The Infinite Worlds of H.G. Wells

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H.G. Wells penned such classics as "The Time Machine" and "The War of the Worlds." This miniseries brings his visions to life with a speculation on the origins of his flights of fantasy. With stunning recreations of 19th-century London, dazzling special effects and a timeless love story, "The Infinite Worlds of H.G. Wells" is a spectacular tribute to the master of science fiction.
Tom WardMark Lewis JonesTilly Vosburgh
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  1. 1. Night One
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    August 5 2001
    1 h 28 min
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    "The New Accelerator" is set in 1895 London at Imperial College where lights switch on and off, lab animals and machinery disappear and a cricket ball passes through solid brick. In "Brownlow's Newspaper," a railroad worker's life is abruptly and irrevocably turned upside down when he gets electrocuted into the past, with a newspaper from the future in his pocket.
  2. 2. Night Two
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    August 6 2001
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    "The Crystal Egg" tells of a pawn shop owner who finds the most magnificent crystal imaginable. But when a silver of moonlight strikes the crystal at precisely the right angle, it begins to glow from the inside. In "The Remarkable Case of Davidson's Eyes," a scientific experiment goes horribly wrong and a young man begins to suffer from delusions.
  3. 3. Night Three
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    August 7 2001
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    "The Truth About Pyecraft" focuses on two men: one who wants to lose weight and one who wants to reverse his hair loss. They take their angst to a magic shop where they're given potions to fix their esteem and repair their vanity. In "The Stolen Bacillus," a terrorist steals a flask of bacillus and pours it into the city reservoir.

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Robert Young
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Katy Carmichael
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on May 28, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Great story, disc quality okay but not great
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I bought this years miniseries years ago and loved it. Unfortunately, I let someone borrow it and never got it back. I wanted to watch it again so decided to buy this one.

My husband and I really enjoyed it. We really like H.G. Wells, and this series tells several of his works in a fun twist.
It isn't something my young kids would appreciate (they might have nightmares, especially about the egg segment), but we enjoyed it a lot.

My biggest gripe with this DVD is the quality of the disc itself. I'm pretty sure the original I had was much better quality. There are no subtitles, which made certain parts difficult for us to understand. The picture quality is okay but not as clean and clear as I remember from the other. This is released by Platinum, which from my experience seems to pick up rights when major companies drop them or let them lapse, then sell cheap quality DVDs. This seems to fit that mold. It is okay quality, but not spectacular.

I'm glad I bought it because we really did enjoy it, but the disc quality is a little lacking for the price I had to pay.
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Critic's CornerReviewed in the United States on March 12, 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
Entertaining Bit By Hallmark Entertainment
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I've often enjoyed the works of H. G. Wells (Time Machine, War of the Worlds, etc.) in both literal and film adaptations, and the idea that Wells got his ideas from real life is not new (note the film Time After Time [[ASIN:B001BGS17Q Time After Time]]).

Hallmark made several episodes of the Infinite Worlds of H. G. Wells, and though I don't want to outline each episode, the running themes of his works being based on real events was well done, as well as love story running throughout the story makes it fun and interesting. Amy (Jane) Robbins and Wells partner up in investigating various rumors and finding unusual goings on.

One episode has a man who wanted to lose weight. He ends up being light as a feather, floating around the room. His unrequited love for a girl named Violet was touching. Another man has an accident and ends up one week in the future and bounces back again. With his Racing Forum News he tries to clean up but at what cost? Another is a meteor that is the gateway to another world, the inspiration apparently for War of the Worlds.

Another thread that keeps this anthology together is the woman he confides these stories - Ellen who at first proclaims herself to a be journalist who wants to interview Wells yet is really part of a government organization investing phenomena that Wells had been a part of. Interesting how Wells warms up to her, during post-war England.

Overall a great little series, originally produced in 2001. The DVD itself is unremarkable, with only scene selections to keep you going.

