“One Million B.C.” is the Hal Roach original that was a VHS bargain bin staple throughout most of the 1980s. Now, it’s getting the HD treatment via VCI. What about the film? Well, somewhere between star-crossed lovers and a killer volcano, Lon Chaney Jr. gets to portray a concerned tribal father. The more sensitive viewers will have issues with visible signs of animal abuse. Several lizards are toyed with and bothered to provide onscreen action.

Hell, the Hammer Films remake seems outright cautious in comparison. If you ever wanted to see the original film to compare, then pick it up. Younger fans might not enjoy the broad acting in the film. But, it’s only 80 minutes long. They can tough it out.


  • Original Promotional Recording
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  • 1.37:1 1080p transfer

RELEASE DATE: 12/12/17

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The Plot Thus Far

One Million B.C. is a 1940 American historical epic fantasy film produced by Hal Roach Studios and released by United Artists. Boy meets girl – prehistoric style, in this classic of man’s battle to survive against the terrors of the prehistoric world. Dinosaurs, savage nature and man and a gigantic erupting volcano are part of the camp adventure classic. Big-chested Victor Mature stars as protagonist Tumak, a young caveman who strives to unite the uncivilized Rock Tribe and the peaceful Shell Tribe, Carole Landis as Loana, daughter of the Shell Tribe chief and Tumak’s love interest, and Lon Chaney, Jr. as Tumak’s stern father and leader of the Rock Tribe. Chaney’s billing differs from that of his home studio Universal Pictures in that Hal Roach elected to retain the “Jr.” instead of billing him under his father’s name, possibly because Roach was co-directing the film with his own son Hal Roach, Jr. The film was the top grossing movie of 1940 and was nominated for two Academy Awards for its special effects and musical score. (cr. excerpts from Wikipedia)

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