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Directed by Ib Melchior
USA 1964

 

Scientists step through a time portal and travel 107 years into the future. They find a barren underground post- nuclear war world where a handful of "normal humans" are being attacked by mutants. Preston Foster (I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang, The Last Days of Pompeii), Philip Carey (Fighting Mad, The Seven Minutes), Merry Anders (Tickle Me), Steve Franken (Avalanche, Freeway), and Dennis Patrick (Heated Vengeance, Joe) star in this sci-fi classic.

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A time travel experiment that was supposed to produce a window into time turns out to be a portal instead. One of the experimenters steps through into a not-too-distant-future world that has been destroyed by nuclear war. Some of the others follow, but then the portal phases out and they can't get back. Things just get worse after that. They run across a rocket that has landed to escape pursuing enemies, bearing scientists who survived the war, and many android "slaves." The time travellers are invited to escape when the ship is again ready to blast off - but just before that happens, the scientits' enemy returns and fires on the sitting-duck ship. A very bad day for the scientists turns terminal at that point, and the 20th-century Earthlings barely escape with their skins.

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Theatrical Release: October 29th, 1964

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Comparison:

Fabulous Films - Region 0 - PAL vs. Scorpion Releasing - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Fabulous Films - Region 0 - PAL Scorpion Releasing - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:23:39         1:23:34.217 
Video 1.56:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 3.37 mb/s
PAL 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,373,099,081 bytes

Feature: 21,051,408,384 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.02 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate:

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio English (Dolby Digital mono)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1843 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1843 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles None English, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Fabulous Films

Aspect Ratio:
Aspect Ratio 1.55:1

 

Edition Details:

 None
 

DVD Release Date: August 22nd, 2016
Transparent Keep Case 
Chapters: 12

Release Information:
Studio:
Scorpion Releasing

 

1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,373,099,081 bytes

Feature: 21,051,408,384 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.02 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Theatrical Trailer (2:25)


Blu-ray Release Date:
April 27th, 2021
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 10

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Scorpion Releasing Blu-ray (March 2021): Scorpion Releasing have transferred Ib Melchior's The Time Travelers to Blu-ray. Amazon UK tells me that I bought the Fabulous Films bare-bones DVD in May 2018. It's a mess with a pitiful bitrate, filled with artifacts, over-brightened colors and a bastardized aspect ratio. The 1080P is from the same source (has the same damage marks), speckles are still rife but the color balance, contrast and detail are a significant improvement. It is advertised as being from a "Brand New 2K Master".

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On their Blu-ray, Scorpion Releasing use a DTS-HD Master dual-mono track (24-bit) in the original English language. There are some hokey audio effects (science-y stuff) plus grunts and growls, plus a score by Richard LaSalle (Daughters of Satan, Cave-In, Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number!, The Night the Bridge Fell Down, Twice-Told Tales, Ambush Bay) sounding much deeper than the lossy DVD rendering with more consistent dialogue. Where the DVD had none, Scorpion Releasing offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Scorpion Releasing Blu-ray has only a trailer as an extra - the DVD had nothing. I think this is a missed opportunity as a commentary, finding all the films that The Time Travelers is stealing from, could be fun.   

Ib Melchior's The Time Travelers is a camp classic. It hints at When Worlds Collide and even has John Hoyt. There are also Forbidden Planet vibes going on, add some misplaced humor, playmate of the Month Delores Wells and it's a 60's sci-fi gem. It's not goofy or horrible - it is just a quintessential example of the lower budget charisma of this genre - missing any imaginative futurism... but we still love them. The Scorpion Releasing Blu-ray is a solid HD presentation - a huge leap over the DVD - but vacant in the extras department. For my digital library - it's a 'must-have'.

Gary Tooze

 


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