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  • Talk about classic
    This really is a great movie in about every way. It's well written & acted. It has forsight. It's fun. There are slow parts for people who can't appreciate the story and/or have a short attention span. I have a hard time bringing myself to spend the time to re-watch it when I'm in the mood but when I do, I'm always glad I did. I don't think any DVD collection is complete without this awesome classic....more info
  • Weeennnaaa!
    The Time Machine is great although maybe for different reasons now compared to when it was first released in the 60s, the special effects have not stood the test of time very well, but because it doesn't take itself too seriously there is much fun to be had watching blue bodybuilders wearing mops on their heads, a lava destruction sequence that was done filmed with your basement train set and hot jam and where the harebrained futuristic people are all blonde!, all makes the Time Machine a must see and eons better than its remake.

    Before the turn of the 20th century George Wells builds a time machine and instead of going into the past decides to visit the future. His journey leads him to meet with children of his friends from the past, multiple world wars and a future society where humanity has speciated into two opposing groups. Can George prove it all happened and can his machine change fate? If you like any sort of corny classic film then The Time Machine is a whole bag of that and then some more. It might not have heavy duty thinking behind it like Forbidden Planet, and watches much like an extended episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, but at the same time is its own film in its own unique way. Just see if you can say that girl's name and keep a straight face. Weeennnaaa! ...more info
  • A Timeless Classic!
    I was very delighted to see Hollywood had saved this old film classic with Rod Taylor. I especially enjoyed the behind the scenes portion and learned allot about this film's history, since its making. I had even had the pleasure of working along side Mr. Bob Burns, while working as forman of Magic Mountain's Showcase Theatre, located in Valencia, California some 30 years ago. Mr. Burns was a interesting man to meet and be around; always full of new ideas and projects to pursue.

    The packaging and DVD quality are just fine. No complaints. Delivery was excellent and delivered on time!...more info
  • In search of a promissory future: the great illusion of the progress!
    Based on the famous novel of H. G. Wells, a young inventor constructs a device that
    enables him to travel to the future, to see what the future will depart us. But this somber gaze has nothing to do with a promissory future where harmony and peace will reign.

    Regardless the spanning years, the film still strike you. Memorable special effects and imaginative stages, where the vigorous profile of Rod Taylor is admirably compensated with that sidereal beauty who Yvette Mimieux was.

    Georges Pal would eventually the same director of the famous cult movie:"the seven faces of Dr. Lao."
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  • The Time Machine
    This movie is a great adventure. It has been enjoyed by my husband and i. Thank you Paula Flynn...more info
  • the best -time machine
    it dont get any better full of great thoughts and class and great ideas and lovely blonde girls blondes are more civilized than brunettes, good call on director this one should get six stars. the new one came out after this is worst crap i ever seen nothing butt special effects and some kind of racist attitude butt this 1950s is so good and represents how people were back then very good. i should know my ancestores go back 1640 in ameirca....more info
  • Timeless
    This particular adaptation of H.G. Well's novel, though not entirely following the text's plot, seen more times than memory serves, will never lose its appeal, its mystic qualities nor its political ramifications.

    In the novel, the protaganist, a scientist of great passion, grows posessed to go back in time and prevent the death of his true love. He attempts to prevent her death many times, but she dies anyway despite his efforts under different circumstances - "one cannot prevent fate"?

    Rod Taylor does a supurb job as the curious scientist, moving into future time, as we see 1960 special effects of fashion changes, and the creation of the horseless carriage. He moves forward with great pace as the earth is destroyed by man. Thousands of years pass, as the rocks of centuies finally disapate to find himself in a kind of paradise, where berry's are the size of soccer balls.

    Later we find the earth is divided into two types: Eloi & Morlock. The dominant class, (Morlock) and the slave class, (Eloi) as the Morlock's supply the basics of life for the apathetic Eloi, only to exploit them for their own ends. Sounds familiar?

    Here comes the protaganist to save the day, going back in time to tell his story to his colleagues.

    The protaganist goes forward in time to create a "new way of life" for the Eloi, however, he only takes one book with him, and the audience is left wondering what book it could be.

    If you were in the same situation, what one book would you take forward in time to create a new civilization?

