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Timerider (1982)

Jonathan Barnes , Belinda Bauer  |  PG |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jonathan Barnes, Belinda Bauer, Peter Coyote, Susan Dear, Bruce Gordon (II)
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: October 9, 2001
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059PPC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,223 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Given the off-the-wall premise in this sci-fi western -- that a motorcyclist rides his bike through a time warp right into the Wild West, into the middle of a gang of outlaws, and cannot figure out what happened -- the glitches and gaps in the plot fit right in with the spirit of the adventure. When the outlaw Reese (Peter Coyote) catches sight of the macho bike, he decides that several hundred horsepower are better than his one and is out to rustle the vehicle any way he can. Unfortunately, the bike does not run on high-octane hay -- an issue that bites the dust when pistol-packing Clair (Belinda Bauer) appears on the scene.Free upgrade to first class mail.

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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars They blew it over 3 lousy seconds March 7, 2003
I give the movie 4 stars; the soundtrack 5 stars; and the DVD 2 stars. I wish I had read the Amazon reviews before I picked this DVD up last night--but then, why would I have expected that anything had changed? I've been a fan of TIMERIDER since its theatrical release, so I was very happy to have it on DVD finally, and pleased with the transfer, but the TV/airline-version ending completely BITES. "Okay, here comes the tail rotor...and I can hear Reese screaming...and all those squishy sound effects...but...but...YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME!!" (Good thing I was home alone.)

The original sequence was a brilliant and memorable piece of film-making that worked by suggestion: it showed everything it needed to without showing...well, everything. But most importantly, it was where the bad guy got his well-deserved comeuppance. How satisfying would the ending of "Die Hard" have been if John McClane had just left Hans Gruber cowering on the floor? Or if, after Luke Skywalker torpedoed the Death Star, the lights just flickered out?

Distributor Anchor Bay claims that the DVD was made from the "only usable negative available." Uh...sure. I find it impossible to believe that Michael "Mr. Video" Nesmith couldn't find a single viable source in his files for THREE WHOLE SECONDS of film. Laserdisc? How about digitally cleaning up a VHS tape? Unfreakinbelievable.*

Am I upset? You're darn tootin' I am. Sometimes "little" things matter A LOT.

UPDATE 7/16/09: I just purchased a copy of TIMERIDER on laserdisc, and guess what: the missing footage (no pun intended) is there. Granted, it's a washed-out pan-and-scan transfer, but the footage exists in digital form. Guess I'll have to restore it myself. (You can see it on that popular video website.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, disappointing release.... July 8, 2003
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Interesting movie, but I was disappointed that a scene at the end got cut short. This is your basic fish out of water story with a motocross racer, Lyle Swan (played by Fred Ward) gets unknowingly caught in a time travel experiment and launched about 100 years in the past. The general reaction, due to his attire and motorized horse is that he is some kind of devil, but one person he comes across, Porter Reese, a criminal outlaw played by Peter Coyote, sees the potential in owning this amazing contraption for himself. All of this takes place in the southern California desert, and Lyle is unaware of what has happened to him. He thinks he just got lost during a race, and tries to find his way back home. I thought it was interesting that he never really gets clued into the fact that he is 100 years out of time. As I said in the beginning, and I think another reviewer mentions this, that a few critical seconds were cut out of a scene at the end. These few seconds of missing footage include a helicopter, its rear rotor blade, and the main antagonist. I think this part was edited out for a television release and never put back in for the DVD release, which is a real shame. You wouldn't think 3 to 5 seconds of footage could impact a movie as much as it does, but it does here. This is the reason why I am giving the release 3 stars instead of four. Other than that, this was a fun sci-fi/western/action movie.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This version has been HACKED! November 14, 2001
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Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Don't waste your money on this DVD. (EDIT: This review applies to the original DVD release, NOT the Blu-Ray which I have been told contains the original theatrical cut) The original movie was excellent, but this DVD version has had a crucial scene at the end altered. The scene of the villain's demise is inexplicably replaced by a scene of the villain ducking. If you listen closely, you can still hear the sound of the rotors shredding him, but the visual of his bloody boots is gone. There is therefore no payoff, it's like watching Star Wars and not having the Death Star explode at the end (my apologies if you're one of the 5 people who haven't seen Star Wars and I've just ruined the ending for you).
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This video has been edited!!! June 23, 2002
Very disappointed! This video has been edited to qualify for a PG rating. I noticed at least 2 incidents of bad dubbing for language, plus a key sequence at the end was completely omitted. After watching this version, did you wonder why Peter Coyote's character quit shooting at the helicopter??? Well, that's because in the ORIGINAL version, he came to a bloody end. This version has that sequence edited out completely, leaving you wondering what happened to his character. I REALLY hate edited movies - Ted Turner, are you listening?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie !!! February 15, 2001
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
I've had the internet for almost 4 years and I've been searching for this movie on V.H.S. or D.V.D. and here it is, finally !!! Fred Ward is a good actor and I wish he was more known then he is. He plays the part of a dirt bike racer. On his racing circuit, he gets lost somewhere in the desert and accidentally gets transported back in time, to the late 1800's. A research group was conducting a time travel experiment and for reasons of safety and secrecy, they set up the time travel machine out in the middle of the desert, hundreds of miles from the nearest person. Not knowing what it is, Fred Ward goes over to it on his dirt bike and the moment he pulls up to it, the research group activates it and he gets thrown back in time, about 100 years. I won't tell you the rest, but it's pretty cool and there are some funny moments during the movie as well. Thank God it's being transferred to D.V.D. !!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timerider ... A Wild Ride!!!
Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann is AWESOME!!! I first saw the movie many years ago loving it instantly. Read more
Published 17 days ago by timegirl
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Published 2 months ago by J. Loredo
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Published 3 months ago by THOMAS CROSSFIELD
5.0 out of 5 stars EXTREMELY RARE DVD!
I was doing research and found that this movie is in the top 10 most rare dvds in the world.
Those of you with a copy should hold on tight!
Published 3 months ago by Steven
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Marilynn Patterson
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment
No closed caption and or subtitles. This is greatest disappointment. If it have cc or subtitles on. I would give five stars.
Published 4 months ago by chrus
5.0 out of 5 stars Time Rider is old school
Time Rider is a blast from the past. If you are a lover of the notion of time travel you would enjoy the notion of going back a hundred year on a motorcycle.
Published 4 months ago by kewb91
5.0 out of 5 stars Dirt Rider "Classic"
This is a great movie and I had no problems whatsoever with the fulfillment of my order by the seller I chose. If you're a dirt rider, this movie is a must have. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Doug from El Paso
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost gem
I'm glad I was able to find this gem, I remember seeing this film back in the day and I still liked it!
Published 4 months ago by Frank Flores
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Cult Classic
Never been done before' a dirt biker goes back in time to 1880's, what will happen. Has Fred Ward in it.
Published 5 months ago by Electronic lover
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