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Time Machine, The
Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 63 (Aug 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Guy Pearce, Samantha Mumba, Mark Addy, Sienna Guillory, Orlando Jones & Jeremy Irons

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: 4.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
Includes two audio commentary tracks: one with director Simon Wells and editor Wayne Wahrman, the other with producer David Valdes, production designer Oliver Scholl, and visual effects supervisor Jamie Price. There is also a Behind-The-Scenes menu which includes a six-minute Creating The Morlocks featurette, a six-minute Creating The Time Machine featurette, a four-minute visual effects featurette, a seven-minute deleted scene, and a brief stunt coordination sequence. The Archives includes a coneptual design gallery, ample cast and filmmaker biographies, and production notes.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): DreamWorks Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 89972
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Intense sequences of action violence
(Retail Price): $26.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 96
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2002
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 07/23/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Simon Wells
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Professor Alexander Hartdegen (Pearce) is an inventor living in New York City in 1895. Overcome with grief after his fianc

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits a color scheme that is appropriate for the storytelling. As the movie begins in the late 1800s, colors have a somewhat dark, cold appearance, which, visually conveys period atmostphere. As the time machine takes Alexander to the future, colors get brighter as women

The 5.1-channel discrete soundtracks have some rather interesting sound design associated with the operation of the time machine. In this regard, the soundstage is lively and energetic, sometimes with substantial low-end activity. There's a sequence that's particularly notable in this regard, as Alexander travels in time to the future, right through the collision of the moon with the earth in the year 2037 (Chapter 8). Another active scene is in Chapter 17 with the dramatic escape from the underground