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.