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The Time Machine [Blu-ray] [1960]

  • SKU: 24885402
  • Release Date: 07/08/2014
  • Rating: G
$14.99

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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    91% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (10 out of 11)

    Special Features


    • Behind-the-scenes documentary Time Machine: The Journey Back, hosted by Rod Taylor and featuring Alan Young and Whit Bissell
    • Theatrical trailer

    Synopsis


    The Time Machine
    In George Pal's version of the H.G. Wells classic, Rod Taylor stars as George, a young scientist fascinated with the concept of time travel. On December 31, 1899, George seats himself in his jerry-built time machine and thrusts himself forward into 1917. A dyed-in-the-wool pacifist, George is distressed to see that World War I is raging all about him. He moves past the 1920s and 1930s into the 1940s, only to be confronted by another, even more terrible war. Next he stops in 1966, just as London is destroyed in a nuclear explosion. Retreating to his Time Machine, George is sealed in his cellar by molten lava. By the time he and his machine manage to escape their tomb, the year is 802,701. Looking around, George observes a seemingly idyllic world populated by gentle people. But he also notices that the citizens of the future, known as "Elois," behave more like mindless sheep than human beings. Befriending the lovely Weena (Yvette Mimieux), George learns to his dismay that humankind has forgotten all that it has learned through the centuries, preferring instead to frolic endlessly under the sun. Plot holes and inconsistencies abound in The Time Machine, but the film's true selling points was its Oscar-winning special effects; in this respect, producer-director Pal succeeded beyond anyone's wildest dreams. Another plus: the haunting musical score by Russell Garcia. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Rod Taylor
      Rod Taylor - George, H. G. Wells
    • Alan Young
      Alan Young - David Filby/James Filby
    • Yvette Mimieux
      Yvette Mimieux - Weena
    • Sebastian Cabot
      Sebastian Cabot - Dr. Philip Hillyer
    • Image coming soon
      Tom Helmore - Anthony Bridewell



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 11 reviews

    91%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Poor Digital Transfer (score based on HD quality)

      Posted
      reconredneck
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      Well I am here to tell you something that fans of this film are not going to like but just as I give you good news on Image quality I must also have the grim task of telling you of the bad. Firstly I love this film it has always been in my top 10 list of all-time favorites since I was a little boy and it has weathered the test of time very well over the decades, still I must warn you all that love HD not to expect much from this transfer so if you are waiting on your copy or are thinking of ordering this Blu-ray and already have the WB DVD copy you might want to hold off or go read some online reviews before dishing out your money on this release. Video - Looks like a DVD blown up to 1080p in fact I can imagine Warner Brothers have spent next to nothing on this release in the way of improving the over-all image. A 4, 6 or 8K restoration is badly needed since my WB DVD standard 720 x 480 resolution image looks visually more appealing than does this new HD offering. I know you all are doubting my review since usually WB offers excellent HD transfers but in this case they have dropped the ball. Colors look drab & contrast is too dark leaving the image with no pop. At times the image is very soft revealing very little definition in clothing & faces. I think we know now why WB waited so long to transfer this over to Blu-ray not willing to spend any capital on this beloved film to bring it up to HD standards. I am very disappointed in WB for not giving this film some loving care that it deserves. Audio - DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack is a nice step up from Digital Dolby yet this is a front speaker affair with very little use of rear fields. Two Mono soundtracks are in Spanish & German with no English Mono track which to me means purists will be displeased when what they would want is a DTS-HD mono track. Extra's - The Journey Back has been ported over from the earlier DVD release as it should, this is just a great piece of nostalgia that should have been made into a full movie, what were they thinking by not filming part 2?.. A theatrical trailer is the only other extra on disc. I am bummed out by this release since I pre-ordered my copy and have been eagerly awaiting its arrival to find WB has put little effort into its release.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      oldie but still worth watching

      Posted
      anniew

      I saw this original years ago and really liked the special effects for that time period. Saw the remake years later and was totally disappointed. Some things are better off being left alone if you get my drift. In the original, Rod Taylor invents a time machine that takes him on a journey into the future and shows how mankind has wasted away, no longer caring much about anything. Worth seeing!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      GREAT PRICE

      Posted
      TUFFY
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      My wife & I watched the new TV series TIME after TIME H.G.WELLS travels in the Time Machine from the 1900 to present day none of his friends believed The Time Machine worked. This made us think of the original Time Machine that was from the 1960's It was a good movie We had seen back when we were younger know we can watch again & again

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good looking Bluray of a Sci-Fi classic

      Posted
      astroboy
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      The Time Machine hasn't looked this good since I first saw it at a Saturday matinee in the Sixties. Good enough that the seams in the visual effects of this low-budget production show even more than on the DVD. Still very enjoyable, though.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good movie

      Posted
      Haddman
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      I think that would be a great invention to be able to travel back and forth thru time. In this movie an inventor does go through time,has to fight for his life,and he must find his machine to get back home.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A classic!

      Posted
      Frank
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      A very well done movie about time travel. A bit outdated by today's standards but still holds up. Worth the purchase.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Original Time machine

      Posted
      Trotty
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      I guess I date myself but always enjoy watching movies. I does not have inappropriate viewing.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Original classics are the best.

      Posted
      Shihanron
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      I grew up on this movie. As a child I couldn't wait until it was aired. Now I can watch it any time I want.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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