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Time Machine [DVD] [2002] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Guy Pearce , Yancey Arias , Simon Wells    DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Guy Pearce, Yancey Arias, Mark Addy, Phyllida Law, Sienna Guillory
  • Directors: Simon Wells
  • Writers: John Logan, David Duncan, H.G. Wells
  • Producers: Arnold Leibovit, David V. Lester, David Valdes, John Logan
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Dreamworks Video
  • DVD Release Date: 23 July 2002
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JKLZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,985 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Pearce/Mumba/Irons/Jones/Addy ~ Time Machine (2002)


Reinterpreting HG Wells' The Time Machine, one of the most well-loved science fiction classics both as a book and in its 1960 film incarnation, was always going to risk critical condemnation. Yet despite all the problems experienced in making the film (reshoots, September 11 comparison fears, Guy Pearce breaking a rib), this new Time Machine is still great fun. Critics and naysayers may point at the obvious timeline gaffes, the lazy groundlaying for a sequel, or even the radical departure from Wells' scenario, but the film is still gorgeous to look at and imbued with a sense of carefree adventure. Pearce plays Professor Hartdegen with just the right touch of distraction turning into passionate resolve. The secondary cast all manage to make something of their brief on-screen appearances, too, notably Mark Addy as faithful friend Philby, Samantha Mumba as Morlock babe Mara and Jeremy Irons making more of his shadowy baddie than might be thought likely. The film's chief accomplishment is that it in no way supersedes the George Pal version. If anything, it enriches the spirit of fun it has happily inherited.

On the DVD: The Time Machine 2002 incarnation has picture (2.35:1) and sound (Dolby 5.1) that are as pristine as you'd expect from so recent a digital FX extravaganza. In the extras department there's plenty to keep you busy: a gallery of production drawings, an action sequence animatic, three trailers, four mini-documentaries on stunts, FX, Morlocks and building the Time Machine. The only thing missing is anything acknowledging the 1960 version or the link with director Simon Wells (the author's great-grandson). Wells joins editor Wayne Wahrman for one commentary track dealing with the broad strokes of conceptualisation and changes along the way. Commentary two is from the Designer, FX Supervisor and Producer, so is naturally more technically focused. --Paul Tonks --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No time like the present... 27 Dec 2005
By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME
I must confess that I march to a different drummer when it comes to this film. I enjoyed it for the most part, and find it very clever in many aspects. The major drawback comes from the plot - it is far too simplistic for the elaborate care that went into both the visual aspect of the film as well as the nice touches at almost every turn.
The plot is rather simple - Alexander Hartdegen, a mechanical physics professor in turn-of-the-century New York (turn of the nineteenth-into-the-twentieth century, that is), has his head in his equations, apart from one thing, his love for Emma. When she is killed in a botched mugging (yes, New York at that time even had muggings in Central Park), Hartdegen drops everything to invent the time machine he'd theorised, in order to prevent Emma's death. He soon makes the discovery that it isn't possible to undo the past (at least not that aspect of the past), but becomes obsessed with finding the reason why. He speculates this is more likely to be answered in the future than in the past or present, and thus goes forward in time. He makes a few stops along the way before arriving at a far-distant future (nearly a million years in the future), in which the human race has evolved into two distinct species - one on the surface, and one below the earth.
So far, so good - departure from H.G. Wells' original classic (a great piece of literature) and from the earlier film, but not beyond the pale. The effects here are truly stunning in many respects - the time machine itself is a marvel (the DVD has a feature on the making of the machine), and the time transformation scenes are very inspiring, up to and including the zoom-away shot from the machine into the air all the way to the city on the moon.
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3.0 out of 5 stars If only it was under a different name. 25 Sep 2009
By Noody
It's always dangerous naming a film directly after another film or book; especially if that includes a true classic. This movie falls short before it's even begun, as an astounding novel followed by a classic movie adaptation is what it's aiming to live up to.
For this reason alone, this film certainly loses credit before you've even really given it a chance.

As the movie begins, you get that feel of a movie that's un-convincingly set in the 19th Century. The accents are rather poor, let's face it. And the overly-orientated efforts at cheesy love storylines makes this film hard going from the beginning. Another problem is that the film takes itself far too seriously. Having said this, the costumes are.. pleasant and the 'Time Machine' itself looks pretty suave.

Unfortunately, the distinct odor of the Americanised adaptation looms in the air as it does so often around films these days. Not an automatic downside, unless the film is based on a non-american story. For this reason alone I cannot give the film more than 3 stars. And that's highly generous. If you're going to name yourself after a specific story, then stay true to that story. (Through these reasons I have also lost respect for Spielberg since his 'take' on War of the Worlds).

If you haven't read The Time Machine, or watched the original 1960's adaptation, then you may like this movie. Plus, Jeremy Irons is one groovy guy. And, Samantha Mumba is far better at acting than singer/song writing (although I'm not sure how much this helps. Her songs were pretty unfortunate).

Basically If sci-fi holds a special place in your heart, then give this one a miss. It'll only deflate you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film 6 May 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
My son wanted this film as he had to cover it in his English lesson. The whole family sat down to watch and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Very reasonably priced so can recommend.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Time Machine - corrupted 1 Oct 2002
By Steve
What a dissapointment. I was expecting it to be so and I was sadly right.
Once again, a classic tale has been spoilt by the need to satisfy the mass American market. Instead of using modern effects to produce a film closer to the original story, effects are used to jazz it up into something quite different.
The 1960 version at least maintained names and locations but not even these are acceptable to mass America, who appear to insist on making everything their own.
The Eloi are now cliffhanging, bi-lingual tribes people (from New York) with a grasp of their own destiny and welfare and a well defined, caring society. Why could we have not had the simple, diminuative, responsibility free, childlike people of the book? This would have been almost impossible to do in 1960, but absolutely acheivable today. The Morlocks are now a complex, multi-layered society employing hunting specialists instead of the hideous, subterranean Eloi farmers, who are themselves victims of their own subterranean culture. H.G. Wells created both peoples for a specific purpose - to show the extreme diversity of Earths inhabitants. This key theme was carelessly discarded. Day-time is as unsafe as night now and the film has hunt scenes that could have been lifted directly from Planet of the Apes. As for the fiancee rescue attempts - what on earth were they thinking of? It verged on comedy.
Don't get me wrong, this is a good film in it's own right. It goes at a fair pace, has its tensions and added violence that all films must have now. But so much of this film is not part of the original story that it should have had the last vestiges of the H.G. Wells story removed and been made as an original film - oh! of course they did that - they have made Planet Of The Apes.
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