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5.0 out of 5 stars The Time Machine still a timeless classic
Rod Taylor, Alan Young, and Yvette Mimieux star in George Pal's "The Time Machine", a great sci fi movie based on the novel by H.G. Wells.
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...
Published on July 5 2004 by GreatMovieCriticRobertfromUS
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 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!!!!!,
2.0 out of 5 stars campy,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Time Travel. Morlocks. Eloi. Love. What else do you want?,
They are disorientated, not knowing what the hell is going on, and just going places they just don't wanna go, but go, because they don't know that they don't want to go to that place they are going to!!! Read it again, it'll make sense.
This movie is the best of the best when it comes to time travel flicks. George Pal couldn't have done a better book to film transfer. Music is eerie and Roddy taylor is perfect as the time traveller and is believable as a 19th century inventor.
3.0 out of 5 stars A science fiction classic that needs a full screen edition!,
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE TIME MACHINE-OLD VS. NEW,
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This review is from: Time Machine, the (VHS Tape)I like the original Time Machine movie of 1960 much better than the new one because rod taylor doesnt just zip into the future like guy pearce who only stops to explore in 2030 ad. then breifly in 2037, taylor does some exploring in both 1917 AND 1966 and stops to examine a dress in a nearby shop and saying a world where everyone is a blue eyed blond causcasian is bad, well the new version where everybody is dark skinned is not an improvement, thats just going from one extreme to another from anglo american in 1960 to african american in 2002.
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Back In Time With An Old Friend.....,
I am so impressed with how this 43 year old classic Sci-Fi film looks and sounds on the DVD, that I am going to start with that this time. I wasn't expecting it to look as great as it did because the editorial review here gives it 3 out of 5 stars on both the picture and the sound. If you are a big fan of this film, or thinking of buying it as a gift for someone who is, you will not be disappointed with this transfer. The picture is presented in the original widescreen format,so you won't miss a bit of the action. To watch it you would think you went back in the time machine to 1960 and were viewing it for the first time. It is clear and sharp with vibrant color.The soundtrack is remastered in Dolby Dig 5.1 and is a welcome enhancement.The DVD also includes a terrific Behind The Scenes documentary called "Time Machine...The Journey Back". The film's star Rod Taylor hosts and fans will love this informative feature. You'll get a good look at how the actual machine was made and the journey that it has taken in the last 40 years as well as other interesting tid bits. This feature has it's own scene selections to choose from or you can just watch it straight through. The film may be viewed in French and has subtitles in English and French.(my only teeny complaint would be that the black bar area is not used for these subtitles, they are at the bottom of the film).
The story based on the novel by H.G. Wells is as captivating today as it ever was. You know the tale.....
Directed brillantly by George Pal("7 Faces of Dr. Lao"/"Atlantis the Lost Continent"), the film also boasts the great talents of Alan Young, Sebastian Cabot, and the lovely Yvette Mimieux, as "Weena", who adds a little romantic interest to the story. The film was awarded a well deserved Oscar for it's special effects(also discussed in the featurette) for Gene Warren and Tim Barr.The movie is rated G, although the scenes with the Morlocks might be a little scary for very young children.
A great story, fabulous film and an outstanding DVD. So go back in time, with your old friend "The Time Machine"..enjoy...Laurie
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Made With Political Overtones,
His journey, however, leaves him feeling overwhelmed as it is far from what he expects. He initially watches the years go by from his machine as represented by a manequin he observes in a shop window across the street. There, he views what he regards as a harbinger of societal descent into a more liberal way of life. As fashions change dramatically over the decades, he blushingly remarks, "You call that a dress?". He makes three intermediate stops on his way to his ultimate destination--the first in 1917, the second in 1940, and the third in 1964. They all, conveniently, coincide with raging wars (the final one, a ficticious World War III fought with nuclear weapons that lasts for 326 years).
