H.G. Wells' The Time Machine

Starring: Rod Taylor, Alan Young, Yvette Mimeux & Sebastian Cabot
Warner Home Video
RRP: £15.99

Certificate: PG
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When George sits at the controls of his new creation he has all the time in the world. He's invented a time machine that whisks him from 1899 to war-ravaged moments of the 20th Century and on into the year 802 701. In that far-off era, the passive Eloi face a grim future as prey to the glow-eyed subterranean Morlocks... unless a time travelling stranger from the past dare to intervene...

H.G. Wells' The Time Machine has been given the DVD treatment to coincide with the theatrical release of the remake. So what do you get for your £16? A scrubbed up print and a recent featurette that lasts almost 50 minutes - the last 15 minutes of which sees some of the surviving cast members star in a coda sequence which has George returning once again to his point of origin. This is a pretty lame idea, is filmed badly, but somehow they manage to pull off a decent mini-production.

The main movie has aged gracefully and is still an excellent production with a stirring soundtrack by Russell Garcia and some great stop-frame-animation special effects.

Rod Taylor (who looks uncannily like Robin Williams - or should that by Robin Williams looks like Rod Taylor) is wonderful as the inquisitive inventor who risks all to satisfy his thirst for knowledge of the future. There is no sexism, which could so easily have been the case given George's attempts to save his sexy Eloi friend, and very little in the shape of male chest beating.

This could be the best £16 you spend and it is certainly a movie that should be in everyone's DVD collection. A cinematic masterpiece, which apparently was filmed in 'futuristic metrocolor' WOW!

Darren Rea


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