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re­leased OUT NOW! 1966 | PG | Blu-ray & dVd (dual for­mat)

Di­rec­tor don Chaf­fey Cast raquel Welch, John richardson, robert Brown

blu-ray de­but Ham­mer’s pre­his­toric fan­tasy plays like a Creation­ist rally at the Playboy man­sion. Di­nosaurs walk the world along­side Raquel Welch’s glam, Max Fac­tored cave­woman, that ex­tinc­tion event as­ter­oid just a daft ru­mour from an­other, sig­nif­i­cantly less en­ter­tain­ing re­al­ity.

The his­tory’s ab­surd, of course, for all that a deep, mean­ing­ful voiceover as­sures us that “This is a story of long, long ago, when the world was just be­gin­ning”.

The plot’s lit­tle more than pho­to­genic ne­an­derthals lob­bing sticks at di­nosaurs – the thin, di­a­logue-free story re­ally drags – but it’s all about the vi­su­als. The vol­canic land­scapes look grander than ever in this 4K restora­tion, while you’re left in no doubt why Welch be­came an icon. The cam­era doesn’t just love her. It builds cathe­drals in her name.

Pow­er­ing it all are Ray Har­ry­hausen’s eter­nally charming ef­fects. Watch his fab­u­lous ptero­dactyl steal Welch to the skies and you’ll wish his­tory had been this much fun.

Ex­tras In­ter­views with Raquel Welch and Mar­tine Beswick; stills gallery; a gallery of orig­i­nal sto­ry­boards and con­cept draw­ings. Nick Setch­field

John Richardson screen-tested to play Bond in On Her Majesty’s Se­cret Ser­vice, but lost out to Ge­orge Lazenby.

Things were look­ing up on Ta­tooine.

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