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The People That Time Forgot [Blu-ray]
(Kevin Connor, 1977)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: American International Pictures (AIP)
Video: Kino Lorber
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 40,161,479,450 bytes
Feature Size: 27,767,052,288 bytes
Video Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: May 24th, 2016
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1856 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1856 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1644 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1644 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
• Commentary by director Kevin Connor moderated by Brian Trenchard-Smith
• Sarah Douglas Interview (20:30)
•Dana Gillespie Interview (24:11)
• Trailers (4:35)
Description: They've found the missing link... to mayhem! This surefire box-office smash delivers a daring, diabolical, dinosaur-laden fantasy adventure that's packed with hair-raising beasties and erupting fire every second. When an expedition in search of a lost colleague traces his last steps in the frozen Arctic, the team discovers a hidden tropical oasis in the middle of the ice! As things quickly thaw out, clothes come off and long forgotten cavemen - and dinosaurs - come a-hunting for fresh meat. Soon, prehistoric hysteria sets in and it's every man - and scantily clad woman - for himself. Kevin Connor (Motel Hell) directed this sequel to The Land That Time Forgot and At the Earth's Core. Starring Patrick Wayne (Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger), Doug McClure (Warlords of the Deep), Sarah Douglas (Superman II).
In this fantasy adventure tale based on a novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Ben McBride (Patrick Wayne) sets out to find Bowen Tyler (Doug McClure), a fellow explorer who was lost during an expedition to the island of Caprone, a tropical oasis in the midst of the arctic. McBride arrives at Caprone to discover that Tyler is fending off tribes of savage cavemen, doing battle with strange prehistoric beasts, and contending with frequent volcanic erruptions. Of course, life on Caprone isn't all bad, as a glimpse of Tyler's significant other Ajor (Dana Gillespie) would suggest, but the men still face many significant challenges as they try to get off the island and back to civilization. The People That Time Forgot was Doug McClure's third go-round in an Edgar Rice Burroughs adventure vehicle, following adaptations of The Land That Time Forgot and At the Earth's Core.
The budget for People That Time Forgot allows for decent special effects, not great, but decent. There’s some stop-motion work and then there’s some men-in-suit work, giving the viewer a chance to compare (as usual, the stop-motion is superior). Unless there’s a model of person in them, the miniature shots are all excellent. The film creates an experience of exploration and wonder. Maybe not wonderment, but definitely wonder. You can see it on the actors’ faces. The cast of this film, particularly Sarah Douglas and Patrick Wayne, is good. Even when they’re not particularly good, Dana Gillespie as a scantily clad cave girl, you still like the character. The People That Time Forgot is a smoothly constructed film.Excerpt from The Stop Button located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The nostalgia-inducing The People That Time Forgot on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber looks very good. This is dual-layered with a max'ed out bitrate and has what I perceived as some minor edge-enhancement but it was not consistent - probably just the monster effects but it also seemed a bit waxy. There is a nice sheen of grain that give the visuals some pleasing texture. The only other issue is that the high resolution further identifies the modest monster effects looking a lot like plastic models. Contrast is acceptable and colors decent. It looks solid in-motion. Fans won't be disappointed.
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The DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel at 1856 kbps (24-bit) does a competent job of exporting the film's 'creature' effects with some depth. The score is by veteran John Scott (Symptoms, Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, The Final Countdown) and it adds to the film's adventurous pleasures. There are no subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
Aswith Kino Lorber's Blu-ray of The Land That Time Forgot and At the Earth's Core we get a commentary by director Kevin Connor (At the Earth's Core, Motel Hell even an episode of Space: 1999) - moderated by Brian Trenchard-Smith. It has its amusing anecdotes and is worth the listen if you are a fan of the series. We also get a fun 45-minutes worth of two, separate, interviews with Time Forgot babes Sarah Douglas and Dana Gillespie and trailers for this film and Land That...
May 14th, 2016
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