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Time Machine, The (BD)
Rod Taylor ("The Birds") stars as a turn-of-the-century inventor whose time machine inadvertantly transports him thousands of years into the future. When he falls in love with a beautiful woman, he fights to free her and her people from a tribe of underground mutants. Based upon the novel by H.G. Wells. Co-starring Yvette Mimieux ("Where the Boys Are"). Featuring Oscar-winning special effects.]]>
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THE STORY: An eccentric inventor living in 1899 England, disappointed in his fellow man and frustrated with the messy madness of modern society, uses his creative genius to construct a machine with which to journey thru time. He travels forward several thousand millennia, hoping to see mankind at last co-existing in perfect Utopian peace... but his idealistic dreams are soundly shattered by what he finds waiting for him in the distant future.
THOUGHTS: An absolute classic of the genre and totally deserving of that claim. George Pal & H.G. Wells make for a sure-fire winning combination. Lots of heart and imagination went into the making of this terrific motion picture. (Light years beyond the anemic 2002 remake.) In addition to telling a fantastic story adapted from the pen of one of history's greatest contributors to speculative fiction, the film also gives us some pithy ideas to chew on as well. Alan Young, Whit Bissell & Sebastian Cabot all turn in fine supporting work, but it's a well-rounded performance by sturdy, square-jawed Rod Taylor as "H. George Wells," inventor extraordinaire, who effortlessly carries the bulk of the dramatic weight in this movie, with more than a little help in the form of lovely Yvette Mimieux as a futuristic damsel in distress; the child-like Eloi girl, Weena.
THE BLU-RAY: Unfortunately, no new content was created for this format upgrade. Thankfully however, the wonderful (if sparse) bonus extras from the DVD version are ported over to this Blu release. Main reason for a double-dip for DVD owners of the film is the audio & video upgrade. Picture here is noticeably sharper than its DVD counterpart. Very little artifacting or pixelation was detected, the blacks are solid & inky and the midtones are firm. The beautiful cinematography & lush visual color pallet are beautifully represented here in this high-def release. The film's soundmix is also strong, solid and even. If you have a Blu-ray player but don't yet own this film then this Blu-ray release is heartily recommended.