    A favourite as a child, (book & novel) this film has always continued to be food for thought and a personal sentimental classic.

    A film to have in one's library.

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  • The Time Machine
    A good movie for it's time and a good movie now. So much better than the cheesy remake. ...more info
  • A Real Classic!
    "The Time Machine" is a classic sci-fi story which has spawned a myriad of other time travel scenarios, the two most recognizable being "The Time Tunnel", and "Quantum Leap".This movie stands the test of time (pardon the obvious pun).It is expertly paced, and draws the viewer right into the story.You almost get a feel for the past,present and future.You also hear Wells' ominous predictions for what is now a very real and quite alarming present.His stories have always exposed the worst of our natures, whether self-created or from outside, yet preach that we are the ones who control our destiny, and that there is always hope.This movie can and should be viewed several times each year. I guarantee you will thoroughly enjoy it as much on the tenth or even twentieth time as in the first....more info
  • What a classic!
    Just re-watched this movie this weekend and forgot how good it was. Alan Young plays Taylor's best friend and there are great behind-the-scenes stories for this movie in Young's book MISTER ED AND ME (I believe that is the title) also available on Amazon.com. If you love Morlocks, beautiful women, Oscar winning special effects and clever plots, this movie is for you....more info
  • Priceless Sci Fi Classic
    Rod Taylor is at his best in the HG Wells Classic. Good film and the storyline is very close to the novel. I wished that they would have made Time Machine II. They had a script for the film but was never produced. This one is better than the one that was remade in 2002....more info
  • A VINTAGE FANTASTIC SCIENCE FICTION FILM THAT STILL INCLUDES CHEMISTRY BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN
    IN A NUTSHELL: H.G. WELLS'S 'TIME MACHINE' IS INTERPRETED IN FILM BY GEORGE PAL

    Okay, this is an old film and might it look quaint to some of our younger movie-goers, but to those of us that grew up around films like 'The Time Machine', this is pure wonder. This film is quite true to the original literary work penned by H.G. Wells in 1895 and uses a realistic victorian motif combined with a crystal powered time machine to power the film.

    GOOD STORY + GOOD ACTING & SPECIAL EFFECTS = TIMELESS CLASSIC

    The 'Special Effects' were made the old-fashioned way, but they worked well enough to get Tim Baar and Gene Warren an Oscar nomination for 'Best Visual Effects'. They cleverly illustrated the passage of time as the time machine traveled through the fourth dimension by utilizing a number of clever devices such as; rapidly growing and ripening apples over what appeared to be seconds, shrinking candlesticks as we watched, a mannequin that changed with the fashions as we watched, the sun and moon arcing overhead in a heartbeat, superfast appearing snails, rapidly decomposing morlochs and much more.

    Rod Taylor as H.G. Wells did play a rather bare knuckled hero, but he showed conviction and passion in the role that helped to suspend our disbelief. Yvette Mimieux as Weena, a young blond Eloi, was quite a scene stealer without doing anything special in particular. Perhaps she just looked the part of a young eloi woman so well and attractively that it made Rod Taylor's character want to stay in the future an easy sell for both him and the audience. I can recall seeing the film as a youngster and as soon as I saw Weena I thought, "now he's [Rod Taylor] just got to stay".

    -----> THE PRINCIPAL PLAYERS <-----

    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
    Paul H. Frees - Talking Rings [Voice]

    -----> THE PRODUCTION CREW <-----

    George Pal - Director / Producer
    David Duncan - Screenwriter
    H.G. Wells - Book Author
    Nicolas Vogel - Cinematographer
    Paul Vogel - Cinematographer
    Russell Garcia - Composer (Music Score)
    George Tomasini - Editor
    George W. Davis - Art Director
    William Ferrari - Art Director
    Keogh Gleason - Set Designer
    Henry W. Grace - Set Designer
    Franklin E. Milton - Sound/Sound Designer
    William J. Tuttle - Makeup
    Wah Chang - Special Effects
    Gene Warren - Special Effects
    William Shanks - First Assistant Director

    ABOUT THE DVD: A HUGE IMPROVEMENT OVER THE VHS -- HERE'S WHY

    I have had the VHS version of this film forever and I am so pleased to have finally gotten this DVD edition and there are some very compelling reasons;

    * VERY CLEAN TRANSFER -- LETTERBOXED -- 103 MINUTES [with some longer scenes than VHS]

    * Behind-the-scenes Documentary The Time Machine: The Journey Back, hosted by Rod Taylor with Alan Young and Whit Bissell -- about 46 minutes and includes some history of the actual Time Machine used in the film and its restoration. Also, a sort of informal tribute to George Pal.

