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Time After Time (Snap Case) (1979)

Malcolm McDowell , David Warner  |  PG |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (274 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Malcolm McDowell, David Warner
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 6, 2002
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (274 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JL98
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,874 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Time After Time (Snap Case)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All-new digital transfer
  • Cast film highlights
  • "It's About Time" essay
  • Trailers of 1960 and 2002 versions

Editorial Reviews

London 1893 is home to a killer with a macabre nickname... and also to a visionary genius who would write "The Time Machine." But what if H.G. Wells' invention wasn't fiction? And what if Jack the Ripper escaped capture fleeing his own time to take refuge in ours - with Wells himself in pursuit?

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163 of 167 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
It has been a while since I've reviewed something on my lifelong favorite's list. So I've chosen "Time After Time" because it isn't very well known by younger audiences nor is it necessarily considered a "classic."
However, I instantly fell in love with this movie over 25 years ago--and I still consider it a rip-roaring good time!

Starting out with the most bizarre plot ever, "Time After Time" will keep you enthralled. It is a glorious popcorn flick--fast, light, fun, and exciting in equal measures. Set in 1893, we meet H. G. Wells (Malcolm MacDowell) who is unknowingly friends with Jack The Ripper (David Warner). MacDowell has constructed a time machine which Warner misappropriates as he is fleeing the authorities. He travels to modern day San Francisco where he continues his murderous ways. MacDowell follows him, he must stop Jack The Ripper! He meets up with a local woman, Mary Steenburgen, who helps him adjusts and ultimately gets caught up in his unlikely story.

"Time After Time" succeeds in several different genres concurrently. This is a credible sci-fi pic, a sweet romance, a fish out of water comedy, as well as a decent serial killer thriller. I think that's what I love and respect about this film, it's out there. There is no way that this picture should work, it should be terrible. And yet, inexplicably, Nicholas Meyer has crafted an intricate and audacious work. Even if I didn't love this movie, I would respect its ambition and scope. But love it I do, this is one of the most wildly entertaining pictures you could hope to see. Some people might be tempted to dismiss this work as dated or even slight--and yes, you do have to accept that this is a product of the 70's.
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Time Travel Variation October 20, 2002
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It's amazing that with time travel stories having been around for 100 years that we can continue to think of variations. In this case the variation is a good one, perhaps one of the best that has ever been done.
A relatively innocent and naive H.G. Wells, well-played by a Malcolm McDowell very different from the one that played Alex in "A Clockwork Orange", sets the stage for Jack the Ripper, played by David Warner, to travel forward into 1979 to menace modern San Francisco.
The movie has a few flaws. The special effects of time travel are a bit cheesy. Fortunately time travel is a device to set the stage for the movie, and the weak special effects can be forgiven given the quality of the rest of the movie. As for why the time machine moved from London to San Francisco, there isn't any really good way to explain how that happened. The best explanation I can give is that the Earth was spinning below the time machine as it maintained a fixed location. However, gravity must have played a role because had that been really true, both Jack the Ripper and H.G. Wells would have ended up in outer space as The Earth and the solar system moved out from under them. If you can suspend your belief in time travel you can also suspend your belief in how the time machine moved.
Getting past the special effects you get to a marvelous early performance by twenty-five year old Mary Steenburgen. She plays a very modern woman to Malcolm McDowell's Victorian naivete, and while she is very modern, holding an executive position and talking about sexual relationships with the casualness of pre-aids 1979, she also has an innocence of her own that is well suited to Malcolm's character.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time this was on DVD... August 12, 2002
Format:DVD
Nicholas Meyer's gem of a film imaginatively catapults Victorian-era novelist H.G. Wells against the diabolical villainy of Jack the Ripper in San Francisco circa 1979. Malcom McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) delivers an exceptional and convincing performance as the innocently naive Herbert George Wells whose idealistic dream of a futuristic utopia is disillusioned by the hedonistic, technological and violent decadence of the late twentieth century. David Warner is comfortably at home in the present day as the sinister John Leslie Stevenson alias Jack the Ripper. Mary Steenburgen (Back to the Future III) is remarkable as the innocent love interest for Wells, especially when one considers that the fireworks were both on-screen and off between her and co-star McDowell making the romantic chemistry between the two all the more credible. Director Nick Meyer (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan) pays homage to George Pal's vision of The Time Machine complete with Jules Verne style production design and a memorably vintage score from veteran composer Miklos Rozsa. This DVD presentation includes a theatrical trailer for the film as well as trailers for both George Pal's 1960 version and Simon Well's (great-grandson of H.G. Wells) 2002 version of The Time Machine and feature-length audio commentary with Malcolm McDowell and Nicholas Meyer providing retrospective insight into the production of the film. Time After Time is one of the most creatively imaginative "What-If?" tales to be fictionalized for cinema and is a film to be watched and enjoyed "Time After Time."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wells is deeper in this than in real life
While not a big fan of H.G. Wells the story line is captivating and does challenge Well's pacifist nature which he stood by in real life. Read more
Published 4 days ago by philip
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Watched it when I was a kid and liked it and same applies this time around.
Published 5 days ago by Jason Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Wells meets the Ripper---strangly it works!
A charming take off of H G Wells original work,that is if you can overlook Jack the Ripper carving up everyone in sight.
Published 7 days ago by Janet E Quistberg
3.0 out of 5 stars A fun, illogical romp riffing on H
A fun, illogical romp riffing on H.G. Wells's classic "The Time Machine" mixed with Jack-the Ripper meets 1970s feminist-- an unfortunate Mary Steenburgen--nasal, whiny and... Read more
Published 11 days ago by C. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great couple film mary and malcolm make the film
Published 19 days ago by gayrickie
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the time spent movie
Definitely liked the movie, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good time travel adventure. Well acted.
Published 20 days ago by David Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Picture and Audio quality are excellent.
This is an early DVD issue of "Time After Time", which I restores the original movie poster artwork on the cover. Read more
Published 23 days ago by David
3.0 out of 5 stars Harmless fun.
I'd never heard of this movie, but was pleasantly surprised. I'll admit, the very low rental cost made the film a bit easier to watch. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Jason Garrett
4.0 out of 5 stars Time After Time is a gem!!
I love movies like this. Cool Sci-Fi films with a spin on history that you dont really have to invest too much logical thought into; just a fun movie experience that reminds you... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Jon Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Much better than I thought. The story line was interesting and kept you thinking ha
Published 1 month ago by Cowboybob
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Nicely done film but...
Well of course. It's a science fiction film. What did you expect?
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