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4.0 out of 5 stars My childhood in a box
Oh yes! These films are rubber-monsterriffic. Every film ever made should include at least one giant monster or psychic lizard-bird combination.

If you saw these films when you were young you have to see them again, they have aged terribly but somehow become even better as humour has been added into the mix. There is a scene in 'The Land that Time Forgot' where...
Published on 29 April 2011 by Pete D

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3.0 out of 5 stars Before Luke Skywalker, there was Doug McClure...
Before Luke Skywalker, there was Doug McClure... His John Dark-Kevin Connor fantasy adventures were a mainstay of Summer holiday movies in the days before Star Wars: they weren't masterpieces, they didn't boast state-of-the-art special effects, but they were exactly what an audience of kids wanted from a film back in the mid 70s.

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Published on 28 May 2006 by Trevor Willsmer


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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Before Luke Skywalker, there was Doug McClure..., 28 May 2006
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Doug McClure Fantasy Adventure Triple Pack [DVD] (DVD)
Before Luke Skywalker, there was Doug McClure... His John Dark-Kevin Connor fantasy adventures were a mainstay of Summer holiday movies in the days before Star Wars: they weren't masterpieces, they didn't boast state-of-the-art special effects, but they were exactly what an audience of kids wanted from a film back in the mid 70s.

The poster for The Land That Time Forgot made it look like this was going to be the greatest film ever made when I was a kid - dinosaurs, U-boats, cavemen, erupting volcanoes and Doug McClure: how could it NOT be great? Well, this being the mid-70s, the crummy special effects in the form of Roger Dickens' prehistoric puppets that don't exactly give Jurassic Park a run for its money. But still, this low-budget adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' terrific adventure novel does have some good ideas in its script as well as dinosaurs, U-boats, cavemen, erupting volcanoes and Doug McClure, so it's not a total wash, and compared to the incredibly poor sequel, The People That Time Forgot, which threw away all that was best about the premise, it's still fun, if somewhat muted. And it has a really great poster.

At the Earth's Core didn't have nearly as good a poster, but it's much more enjoyable, catching just the right tone for the appropriately named Burroughs' pulp adventure about Victorian inventor Peter Cushing and the inevitable Doug McClure ending up in the underground world of Pelucidar and battling its evil telepathic fighting dinosaurs. This time the puppets are gone in favor of men in monster suits, which is a lot more fun if you're willing to suspend your disbelief, and if you're not there's always Caroline Munro's cleavage to look at. Aside from what may well be Peter Cushing's worst performance, an irritating but dottier rehash of his movie Dr Who ("You can't mesmerize me, I'm British!"), it's easily the best of the John Dark-Kevin Connor-Doug McClure fantasy adventures, surprisingly well directed and boasting an atmospheric use of color. Never especially good at exterior scenes, Alan Hume's photography gains immensely from the control a studio set gives him (the film was shot entirely on soundstages) to paint a luridly vivid world worthy of a pulp novel cover. Not high art but definitely great Saturday matinee fun.

Warlords of Atlantis is pretty formulaic stuff: explorers spend first half hour looking for Atlantis, second half hour finding out they don't like it and the last half hour escaping from it. Throw in a giant octopus, a dinosaur, assorted monsters and aliens with outrageous wigs guiding man's destiny from the bottom of the sea, the captain of the Marie Celeste, a bit of H.G. Wells' First Men in the Moon, add Doug McClure and leave to simmer for 90 minutes before wondering why this isn't as much fun as it should be or why Mike Vickers' score bears so many similarities to a slow-tempo version of Barry Gray and Malcolm Lockyer's score for Dr Who and The Daleks.

All three boast decent but not outstanding prints with UK theatrical trailers and stills galleries, while The Land That Time Forgot also has an original featurette on the making of the film from its first release.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My childhood in a box, 29 April 2011
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Pete D (West Lancashire, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Doug McClure Fantasy Adventure Triple Pack [DVD] (DVD)
Oh yes! These films are rubber-monsterriffic. Every film ever made should include at least one giant monster or psychic lizard-bird combination.

If you saw these films when you were young you have to see them again, they have aged terribly but somehow become even better as humour has been added into the mix. There is a scene in 'The Land that Time Forgot' where the party are being attacked by 2 Tyrannosaurus like dinosaurs and to be honest they never actually seem to get any closer they just rock gently from side to side waiting to be shot, genius!

I also intend to be as mad as Dr. Abner Perry from At The Earth's Core when I get older, possibly due to having had my mind blown by films like these :)

Seriously though, 3 classics, 1 box you can't go wrong.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doug McClure, 9 Jun 2013
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My husband is a great fan of Doug McClure and was totally surprised when they arrived. He can sit and watch them while I am at work lol.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Doug McClure Adventure Pack, 23 May 2010
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Mr. R. J. Scandrett (Tamworth, England) - See all my reviews
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He was known as Trampas in the Virginian but then became almost as well known for this type of adventure movie that was done very much with tongue in cheek. This is good value family entertainment offering escapism from the trials of modern-day life.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JUST AS I REMEMBER THEM, 22 April 2010
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Mr. A. P. Wilkinson (UK CHESHESIRE) - See all my reviews
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THIS IS AN EXCELLENT SET AND WELL WORTH THE PRICE. THE FILMS ARE JUST AS I REMEMBER THEM WHEN I FIRST SAW THEM ON THE TV. BY THE WAY A GOOD ONE TO THE GO WITH IT IS THE PEOPLE THAT TIME FORGOT WHICH ALSO HAS DOUG MACLURE IN IT TOGETHER WITH PATRICK WAYNE, SON OF JOHN WAYNE AND THE SINBAD OF SINBAD AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER.
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