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...
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.
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.
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
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'
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