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When Time Ran Out (2009)

Paul Newman , Jacqueline Bisset , James Goldstone  |  PG |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Newman, Jacqueline Bisset, William Holden, Edward Albert, Ernest Borgnine
  • Directors: James Goldstone
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • 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: February 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001KO1BCG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,552 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "When Time Ran Out" on IMDb

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When a volcano erupts on an island resort, an oilman (Newman) leads a small group of people to safety.

The disaster movie cycle of the 1970s had just about, well, run out when this afterthought of a volcano flick opened in 1980. It reunited producer Irwin Allen, the man behind the biggest disaster pictures of the era, with his stars from The Towering Inferno, Paul Newman and William Holden (with Ernest Borgnine and Red Buttons, from The Poseidon Adventure, tossed in for good measure). Newman is an oilman drilling on a tropical island, with a volcano smoking away in disconcerting proximity; Jacqueline Bisset is the woman with whom he had something in the past; Holden is rich. The supporting cast is a typical Irwin Allen soup, with James Franciscus heading a project to send of probe into the volcano's core (or something), Veronica Hamel and Barbara Carrera as women in his life, and Borgnine and Buttons in an elliptical subplot about a cop shadowing a white-collar criminal. That leaves plenty of room for the likes of Alex Karras, Edward Albert, Pat Morita, and a pair of former trapeze artists played by Burgess Meredith and Valentina Cortese. The special effects are notably poor, and even the Hawaiian exteriors seem drab. The movie stupefyingly banks its big climax on the survivors crossing a particular bridge, which is being destroyed by hot lava as they traverse it; the lengthy sequence looks suspiciously like a cost-cutting measure to save money on volcano effects. Newman looks pretty embarrassed to be on board, as he should. If When Time Ran Out… is awful, its value for a bad-movie night selection should not be underestimated. This DVD release is 109 minutes, thus shorter than the original release (121 minutes) and also missing extra footage added for TV broadcast and previous home-video releases. Hard to believe anybody will miss it. --Robert Horton

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bad News Not the full version!! February 17, 2009
Sorry folks - This is not the 121 min. nor is it the 141 min. version
Warners has seen fit to release this in a 109 min. version - for what reason I do not know. SO Beware if yoy are looking for the most complete version
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why NO EXPANDED EDITION on DVD Warner Bros???? February 17, 2009
Very dissapointed in this release. Letterboxed presentation looks great but all previous VHS versions clocked in at 141 mins. The DVD is only 109 mins. A cars flying off a cliff, Alex Karras chasing around a rooster during an earthquake, more fireballs hitting near the hotel, and countless other scenes that made this disaster movie a extra campy disaster film are gone. What give Warner Home Video???
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good effects and cast in cheesy disaster fun December 6, 2008
By Greg K
Not one of Irwin Allen's best, but overall a fun time with a huge all-star cast trying to escape peril from an erupting volcano. Good to see it arrive on DVD at last, but the mystery is why Warner Home Video isn't releasing the expanded 2 1/2 hour version they previously released on VHS, and which was shown on network television. They used the expanded version of The Swarm both on DVD and the older laserdisc releases (which actually made that one a much better movie), so since they're doing this release as part of a Paul newman tribute series, why the shortchanging for this movie when they obviously have the longer version in their archives?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By M.B.
The VHS Clamshell Version is the only version that gives you the complete 144 minute version.this video tape came out in 1986 so ask questions to the various sellers as to its playability.mine works perfect.and my seller did go the extra step to actually play the whole movie before selling it to me.the newest DVD version is only 109 minutes long!a major cut of footage.the only improvement on the DVD is that its widescreen,but with that much time cut from the movie,is it really worth it?you decide.To find the clamshell version you have to type into the amazon search window [From amazon home page]the words [when time ran out].then you will get a list of all the versions of this movie.choose the clamshell version.there is atleast 7 or 8 copies still available as of 8-13-2010.ask questions!the vhs is now 24 years old.properly stored,a vhs can last for decades.i have some vhs tapes dating to the late 1970s that still work as good as they ever did.using an older vcr from the late 1980s is also your best bet.the older vcrs were made with quality in mind.just feel the difference in weight alone between a 1980s vcr and one from 2006.the 2006 is mostly empty inside the casing.just enough components to push the tape along for maybe a year and then it dies.the vcrs from the 80s and 90s weigh 3 times as much and were full of components with every space filled inside the casing.i don't however recommend vcrs from the early 80s,those 1st decks were rather difficult to program if my memory serves me well.they got great after 1987 or so.good luck and dont always rule out vhs,sometimes it the only way to get your classic movie in uncut form,such as this one.this version has the whole movie including the extra footage from the television event back in the good old days.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad but disappointed April 29, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was happy that When Time Ran Out was put on DVD. I made a copy of it a thousand years ago when it came on TV, but I wanted to purchase a copy. The VHS version cost a lot of money and it is a used copy that I could purchase through Amazon. So when the DVD came out I purchased it. In viewing it, there were scenes that I recalled but did not see. In checking with Amazon, I discovered that the VHS has 142 minutes and the DVD has only 121 minutes. This was the part I was disappointed about not the movie itself. I still love the movie. I wish they recopy it and put back the scenes that were original on the VHS and TV version.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Altogether, not bad entertainment! August 15, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
In spite of the panning from the critics, this is a disaster movie I still enjoy to this day. The story is of a volcano threatening a tropical island where a new hotel is being opened . . . not a new idea, but the source of the disaster and all the mayhem that unfolds is a good forerunner to superior movies such as VOLCANO and DANTE'S PEAK. There are good guys and there are bad guys, and there are old faces like Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons(THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE), Paul Newman(TOWERING INFERNO) and HILL STREET BLUES's Veronica Hamel(remember her?) starring, to name but a few. The action and special effects may appear a bit cheesy in places, but this film sure delivers two hours or so of good entertainment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible special effects, direction and script=awful film September 4, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
"When Time Ran Out..." (1980) is the kind of film that leaves the viewer wondering: "What the hell was everyone thinking?" Did producer Irwin Allen, the so-called "master of disaster," really think this film would be on a par with "The Towering Inferno" or "The Poseidon Adventure"? Did director James Goldstone really think he could make a decent film out of Carl Foreman's and Stirling Silliphant's wretched script, which regurgitates every disaster movie cliche in the book? For that matter, did Foreman and Silliphant really think they were creating situations and dialog that wouldn't be laughed off the screen? Did the special effects team really think the effects would look any less cheesy on the wide screen than they must have when they were creating them? And did the cast actually think this film would be anything but a low point in their careers that would embarass them for the rest of their lives?

