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Jules Verne's The Fabulous Journey to the Center of the Earth (1978) A.K.A. Where Time Began (1978)

J.P Simon , Kenneth More  |  PG |  DVD
2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: J.P Simon, Kenneth More, Robert Adler
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Code Red DVD
  • DVD Release Date: October 31, 2006
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,663 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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From the director of PIECES and SLUGS, comes WHERE TIME BEGAN based on the Jules Verne classic "Journey to the Center of the Earth". Juan Piquer Simon helms this tale of an expedition, led by Kenneth More, to the earth's core via an inactive volcano. There they discover an underground sea, giant mushrooms and prehistoric creatures.

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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful
VIAJE AL CENTRO DE LA TIERRA was a Spanish live-action coproduction that received limited distribution in 1978 in the United States by International Picture Show under the title WHERE TIME BEGAN; it was initially titled JULES VERNE'S FABULOUS JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH. Made for $2 million, WHERE TIME BEGAN was shot over a period of five months, and uses most of Verne's major incidents.

WHERE TIME BEGAN opens with a pre-credit discussion of the interior of the Earth by a group of geologists, with Professor Otto Lidenbrock (Kenneth More) commenting that the only way to prove any of the theories is through an actual descent. The credits follow, superimposed over a pleasant salute to the Vernian visual style of Georges Méliès, but marred by an inane song on the soundtrack.

The date of the story is shifted to 1898, to make it more contemporary for the audience, in both technology and social mores (such as the place of women). In Hamburg, an aged man tries to sell several old volumes at a book store; they are bought by Lidenbrock. Arriving home, he finds the soldier Axel accidentally kneeling before his niece Glauben, and assuming there has been a marriage proposal, gladly but offhandedly offers his consent. Glauben notices the small note that falls from the book, and together Lidenbrock, Axel, and Glauben, with the help of the cinematically referential device of a magic lantern, discover the key to Saknussemm's code.

Under the same necessity to add a feminine lead as other versions, WHERE TIME BEGAN follows a vastly simpler method. Glauben wants to go on the trip, and her practicality proves a valuable assistance to the absent-minded Lidenbrock and equally ill-prepared Axel.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT "WHERE TIME BEGAN" October 25, 2005
It's kind of amusing that everyone thinks that this version of JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH starring EMO PHILLIPS is actually the spanish film WHERE TIME BEGAN. Of course it does not help that MGM and AMAZON have listed the credits for WHERE TIME BEGAN, which is also an adaption of JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH. This film is actually from 1988 and I think even more obscure than WHERE TIME BEGAN if such a thing is possible.

I bought this version knowing it was not WHERE TIME BEGAN. I wish it was WHERE TIME BEGAN because I love that film. I have never seen this 1988 version starring comedian EMO PHILLIPS but I have always wanted to.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Journey to the Center of the Earth August 22, 2010
Two vacationing teens and a British nanny discover a subterranean world beneath a remote island cave in Hawaii. The adventure takes them through the center of the Earth and into the lost city of Atlantis, where they must battle hideous creatures and escape from the unwelcoming locals. This 1988 adaptation of the classic Jules Verne novel was cut desperately short after the closure of the original production company. The end product suffers dramatically as a result, and appears to be poorly scripted and poorly edited due to the drastic cuts, abrupt ending, and incomplete plot. What does remain from the original version shows a great deal of promise, however. JOURNEY's elaborate sets, child-like wonders, and sinister creatures recall other epic 80's fantasies like LABYRINTH or THE DARK CRYSTAL. Atlantis is depicted as a bleak industrial city-state ruled under martial law, led by a maniacal general that plans on invading the surface world. Unfortunately, the viewer is only given glimpses of many of the more ambitious sequences, which never made the final cut. Had Rusty Lemorande been given the opportunity to complete the film, it could have made for a fun and energetic teen fantasy, but the existing version is critically flawed in almost every way possible.

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money August 19, 2010
By C. Roll
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I've watched most the Journey to the Center of the Earth movies....this one.....not worth your time. It will be going to a garage sale or the Goodwill very soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is not a good movie. March 27, 2009
By sav
Format:VHS Tape
this is not a well made, realistic, or sensible movie. that being said, i think everyone should watch it. it's kooky, stupid, strange (without explaining itself), and it ends abruptly... basically, it's a conversation starter and something that will make you appreciate every other movie you ever watch.

you should get it, watch it, show it to your friends and feel like a better person.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This was BY FAR the worst rendering of Journey to the Center of the Earth I have ever seen in my life! I couldn't believe I spent $5 on this movie--to think I could have had a Cold Stone instead...

Initially, this movie doesn't even remotely closely follow the Verne classic. There is nothing even remotely familiar in here--Pat Boone playing an accordion all the way down was a closer rendition--and that's saying something. About the only thing that is similar to the classic novel is the fact that there is a journey to the center of the earth.

Second, the setting isn't really all that accurate. A matte painting is used for the "volcano," and it doesn't even look like a real volcano from any geology textbook I've read (and I was a geology major specializing in volcanic seismology...). Worse, the type of volcano illustrated doesn't even exist in Hawaii. The eruption indicated is a physical impossibility in the islands.

Thirdly, Atlantis. Really? Please. This is an insult to my intelligence. Verne MUST be rolling in his grave...

Fourth, the plot. It's as if the writer just grew tired of the story (or the film ran out of money) and it just STOPPED. Dead. No rising action. No falling action. No action.

SAVE YOUR MONEY! Do not buy this. Go to Cold Stone instead. You'll thank me for it. My copy has already been placed into the shredder. It doesn't even rate a viewing at my Sunday night heckle parties.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
no complaints.
Published 7 days ago by yury
1.0 out of 5 stars journey to the center of the earth
this version of the Jules Verne classic is absolute crap. why anybody would want to be associated with the manure is beyond me. Read more
Published 4 months ago by colin williams
2.0 out of 5 stars its an attempt to do comedy
the idiots tried to make a classic sci-fi novel into a comedy, thus showed=their lack of intelligence. they need to find a job that doesn't require common sense, like crash dumby
Published 4 months ago by Orville Wm. Snow
1.0 out of 5 stars dont waste your time
Not worthey of the name. Juvinile, stupid, poorly acted, no directorship, minimal special efffects, poorly written
not worth your money
Published 7 months ago by fatmee
1.0 out of 5 stars I doubt the actors or the producer could explain this mess that they...
I bought this at the dollar store for about three dollars. It makes little to no sense. An English girl, a wannabe nanny, travels to Hawaii and ends up being the nanny to a washed... Read more
Published 11 months ago by R. Long
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
I loved it, the product arrived early, without a mark on it, and it was packaged correctly which I loved as well.
Published 19 months ago by Sabrina Armstrong
1.0 out of 5 stars BADLY DONE
When it comes to the word "bad"; this film makes bad look good. Very poorly done. Not worth the time of opening the case.
Published 20 months ago by Theresa Jean Keiper
1.0 out of 5 stars terrible movie dont buy
this movie is terrible dont waist your money on it it not even a complete movie its all cut up at least 45 mins is missing and there is no monsters like on the front picture they... Read more
Published 23 months ago by MCFLY
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful Movie
Don't waste your time or money. This is an 80's B movie. The end is spliced together from another B movie the Alien from LA. Which makes no sense. Read more
Published on September 8, 2012 by Bryan McGuire
1.0 out of 5 stars I wish I could give it zero stars
Let me begin by saying that I love Japanese monster movies. I also love Dr. Who. In short, I am willing to adopt a frame of mind where I can enjoy almost anything. Read more
Published on July 10, 2012 by David R. Courtney
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