    * Available in English or French audio plus English or French subtitles can be chosen too.

    * Dolby Digital Sound - the old VHS edition sounded rather tinny but this DVD's sound is really restored as is the picture quality.

    BOTTOM LINE: CHEMISTRY BETWEEN WEENA & GEORGE ADD EMOTION TO THIS FANTASY EVENT

    A very interesting and entertaining effort by George Pal includes a wonderful script based on H.G. Wells's novel, a fitting musical score by Russell Garcia, breathtaking cinematography by Paul Vogel and incredible visual effects for 1960 by Gene Warren and Tim Baar. Having said all that, for me, it was the chemistry between Rod Taylor as George and Yvette Mimieux as Weena that make this film a classic that endures. It is surprising just how much Mimieux as Weena gets across without saying very much to the all too loquacious George, and ultimately to the audience.





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  • Stunning Film Treatment Of The Famous H. G Wells Sci Fi Story
    The 1960 film version of "The Time Machine", was always one of my absolute favourites growing up and rewatching it now as an adult I appreciate now even more the great effort put in by the legendary George Pal and his talented cast and technical crew in bringing this story vividly to life. Their attention to detail, and creation of what are still awe inspiring special effects were of course created using their collective imaginations without the help of today's computers. I'm not going into exclamations as others have about the effects appearing "dated", by today's standards as that is a pointless exercise and really why is there a need to compare efforts such as this made in 1960 with the technology available to movie makers today? I look at the film in the context of the time it was made in and in this way it can be seen that "The Time Machine", was very state of the art entertainment upon its release. Using the excellent literary source in the famous novel by H.G. Wells, MGM studios in a last gasp of its famous move making finesse fashioned an exciting, thought provoking, and above all else spectacular story here that looks as fresh today as it did over 45 years ago. What is so totally impressive about this film version still for me is the marvellous depiction of the passage of time once the story gets under way and this progression by Rod Taylor on his time machine from New Years Eve 1899 through many thousands of years into Earth's future is still one of the greatest science fiction sequences ever filmed in any decade. George Pal's brilliance in visual design is wonderfully evident in every frame of these scenes where he shows the passing of time by the continual speeded up rising and setting of the sun and moon and best of all by a wonderful idea of continually showing the clothes on a mannequin standing in a neighboring shop window continually changing as the fashions progress over many decades. The time machine itself is a wonderful piece of movie making design and in the decades since the film's release has really taken on a whole life of its own as probably one of the most famous movie props ever created. For all sci fi film lovers like myself this wonderful piece of imaginative construction along with the whole classic movie to which it belongs has assumed an appropriately timeless quality and illustrates yet again the genius that was movie maker George Pal. ...more info
  • Lisa's Opinion
    The time machine was an excellent movie. I highly recommend it. Rod Taylor is a superb actor, and makes this movie a classic. ...more info
  • Great story line and clasic rendition
    This video is a classic of its era. Good special effects that accompany a pretty good story. ...more info
  • El yay
    Super fast delivery! Love this movie. my only pet peeve is that the dvd was loose in the case due to rough handling while in shipment...but no scratches no worries!...more info
  • The Time Machine
    Really Great to see this clasic again. Arrived in good time, no defects and good condition. thank you...more info
  • If you like old movies.....
    I saw this as a kid when I was at my grandma's house and I really enjoyed it. I have watched it again as an adult and still find it to be just as entertaining. It's about a man who builds a time machine and goes into the future. He finds humans and a mutant cannibalistic breed of humans who live underground and eat normal humans. He meets a very pretty woman named Weena and they and the others must confront the monsters. It has a great ending and though the special effects are VERY dated, it's still really cool to see the time-lapse effect as he travels through the centuries. The movie is squeaky clean, has little kissing, mild action and is ok for most kids. It's a little scary in some parts but the monsters look so cheesy it's sort of funny. I find it really interesting to watch movies that my parents and grandparents saw. I think this movie is a classic and will be enjoyed for many more generations. ...more info
  • The Rime Machine
    This is still the classic movie - saw it as a pre-teen and loved it then and it still brings back memories - the newer version does not compare with this classic - would not recomend it for small children...more info
  • Time Travel
    This movie is one hour and fourty-three minutes long and was released on August 17, 1960. Also included in the movie is an extra 48 minutes of film that deal with the making of the movie, the restoration of the time machine, and 15 minute short. The movie is told in first person fashion. How George invented the time machine and traveled several thousand years into the future. Into a time were there is no war, no politics and no worry. Almost a garden of Eden. This is a very good movie to watch and the special effects are great and won an Academy Award for Best Effects, Special Effects (1961)....more info
  • 'I'm going back to my own time. I won't even bother to tell of the useless struggles of a hopeless future!'
    Though the film has flaws, mostly on the corney side, I think it is safe to say that this is the best adaptation of one of H.G. Wells' novels to film yet produced.

