The Time Machine

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Overview

The classic science fiction novel by H.G. Wells becomes this big-budget adventure directed by the author's great-grandson Simon Wells. Guy Pearce stars as Alexander Hartdegen, a scientist, professor, and inventor in 1895 New York City who believes that time travel is possible. The sudden and unexpected death of his fiancée spurs Alexander to build a time machine, which he hopes to use in an effort to change the past. When he is unable to change the past, Alexander hurls himself more than 800,000 years into the ...
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Overview

The classic science fiction novel by H.G. Wells becomes this big-budget adventure directed by the author's great-grandson Simon Wells. Guy Pearce stars as Alexander Hartdegen, a scientist, professor, and inventor in 1895 New York City who believes that time travel is possible. The sudden and unexpected death of his fiancée spurs Alexander to build a time machine, which he hopes to use in an effort to change the past. When he is unable to change the past, Alexander hurls himself more than 800,000 years into the future, seeking answers about the nature of time, but instead encountering a dystopian world where humanity has divided up into two races, the peaceful Eloi and the subterranean Morlocks. Befriending the beautiful Eloi woman Mara (pop singer Samantha Mumba), Alexander must set out to save her from the underground world of the Morlocks when she is captured by them. Along the way, he is aided by Vox (Orlando Jones), a bio-mechanical being from the 21st century. Ultimately, Alexander makes a shocking discovery about the true nature of the Eloi and Morlocks and decides that the only way to change the future is to alter the present. Due to exhaustion, director Wells was briefly replaced during the last few weeks of production by Gore Verbinski, director of The Mexican (2001). The Time Machine co-stars Jeremy Irons and Mark Addy.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A classic science fiction novel by H. G. Wells, previously adapted to film in 1960, gets a vigorous reworking in this sumptuous, visually arresting popcorn movie directed by the author's great-grandson, Simon Wells. Guy Pearce plays Alexander Hartdegen, a brilliant mathematician who builds a time-travel device and, following the untimely death of his fiancée, uses it in an ill-fated attempt to change the course of history. Inadvertently, he catapults himself some 8,000 centuries into the future. There he finds a technological wasteland in which Homo sapiens has split into two subspecies: the peaceful Eloi, who enjoy a potentially idyllic, arboreal existence on the planet's surface, and the Morlocks, cannibals who only emerge from their underground dwellings in search of human food. Director Wells employs a wide variety of digitally created visual effects -- in combination with imaginatively designed sets, props, makeup, and costumes -- to create the illusion of an Earth that is almost unimaginably different from the one we know today. Jeremy Irons, deliciously malevolent, turns up late in the proceedings as the über-Morlock against whom Alexander is pitted. Former model Samantha Mumba is suitably decorative as Mara, the Eloi maiden who steals the time traveler's heart. Not to be taken seriously, The Time Machine has been expertly turned out and will amply reward viewers willing and able to suspend disbelief.
All Movie Guide
For all that the 1960 version of The Time Machine captured imaginations, the visuals could not yet realize the more ambitious concepts in H.G. Wells' precautionary tale about technological advancement. It's the upgrades possible in 2002 that give the best excuse for remaking the film, carrying it past some clumsy weaknesses. This Machine undertakes original visual ideas with stunning panache, most notably the central time-lapse fast forward through 800,000 years of digitally changing climates and topography. A brief sequence of the moon breaking up into chunks, truncated in the wake of the terrorist attacks (originally, skyscrapers were showered with debris), offers a hint of what exciting things might come on DVD. The production is gorgeous in less predictable ways, such as the grand establishing shot of 1899 Manhattan, complete with a sea of horse-drawn carriages galloping down Central Park West. What keeps The Time Machine from riding its look to greatness is a hokey story line and an effete, affected performance from Guy Pearce, who slips in and out of character in distracting ways. (This may point to the inexperience of director Simon Wells, an animation veteran and the author's great grandson, seemingly employed as part of an ill-considered PR stunt.) The distant future will bother some viewers for its similarities to Planet of the Apes, and it's controlled by a subspecies of underground dwellers who represent the lower end of the film's production design. This version is in ways more complete than its 1960 counterpart, such as providing concrete motivations for Pearce's character, but it's also a greater slave to shoddily executed Hollywood dictates. Audiences there just for the CG should be able look past these in favor of what the film gets right, including an array of time travel conundrums.
Chicago Reader - Jonathan Rosenbaum
As old-fashioned movie fun, this isn't bad...and it's better than the 1960 George Pal version.

