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  • Actors: Raquel Welch, John Richardson, Percy Herbert, Robert Brown, Martine Beswicke
  • Directors: Don Chaffey
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Nov. 2006
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I5XNH4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,214 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

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).

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One Million Years B.C. might be about as palaeontologically accurate as The Flintstones, but it's still a lasting kitsch masterpiece, as much for Raquel Welch’s Amazonian presence in an abbreviated fur bikini as for Ray Harryhausen’s wonderful stop-motion dinosaurs. A rare big-budget venture from Hammer Films, this 1966 version of the 1940 Victor Mature classic One Million B.C. is set in a fantasised prehistory where Caucasian cavemen coexist with dinosaurs. Loana (Welch) of the Shell People teaches Tumak (John Richardson) of the Rock Tribe that harmonious cooperation on the beach is a better way of life than rule-of-the-mightiest savagery in caves.

Every quarter of an hour, the gibberish-spouting ("Akita akita"), skin-wearing, remarkably clean cave folk are inconvenienced by special effects: a giant sea turtle, a hungry Allosaur, a Triceratops/Iguanodon battle, a Pterodactyl that wants to feed Raquel to its chicks, a major volcanic upheaval. Poster icon Welch gets stiff competition from a lithe Martine Beswick in a cat fight, and the camp goings-on are given real screen presence by gorgeous, primitive Canary Isles locations and an epic score from Mario Nascimbene.

On the DVD: One Million Years B.C. arrives on DVD with minimal extras: a wonderfully ballyhoo-intensive trailer, plus nice little retrospective chats with Welch and Harryhausen. The picture is an anamorphic print of the original 1.85:1 ratio, and sound is Dolby mono.--Kim Newman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By akatanaka on 10 Jun. 2013
Format: DVD
The Hammer Collection DVD of One Million Years BC is the best version of this film at the time of this writing because it is produced in anamorphic widescreen 16:9 (for current widescreen TVs as opposed to the older 4:3 TV sets) AND contains the original UK uncut version.
The US version by 20th Century Fox is a restored but cut version in 16:9 widescreen, and the Warner Bros. Studio Canal version is uncut but formatted in the older 4:3 widescreen (i.e. with four black bars surrounding the image).
One Million Years BC is notable for two things:
The late great Ray Harryhausen's animated dinosaurs which for decades were the most effective depiction of these creatures until Jurassic Park, and the nubile Raquel Welch, who looks absolutely stunning!
A great adventure fantasy and silliness at its most entertaining!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Aug. 2002
Format: DVD
Raquel at her best, this film will stand the test of time, great effects,and stunning girls there is not a lot of dialog( makes a change from all the bad language of films of today) but who cares..you just consentrate on the bevvy of beauties...who needs words..The two tribes create the good and bad in people..no differant from to-day....If you missed it.."GO GET IT NOW"
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Movie Monster on 4 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD
I finally purchased a multi-region dvd player so I could get all the wonderful dvd titles across the pond. This title of One Million Years B.C. is the uncut version. The U.S. version is missing many good scenes! And this British version has interviews with Harryhausen and Ms. Welch! I am very pleased. Thank you!
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