The Time Machine

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In George Pal's version of the H.G. Wells classic, Rod Taylor stars as George, a young scientist fascinated with the concept of time travel. On December 31, 1899, George seats himself in his jerry-built time machine and thrusts himself forward into 1917. A dyed-in-the-wool pacifist, George is distressed to see that World War I is raging all about him. He moves past the 1920s and 1930s into the 1940s, only to be confronted by another, even more terrible war. Next he stops in 1966, just as London is destroyed in a ...
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Overview

In George Pal's version of the H.G. Wells classic, Rod Taylor stars as George, a young scientist fascinated with the concept of time travel. On December 31, 1899, George seats himself in his jerry-built time machine and thrusts himself forward into 1917. A dyed-in-the-wool pacifist, George is distressed to see that World War I is raging all about him. He moves past the 1920s and 1930s into the 1940s, only to be confronted by another, even more terrible war. Next he stops in 1966, just as London is destroyed in a nuclear explosion. Retreating to his Time Machine, George is sealed in his cellar by molten lava. By the time he and his machine manage to escape their tomb, the year is 802,701. Looking around, George observes a seemingly idyllic world populated by gentle people. But he also notices that the citizens of the future, known as "Elois," behave more like mindless sheep than human beings. Befriending the lovely Weena Yvette Mimieux, George learns to his dismay that humankind has forgotten all that it has learned through the centuries, preferring instead to frolic endlessly under the sun. Plot holes and inconsistencies abound in The Time Machine, but the film's true selling points was its Oscar-winning special effects; in this respect, producer-director Pal succeeded beyond anyone's wildest dreams. Another plus: the haunting musical score by Russell Garcia.
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Special Features

Behind-the-scenes documentary Time Machine: The Journey Back, hosted by Rod Taylor and featuring Alan Young and Whit Bissell; Theatrical trailer
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The famous H.G. Wells novel about time travel already seemed dated in 1960, as both the United States and the Soviet Union were launching men into outer space. Yet the era spawned many science fiction stories, and a film version of Wells's saga was still timely. The film is faithful to the 1890s era in which Wells placed the novel. The special effects, innovative for their time, won an Oscar, combining a bizarre vision of the future with a clunky but mesmerizing means of getting there. Director George Pal was outshone by cinematographer Paul Vogel. Rod Taylor is excellent in the lead role, and Yvette Mimieux vamps in the female lead.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/8/2014
  • UPC: 883929404988
  • Original Release: 1960
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  • Source: Turner Home Ent
  • Time: 1:43:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 7,793

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rod Taylor George, H. G. Wells
Alan Young David Filby/James Filby
Yvette Mimieux Weena
Sebastian Cabot Dr. Philip Hillyer
Tom Helmore Anthony Bridewell
Whit Bissell Walter Kemp
Doris Lloyd Mrs. Watchett
Bob Barran Eloi Man
Paul H. Frees Voice Only
Technical Credits
George Pal Director, Producer
Wah Chang Special Effects
George W. Davis Art Director
David Duncan Screenwriter
William Ferrari Art Director
Russell Garcia Score Composer
Keogh Gleason Set Decoration/Design
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
Franklin E. Milton Sound/Sound Designer
William Shanks Asst. Director
George Tomasini Editor
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Paul Vogel Cinematographer
Gene Warren Special Effects
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