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The Time Machine Blu-ray

United States
Warner Bros. | 1960 | 103 min | Rated G | Jul 08, 2014

The Time Machine (Blu-ray)
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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (19.95 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono
German: Dolby Digital Mono

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English SDH, French, Spanish, German SDH

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Blu-ray rating
Video 3.5 of 53.5
Audio 3.6 of 53.6
Extras 2.8 of 52.8
Based on 4 user reviews

Movie appeal

 
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Romance100%
Sci-Fi100%
Thriller100%
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The Time Machine

 (1960)

The Time Machine Blu-ray offers decent video and solid audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

Here today, gone tomorrow. When George (Rod Taylor) sits at the controls of his new creation, he has all the time in the world. He's invented a time machine that whisks him from 1899 to war-ravaged moments of the 20th century and into 802701. In that far-off era, passive Eloi face a grim future as prey to the glowing-eyed subterranean Morlocks...unless the time-traveling stranger from the past intervenes. At the controls of the 1960 movie of H.G. Wells' classic THE TIME MACHINE is effects trailblazer George Pal, whose features and short films won a combined seven Oscars and Special Awards. One winner was this beloved adventure loaded with visual marvels, from the nuclear destruction of London (complete with lava eruption) to the colorful whirligig of time travel.

For more about The Time Machine and the The Time Machine Blu-ray release, see the The Time Machine Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.0 out of 5.

Starring: Rod Taylor, Alan Young, Yvette Mimieux, Sebastian Cabot, Tom Helmore, Whit Bissell
Director: George Pal

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The Time Machine Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.0 of 5

No information was available on the source for Warner's 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray of The Time Machine, but the results are problematic. The film contains many effects shots achieved through optical superimposition, and a degree of softness and loss of detail is to be expected with such scenes. But even basic live-action scenes shot in George's home or in scenes when George exits the time machine suffer from a lack of fine detail. The source elements appear to be in good condition, without scratches or damage, but it is possible they may be several generations away from the original camera negative, which might account for the weakness of the image.

The usual suspect, so-called "DNR", cannot be blamed here, because the film's grain pattern is readily evident and has a natural appearance. It is possible, however, that some form of high-frequency filtering was applied to strip away fine detail, because the film's average bitrate is a miserly 19.95 Mbps, but if so, the filtering was done very neatly without leaving obvious artifacts. The only way to know for sure would be to compare the uncompressed master with the authored Blu-ray, which is an opportunity that none of us is likely to have.

Whatever the cause, the Blu-ray's image is among the weakest of the catalog titles I have reviewed from Warner. It looks better in motion that it does in the screencaps, and it certainly doesn't deserve to be dismissed as an "upconvert" or as "DVD quality", but it is far from the best of which the studio is capable. Then again, if these are the best elements contained in the library of MGM films acquired from Turner Entertainment, a better version may not be possible.

On the plus side, the blacks are good, and the colors are strong and well-saturated, which is an important element in the film's overall design, as George moves through different eras and watches his surroundings change. If nothing else, the Blu-ray's expanded color space allows The Time Machine's wide array of palettes to be seen in their full glory, which is no small advantage.


The Time Machine Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

The Time Machine was released in mono, although IMDb lists a four-track stereo mix for the Westrex system. Whatever source was used, the Blu-ray's 5.1 remix, presented in lossless DTS-HD MA, is a modest affair, retaining the original's front orientation and using the stereo separation to expand the presence of Russell Garcia's (Perry Mason) score and a few of the time travel device's characteristic sound effects. The war sequences and the confrontations with the Morlocks have relatively limited dynamic range by contemporary standards. The dialogue is always clear.



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The Time Machine (1960) Blu-ray Detailed - April 8, 2014

Warner Brothers has detailed its upcoming Blu-ray release of director George Pal's classic adventure film The Time Machine (1960), starring Rod Taylor, Alan Young, Yvette Mimieux, Sebastian Cabot, and Tom Helmore. The release will be available for purchase on July ...

The Time Machine (1960) Blu-ray - March 12, 2014

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is bringing filmmaker George Pal's The Time Machine (1960) to Blu-ray. Based on the 19th century H.G. Wells novel of the same name, the science fiction classic stars Rod Taylor, Alan Young, Yvette Mimieux, Sebastian Cabot, Yvette ...


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