just got around to watching it last night. While the film is mediocre at best, it does have some interesting tidbits. There is a special feature titled, "The Illustrated Steiger," that shows the painstaking process for the illustrations in which Ray does appear briefly. I found it odd that they used the same primary actors for all three stories. Also, they took liberties with the ending of THE LONG RAIN. Additionally, the music on the film's soundtrack sounds dated. You also get the original trailer. For Claire Bloom, it was a long way from Chaplin's Limelight. Steiger, as oz-crumley says above, is brilliant. He really shines when he is free of the overblown special effects. The best parts, I believe, are when Steiger, as Carl, the Illustrated Man, is sitting under the tree near the lake, and telling his story to Willie, played by the late Robert Drivas.