Embittered and frightened, he moves on, ultimately coming to a stop some 800,000 years in the future. Wells is initially delighted with his new-found utopia and attempts to befriend the native Eloi, a blond-haired, blue-eyed, fair-skinned Aryan race of humans. He is quickly repulsed as he sees them passively watch as one of their own (Weena, played by the lovely Yvette Mimieux) starts to drown only a few feet from the others. After saving her, he learns that they are nothing more than a race of slow-witted, cowardly do-nothings who rely on the sinister Morlocks for survival.
The Morlocks, who look like a cross between the Hulk and the gill man on "The Creature from the Black Lagoon," were the humans who chose to continue living underground after the end of the last war. They deevolved physically and morally and, as a result, developed into ravenous cannibals who fattened up the Eloi so as to devour them at a later date (eating the oldest ones first).
There is no written word within either culture and that lends itself to the theory that cultures tend to stagnate without the written word. Without books there is no learning beyond pure observation and word of mouth and, in this case, both races eventually lost whatever skills and knowledge they once possessed.
Eventually, the Eloi and Morlocks took on a primitive symbiotic relationship. You have the peace-loving, vegetarian, let-nature-take-its-course Eloi one one side, and the militaristic (they still use air raid sirens to hypnotize the Eloi), meat-eating (of a sort), control-your-own-destiny Morlocks. Despite his appreciation for much of the Eloi philosophy--he initially mistakes them for economic genuises--he quickly realizes the truth about them and grows disgusted with their apathetic attitude towards self-improvement and advancement.
The film confronts the positives and negatives of pacifism vs. militarism and, in an overall generic sense, liberalism vs. conservatism, all with regard to the survival and growth of a society. Eventually, the movie shows that raging examples of either philosophy isn't the solution--that the true solution resides closer to the middle of the spectrum (with the pendulum tilting into conservative territory.
The story is timeless, the script and acting good, and George Pal's special effects excellent considering the age of the movie. The movie's depth is often overlooked, and it is a worthy addition to any DVD library.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Classic!,
This review is from: Time Machine, the (VHS Tape)I first saw this movie when I was a little kid, and have watched it at least thirty times since, it had a great impact on my life. The special effects leave a little to be desired, compared to a 'modern' flick, but it's a classic that belongs in everyone's movie library.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Sci-fi Classic!!!,
The movie starts out when you see David Filby[one of George's friends] walking up to George's house where you see some more of his friends. Then eventually you see George but he's been beaten up because he has gone on a long journey. Then he talks about the story.
In the next part, George is showing his friends the tiny model of his time machine and he want's to proove that time travel really exists. But, when his friends don't believe him he decides to go on the long journey.
Then you see George going through many different time periods into he finally gets to the year 802701. Instead of having a lot of technology it's just an area of grass. There are a group of people there named the Eloi and they obey a group of monsters called morlocks. The morlocks give the Eloi their food, clothing and in the end they take them underground and kill them. So then George meets one of the girls named Weena when she is just about to drown but luckily George saves her. But, soon George gets mad when he finds out that the Eloi don't work very much and they mostly just play, so he goes back to his machine. But, thats when the trouble begins. The morlocks have stolen his machine! They grabbed it and put it in their secret place. So, the only thing left to do is go to the underground area, kill the morlocks, save the eloi and get his machine back and that mostly takes you to the end where George gets his machine back and luckily travels back to his own time.
When George finishes telling them the story they think it is silly but when George shows David the flower that Weena gave to him he starts to change his opinion.
In the end George takes a few books with him and travels back to 802701 to see the eloi again.
The special features include: Behind the scenes documentary time machine: the journey back, hosted by Rod Taylor and featuring Alan Young, Whit Bissel and others involved in the film soundtrack remastered in dolby digital 5.1. Interactive Menus Theatrical Trailer, Filmogaphies of Tayor, Yvette Mimieux, Young and George Pal scene access, languages and subtitles in english and francais.
I loved every single part of this movie all the way through, the story is just amazing!!
This is a sci-fi classic everyone should own!!!
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