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One Million Years Bc (Bilingual)

Raquel Welch , John Richardson , Don Chaffey    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ZERO stars. PLEASE don't buy this DVD. March 9 2004
Once again we experience blatant, greedy corporate stupidity. This DVD version is the television version of the movie -- not the complete theatrical release. Fox cut out about 9 minutes from the complete movie resulting in this disappointing garbage apparently thinking we consumers are total morons. (The complete theatrical release on DVD can be purchased at amazon.co.uk.)
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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REGION FREE. The version on this DVD has been UNrestored back to the American release print. If you don't have a way to play the Region 2 Warner's release (Available from Amazon U.K) be on the look out for the CryptFlicks bootleg. The picture quality may not be as good but at least it's the uncut version.
Not suprisingly the "restoration featurette" doesn't include them cutting out the restored footage.
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Although Fox uses the famous picture of Raquel Welch in her fur bikini on the cover of this DVD, the reason most people will want to watch and this 1966 movie today is because of the dinosaur stop-motion effects by Ray Harryhausen. The film, a remake of a very clunky 1940 movie, "One Million B.C.," starring Victor Mature and Carol Landis, combined Harryhausen's terrific dinosaur effects with a caveman plot heavy with sexual titillation. The combination made the film a big worldwide hit (and without any dialogue in any intelligible language, it translated easily to other countries), but today the sex elements seem tame and often a bit silly. The dinosaurs still amaze; Harryhausen's effects have a sense of wonder to them that never ages. Even away from the animated effects sequences, the film still works remarkably well due to effective performances from the cast and the filmmakers' attempts to keep the story simple but serious (when possible).
"One Million Years B.C." was the brainchild of Michael Carreras, son of James Carreras, the head of Hammer Film Productions in England. Hammer had made its name with its Technicolor gothic horror films, but Michael Carreras wanted the studio to stretch in different directions, and "One Million Years B.C." was one of his most successful experiments. He asked Harryhausen to provide the effects, and the effects man was loaned from his own production company, Morningside, to do the movie. This makes it one of the few films from the period that Harryhausen worked on where he was not one of the producers or involved in developing the project.
The movie was shot on the Canary Islands, a perfect setting for a prehistoric wilderness.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Beware! DVD Is Edited! March 3 2004
Before you order this DVD, make sure you are aware that this is the shortened, U.S. release version! Fox issued the complete film several years ago on laserdisc in a gorgeous widescreen transfer, so naturally everyone expected that they would do the same for the DVD. No such luck -- Fox has decided this time out to go with the notorious truncated version, which runs a full nine minutes shorter than the original British release. Ray Harryhausen fans should be particularly outraged, as the edited film snips away some of his special effects footage. This has to rank as the first major DVD disappointment of 2004.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Entertaining! Nov. 10 2003
By Wuchak
Format:VHS Tape
"One Million Years B.C" is actually a serious attempt to depict life in prehistory for cavemen and women. Many reviewers complain that human beings and dinosaurs NEVER occupied the same period in prehistory, but this is merely our best present-day educated guess. Who knows? Twenty years from now we may discover evidence that people existed at the same time as dinosaurs. The fact is that we DON'T KNOW precisely what it was like for people in prehistory and never truly will; all we can do is guess. This movie is simply a serious attempt to show what it may have been like for people IF they lived at the same time as dinosaurs. Capeesh?
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A very dated film
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 more
Published 4 months ago by FilmFan2010
5.0 out of 5 stars Fur Bikini
Raquel Welch wearing very little and being a cave woman. The early special effects were outstanding for their time and fun to watch.
Published 13 months ago by Brian Doyle
3.0 out of 5 stars So funny!
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 more
Published on Jan. 14 2011 by Cyclist
3.0 out of 5 stars Raquell Welch
I remember having a life size poster of this movie 43 years ago on my bedroom wall. You gotta love Raquel to enjoy this movie because she is the only thing of interest in it. Read more
Published on July 31 2009 by David Grant
1.0 out of 5 stars This is why Welch was never taken seriously....
With due respect to Ms. Welch, it was taking movie roles like this which caused film makers to typecast her in these rather substanceless pictures where the looks and not the story... Read more
Published on May 21 2004 by D.W. Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars These lazy DVDs of grand classics need to end!
I vote everyone who is a big fan of this movie give it the lowest rating imaginable. Hopefully Fox will get the message, take it off the market, and give us the edition it truly... Read more
Published on May 11 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars I cannot believe that Fox did this to us!!
No special features, no commentary by Raquel or Ray Harryhausen, her biggest film ever! And then they have released the short version of this film. WTF!! Read more
Published on April 29 2004 by Daniel Brunn
The 100 minute version previously released by Fox on video and laser disc is nowhere to be found. Instead, this version is the inferior 91 minute cut. Read more
Published on March 3 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars OH NO -- it's the CUT version again
Well, I was really looking forward to buying this, but now I'll skip it. Here's proof that Fox doesn't care about the true movie fans who begged for the uncut version (previously... Read more
Published on March 2 2004
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