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5.0 out of 5 stars The Time Machine - Still amazing, 18 Jun. 2002
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This review is from: The Time Machine [DVD] [1960] (DVD)
The 1960's version of george Pal's, 'The Time Machine' remains a classic. The script follows the original H.G Wells novel, but departs from it in one major respect. The time traveller (in true Hollywood fashion) reunites with his beloved Weena, and she is not killed off as she is in the Well's story. There are also some other additions to the film script. Such as passing through world war one, and world war two, and then stopping off in the 1960's with a prediction of world war three. These things, taken together with the talking rings in the year 802701, brought the Well's story into the Twentieth Century. Whereas the latest 2002 rendering of the Time Machine, looses the plot completely, and gets tangled up; and relies on some stunning visual animation and computer graphics to keep you in your seat.
The 1960's time travel sequences are still amazing. Keep your eye on the surrounding laboratory sets, and watch everything changing with meticulous care and detail.
The film is nostalgic and has a wonderful cast. It features Rod Taylor as 'George' the time traveller, who plays the part with great verve, sensitivity and humanity. His leading lady, Yvette Mimieux, plays an unforgettable Weena, a loving and niave girl in the distant future. The film is timeless and thoroughly enjoyable. It is full of action and excitement. I have seen it many times, and it never fails to thrill me. Even the stirring music score by Russel Garcia is magical. Some of the Time Machine sound effects have been integrated into the consciousness of modern day science fiction sound aficionados.
The Time Machine is unquestionably one of the great science fiction films of the 1960's, and stands together with classics such as,'The Forbidden Planet', 'This Island Earth' and 'The Day The Earth Stood Still'. If your into science fiction and H.G Wells, then this one is definitely worth having in your DVD collection.
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