    Wells imaginatively projected the "class struggle" pondered by Marx (of the capitalist owners vs. workers without a share in the means of production) 800,000 years into the future. In this way, combining with Darwinian evolution, it becomes a struggle between two sub-species: the underground machine-lord cannibal "Morlocks" vs. the above ground, sunshine-loving "Eloi," who the Morlocks simply breed as cattle. In Wells' fancy, the differences between classes will become so extreme (assuming the absence of an earlier, political solution), there will eventually be an ironic ambiguity as to which class is really which.

    To its merit, this is evident enough in the film; but the film adds to that a couple of dated (innaccurate) predictions concerning the "near" future (now past). The result is a risky and somewhat corney ride. Yet this addition is also fairly well off-set by the fact that the time traveller is allowed to start his journey from the late 19th century (and so from Wells' own time, as in the novel). The film here has a vivid, added dimesion of the curiosity of a time machine starting its career before high tech--evidently by the sheer genius of a lone inventor. (This device was used by subsequent time travel films--as well as by other Wells-to-film attempts, like The First Men in the Moon, but never as effectively.) In the end, the film successfully portrays a maverick and human hero (the time traveller, who is never quite at home in and so rises above any period of time)--one who the audience is at least allowed to hope for--without in any way compromising the scope of Wells' intent.

    Perhaps it is even some return trip of the time traveller to those "horse and buggy" days which changes the innacurate "predictions" to recent history as we actually know it--a possibility plainly allowed for (though not shouted out) by the screenplay. A question for familiar viewers--would Filby really just let his son Jamie die and his store be destoyed, for apparently no good reason--after having received due warning?

    The time-lapse photography for the time travel scenes are put to very good use. The visual appearance of the machine in the film, extrapolated from Wells' descriptions, is a remarkable feat of imagination and ingenuity, and is the envy of every true sci-fi buff. A scene where the time traveller takes a moment to gaze upon and walk about his creation before embarking on his first journey, looking on it with admiration, amazement and anticipation (as if the machine itself were a discovery more than an invention, seamlessly pregnant with the endless adventures it promises), is even breathtaking.

    The Hollywood swashbuckling and boy-meets-girl aspects are present but not overblown. The wonder of time meets technology is intelligently dealt with, as is the wonder of a man who steps out of his own time. In this respect it is very fun to watch the time traveller try to kindle the spark of curiosity and wonder in the spiritually deadened descendents of the future, who are plainly depicted as having their forerunners stemming back as far as the late 1800's (the time traveller having had similar trouble at that time as well, trying to wake up closed-minded friends and aquaintances as he argues with them about the value of time-travel). The near-futility of his stuggle is very forceful, vivid and effective.

    The casting is flawless and the acting is excellent, especially for the two main characters, the unnamed by Wells, "Time Traveler" (though very subtly given the cameo name in the film of H. George Wells--the first initial H. followed by "George Wells" only briefly appearing in shots of the time machine's control panel, where the inventor stylistically ingraved it--though his friends do call him George) and his tiny, delicate and fun-loving girlfriend from the future, Weena.

