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Poor production & transfer for a decent sci fi tale!,
This review is from: Beyond the Time Barrier (DVD)
First Impressions & the DVD: Beyond the Time Barrier was on point as a fairly substandard film put together by Alpha Video, a company in my experience which does little to clean up an original film and just slaps it on a DVD.
When you open the DVD it shows a drop down list for the logo, a trailer and the film itself. Pretty cheaply put together.
And the quality of the film is fairly bad, a high contrast black & white print. I've seen much better quality black & white films from this era 1960.
Story and Plot:
The acting was pretty routine and the story, though it had some interesting points to make here and there, was fairly cardboard and uninteresting.
A man takes a flight to near space and accidentally goes into a time warp, ending up on Earth 67 years later, in the year 2024. It takes the guy forever to figure out that he is in the future despite all evidence. He's even asked point blank "Do you know what year this is?" and he says "What does that have to do with it, of course I do!"
Despite the slow thinking jet pilot, there are some bright spots in this story. We have the mutants and the sterilized humans, many of them deaf mutes, brought on by a plague that hit the Earth in the 1970s and wiped out half the population, with many escaping to colonies on Mars and Venus.
I thought the whole "plague from outer space" thing and the fact that numerous atom bomb tests destroyed the layer protecting us from "cosmic rays" was a bit far-fetched. On the other hand we do have the current ozone layer problem, so maybe not!
Darlene Tompkins plays the deaf mute girl, the few who are fertile, and she wants to make it with the astronaut, played clumsily by Robert Clarke. The cardboard acting on his part just ruined it for me. Darlene has no lines (!) and does a great job of bobbing her head up and down, LOL.
There's a whole betrayal theme at the end of the movie that's worth watching, as well as the fight with the mutants. The director seems set on padding his time with people walking from one area to another slowly as we watch others marching around. Not sure who they are!
Bottom Line: A time waster and not really much of a time travel story, made worse by the film quality. A film with a similar theme (astronauts going through a time barrier and end up in Earth's future) such as Planet of the Apes is much more worthwhile.
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Initial post: Sep 28, 2011 8:22:48 PM PDT
Col William Russell says:
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 10:18:40 PM PDT
No need for insults, Billy boy. Did you actually see the film? What were your thoughts on it?
I thought Darlene Thompson was great as the deaf girl, but the story was handled sloppily at the end.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 2, 2011 6:29:05 PM PDT
A. Gammill says:
OK, I'm confused. The product description says this is from Sinister Cinema, not Alpha Video. I'd NEVER buy anything with the Alpha logo on it, they're complete hacks who don't give a crap about quality. But I've seen some really good prints put on DVD by Sinister.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 2, 2011 7:55:15 PM PDT
hi, I purchased this from a third party seller, so Amazon may be different. My copy was in pretty bad quality. I may have been too harsh with the one star -- I may change that to two stars if the review gods will let me. :)
I hear ya on Alpha Video. I'd be pretty desperate to do that!
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2011 3:51:33 PM PST
I looked and could not find your review of this film. Did you see it?
Posted on May 26, 2012 11:58:17 AM PDT
Dr. Freeman says:
Guess I will hang on to my bootleg for a few more years until someone releases a restored print.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2012 8:47:03 AM PDT
Agreed. The movie was not bad at all, but part of my score for this film had to do with the poor quality DVD.
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