Yes, old sci-fi posters are an inspiration. Let's see if I can get it to come out bigger: one-sheet I have more George Pal posters, if anyone wants to see them.
Belated thanks for those posters Richard--W...they brought back some very fond memories. For nearly 25 years, that 1-sheet hung proudly on my bedroom wall, and then den.
Actually, The Time Machine was the first movie-movie I recall seeing...at a drive-in...from the back of our Plymouth Suburban wagon. Typically, I would fall asleep long before the first feature ended, but not with The Time Machine. For this one, I actually crawled into the front seat, wedging myself between my parents so I could see and hear it better...even "shhhssssshhhing" them when they started yacking about other stuff.
Years later I finally found the Dell Four Color Movie Classic comic, but by that point I could only watch this movie on TV in B&W. I don't think I even saw it again in colour and widescreen until its Laserdisc release. I still have the original WHV snapcase DVD which I watch every couple of years around New Years. This movie is evergreen and ageless to me.
I hope WHV understands that there are fans of this movie with a very long history and enduring regard for it, as well as George Pal's other 50s and 60s classics (as already suggested in this thread, I would love to see a remastered Pal über-set that includes The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm in Smilebox). Although HD versions will no doubt show the seams of Pal's modestly budgeted Fx with less forgiveness, you know, I really don't care. As imaginitive storytelling, these movies worked so well that I can easily overlook their cheesier elements...just as I always have. This isn't pure nostalgia either; these truly were marvellously written, directed, and performed pictures...which remain convincing in their innocent, imaginative energy, regardless of their period production values.
So yes indeed, bring 'em on!