Timeslip - the movie - on DVD

Sunday, 12 October 2014 23:00 Written by 

Timeslip - the movie - out on DVD nowNot the ATV series of the 1970s, this “Timeslip” sees a physicist experimenting in the transmutation of one element into another,and is shot and left for dead for his trouble. Rushed to hospital he dies on the operating table only to miraculously revive seconds later. Science reporter Mike Delaney develops a photo revealing the victim to be surrounded by a strange, glowing fog, and the scientist appears to have a doppelganger. The dogged hack smells a great story if he can only unravel the mystery.

Delaney (Gene Nelson - better known as the director of Elvis' "Kissin' Cousins") works alongside photographer (and love interest) Jill Rabowski (Faith Domergue - "This Island Earth") and Detective Inspector Cleary (Joseph Tomelty - "Hobson's Choice"). Up against them is a shady organisation determined to undermine the scientist's economically earth-shattering research even if it means detonating a devastating bomb.

Fans of espionage thrillers and the various Quatermass movies will undoubtedly love "Timeslip". The narrative is a cunning mix of science fiction and industrial skullduggery, told with a lightness of touch and plenty of humour. The characters may be a little clichéd but in this context that works just fine.

Peter Arne ("Straw Dogs", Triangle) is excellent as Dr Stephen Rayner, the befuddled scientist and his considerably less amiable look-a-like. Likewise, Launce Maraschal ("Fiend Without a Face") is tremendous fun as Delaney's irascible magazine editor, a man who definitely does not like having his orders ignored!

The film was directed by Ken Hughes, best known for "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and the 1967 version of "Casino Royale". The 90-minute running time sweeps past in a flash and the pace of the plot revelations is perfectly pitched. I loved it.

Bonus features on the DVD include the original theatrical trailer, an image gallery, promotional material on a PDF file and an instant play facility. The black and white picture quality is very good, and I had no problems with the sound.

“Timeslip” (1955) is out now on DVD, courtesy of Network. The main feature has a running time of 90 minutes approx, carries a ‘12’ certificate and retails for £9.99, or less from www.culttvstore.com

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