"When Time Ran Out..." was filmed on one of the Hawaiian Islands, which explains a lot. Who wouldn't want a paid vacation on a tropical paradise? That probably explains how Allen was able to enlist a cast that includes Paul Newman, Jacqueline Bisset, William Holden, Red Buttons, Ernest Borgnine, Burgess Meredith and the great Italian actress Valentina Cortesa (!). Other cast members are b-listers who obviously needed the work: James Franciscus, Edward Albert, Alex Karras, Barbara Carrera, Pat Morita (!!) and Allen's untalented wife Sheila (Matthews) Allen. And then there's poor Veronica Hamil, in her second Irwin Allen bomb in a row (following the even worse "Beyond the Poseidon Adventure"). She is stunningly, jaw-droppingly beautiful, but is given an absolutely impossible role--the clueless, faithful wife to a transparently evil, unctuous jerk (Franciscus).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy 80's disaster flick
Wow.. If you like the old cheesy disaster movies you'll love this one. This is one over the top disaster movie you have Volcanos, Earthquakes, Tide Waves, Burning buildings,... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars When Time Ran Out
Watching Paul Newman with his movies was alway cool. This movie is no exception. I'm glad I found it on Amazon for a great price!
Published 13 days ago by Peace
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 1 month ago by Ahmad Abdulla Alawadhi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by robin barksdale
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film, good acting...
Intense disaster drama type film.. Great acting. Lots going on in this film, not one of his best but the cast pull this story together to make it interesting.
Published 2 months ago by Kay F Gibbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
fun movie
Published 3 months ago by jodi
3.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the Towering Poseidon Quake Inferno
Meh, its all about what you're looking for. If you want a movie that has a soap opera-ish feel, while being a meld of Earthquake, Poseidon Adventure, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Paul Tupelo
4.0 out of 5 stars Irwin Allen lost classic
Not up to the later Iwrin Allen standard, but with a crisp clear 16:9 transfer, it was fun seeing Hollywood greats, most of them no longer with us, put in fine performances with a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by P. E. Yaxley
1.0 out of 5 stars volcanic nonsense
To judge from this effort, there is no difference between a disaster movie and a movie disaster. Take a group of superannuated has-beens: William Holden, Paul Newman, Ernest... Read more
Published 4 months ago by lycidas
3.0 out of 5 stars When time ranout
The movie was just

what I expected. Paul Newman, was great,and he always takes charge in a serious and dangerous situation. The other actors were also very good.
Published 6 months ago by Dianna Owens
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