As old-fashioned movie fun, this isn't bad...and it's better than the 1960 George Pal version.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/21/2013
  • UPC: 883929313228
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Source: Paramount Catalog
  • Region Code: 1
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 21,734

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Guy Pearce Alexander Hartdegen
Samantha Mumba Mara
Mark Addy David Philby
Sienna Guillory Emma
Phyllida Law Mrs. Watchit
Jeremy Irons Uber-Morlock
Alan Young Flower Store Worker
Omero Mumba Kalen
Yancey Arias Toren
Orlando Jones Vox
Joey Anaya Spy Morlock
Max Baker Robber
Richard Cetrone Hunter Marlock
Michael Chaturantabut Eloi
Eddie Conna Hunter Marlock
Myndy Crist Jogger
Craig Davis Hunter Marlock
Jonathan Eusebio Eloi
Roel Failma Eloi
Jeremy Fitzgerald Hunter Marlock
Bryan Friday Hunter Marlock
Grady Holder Hunter Marlock
Yoshio Iizuka Eloi
Diana Lee Inosanto Eloi
Jacob Chambers Spy Morlock
Malaea Chona Jason Eloi
Doug Jones Spy Morlock
Dorian Kingi Spy Morlock
Laura Kirk Flower Seller
Hiro Koda Eloi
John Koyama Eloi
Mark Kubr Hunter Marlock
Clint E. Lilley Hunter Marlock
Lenny Loftin Soldier #1
Dan McCann Hunter Marlock
Kevin McTurk Spy Morlock
Jeffrey M. Meyer Central Park Carriage Driver
John W. Momrow Fifth Avenue Carriage Driver
Gail Monian Eloi
R.C. Ormond Eloi
Jeff Podgurski Hunter Marlock
Connie Ray Teacher
Maro Uo Richmond Eloi
Thomas Corey Robinson Soldier #2
Christopher Sayour Hunter Marlock
Petra Sprecher Eloi
Josh Stamberg Motorist
Gary Toy Eloi
Steve Upton Hunter Marlock
Jonathan Valera Eloi
Bryon Weiss Hunter Marlock
Gavin Greenaway Conductor
Rick Wentworth Conductor
Technical Credits
Simon Wells Director
Jan H. Aaris Special Effects
Stephanie Allen Executive Producer
Robert Alonzo Stunts
Susan Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Anderson Animator
Deena Appel Costumes/Costume Designer
Carlos A. Araizqa Costumes/Costume Designer
Klaus Badelt Score Composer
Clayton Barber Stunts
William S. Beasley Asst. Director
Lisa Bechard Production Manager
Jon G. Belyeu Special Effects
Steve Blalock Stunts
Louella Boquiren Stunts
Dartenea Bryant Stunts
Christopher Burian-Mohr Art Director
Roberto M. Carneiro Costumes/Costume Designer
Damon Caro Stunts
Catherine Sudolcan Producer
Nikia Charles Stunts
Cinesite Animator
Eric P. Cook Special Effects
Laura Dash Stunts
Kevin Derr Stunts
Kelsee Devoreaux Stunts
Gary Diamond Set Decoration/Design
David E. Diano Camera Operator
Digital Domain Animator, Special Effects
Michael Dueñas Special Effects
Scott Eddo Makeup
Jared Eddo Stunts
Margaret Elliott Makeup
John M. Elliott Jr. Makeup
Richard Epper Stunts
Orlando Estrada Stunts
Roy Farfel Stunts
Claire Flewin Costumes/Costume Designer
Lucinda Foy Special Effects
David Gainey Animator
Tim Gallin Stunts
Jake Garber Makeup
Annie Garrity Costumes/Costume Designer
Ronald Goldstein Special Effects
Mila Hermanovski Costumes/Costume Designer
Scott Hersh Makeup
Bruce Hill Art Director
Tonja Leialoha Hill Special Effects
Lubo Hristov Art Director
Brian Imada Stunts
Industrial Light & Magic Animator, Special Effects
K.N.B. EFX Group Makeup Special Effects
Steve Kelso Stunts
Adam Kowalski Camera Operator
Heidi Kulow Makeup
Stacia Lang Costumes/Costume Designer
David Latour Animator
Bill Lee Special Effects
Arnold Leibovit Executive Producer
David Lester Associate Producer
John Logan Co-producer, Producer, Screenwriter
Laurie MacDonald Executive Producer
J.C. Machit Special Effects
David MacMillan Sound/Sound Designer
Mike Makara Animator
Mark Mangini Sound/Sound Designer
Mindy Marin Casting
Donald M. McAlpine Cinematographer
Andre McCoy Stunts
Bob McDougall Stunts
Robin E. McMullan Costumes/Costume Designer
Angela Meryl Stunts
Alkan Mike Animator
Andrew Miller Special Effects
Guy Miracle Costumes/Costume Designer
Linda Montanti Asst. Director
Greg Nelson Makeup
Christopher Nelson Makeup
Vern Nobles Jr. Camera Operator
Christine Onesky Special Effects
Ken Ouellette Animator
Walter Parkes Producer
Rob Phillips Costumes/Costume Designer
Kathie Pierson Costumes/Costume Designer
