One Million Years Bc (Bilingual)
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In this vivid view of prehistoric life, a man from the mean-spirited Rock People (John Richardson) is banished from his home. He soon finds himself among the kind, gentle Shell People and falls in love with one of their loving tribeswomen (Raquel Welch). The twosome decide to face the world together, cut off from all tribal support, alone in a deadly world of hideous beast and earthshattering volcanic eruptions. The film's pioneering special effects have made it a true science-fiction classic.
Raquel Welch in a two-piece fur bikini. That and the title is pretty much all anyone needs to know. If that indeed isn't enough, there are the dinosaurs of technician-artist Ray Harryhausen (along with some superimposed iguanas), and a prologue that tells you all you want to know about this "brutal world." Want more? There are volcanoes, barehanded wrestling with warthogs, and rival, subhuman, cannibalistic tribes--Lord, the list goes on and on! The portrait of humankind isn't the most flattering: we're petty, greedy, we grunt a lot, and we don't play well with others. Welch portrays a cavewoman from the tribe of the Blondes trying to make a life for herself with an outcast from the tribe of the Brunettes, which doesn't sit well with anybody. --Keith Simanton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Some of us have been impatiently waiting years for this movie to be released on DVD only to be utterly and profoundly disappointed. We were hoping the DVD version would be as complete as the terrific Laser Disc version that was released several years ago.
Fox should pull this DVD from distribution, apologize to the buying public and re-release the actual theatrical version of this movie. That's not all. Heads should roll at Fox. This was no accident. Some starched-shirted MBA slacker jerk at Fox made the decision to release this tripe. What would Fox have lost by releasing the complete movie? They wanted to release some crud just to make a few lousy bucks. Fox felt the lowest common demoninator consumer wouldn't notice or care. Shame on them.
Not suprisingly the "restoration featurette" doesn't include them cutting out the restored footage.
I love this movie, but I won't be purchasing the U.S. DVD. Immediately upon finding out the bad news, I placed an order through Amazon.co.uk for the complete film on R2 DVD, which, in addition to being uncensored, also features some extras (including reportedly lengthy interviews with Raquel Welch and Ray Harryhausen) that will not be included on the R1 disc. If you are a fan of this richly atmospheric, goofily entertaining dinosaur epic, I recommend you do the same.
I said this was a serious depiction, but there are admittedly some humerous aspects. For instance, the mullet-headed blonde men of the shell tribe and the indoor cave sets straight out of the original "Star Trek."
Other than that I can't think of anything bad to say. The location photography from the Canary Islands is awesome and Ray Harryhausen's dinosaur animation is excellent, holding up very well even to this day (he even throws in a couple of superimposed iguanas and a tarantula).
Oh yeah, most guys understandably rave about Raquel Welch and her infamous cavegirl bikini, and she is indeed stunningly ravishing, but -- believe it or not -- there are a few other female castmembers that are possibly even more beautiful(!). No kidding.
I must not forget to mention the outstanding musical score -- it's very fitting, very primal.
Lastly, there's no talking as we understand it; only grunting and primitive lingo. Highly enjoyable and highly recommended unless, of course, you have pompous hangups about historical chronology.
It's not and never was about reality. It's about entertainment. And as a "fantasy" set in an imaginary past, it's "great" entertainment.
Don Chaffey's direction is a masterful display of Eisensteinian silent film technique. Wilkie Cooper's razor-sharp cinematography is rich & full of wide-angle depth. Mario Nascimbene's avant garde score evokes both mood and temperature. And Ray Harryhausen's visual effects were the state of the art in their day (sure, his stop-motion may strobe a bit, but that tiny allosuarus attacking the village has more "life" in it than any ILM CG dino I've ever seen).
But beware the Fox Home Video VHS version. It's the 91 minute US theatrical cut -- missing a full 9 minutes of essential plot info and about 25% of Harryhausen's animation. The Fox laser disc is the complete 100 minute version as are the PAL VHS editions issued in Europe. Come on Fox, let's issue a NTSC DVD of the COMPLETE film -- it's already available in Europe on a PAL DVD!
If your copy opens with "A Seven Arts/Hammer Production", it's the cut version. If your copy opens with "Associated British Pathe presents a Hammer Production", it's the complete version.
Finally, to those who of you who don't like this film, may you be doomed to an eternity of watching Fred Zinnemann's A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS over & over & over & over again. You'll be begging for OMYBC after just two screenings.
Most recent customer reviews
The quality of the picture is terrible. Several of the good parts were cut out. I'm so disappointed with it. I should have listened to the other reviews. Would not recommend it.Published 28 days ago by airbat
Raquel Welsh is the most sexy and gorgeous prehistoric human that anyone will ever see. The men look more realistic, as do some of the other women. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Hale & Hardy
The only reason I purchased this DVD was to look at a young Rachel Welch. That objective was accomplished, except the video quality of the disc is not good. Read morePublished 20 months ago by FilmFan2010
Raquel Welch wearing very little and being a cave woman. The early special effects were outstanding for their time and fun to watch.Published on Sept. 15 2013 by Brian Doyle
I can't help laughing when I see a group of prehistoric women wearing rags and looking like they just came out of the beauty salon and had their nails and hair done... Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2011 by Cyclist
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