    Incidentally, the 2002 Dreamworks remake is good, but really has nothing to do with Wells' novel. One nice twist is the albino and articulate Morlock. Weena is still pretty, but has nothing to do with Wells' novel--even her name gets changed to "Mara." The time machine itself is also good (very good), though it is impossible to believe it was constructed in 1899. Not so for the 1960 film; I believe it every time--"If someone had made a time machine in 1899 that somehow actually worked, that is what it would have looked like." Overall, in terms of sets and direction in the "remake," the distant future does not appear as distant and exotic as in the earlier film. Distorted beyond recognition in the 2002 remake is the foreboding, silent future image of the Sphinx, towering over the time traveller when he first arrives in the year 802,701. This image from the novel is present in 1960 film, and is intended to invoke the tantalizing theme of "the riddle of the Sphinx"--what is the difference between man and beast? Yet in this remake there are few mysteries. Overall, the film has the same failings, while at the same time being "maverick" gets reduced to the mundane, like wearing a hat not yet in style. Notably absent is the nearly-futile and perennial struggle of the hero.

    Does the 1960 version solve the riddle of the Sphinx? I think it hints at a solution: at the end of the movie, the housekeeper, Mrs. Watchett (evidently a widow, but not evidently without children), befriending Filby, evidently wishes to keep the house light going in at least in one window (in case of the Time Traveller's return)--as such she also evidently represents the future Eloi; the scene is shot just as we must imagine that Weena is also awaiting the Time Traveller's return. It is his businessmen friends who become the Morlock--though Filby is the ambiguous go between.
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  • An Interesting Adaptation
    "H. G. Wells' The Time Machine" is another of the great George Pal movies which did so much to bring science fiction to the big screen. Naturally, the movie is based on H. G. Well's book "The Time Machine", which was first published in 1895. However, there is a significant change between the movie and the book. In the book, Wells focused on a class struggle which ultimately resulted in the separation between the Eloi and the Morlocks. The movie, though, is about war. The main character George (a.k.a. H. G. Wells) stops at three places in time, each of them being a major conflict; World War I, World War II, and the last a nuclear war which George Pal places in the year 1966, just six years after the movie.

    The movie debuted in Japan on June 10th of 1960, before moving on to the U.S. on August 17th of the same year. The movie stars Rod Taylor as George, with Alan Young playing David Filby and James Filby (father and son), Yvette Mimieux as Weena, and Sebastian Cabot as Dr. Hillyer. This movie, along with "Destination Moon", "When Worlds Collide", and "War of the Worlds" are classics produced by George Pal, which defined science fiction in the movies. After "The Time Machine", Pal turned his talents to fantasy, producing films like "Atlantis, the Lost Continent", "The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm", and the wonderful and bizarre "7 Faces of Dr. Lao".
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  • The Time Machine
    One of the best quality DVD I've viewed, on a Plasma TV it almost looks 3-D....more info
  • The Time Machine deserves the same DVD treatment as Forbidden Planet
    The Time Machine is a classic, period. I will not go into the details of the movie as many other reviewers have already done so (great good vs. evil).

    Warner Brothers came out with the stellar Ultimate Forbidden Planet, complete with a model of the robot and tin box! How cool would it be to have the same for the Time Machine (like maybe, a model of the time machine???)

    These two movies (in Ultimate editions) are the best bookends your DVD library could ever have.

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  • A step back in time.
    The Time Machine is not only a wonderful movie but it is a favorite subject of mine; the ability to move back or forth through millions of years fascinates me, especially the future as it is largely unknown. For its age the film is scarcely dated with fine acting and production values, and one of those that you can watch over and over. The question of what to bring with you into another civilization for better or worse is infinitely intriguing....more info
  • ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES EVER
    I loved this movie when it first came out and it still ranks as one of my all-time favorites. I don't see how it could be better. The subject of time travel is intriguing. The sets are fabulous. The acting is great. The story is gripping. There is never a dull moment. This movie has my most enthusiastic recommendation....more info
  • Great Classic Movie
    This is a great movie for anyone that enjoys old movies. Not to mention Arlene Dahl is just beautiful!...more info
  • Time Machine
    I enjoy viewing movies that I remember as a child. These movies are clean cut. The movie in dvd format had great quality....more info
  • An Excellant Science Fiction Classic
    A must have for lovers of H. G. Wells, or even Jules Vern, or classic Science Fiction movies. Well played, by the actors, and full of suspense. Believeable, and almost comical, as it may predict our furture. What will our post nuclear age be like, will we ever use the bomb again? What will be the results?