Ann Powderly Costumes/Costume Designer
Kristina Raditcheva Special Effects
Joseph Reid Costumes/Costume Designer
Ernest Rhea Stunts
Bob Ringwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Jean-Louis Rodrigue Choreography
Harry Rotz Costumes/Costume Designer
Raffis Sanders Stunts
Leticia Sandoval Costumes/Costume Designer
Jorge Saralegui Executive Producer
Oliver Scholl Production Designer
David A. Schroeder Special Effects
Ellen H. Schwartz Art Director, Asst. Director
Robert Simokovic Special Effects
Robin Slater Makeup
Harry J. Smith Jr. Special Effects
Laurel Smith Animator
Tom St. Amand Animator
Stan Winston Studio Makeup Special Effects
Tim Stevenson Animator
Robert M. Sturgis Special Effects
Maria Sundeen Costumes/Costume Designer
Matt Sweeney Special Effects Supervisor
Bill Taliaferro Set Decoration/Design
Fred Tessaro Special Effects
Jill Thraves Costumes/Costume Designer
Mark Torabayashi Stunts
Marjolaine Tremblay-Silva Animator
Michael H. Trueman Costumes/Costume Designer
Althea A. Unrath Costumes/Costume Designer
David Valdes Producer
Mario Vanillo Special Effects
Wayne Wahrman Editor
David Wald Stunts
Bruce K. West Set Decoration/Design
Mike Wever Special Effects
T.J. White Stunts
Darrell L. Wight Set Decoration/Design
Don Woodruff Art Director
Scott Workman Stunts
Emily Wyss Costumes/Costume Designer
George Zamora Special Effects
Geoff Zanelli Score Composer
Leonel Zapien Special Effects
Victor Zolfo Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Alexander [7:03]
2. Emma [5:16]
3. 4 Years Later [3:05]
4. The Machine [2:49]
5. Saving Emma [6:11]
6. "The Future Is Now" [4:50]
7. Vox [3:41]
8. 2037 [3:23]
9. The Eloi [9:40]
10. The Dream [2:22]
11. Questions [3:39]
12. The Hunt [5:48]
13. Two Species [3:29]
14. The Morlock Lair [4:34]
15. The Uber-Morlock [5:08]
16. The Answer [4:39]
17. Changing the Future [6:31]
18. Home [4:03]
19. End Credits [4:16]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      Commentaries
         Commentary With Simon Wells and Wayne Wahrman: On
         Commentary With Simon Wells and Wayne Wahrman: Off
         Commentary With David Valdes, Jamie Price and Oliver Scholl: On
         Commentary With David Valdes, Jamie Price and Oliver Scholl: Off
         "The Hunt" Animatic Commentary: On
         "The Hunt" Animatic Commentary: Off
      Behind the Scenes
         Creating the Morlocks
         Building the Time Machine
         Visual Effects by Digital Domain
         Deleted Scene
         Stunt Choreography Fight Sequence
      Archives
         Conceptual Design Gallery
            New York 1899
            New York 2030
            New York 2037
            New York Public Library
            The World of Eloi
            The World of Morlocks
            The Far Future
            The Time Machine
         Trailers
            Theatrical Teaser
            Theatrical Trailer
            International Trailer
         Cast
            Guy Pearce
            Samantha Mumba
            Jeremy Irons
            Orlando Jones
            Mark Addy
            Sienna Guillory
            Phyllida Law
            Omero Mumba
         Filmmakers
            Simon Wells
            Oliver Scholl
            John Logan
            Wayne Wahrman
            Walter F. Parkes
            Deena Appel
            David Valdes
            Bob Ringwood
            Laurie MacDonald
            Klaus Badelt
            Arnold Leibovit
            James E. Price
            Jorge Saralegui
            Matt Sweeney
            Donald M. Mcalpine
            Stan Winston Studio
         Production Notes
   Scene Index
   Subtitles
      English
      Spanish
      Commentary 1
      Commentary 2
      None
   Audio
      Commentary With Simon Wells and Wayne Wahrman
      Commentary With David Valdes, Jamie Price and Oliver Scholl
      English 5.1 Dolby Digital
      English 2.0 Dolby Surround
      English DTS Digital Surround
      Spanish 2.0 Dolby Surround
      French 5.1 Dolby Digital
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Very Different From the Book

