5.0 out of 5 stars THE TIME MACHINE
I enjoyed this movie when it first played in theatres. I have seen in numerous times on TV. I am pleased to have added it to my library.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A science fiction classic that needs a full screen edition!
This is one of my favorite movies. Compared to the 2002 version, I personally feel that is the better one. Probably because it is the original. It is the kind of film that I like to see over and over again because it is so good. However, I do prefer watching movies in a full screen format. I would love to see another release of this film that offers a standard version...
Published on Feb 15 2004
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE TIME MACHINE,
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This review is from: Time Machine [Import] (DVD)I enjoyed this movie when it first played in theatres. I have seen in numerous times on TV. I am pleased to have added it to my library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Time Machine still a timeless classic,
Taylor plays George an inventor in the late 18th century (1899 to be exact) who makes a machine that can go back in time.
At first his colleagues are skeptical, but when they see George's small model machine that goes back in time, they start to believe him.
George's best friend, and supporter is David played by Alan Young.
George takes the machine back, because he is sick of the present time, with war being brought on.
He travels to the early and middle 1900's and to his shock , George finds out that Man's future lies in war (which is pretty accurate even up to today's time).
He sees how WWI and WWII started, and even sees when his house is destroyed by an enemy plane!
George then travels far into the future, the year 802701, to see if mankind has any hope of living in peace.
At first, he sees a great paradise with many people (mostly children) play about in solitude. But when one lady named Weena, starts to drown, he sees that no one seems to care. He rescues her, and after talking to the other youths, he learns that they learned nothing from their ancient ancestors.
The books they have are old and buried.
They have lived the good the life, based on the sacrifices from mankind, and they don't appreciate it (which is another accurate telling of today's times).
He learns that Weena is part of the Eloi society which is under the slavery of the Morlocks, a cannibalistic race.
The Morlocks give everything, food and clothing to the Eloi , in exchange for the slavery and their bodies as food.
The movie was directed by sci fi whiz George Pal who won an impressive 7 oscars and awards for his movies.
He is the Steven Spielberg when it comes to sci fi movies.
What's astonishing about the film is the special effects that were made without computer help (which in most movies make the movie look more fake than real).
The way the special effects people made flowers bloom, candles burn while the Time Machine went in time, is very special to see.
It's a great site, from a special effects view, how these people managed to do these effects, with the limited resources they had.
He directed "War of the Worlds" and "Destination Moon" which won numerous awards. DVD comes with a number of great features:
A behind the scenes documentary with Rod Taylor. A great documentary where he shows how George Pal designed the machine. Taylor even shows us storyboards which haven't been seen in 30 yrs.
Even the DVD main menu with Taylor on the cover and the Murlocks in the background, give the DVD a great sci fi look!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Good one!,
This review is from: Time Machine [Import] (DVD)This is the original movie which is the one I like. George Pal does an excellent job in his usual style as director. The acting is not so great, but the set decorations, costume design and music all work so well together. A few scenes are "cheesy", but that doesn't take away from the excellent over-all theme and mood. It's one of my old-time favorites.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Time Machine is a classic,
5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless tale,
The plot follows Wells' late Victorian novel fairly well. Scientist George invents a time machine, and after making the proclamation to several of his nay-saying friends, including a test with a miniature time machine, takes off on a few journeys. The early journeys are just to test, and we see a few fascinating effects here. But the greater story lies in George's hope for the future, so he sets himself to go nearly a million years in to the future - the year 802701.
Trivia buffs will recognise the date on the machine as October 12, the same date Columbus discovered the new world. George embarks into this new world, finding the human race has evolved into a split species - the above-ground Eloi, and the below-ground Morlochs. The Eloi are carefree airheads for the most part - that is, until the Morlochs threaten, and then they become the hunted. The Morlochs are presented as base creatures, following only their appetites, and afraid to remain above for too long.
The effects of the time machine itself and the transition scenes are quite good for the time - I recall as a child watching this film on television and being mesmerised by the passage of time, the scenery changes through George's window as the time streamed by, and the contrast between the Victorian household set and the future world.
The more recent remake did homage to this classic film by incorporating a few of the same ideas - the scene changes through the windows, for example. Also, Alan Young (who played Filby in the 1960 film) appeared in the more recent film, the only actor to appear in both.
George has a tough decision to make - his time machine is stolen by the Morlochs; does he risk his life to get it back? And does he opt to stay in the future or go back to his own time if he recovers it?
Only time will tell.
5.0 out of 5 stars From 1899 to 802,701 AD The "Timeless" Classic,
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good film,
4.0 out of 5 stars Review for "The Time Machine",
First, I liked how interesting the characters were simply because that is a vital aspect to a good novel. I was impressed by the Time Traveller, and how he was determined to prove his machine to be a success. The characters whom attended his dinners always seemed a little skeptical of his ideas and theories. The Time Traveller explains his discovery of the fourth-dimension and the Psychologist interrupts stating,"You can move about in all directions of space, but you cannot move about in Time" (III.13.16).
The second thing I liked about the novel was the authors' style of writing. Wells remained descriptive throughout the book. For a novel based on imagination and theories, I found it important that Wells had kept some reality in it. (Reality being the descriptive details in the novel.) With all these crazy ideas going on in the book, Wells had to keep our minds somewhat intact to what his visions were. The Time Traveller describes the Eloi's as being "very beautiful and graceful creatures, but indescribably frail. His flushed face reminded me of the more beautiful kind of consumptive-that hectic beauty of which we used to hear so much"(III.34.33.)
Another aspect of the novel I enjoyed, was the parallel of the Eloi and Morlocks to society now. We begin to understand that the Eloi and Morlocks are humans after great evolution and time. It amazed me to see how society completely divided itself between graceful creatures and creatures of the underworld.
The fourth thing I liked was how the book kept my attention the whole way through. I constantly wanted to know what was going to happen next or how the Time Traveller was going to escape the Morlocks and get back to his machine.
Finally, I really enjoyed how the narrator concludes the Time Travellers disappearance. The narrator says,"The Time Traveller vanished three years ago. And, as everybody knows now, he has never returned"(XII.124.18). I liked this because it made you question whether the Time Traveller had vanished into the future forever, whether he had always been from a past time and had gone back, or what was to come of him? So, as it began with one mans' imagination, it ends with your own.
5.0 out of 5 stars TAYLOR MADE CLASSIC,
Yes, it's campy, a little corny in its naivete about man's future, but as a scifi film, it's one of the best and far surpasses its glitzy remake with Guy Pearce.
5.0 out of 5 stars H.G. Wells Classic story is done Proud!!!!!,
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