One Million Years B.C. 1966

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A fantasy adventure from the prehistoric times. Raquel Welch and John Richardson fight for their love and their lives against the dinosaurs (brought to life by Ray Harryhausen's ground-breaking effects).

Starring:
Raquel Welch,John Richardson
Runtime:
1 hour, 35 minutes

One Million Years B.C.

Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure, Historical
Director Don Chaffey
Starring Raquel Welch, John Richardson
Supporting actors Robert Brown, Martine Beswick, Percy Herbert
Studio Optimum Releasing
BBFC rating Parental Guidance

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Freddie Valentine on 4 Mar. 2010
Format: DVD
This is one of Hammer's classic films and you can quite clearly tell it had a better budget than most of their output.
The stop-motion animation was cutting edge at the time and, although some people will mock the dated effects, to me, it is still very enjoyable.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John Anglos on 12 July 2009
Format: DVD
There is an unrated version of this film which is edited; for example, in the caverns where our heroes take refuge up a tree, they secretly bear witness to cannibal apes kill and eat one of their own tribe members. And this edited scene, if left in, would have made sense of the cavern's decor of ape skulls.

I also watched the version from the HAMMER COLLECTION and this scene (as well as others) was not cut from the film. I watched the Hammer version on my 42inch plasma, and the picture and colour quality were great.

Unless you are very squeamish, please get the Hammer version. The DVD version to avoid is the one with the blue background featuring a close-up of Raquel Welch, who admittedly looks a lot more stunning in this picture cover than Hammer's. John Anglos.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Throda tzen on 12 July 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
1 million years BC, not a time Before Colour nor a time before scene selection but when DVDs only had special features of a trailer and interviews by Raquel Welch and Ray Harryhausen, It was also 'a time when the world was young and just beginning.' At least that's what the intro voice over says. Opening onto shots of volcanic eruptions and meg-storms, This 1966 effort features two distinct warring tribes [not the USA & USSR] but the blondes and the brunettes and yeah, there are a few hunky men too. It's basically a Romeo and Juliet set in a bizarre vision of the stone age where people act like violent apes [not much has changed then]. It's all highly implausible but it is entertaining in a strange bizzaro way. In reality the dinosaurs died out 60 million years before man appeared so its all fiction all the way down the line and even the makers admitted this at the time of release.
In a bleak desert landscape. Tumak (John Richardson) is expelled from his violent and ape like stone tribe [the Brunettes] and is rescued by Loana (Raquel Welch) and taken in by the more sociable and advanced beach tribe. [The blondes]. Threatened by a range of enlarged real life creatures ]like a giant turtle!] it's easy to mock this film. The effects are jerky, picture quality sometimes grainy, but its all part of the atmosphere.
It may be a classic for the wrong reasons [Miss Welch in a fur bikini] but its still a jolly good jaunt and as they don't speak proper language, its really easy to follow. The music can be annoying in places as it Is reminiscent of someone banging two sticks together in a clickity click manner, but that's part of the charm -its primitive. Dated it may be -well it is a Million Years BC, but definitely a film to see, unless you actually want gratuitous sex, violence and foul language that is.
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Stoneracket on 8 July 2007
Format: DVD
The Good

This DVD release is anamorphic widescreen. It appears to be the uncut version of the film, but it's running time is 96 minutes. However, all other sources state that the original release version is 100 minutes in length. But the deleted scenes ( edited from the American release ) listed at the Internet Movie Database are all here in this Optimum Classic "Hammer Collection" DVD.

Interviews with Ray Harryhausen and Raquel Welch are included.

The Bad

The audio is not "stereo" ( as listed on the back of the DVD keep case ) - it is actually mono.

There is no theatrical trailer included with the special features.

The Ugly

The film print used here is merely adequate. There are some scratches and some debris throughout this particular presentation. What we all need here is a Lowry Digital type of restoration.

The final three minutes of the film on this DVD are in black and white for some unfathomable reason.

This is a single-layer DVD disc with only 4.13 GB of material on it and is not recorded at the highest quality standard as with a typical 9 GB dual-layer disc. In other words, too much compression for my tastes. I don't know about any of you out there, but I want Raquel Welch and the Dino FX to be as clear and sharp as possible for a standard definition DVD.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "nigelisit20022000" on 8 July 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Hammer's first journey back to prehistoric times is a rip-roaring exercise in sustained excitement.
Director Don Chaffey and special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen do for dinosaurs what they so brilliantly did for mythological Greece three years previously in Jason and the Argonauts.
The magnified spider and lizard shots can surely be forgiven, as we are taken to new heights of technical proficiency. OK, so the likes of Jurassic Park, etc. have since eclipsed everything that has gone before, but this must certainly rank as a classic of it's kind. Surely this is the British equivalent of King Kong !
We follow Tumak as he is banished from his tribe and left to wonder the wilderness alone. He is soon up against a giant turtle, and becomes the hero of the shell people, fronted by the ampled proportioned Raquel Welch. However, their troubles are only just beginning, as Tumak's old tribe catch up with him and his new found friends, and begin an onslaught of mayhem interspersed with dinosaur battles and a tremendous climactic volcanic eruption.
The rich technicolor photography and exotic locations suitably compliment each other. That this lush travelogue is set in a time of violent confrontation only adds to it's timeless charm.
Prepare to be thrilled.
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