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Time Machine, The

Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 46 (Mar 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Rod Taylor, Alan Young, Yvette Mimieux, Sebastian Cabot, Tom Helmore, Whit Bissell & Doris Lloyd

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: NA
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Special Features
Extras include cast and crew biographies, the cool vintage theatrical trailer, and an excellent 48-minute behind-the-scenes documentary produced and directed by Clyde Lucas and hosted by Rod Taylor. There is no music-only track as indicated on the box.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 65231
(MPAA Rating): G
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(Retail Price): $24.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 103
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1960
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 10/03/00
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): George Pal
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the novel by H.G. Wells, The Time Machine marked the screen debut of then 16-year-old Yvette Mimieux as Weena a young Eloi woman who befriends George (Taylor) a scientist intrigued with the idea of time travel. As George seats himself in his basement-made time machine, he travels into the future, ultimately landing in the year 802701. It is there that he is distressed to see that the human race has de-evolved into two groups: Weena

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD exhibits a dated picture shot on obvious sets, but image quality is quite good for its age. Images are sharp with nice detail, but exhibit limited depth and clarity. The picture is solid, with nicely saturated colors, but slightly weak blacks. Fleshtones are nicely balanced, but sometimes seem a bit brownish. Fine details shimmer at times. Source element artifacts are noticed throughout, but are not terribly distracting. Fine film grain is occasionally evident. (Suzanne Hodges)

The DVD soundtrack is remastered Dolby