The Time Tunnel - The Complete Series [DVD] 
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From the creative genius of Irwin Allen comes one of the most popular and original sci-fi shows of the 1960s, starring James Darren and Robert Colbert!
The control of time is potentially the most valuable treasure that man will ever find. Or so believe the scientists of Project Tic Toc. Located beneath the Arizona desert, the ten-year project s focus is the feasibility of time travel. But when the government reconsiders the project, the scientists have only 24 hours to prove their untested Time Tunnel will actually work. Determined to save the project, Dr Tony Newman and Dr Doug Phillips go through the tunnel and quickly find themselves catapulted from one historical event to another, barely escaping with their lives as their colleagues back in Arizona race to figure out a way to bring them back home.
Unaired Pilot Episode (Original Version)
2002 Unaired TV Pilot
Time Travelers TV Movie
Coming Up Montage
Irwin Allen s Behind-The-Scenes Home Movies UK Edit (No Audio)
Promotional TV & Radio Spots
Visual Effects Camera Test (No Audio)
Original US Broadcast Information
CONTAINS ENGLISH SUBTITLES
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This can be so off putting.
I thought this was supposed to be about the "BLU-RAY" version, which at the time of writing (Mon. 27th Feb. 2017) this set hasn't been released yet,
and possibly delayed as I've noticed the release date (March 20th 2017) has been taken off and the status is now "Currently Unavailable".
I love the show and have both the hatchet job from Revelation, and the Region 1 double sided discs.
I am so looking forward to this "BLU-RAY" from Revelation who have promised to put right what was wrong from their previously released version.
I am REALLY" looking forward to the promised new audio mix & improved picture, which to my eyes was brilliant on the previously released DVD versions anyway.
So don't read the previous reviews and let that put you off buying.
Wait until it's released, buy it and then send in your reviews
The Time Tunnel wasn't one of Irwin Allen's most successful series - it only ran one season - but thanks to syndication it managed to gain a fairly loyal following even after its two accidental time travellers were literally left no better off than when they started at the end of the final episode, so Fox's two volume remastered US set of the series was certainly welcome, but it's suffered some terrible and hugely damaging cuts in its trip across the Atlantic to UK DVD.
The show's ambitions were never really matched by its budget - although it was a costly Technicolor series (shot by the Oscar winning cinematographer of She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Winton C. Hoch, no less, while The 7th Voyage of Sinbad's Nathan Juran directed several episodes and John Williams contributed the memorable title music), part of the fun would be spotting the rehashed costumes, standing sets, music (particularly Bernard Herrmann's King of the Khyber Rifles and Franz Waxman's Prince Valiant) and stock footage from films like Helen of Troy or 300 Spartans for the various historical periods Robert Colbert and James Darren would fall into while Whit Bissell, Lee Meriwether and John Zaremba tried hopelessly to bring them back to present day 1968 in the impressively designed giant underground time tunnel complex.
The special effects aren't state of the art, but like the stylishly designed title sequence, they're pleasingly colourful, not least the iconic slo-mo shots of the two heroes 'trapped in the infinite corridors of time.' It's hokey, but it's still good nostalgic fun. This first half of the 30 episode run sees the series still concentrating on the historical stories rather than the science fiction ones that took over as the ratings started to fall, but they're not recommended as history lessons. Hokum is the order of the day as they find themselves at various times stowaways on the Titanic, caught up in the Alamo, deposited on Krakatoa on the worst possible day for a visit, mistaken for emissaries of the gods in Troy, locked up in Devil's Island with Dreyfus, at the Little Big Horn with Custer, the Khyber Pass with Kipling, in France during the Revolution and on the eve of D-Day and, in perhaps the best of them, in Pearl Harbor on the day James Darren's father died. Along the way they meet the odd interesting guest star - Michael Rennie as the captain of the Titanic, Ellen Burstyn sporting a bad English accent and Nehemiah Persoff as a communist scientist who may have invented a Russian time tunnel among them in this volume - before finding themselves stranded in another time in each episode's movie-serial style cliffhanger ending.
It was too good to last, of course, with the second half of the series marking most of the worst episodes, as it saw an ill-advised move from bowdlerising history (this time they find themselves in Jericho, at Gettysburg, dealing with Billy the Kid, Cortez, Robin Hood, Merlin and facing Nero's ghost in WW1 Italy) to standard alien invasion plots (one even featuring Robert Duvall) as the budgets shrank and the same guest stars became increasingly recycled in different roles. But matters are made worse by Revelation's atrocious presentation, which rearranges the running order of the series from their original broadcast order to their production order. The only way to accommodate that change is to cut off the cliffhangers from the end of each episode which - absurdly - is exactly what they've done, relegating them to the special features disc. It's a ridiculous and unnecessary change, and one 20th Century Fox didn't feel the need to make on their US sets of the series, which offer the episodes uncut and in broadcast order.
Aside from the cliffangers, the extras package is the same as the US disc: soundbite interviews with Robert Colbert, James Darren, Whit Bissell and Lee Meriwether that look like they were intended for a documentary that got abandoned, leaving us with just the raw footage, 52 minutes of Allen's home movies of the shoot (the US release has more of this footage), camera tests and stills and merchandise galleries, the extended original pilot episode and the 1976 Irwin Allen-Rod Serling Time Travellers TV movie shot on the New York sets built for Hello Dolly. The real surprise is how good the failed 2002 pilot for a proposed new version of the series that's also included is: there are some casting problems and the new tunnel is nowhere near as cool as the original and far too close to the Stargate TV series, but the revamped premise is neat - they have to go back to repair faults in history unleashed by an experiment and which only they are aware of - and packs a fair bit of emotional value too. With a few tweaks and some recasting it could have been a winner.
However, all of these are available on the US NTSC sets (Time Tunnel: Season 1 V.1 [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] and Time Tunnel 1 V.2 [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]), which are a much better buy for fans of the series - buying Revelation's UK edition would only encourage them to apply the butcher's knife to more vintage TV series. Their ostponed Blu-ray release was to include the original versions with cliffhangers, but was going to simply a DVD upscale since no HD masters of the series were available.
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