The Time Machine : 3 of 5
A nice birthday gift from Barron and Mariko, who didn't even know this is one of my favorite science fiction movies. The Time Machine takes HG Wells from 1899 to the year 80271 (wow!) where he helps the Eloi and the cutie Weena ("How do they wear their hair - the women of your time?") defeat the Morlocks. I love the cheesy miniature effects in this movie, though the story is so good it certainly rises above the budget. The DVD includes a crazy featurette about the restoration of the time machine prop itself, plus a 20 minute "new" scene where a super old Rod Taylor returns to chat with his old pal David - how touching! It was great to see an old favorite again, and they even have it mixed for 5.1 sound!