    This movie was good, and I watched it before I read the book. In fact, this movie was the reason that I read the book. But after reading it, I realized how different they were. I was very surprised to find out that H.G. Wells's great-grandson was the director of this movie, because I would think that he would be more faithful to his work. In the book, the Elois were only a descendent of humans, but in the movie, they were pretty much the same as humans. Also, large portions of the movie were just made up as an excuse to show more time travel. They made up the character of Emma entirely, as well as their interpretations of the years 2030 and 2037. This is a good movie, but it is best not to compare it to the book, because they are too different.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Uninspiring Imitation

    This movie hardly carries the epic theme of the original novel or its cinematic predecessor. The script and direction seemed more interested in disseminating vapid politically correct propaganda with bad acting instead of emphasizing any of the novel's or the original film's theme on social evolution and class distinction. Yes, the special effects were great but hardly credible. I'd find it hard to believe that there would be any shred of civilization after millions of years of geological change: especially those depicted in the film. A shallow love story plot being used to convey one on extreme social darwinism seems more comical than anything esle: as if the screenwriters had decided to shoot themselves in the foot. Apart from Jeremy Irons, the acting in this film is just too weak to be worthy of any praise. Ignore this film and get the original one instead: you won't miss a thing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lacking in charm, untrur to Well's story.

    This 2002 cinematic version, supposedly of H.G. Wells time machine, is totally lacking in any of the charm of the 1960 version. As another viewer pointed out: H.G.Well's story is social commentary, and like the writings of Dickens, stands the test of time while pointing out the continued failings of humanity. To claim this cannot be protrayed in a movie version has as much truth as saying Citizen Cane whould have been better to avoided the subjects of greed, corruption, and averarice. Skip this version - buy the 1960 version.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not as expected

    This film is a rather loud and tiring experience. Ignores essential parts of the book by H.G. Wells' in which apparently is based. Lacks continuity and overuses modern film production and technology effects instead of overall product quality. Not even close to George Pal's classical production of 1960. In this case time has distorted concepts and deteriorated contents instead of improving on them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a cool movie

    I really enjoyed this movie.It's done very well.Guy Pearce is an outstanding actor and did a very good job at playing Alexander Hartdegen.I would recomend this movie to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Worthy Re-telling of a Classic Story

    This film is wonderful. From its heartfelt depiction of both past and future to its depth of characterization, it hits the mark again and again. Its protagonist, Alexander Hartdegen, is portrayed as a likable, genuine genius with equally genuine motivations for his actions, and every other character in the story is equally well presented. 'Vox' is a delight, as is Jeremy Irons' rational villain of the distant future. The film's music is magnificent, as are its visual effects. Both sight and sound are believable, right down to the most subtle touches. The machine itself is astounding, a marvel of brass, glass and wood -- the most complex prop ever built, it was fashioned from those materials from which it appears to have been built (no fiberglass or other Hollywood structural trickery here!) and when complete weighed some 4000 pounds. It's almost as amazing a sight when sitting still as when fully active. This film suffers only when unfairly compared with its Pal-directed predecessor, a familiar and comfortable classic many have grown to love (and a film to which this version gives many loving nods). When looked upon with fresh eyes, this new telling of 'The Time Machine' stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the earlier work and is a worthy contribution to the legacy of H.G. Wells' original story. A great movie, and a great DVD. Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Worthy ''Try!''

    Time travel is a subject, in any movie, that will certainly make me pay attention to it. This remake was a worthy try, but falls short, and is quite pale when judged side-by-side with the Rod Taylor ''Original.'' I have always loved the idea, although never mentioned in the novel, of the Time Traveler being named ''George.'' That the traveler was H.G. Wells. This story is a wonderful escape, and I will purchace it when it comes out on DVD, but, I will always consider the 1959 classic as its better parent. A good try.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good But Not Great

    The is movie is spectacular and has very crafty special effects.

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