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Time Machine, The

Alexander Hartdegen (Pearce) is a typical confused professor who’s madly in love with his girlfriend Emma. When he wants to propose to her, they get robbed and she dies. Filled with sorrow, Alexander starts to work on a time machine which he can use to alter history and after four years of hard work he finally succeeds. He travels back in time to save Emma, but each time he tries to save her, something else happens and she gets killed anyway. Surprised by the fact that he can’t change history, he decides to travel to the future to the year 2030 where he meets the virtual museum guide Vox which can’t help him either.

He decides to travel even further to the future and ends up in the year 803. A huge disaster has happened and the moon has fallen on earth, destroying civilization. Mankind is split up into two groups: the friendly Eloï who live in peace and the cannibalistic Morlocks who live underground and use the Eloï as cattle. Alexander meets one of the Eloï called Mara, a teacher who can speak the old English language. When she gets captured by the Morlocks, Alexander decides to face the gruesome creatures and their leader.

Sound and Vision:
The image is of high quality with only some very minor edge enhancemant but for the rest good contrast, hair sharp detail and decent color use and no problems with different color palettes.

The same goes for the soundtrack which uses the surround channels very much, just like the subwoofer which comes into action a lot. Very impressive.

Extras:
We start off with two audio commentary track, first by director Simon Wells and editor Wayne Wahrman while the second is spoken by David Valdes, production designer Oliver Scholl and visual effects-supervisor James E. Price. Next up are no less than four featurettes including information on the Morlocks, visual effects, stunts and of course accompanied by interviews with cast and crew. To end it all we get some deleted scenes, a storyboard comparison and a gallery with pictures.

Conclusion:
The Time Machine is a classic story from H.G. Wells and deserves a great movie. I doubt this one will ever make records, but it is very entertaining and the dvd release has everything one can hope for

Our Score:
7.0

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