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One Million Years B.C.

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In this vivid view of prehistoric life, a man from the mean-spirited Rock People (John Richardson) is banished from his home. He soon finds himself among the kind, gentle Shell People and falls in love with one of their loving tribeswomen (Raquel Welch). The twosome decide to face the world together, cut off from all tribal support, alone in a deadly world of hideous beast and earthshattering volcanic eruptions. The film's pioneering special effects have made it a true science-fiction classic.

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  • Actors: Raquel Welch, John Richardson, Percy Herbert, Robert Brown, Martine Beswick
  • Directors: Don Chaffey
  • Writers: Michael Carreras, George Baker, Joseph Frickert, Mickell Novack
  • Producers: Aida Young, Hal Roach, Michael Carreras
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: March 9, 2004
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00018D3ZA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,901 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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368 of 375 people found the following review helpful By cameron-vale on March 3, 2004
Format: DVD
Before you order this DVD, make sure you are aware that this is the shortened, U.S. release version! Fox issued the complete film several years ago on laserdisc in a gorgeous widescreen transfer, so naturally everyone expected that they would do the same for the DVD. No such luck -- Fox has decided this time out to go with the notorious truncated version, which runs a full nine minutes shorter than the original British release. Ray Harryhausen fans should be particularly outraged, as the edited film snips away some of his special effects footage. This has to rank as the first major DVD disappointment of 2004.
I love this movie, but I won't be purchasing the U.S. DVD. Immediately upon finding out the bad news, I placed an order through for the complete film on R2 DVD, which, in addition to being uncensored, also features some extras (including reportedly lengthy interviews with Raquel Welch and Ray Harryhausen) that will not be included on the R1 disc. If you are a fan of this richly atmospheric, goofily entertaining dinosaur epic, I recommend you do the same.
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98 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Leo W. Early, Jr. on September 20, 2008
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This is the best cavemen-and-dinosaurs movie ever made! The acting is superb, and, yes, there is a lot of scope for acting in this movie. The plot isn't very subtle, but it concerns the most powerful of all dramatic themes -- survival -- and it is utterly gripping. The scenery is magnificent, and magnificently filmed. The animation by Ray Harryhausen is brilliant and realistic. The score by Mario Nascimbene is awe-inspiring and perfectly appropriate to the action. No, the movie is not scientifically accurate, but that doesn't matter. The movie is fantasy, and should be viewed as a picture, not of the world we live in as it was long ago, but of another world, which might have existed if things had gone differently.

There are some people who laugh at the scene where Tumak is chased by the giant blue iguana, but Ray Harryhausen may have the last laugh, as this is the most realistic part of the movie. In Australia 50,000 years ago, there really were gigantic carnivorous lizards, and there can be no doubt that on some occasions they really did chase down, kill, and eat the ancestors of the Australian aborigines. The lizard is called Megalania today, and it was 30 feet long and 7 feet high in the middle of the back. Its small relative the Komodo dragon is a known man-eater. Of course, Megalania did not look exactly like an iguana, and the shot would have been more realistic with a real Komodo dragon, but a real Komodo dragon would try to eat the cast and crew, and its bite is almost as dangerous as a cobra's. In addition to venom glands which run the whole length of its lower jaw, it harbors a host of nasty bacteria in its mouth. One of these is Yersinia Multocida, which translates roughly as "the bubonic plague relative that kills everything". Iguanas are harmless.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Roy P. Webber on December 19, 1999
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After the commercial failure of FIRST MEN IN THE MOON, Ray Harryhausen and Charles Schneer briefly parted ways. Schneer made HALF A SIXPENCE; Harryhausen was hired by Hammer Films to do the effects in a proposed remake of the film that inspired his career, KING KONG. Unfortunately, this feature was never made because the rights could not be secured at that time from the estate of Merian C. Cooper. So Ray suggested they remake a 1940 movie that starred Carole Landis and Victor Mature, and included a multitude of lizards that were photographically enlarged to stand-in as the prehistoric fauna. He felt he could do better here.
The saurians of ONE MILLION YEARS B.C. are expertly crafted in this picture. He collaborated with Arthur Hayward, a preparator at the British Museum of Natural History to design these monsters. Indeed, they are a quantum leap over the previous dinosaurs he animated in the film ANIMAL WORLD ( which has never been released on video ). Oddly enough, Ray did include an iguana optically blown-up as one of the prehistorics; many criticized this move but now it seems more like an homage to the original offering.
Included in the Mesozoic menagerie is a large sea turtle called an Archelon that lumbers its way to the sea in a torpid manner; a battle between a gigantic Ceratosaurus ( scaled to T. Rex proportions ) and a huge Triceratops, and a fight between Pterosaurs while Ms. Welch is clutched in one's talons. The highlight of the stop-motion ensemble is the small Allosaurus that reeks havoc in the Shell Tribe's camp. This creature is almost a carbon copy of a carnosaur he did many years earlier in 16mm footage. It is killed in an excellent coup de grace, impaled on a pole that is a marvel of miniature rear-projection work.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Simon Davis on December 3, 2002
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"One Million Years B.C." is always simply dismissed as Raquel Welch in the world's first fur bikini and historically inaccurate in having cave men fighting dinosaurs when the two never shared the earth at anytime. This film is certainly more than that and while no acting masterpiece it is, as an earlier reviewer stated "a classic of sorts". Certainly the Dinosaur animation is top notch and some of the best of its kind and these sequences really make this film a great viewing experience.

The brilliant Ray Harryhausen, long a veteran of stop motion monster animation works his usual magic in this production and comes up with some of his greatest achievements. Produced by Hammer Studios in England here Harryhausen is allowed the full spectrum of dinosaur types and comes up with some creatures that have gone into dinosaur movie folklore. His Pterodactyl which carries Miss Welch off to its rocky nest, the giant turtle and best of all the savage killer Allosaurus and Triceratops are well known images of this production and really create the main interest in this film. Certainly they may not be a spectacular as those of Jurassic Park but in my opinion they are just as brilliant and show a genius's work at his most creative.Being a dinosaur fan I think this is a great film to introduce yourself to this period of evolution.

The storyline of "One Million Years B.C." is an extremely simple one. It depicts the harsh lives of two different types of tribes; the Rock people who are distinguished by their darker features and brutal manner, and the shell people who are fairer and very peaceful.
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