The Time Machine

The Time Machine

DVD - 2000
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In 1899, a young scientist invents a time machine that takes him into the future of the 20th century and beyond.
Publisher: Burbank, CA. : Warner Home Video, c2000, c1960
ISBN: 9780790747323
0790747324
Branch Call Number: DVD TIM
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Still a classic after all these years. The dialogue is a bit stiff as is some of the acting but it's still great fun. The effects were state-of-the-art back then so give it a break. That machine is a work of art. A proto-steampunk masterpiece.

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ddonster
Nov 24, 2016

I watched the Time Machine (1960) and Planet of the Apes (1968) recently and noticed a few parallels. They both time travel into the far future. In the future, civilization has been destroyed by war. Instead of dominating the world, humans are now prey and are hunted.

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gomez7
Aug 05, 2016

A classic of science fiction (or fantasy, if you prefer, as there's no nuts and bolts of how everything works). I've seen this countless times over a period of decades. Victorian era gentleman builds time machine and eventually travel past Armageddon to a time and place that needs his help. What three books would you bring with you on a one-way trip to a primitive society? A touch of the Romantic here. Excellent supporting cast generally have very small roles.

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lusifer
Jul 25, 2016

From Its Begginings Its The Number One By Far In CLASSic "Time Travel"- Science Fiction Expressions Showing The Actuallity Of What They Experiened Caught Not On Film.
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Calvacade
Jul 16, 2016

Excellent movie based on the H.G. Wells time travel story.

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akirakato
Jul 16, 2016

This is a 1960 British-American time-travel SF drama directed by George Pal, based on the 1895 novella of the same name by H. G. Wells.
Travelling with the time machine, George stops in 1966, finding his neighbourhood now part of a futuristic metropolis.
People are hurrying into a nearby fallout shelter amid the blare of air raid sirens.
An elderly James Filby urges George to immediately take cover, but he does not understand the danger.
A nuclear explosion causes a sudden volcanic eruption around him.
George continues his journey forward as the lava rapidly cools and hardens, trapping him inside.
I really wonder if H. G. Wells had foreseen the possible nuclear war when he wrote the novel.
If so, he must have possessed a futuristic brain!
In any case, George then stops in AD 802,701 near the base of a towering sphinx.
It is a quite interesting world.
Eventually, George gets back home and sits down at the dinner table with his friends, who are, of course, skeptical of his story.
Then George shows the flower that his girlfriend of the future world gave him.
James Filby, an amateur botanist, says the species is completely unknown in the 19th century.
George bids his guests a good evening.
Filby steps out but returns to find George and his machine gone and then notices drag marks where it would be positioned outside the sphinx after returning to the future world.
Filby and Wells' housekeeper notice three books are missing.
I really wonder what those books are?

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TheSandoz
Jul 14, 2016

Seminal time travel film that still holds up today.

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donkeyhote
Jul 13, 2016

Hey, Akirakato, I said the 3 books our hero takes with him into the Future are scientific books. This means he wants to create a better future by using science. Otherwise, who asked you, Kato, to tell the story line? Rather tell your views if there are any. Now, about Wells. Wells WAS AN OFFICIAL PROPAGANDIST. He wrote all his works with a purpose, to convey messages, often thru symbolic meanings. This movie's message is: the time traveler guy goes forward into the future carrying science with him, to create a better human civilization. That's it. Wells was not seeking a girlfriend - he divorced several times and was a pervert, so he made contracts with his divorced wives to not to reveal his perverse traits. Wells came from a servant family; he dreaded to become a servant or laborer himself. He had some talent for writing, and the Gov. gave him a big house and several secretaries to dictate to. Read his book or watch his movie: "The Shape Of Things To Come", where he reveals some of the plans for the future. I really was stunned to read about his mention of the future use of "sterilization gas" and "permanent death gas," which, according to him, will create a new, better life form (of humans). He mentions Apostle Paul as a forerunner of the plans for Humanity's future ("we'll change all at once" - that will be achieved by a brain chip or the genetic modification of the future humans.)

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Jul 03, 2016

Even though this film (in some ways) reduced H. G. Wells' timeless, fantasy story to a mere comic book level, I did enjoy it, all the same.

But the thing that struck me as quite bizarre was that the Wells character (living in 1899) actually had to travel in time to the year 802701 AD in order to find the girl of his dreams.

Now, that was a bit much, don't you think?.... Like, weren't there any babes in his own time that he could have taken a fancy to who would have spared him this trip into the future?

The Time Machine won an Oscar for "Best Special Effects" (1961).... Watch the video-clip of the Time Traveller meeting the Morlocks. (Ooooh! Scary!)

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Watson_20
Apr 16, 2016

Great movie. I really enjoyed this movie. Well done movie. This is one of two best time travel movies of all time. I even enjoyed the remake of The Time Machine.

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