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When Time Ran Out (2009)

Paul Newman , Jacqueline Bisset , James Goldstone  |  PG |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 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: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001KO1BCG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,141 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "When Time Ran Out" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

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

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37 of 40 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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32 of 35 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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25 of 28 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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5 of 5 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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9 of 11 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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4 of 4 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Well, after waiting patiently for 20+ years for a widescreen version, we finally get it on DVD, but that is rendered moot, because it is a BUTCHERED 109 minute version.

OVER 30 minutes of footage GONE!!

Another greedy attempt to get us to part with our hard-earned cash for an incomplete and inferior version. I'm glad I have the complete 143-minute VHS version. Even panned-and-scanned, it's far superior to this DVD release!

Can we hope that we'll someday get the proper version of the last of Irwin Allen's "Disaster" cycle? I'm Hopeful, but thinking we may have to wait another 20 years!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars When Time Ran Out March 14, 2011
I saw this On NetFlix Instant,I like the Old Disaster Genre Films,some of them were great others not so great.I am not sure where this one fits in,Paul Newman,Jacqueline Bisset,William Holden,Ernest Borgnine,Pat Morita,Burgess Meredith(The Cool Trainer Guy from Rocky Films,"Ya'a Bum!")and several other "Famous Faces".It is predictable like most of the genre and It can Drag on,But it is one of the lesser-known films and it is worth watching at the least.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 24 days ago by Dianna Owens
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Irwin Allen disaster movies for enjoyable. Actors involved were popular at the time of filming. I felt actors were walking
through their parts for big bucks.
Published 1 month ago by Jim Lafferty
5.0 out of 5 stars movie was great
I loved it so much. I enjoyed it and have watched over and over again. just as I remember it too.
Published 7 months ago by alicia otto
5.0 out of 5 stars when time ran out
This was a disaster movie I stumbled into. I never dreamed I would actually find it to buy on dvd. I have already
watched it twice Its a great disaster movie Thank You So... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Connie Raatz
5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic added to my collection
I have been keeping an eye out for this movie for some time. I am thrilled to add it to my collection.
Published 9 months ago by Susan Tubbesing
1.0 out of 5 stars Atrocious!
It's hard to believe a movie this awful was given a theatrical release. Absolutely NOTHING works in this ghastly disaster! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Alex
1.0 out of 5 stars Irwin Allen Hits Molten-Rock Bottom
Yet another "Hollywood Squares" cast goes through the motions in this final Irwin Allen disaster. Not surprisingly, "When Time Ran Out... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Scott T. Rivers
3.0 out of 5 stars When Time Ran Out(1980)
Irwin Allen became the "Master of Disaster" after making The Poseidon Adventure(1972) and The Towering Inferno(1974). Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jorge A. Zarco
3.0 out of 5 stars Tony Land's Review
This should have been a much better movie with all the talent in it, unfortunately it falls down in nearly all departments, not even the great actors could pull it through. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Anthony Land
2.0 out of 5 stars Surprsingly FUN! And great DVD transfer.
This film is really unfairly maligned, at least when seen in it's proper aspect ration.
Some writers have complained about running time, the movie is presented in its original... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Ken Volok
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