    Even a few flashes of the past, and somehow defines the future, as explained by the "The Time Traveler", or is it.

    Love Science Fiction, classic Science Fiction, then pick up a copy, pop some corn turn out the lights and prepare to be jolted, just a little....more info
  • The Time Machine
    Good special effects for the time it was produced. Kind of a melancholy story but well worth watching. In many ways better than the more recent interpretation of the novel....more info
  • The Time Machine
    A great movie. My family has watched it several times, and never get tired of it....more info
  • Time Capsule
    This movie collects many of the ideas and fears of its own time, and straps them together with pieces of Wells's original story. There are some nice spots here, esp. Pal's signature stop animation in some of the time travel sequences, but not enough to save this from being only ordinary.

    The 1950s-isms stand out quite clearly. The Eloi are Wells's gentle hedonists, playing ineffectually in a garden world. Here, they're all young, dressed in pastel tunics, coiffed, and blond - as if only blonds could be beautiful people. Complete lack of children in this world leaves me wondering where the next generation would come from, but issues of reproduction don't suit this movie's era. Wells's troglodytic Morlocks become monster-movie standards: green, clumsy, with glowing eyes. And, to satisfy the moral needs of the time, characters identified as good defeat the ones identified as evil, without much though to where the good guys' next meal might come from.

    This movie was made in the 1950s, so the threat of nuclear war has to figure somewhere in the story. Missile silos come to mind when we see the air shafts into the Morlock's underground city. The big presence, though, is the air raid sirens, co-opted as triggers for a bizarre but recognizable instinct.

    This is a fair bit of nostalgic entertainment. It loses all the social imact of Wells's story, and adds features that don't really add much. Despite that, it's still a fair popcorn movie.

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  • Classic
    This movie is one of the better quality movies from the 60's. With very little special effects the story line is great. The warning of what faces the world if we don't change our ways is played out very will here. Excellent actors in Rod Taylor and Alan Young. ...more info
  • Please Make a Time Machine Faithful to the Book
    As a book to movie purist, why can't either movie address the main contention in the source? The Eloi created the Morlocks! The Eloi were the wealthy class, and the Morlocks were the workers. Any socialist philosophy aside (and I am far from a socialist), it makes the book highly engaging, because those who you would normally root for (the Eloi), and the villains (the Morlocks), it turns out the monsters are the victims. Great stuff (which is why it's a great book). Why must Hollywood, both in 1960 and 2005 (or whenever that other tripe was made) simplify and elimininate this crucial point! Well, you want something much worse, check out On the Beach, the great book, and then the god-awful 2000 and whatever version! WRETCHED!!! ...more info
  • Hokey maybe, but a loved classic
    Maybe not state of the art special effects, but a movie that was way ahead of it's time then and classic to baby-boomers like myself. By the way-my 21 year old and 13 year old thought it was...."way cooler" than Star Wars. About 13 co-workers have borrowed it since I got it. 'Nuff said. ...more info
  • "Before its Time"
    I first viewed this film when I was 11 years old and I must confess that seeing this movie impacted my whole life. I still have drawings I did in grade school of glass-domed futuristic houses with large double entrance doors. The time machine itself, is so humorous, but it is what they would have had in the 1800s for such a contraption. I was entranced by the Eloi and their lack of emotion and having to do nothing but eat fruit all day. My infantile mind thought that would be a GOOD life. I consider this a much better movie than its "twin" Journey to the Center of the Earth, but they were both great and thought-provoking, especially to pre-teenagers. The scenes and special effects are phenomenal. It is because of this movie that I probably eventually decided to write a time-travel novel of my own. Rod Taylor was not my favorite actor, but he did a very good job in this movie....more info
  • A Safe Sci-Fi
    This is one to watch if you like sci-fi films, but don't like a grotesque, horror flick. The plot is built around the traditional good versus evil with good triumphing. ...more info