ONE MILLION YEARS BC
Review by Chastity Campbell
Starring: Raquel Welch, John Richardson
Director: Don Chaffey
Video: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Features: See Review
Length: 91 Minutes
Release Date: March 9, 2004
Well, I can say one thing about this movie right
off…picking a mate has certainly gotten easier over the last One Million, Two
Thousand, and Four years. I
always wondered what people did before the internet, and now I know!
John Richardson, and Raquel Welch star in this wonderful
look back to a time when dinosaurs ruled the earth and humans were on the low
end of the food chain.
The Rock People are a rough and tumble bunch.
Fighting is in their blood, whether it be over who leads the clan,
or who gets to kill the latest hunting prize.
When the tribal leader’s son gets a bit too big for his loin cloth,
daddy shows him the cave door and says don’t let it hit you in the butt on the
Traversing the land, John Richardson’s character meets up
with some deadly foes: a giant
lizard looking for a human lollipop, a turtle who thinks he’s found a nice
little snack, and some ancestors who haven’t quite made it up to the next rung
on the evolutionary ladder.
Near death, Richardson falls literally into the arms of the
beautiful and elegant Raquel Welch. Welch
comes from a clan called The Shell People.
They are gentled and peace loving, taking only what they need, and living
life to the fullest.
Well, it’s love at first sight, and what follows is the
struggle that faces the happy couple as they set out on their own to try and
beat the odds and create a new life for themselves, blending both cultures into
I loved this movie! So
much can be said in a film without saying anything at all as long as the
photography and music beds are descriptive. This film was running over with symbolism, wonderful camera
shots, landscapes and great music beds.
One Million Years B.C. was filmed in a time before
people like George Lucas and Steven Spielberg opened up the mind’s eye to what
special effects could be. However,
even without high budget special effects’ this movie manages to get it done,
and quite well I might add.
John Richardson proves that actions most definitely speak
louder than grunts, groans, and general aggression in this film.
Mr. Richardson should be commended for the amount of depth he gave to his
character. It’s very hard to be
an actor and/or actress when you are given limited dialogue to work with.
Both leading actors prove beyond doubt that they have what it takes.
Raquel Welch…ah yes one of Hollywood’s most beautiful
leading ladies. Welch has the total
package: beautiful smile, great
body, and real honest to goodness acting ability.
Now guys, I know this will be hard, but you have to look past the leather
bikini to the method behind her skills. She’s an artist, and class act all the way, whether in an
evening gown or gator skin.
Both of these people did a tremendous job with the
direction they were given, and both managed to bring these two characters
vividly to life through facial expressions and gentle touches.
If you have never seen this movie, you have to pick it up
on DVD. No film education can be
considered complete until you have taken this trip back in time.
And as a bonus for you, DVD is loaded with extras that will educate as
well as entertain.
So stop sitting around waiting for Fred Flintstone’s limo
service to show up and take you to the Dino Drive Inn.
Just press play, and get prehistoric man!
20th Century Fox pulled out all of the stops
when it came to this DVD’s video quality.
They even give you an opportunity in the Extra Features to view the film
before and after the cleaning process.
It’s amazing how much of the dirt and graininess they were able to
remove during clean up.
The colors have been slightly muted, and the lighting is
darker, however you cannot deny the entire look and feel of this film was
improved the moment it was transferred to the digital realm!
I was extremely impressed by the work that went into
restoring this print’s audio. There
were, as I expected dropouts, and fluctuations in the audio levels.
The music beds were balanced against the sound effects evenly, and even
though the dialogue itself was limited, you didn’t miss it because all of the
other audio was so well rounded.
This film is pretty old, and I wasn’t expecting much in
the way of extras…however, I was pleasantly surprised to find a nice little
batch waiting for me when I pushed play.
First off you get the standard English, and Spanish
language options, as well as English and Spanish subtitles. Scene selection is also included for those of you who
know this film and wish to watch certain scenes, over and over again (guys
watching girls at the waterfall, etc.).
The best extra on this DVD was the Restoration Comparison.
This was an actual split screen of the film before and after cleanup.
When you have the opportunity to see an actual comparison before and
after, it really brings home the amount of work it takes to restore these old
prints. You will definitely agree
that the results in a film like this prove it is well worth the time and effort.
Ten movie trailers for various Fox Flix are also available
for you to view.