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on 11 August 2014
The most important thing about this release for UK and European Customers is that this is a US region free release and most of the suppliers have wrongly labelled it as a region coded disc. This is a lovely film that I remember seeing as a school lad at the Rialto Leytonstone. The blu-ray is an improvement on the DVD which I previously owned and I considered it a worthwhile upgrade, especially as the DVD commands a good secondhand price.
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on 29 January 2015
The excellent Rod Taylor balances verve with poignancy in his first lead role in an adaptation that irons out the gaps in H.G.Wells' story (which has no love interest to speak of, and no exploratory section which is presented here as an Oscar-winning effects tour-de-force) to create a charming and haunting vision of a turn-of the (previous) century man's torment with technology, warfare and a dystopian social order. The effects are occasionally unintentionally amusing, but created with vigour, honesty and imagination, and the Morlocks remain unpleasantly eerie. The time travel sequences are imaginatively executed and, despite the technical issues that quibblers might raise, remain faithful to the spirit of Wells' inspirational opus.
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on 25 September 2011
This 1960 rendering of Wells' famous novel is still the one to go for. It's an American production set in some Hollywood fantasy of a place called London, England. Big Ben is heard chiming, so there's your proof.

Stiff, Square-jawed and rather uncharismatic Yank, Robert Taylor, plays the time traveller. And to be fair he does a decent job. Bardot-a-like Yvette Mimieux plays his elfin future muse, Weena, of the Eloi (are all blonde French birds so scrawny?). Everyone else is little more than a cameo, but they get the job done.

This movie takes plenty of liberties with the original story, but stays close enough to pass muster. It's sustained by some wonderful stop-go and time-lapse photography and delightful music in a style that's both romantic and sentimental, emphasising not so much the passage of time as the transitory nature of human existence. The movie won awards for special effects, but today some of them seem hokey, to say the least. Volcanic eruptions bear closer resemblance to a disaster in a jam factory, and vegetation of the future looks a lot like trees of today with fantasy plastic fruit taped to their branches.

The Eloi are pretty & dumb (and apparently groomed and shaved by phantom barbers). The Morlocks are suitably beastly. Our hero ignites rebellion. Wells' novel was not a particularly uplifting work - quite the contrary. Beyond human dystopia, the time-traveller advanced even further, and came to a time when the Earth & sun were themselves at last geriatric, and terrestrial life had regressed to some pre-Cambrian condition; its spectacular flowering long since passed. However; this section is omitted.

The movie supplied by Amazon was quite satisfactory in both sound & vision. It features some interesting if twee extras, employing an aged Taylor of the present. Widescreen format, exuberant colour; it's a fine old movie, still.

By the way, watch out for the humungous gaff in which we see drag-marks BOTH in and out of the laboratory and across the lawn, where the Morlocks apparently hauled the machine into their fortress. If this happened in the future, how could they leave marks in the past? Hmm...

The price has recently more than doubled. Wait a while; it'll fall back in time.
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on 7 May 2017
This is the original version which is so much better than the later (cheesy) version. I also really enjoyed all the extras.
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on 21 October 2014
Great Blu ray. Very good transfer and very good picture quality and great improvement over DVD version.

It region free so you can play it in UK Blu ray player. It lot better over DVD version!
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on 20 February 2015
Fantastic, great to get a copy at fantastic price. Great quality, supert service. Thanks.
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on 27 April 2017
Excellent.
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on 27 January 2016
I love this, brilliant film
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on 11 June 2017
New-what I was getting as I have the original dvd and it was the same
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on 18 June 2002
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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