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(aka "One Million Years B.C." )

 

directed by Don Chaffey
USA / UK 19
66

 

In this vivid view of prehistoric life, a man from the vicious Rock People, Tumak (John Richardson, Black Sunday) is banished from his home, but soon finds himself living among the kind, gentle Shell People. There, he falls in love with the beautiful Loana (Raquel Welch, Hannie Caulder, Fantastic Voyage), in the role that made her an international sex symbol and a major star. The two decide to strike out on their own, living by their wits in a deadly land of treacherous beasts and unknown dangers, leading to a thrilling climax by the edge of an angry volcano. The stunning primeval creatures were created by the legendary special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen (The 7th Voyage of Sinbad). One Million Years B.C., a true science-fiction classic, was directed by Don Chaffey (Jason and the Argonauts) and featured a strong supporting cast that included Martine Beswick (Thunderball), Robert Brown (The Living Daylights), Percy Herbert (Too Late the Hero) and Yvonne Horner (Prehistoric Women.) The 100-minute international cut and the 91-minute U.S. cut are both included on this Blu-ray.

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Theatrical Release: November 24th, 1966

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Also available in a 4K restored Blu-ray from Studio Canal in the UK:

          

Distribution Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
International Version U.S. Version
Runtime 1:40:37.031 1:31:59.513 
Video

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 25,566,608,908 bytes

Feature: 21,181,378,560 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 24.73 Mbps

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 28,145,280,063 bytes

Feature: 19,219,838,976 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 24.83 Mbps

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate International Blu-ray

Bitrate US version Blu-ray

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1557 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1557 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 256 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 256 kbps

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1556 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1556 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

Subtitles None None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Kino Lorber

 

International Cut:

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 25,566,608,908 bytes

Feature: 21,181,378,560 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 24.73 Mbps

 

US cut:

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 28,145,280,063 bytes

Feature: 19,219,838,976 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 24.83 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
 Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas (on the International Cut only)
In the Valley of the Dinosaurs: Interview with Star Raquel Welch (7:45)
An Interview with SFX Legend Ray Harryhausen (12:29)
Interview with Actress Martine Beswick (16:36)
Animated Montage of Posters and Images (3:06)
Trailers (Int - 3:00, US - 3:08)

Blu-ray Release Date: February 14th, 2017
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Blu-ray Case

Chapters 8 / 8

 

 

Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Both 'International' and, 8.5-minute shorter, 'US versions' are 4K restored and are transferred to separate Blu-rays but overall both are so similar it isn't worth mentioning. They have, roughly, the same bitrate and I couldn't identify any major or even moor visual differences. Both Blu-rays are 1080P with and the video presentation is acceptable. I would expect that a higher bitrate may have exported the grain more consistently - it can tend to look a bit blocky. But the colors, contrast and the image quality in-motion are very pleasing. There is depth and no intrusive artifacts.

Kino go with DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel (both 16-bit) for the audio tracks. Effects centre around 'beast' - growls, screeches, breathes etc. or natural sounds (earthquake) or human dialogue-grunts. The score by Mario Nascimbene (The Barefoot Contessa, Barabbas, A Farewell to Arms, Love in the City) gains some benefit from the lossless transfer and supports the film through the adventurous scenes. There are no subtitle options for either version in this Kino Lorber Blu-ray.

The most valuable supplement is the extensive audio commentary by film historian Tim Lucas (on the International Cut only) who leaves no stone unturned in detailing degrees of separation between cast and crew with fascinatingly, links to, literally, over 100 films! He remains one of, if not THE, best, and most prepared commentators. easily my favorite. He adds an entire new layer onto the viewing experience - and One Million B.C. is a film that definitely benefits from his, exported, knowledge. He also identifies many differences between the US and International versions at the specifics points in the film. I was curious. There is also an 8-minute interview with, lovely, Raquel Welch using the uninspired title In the Valley of the Dinosaurs, plus a dozen minutes with legend SFX legend Ray Harryhausen and 17-minutes spent with actress Martine Beswick. Kino include a 3-minute animated Montage of Posters and Images from the film - plenty of Raquel plus trailers for both versions.

To say that One Million B.C. is imperfect is... a, kind, understatment but that doesn't diminish its appeal for this reviewer. And my appreciation went up 5-fold after indulging in the Lucas' commentary. This is unique, and even with partial Harryhausen effects it vaults in an ultra-desirable category of adolescent fantasy-adventure. The Kino a/v Blu-ray transfers work well for a grand HD presentation and the extras have immense value. Despite the film's scientific inexactitudes - I loved seeing it again after many years. Time for a Harryhausen festival! This is absolutely recommended!

 - Gary Tooze

 


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