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When Time Ran Out

3.6 out of 5 stars 104 customer reviews

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Product Description

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

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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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Product Details

  • 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: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001KO1BCG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,183 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "When Time Ran Out" on IMDb

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By Len D. Martin on February 17, 2009
Format: DVD
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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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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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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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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I am a sucker for disaster movies even this one where the special effect were cheesy. Diffidently not Irwin Allan's best film and the money spent on this movie was bargain basement. To bad because there was a nice mix of top actors and actress with not so well known or remembered. Still I wish the parts of the movie that were cut out to shorten this film and been left in because I saw this movie when the movie was first released and remember parts of those missing peaces. Good, simple, fun film to watch when you are bored and want to kill some time. .
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Interesting, I must have originally seen one of the longer versions (either the 141 minute version that was padded for television and called Earth’s Final Fury or the 121 minute theatrical version). At a slim 109 minutes, obviously a lot was cut out. Since they don’t charge DVDs by the minute, one wonders why they sliced this baloney so thin. In this version they left out the subplot of Edward Albert (Brian) being James Franciscus’ (Bob Spangler) illegitimate younger half brother and part-owner of the resort. Spangler keeps this secret to himself. Poor Brian ends up just another employee, the general manager, and his fringe benefit (fiancée Lolani) is playing hanky-panky with his older brother of a different mother. They cut out all the good parts!!!
Be that as it may, this is still a fun piece of absolute crap. A total bomb when it hit the theaters, forcing Irvin Allen to give up on theatrical releases from then on, sticking to television instead. When interviewed later, if he regretted making any film, Newman said “that volcano movie!” Fortunately, he was well paid for his part in this travesty. As for poor William Holden, he was miffed when forced to take second billing to Newman on two Irwin Allen flicks in a row (first The Towering Inferno, now this!).
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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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