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Dreamworks Press Release: "The Time Machine"

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Ronald Epstein, May 7, 2002.

  1. Ronald Epstein

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    NON-STOP ACTION AND MIND-BLOWING EFFECTS

    POWER DREAMWORKS’

    THE TIME MACHINE

    Arriving To VHS And DVD On July 23, 2002

    ALL-STAR CAST INCLUDES GUY PEARCE,

    ACADEMY AWARD®-WINNER JEREMY IRONS, AND ORLANDO JONES

    DVD Features In-Depth Explorations Of The Film’s Incredible Special Effects, Filmmaker Commentaries, And More…

    GLENDALE, CA – Fueled by state-of-the-art visual effects, DreamWorks’ action-packed time travel adventure The Time Machine debuts on VHS and DVD on July 23, 2002. Led by an all-star

    cast including Guy Pearce (Memento, L.A. Confidential), Academy Award“-winner* Jeremy Irons (Reversal of Fortune) and Orlando Jones (Evolution), The Time Machine was directed by

    Simon Wells (Prince of Egypt), the great-grandson of H.G. Wells, the author of the legendary science fiction novel The Time Machine. The $56 million hit that opened #1 at the box-office is

    propelled by eye-popping special effects created by four-time Academy Award®-winning effects artist Stan Winston** (A.I. Artificial Intelligence). The Time Machine tells the tale of a

    visionary scientist (Guy Pearce) who creates one of the greatest inventions of all time and is propelled 800,000 years into the future. Now he must fight to save both himself and the future of all

    mankind. The Time Machine DVD is packed with never-before-seen bonus material including fascinating behind-the-scenes programs, animated storyboards, two full-length commentaries, a

    deleted scene, and more. The VHS will be available to rent and the DVD will be priced as low as $19.95.

    *1991 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role: Reversal of Fortune

    **1986 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects: Aliens; 1992 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects: Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Best Makeup: Terminator 2: Judgment Day; 1994

    Academy Award for Best Visual Effects: Jurassic Park

    "Academy Award®" is the registered trademark and service mark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

    THE TIME MACHINE—BEHIND THE SCENES

    The Time Machine features dazzling special effects including thrilling time travel sequences that combine computer graphics designed by visual effects supervisor James E. Price with stunning

    time-lapse photography created by the effects artists at Digital Domain. "At a certain point, the discs [on the time machine] have to rotate at a rate that can’t be achieved practically. We

    created a digital version of the blades, which could spin at a much higher rate. Once they were at a maximum, we formed a CG light sphere that cocoons Alexander as he travels through time,"

    Price said.

    Digital Domain then provided the time-lapse images that visually mark Alexander’s passage through time. One of those sequences was especially important to screenwriter John Logan.

    "When I mentioned to anyone that I was writing The Time Machine, the one constant comment was that we had to keep the dress shop, so the memorable dress shop, with its changing

    hemlines, is us tipping our hat once again to the wonderful George Pal."

    To construct the creatures from the future called Morlocks, director Simon Wells turned to the world-renowned Stan Winston Studio. Each Morlock had an entirely animatronic face capable of

    brow, eye, lip and jaw movement, which required three puppeteers to operate. The body of each Morlock was crafted and painted by hand and then formed into a "suit" perfectly molded to

    each actor’s body. The Morlock suits weighed about 27 pounds and had no eye holes, which made them especially challenging for the stunt men, who could only see the outside world

    through a tiny black and white image transmitted from a camera in the nose. The result, however, is the exceptionally realistic and terrifying creatures that appear in the film.

    DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

    The Time Machine DVD features a wealth of bonus material providing viewers an insider’s look at the making of this visually stunning time travel adventure including:

    … A behind-the-scenes featurette created especially for the DVD detailing the making of the movie’s fantastic creatures from the future, the Morlocks, with an interview with legendary

    Academy Award-winning visual effects artist Stan Winston

    … An insightful commentary about the making of The Time Machine by the film’s director Simon Wells and editor Wayne Wahram

    DVD SPECIAL FEATURES (cont’d)

    … A second full-length commentary by producer David Valdes, production designer

    Oliver Scholl, and visual effects supervisor James E. Price describing how they brought four distinct and uniquely visual worlds to life -- from New York City circa 1899 to 2030 and 2037, then to

    the distant future

    … A specially created animated sequence featuring a selection of Simon Wells’ original storyboards set to music

    … A behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the film’s centerpiece, the time machine

    … A deleted scene featuring Guy Pearce and Phillip Bosco

    … An in-depth look at the film’s stunning visual effects
     
  2. Paul Boyle

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    Ron - Can we expect your review of the disc some time soon ?
    Sounds like a winner to me - Haven't even heard of a cinema release in the UK yet !
    Paul [​IMG]
     
  3. John Berggren

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    I would love to own one scene from this film on DVD. However, I don't think I'd be able to bear the entirety of the film again.

    Alexander looks up to see earth's moon destroyed by subterranean nuclear blasts. Parts of the moon float through space while fire rains down on the earth.
     

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