Written by: Michael Den Boer on January 17th, 2018
BluRay released: December 6th, 2017
Approximate running times: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Rating: PG (Australia)
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
BluRay Release: Umbrella Entertainment
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $24.99
The Land That Time Forgot was directed by Kevin Conner whose other notable films include, From Beyond the Grave, At the Earth’s Core, The People That Time Forgot and Motel Hell. Key collaborators on The Land That Time Forgot include, cinematographer Alan Hume (Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors, The Legend of Hell House) and composer Douglas Gamley (And Now the Screaming Starts!, The Beast Must Die). The screenplay for The Land That Time Forgot was adapted from author Edgar Rice Burroughs novel of the same name.
The Land That Time Forgot, was the first of three Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptions that were co-produced by Amicus Productions / American International Pictures. With the other two films which round out this trilogy being, At the Earth’s Core and The People That Time Forgot.
Content wise, The Land That Time Forgot is a very satisfying mix of fantasy and adventure. And though this film’s narrative is well executed, this film’s narrative can be broken down into two distinctive halves. With the opening half of the film focusing more on character development, while the latter half of film shifting the focus towards this film’s more fantastical elements.
Performance wise the cast range from good to serviceable in their respective roles. With this film’s standout performance being John McEnery (The Duellists) in the role of Von Schoenvorts, the captain of the German U-Boat. And this film’s weakest performance being Doug McClure (“The Virginian”) in the role of Bowen Tyler, the archetypal hero character.
Though, special effects are featured prominently throughout this film. It should be noted, that some of the special effects have not dated well. Most notably this film’s use of stop motion animation. Fortunately, these imperfections ultimately work in this films favor and the end result is a campy film, that B cinema fans should thoroughly enjoy.
The Land That Time Forgot comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. The source used for this transfer is in very good shape. Colors and flesh tones look accurate, details look crisp, grain remains intact and there are no issues with compression.
This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD mono mix in English. The more ambient aspects of the soundtrack are well represented, dialog comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced.
Extras for this release include, a reversible cover art and an audio commentary with director Kevin Conner and moderated by Brian Trenchard-Smith.
Topics discussed in the audio commentary include, locations, the cast, special effects, the visuals and their thoughts about the film.
Overall The Land That Time Forgot gets a solid audio / video presentation from Umbrella Entertainment.
Note: Umbrella Entertainment are also releasing this film on DVD.