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

2.4 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • 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 (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BRBAGK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,529 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Jules Verne's The Fabulous Journey to the Center of the Earth (1978) A.K.A. Where Time Began" on IMDb

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History: this film was started as its own production by Golan-Globus, but as their production company shifted its focus, the work remained unfinished for years before finally being slapped together with the production for Alien from LA. You can actually tell at what point the film was finished and what scenes were filmed before production shifted. Watch this after seeing Alien from LA for your bad movie night, and you won't be disappointed. The cast does pretty well, and the writers really did an amazing job trying to smash the two stories together.
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Anytime you try to Finnish a un finished movie, with unlelated footage this is what you get. Sara is last seem looking over the edge & never seen again & no one seems to care. The dream sequence seems to be where the movie was ment to do, but cut to unrelated scenes basted on Alian from LA, & a screen & were home. I saw this sober & it didn't make sense but maybe you can figure it out. Pic quality good, worth one star
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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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I'm seriously trying to figure that out right now, as I just finished watching by far, the most bizarre thing that I've ever seen MGM's name on. After a little research I have figured out what the deal is with this film. Apparently Cannon Films had sold "Journey to the Center of the Earth" to foreign distributors, but the studio ran out of money 1/2 way into production, the named director claims he only directed 8mins of what is in the final product. Meanwhile Cannon was also 1/2 way through production of Alien From L.A. Part 2 a Cathy Ireland vehicle that audience's worldwide must've been clamoring for, anywho the Cannon guys went into an editing room and slapped the 2 films together in a totally incoherent mess of a film, and threw in the sound track from American Ninja and scenes from Mission Impossible for good measure, what you are left with is probably the most bizarre thing you will ever see MGM's name on, how the heck this ever made it to DVD is beyond comprehension. I'm giving it 3 stars just because I've never seen anything so brazenly thrown together and released from a minor studio, much less a major one, and for the story behind how it got made.
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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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