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When Doug McClure ruled the Saturday Matinees...,
This review is from: The Land That Time Forgot [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 Dicken's prehistoric puppets 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.
Cinema Club's original UK DVD boasted a decent but not outstanding widescreen transfer with UK theatrical trailer, stills gallery and an original featurette on the making of the film from its first release. StudioCanal's 2012 re-release seems to keeps the same transfer but replaces the extras with new interviews with director Kevin Connor and co-star Susan Penhaligon.