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Robert Young
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Tom Ward - H. G. Wells
Katy Carmichael - Jane Robbins
Eve Best - Ellen McGillvray
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L. LeachReviewed in the United States on September 16, 2011
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Out of the 3 stories that were included on this dvd, one stuck out in my head more than the other 2. One of the stories took place in England, i believe, and it was about young scientists and brilliant young minds in college. Basically, one of the young men stumbled upon a time serum through chemistry. He was perfecting it to a point where you can go back and forth through time. It helped him stay a step ahead of all his other collegues and impress a special young lady he was dating.
There was a glitch in the experiment. Meaning he didnt do enough research to understand the side effects to what would or COULD happen with continuous use of this potion. The main focus was to speed up and low down a human's molecules to a point where you could be moving at an accelerated rate, while everyone else stayed at an average rate, and thus speed up time, but eventually you would return BACK to your correct moment in time, with the knowledge you acquired when you were AHEAD in time. So 30 years, to you, could be like a blink of an eye, but to everyone else, they were still moving at regular speed. During the time you were on the potion, 30 years would go by and you would have done 30 years worth of reasearch and return knowing 30 YEARS worth of knowledge.
What happened was, eventually, He used it so much, that NOTHING slowed his cells and molecules back down, he was just constantly living in an accelerated state, in an accelerated world, where all life around him, was PAUSED. He could no longer feel another humans touch, or love, or conversation. His energy vibrations where moving at such a fast rate that noone would hear or feel him anyway. He grew old and died an old man. HE WAS A YOUNG, old man. He learned about the side effects too late, meaning, it actually took him 30 years to understand how the potion worked, to figure out all the scientific details, chemically, and to perfect the formula. This concept blew my mind and actually disturbed me. It left me feeling sad inside, with a deep meaning.
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A TaxpayerReviewed in the United States on April 9, 2010
4.0 out of 5 stars
Strange but intriguing entertainment.
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H.G. Wells, was way ahead of his time in making the unbelivable belivible both in movies, radio, and print. But notably, he is about stange or other worldly stuff such as "War of the Worlds" "Time after Time", and the "Time Machine". "The Infinite Worlds of H.G. Wells" is a series of short stories about unexplanable events, scientific labs and Government intrigue.

The stories are each told separately by a survivor of the envents, each telling fades into the story as he talks. In each story, the same main actors, one journalist and the other a lab technician, tackle a different scientific problem or strange event they are confronted with. If you are interested in such things, the acting by the main characters is exceptionally well done for this genre and includes a bit of romance to provide continutity through the several stories.

It's intrigue and strangeness does stick with you for a few days. For 264 minutes, great scenary and costumes of the times and under $4 at Amazon, it is good entertainment and well worth your time.
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Kevin KierskyReviewed in the United States on September 15, 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars
Worlds-within-Worlds, Wheels-within-Wheels +++
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"Watch what you ask for -- you may get it" and "May you live in interesting times". This seems to be the lesson of this finely-convoluted show. I may not have believed it easily possible to create such an H. G. Wells-inspired multifaceted movie -- to have it be funny, enjoyable and understandable in under ten hours. But, indeed, that is what we have in "The Infinite Worlds of H. G. Wells". This wonderful fun movie is great for H. G. Wells fans, sci-fi fans, history fans, romance fans and just about everyone. It even touched-on most of H. G. Well's main topics by weaving them naturally into the ongoing plot. It was so easy for me to get into this show and its leading couple. It was so colorful, thematic and lively with clever action. Yet, despite me being a sci-fi-fantasy-gaming fan, I was pleasantly tricked and totally fooled by some of the turns and twists -- surprised big-time several times -- for final delight +++
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indijoReviewed in the United States on November 25, 2007
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent video adaption of H.G. Well's best sci-fi short-stories.
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I never did see this when it was originally aired as a miniseries, and had no idea that it even existed until I did a search for "H.G. Wells" in the Dvd section at, and I really must say, it was one of those truly excellent rare finds that comes only once or twice a year at the most. I wasn't in the least bit sorry or disappointed that I ordered this Dvd; it was truly an excellent video adaption of some of H.G. Well's very best science-fiction short-stories.

Tom Ward played a very good H.G. Wells, in his prime as an ambitious writer for a popular London publishing company (The Saturday Review) and also as the elderly Wells, being interviewed and sharing a review of the past with Eve Best, who plays a reporter but is also connected to the Ministry of Science and has a special interest in some of the speculative works of Wells. Katy Carmichael plays Jane Robbins, the college professor that Wells eventually married. Wells and Robbins are like a Victorian version of Mulder and Scully of the X Files, as together they investigate strange events and follow the stories to do their best to understand the scientific nature and get to the truth.

The very first story is about strange events at the college where Jane herself works, and introduces us to one of Well's most intelligent friends, a Professor Gibberne (Nicholas Rowe), after a spectrograph suddenly vanishes during an experiment and Wells is enlisted by Gibberne to investigate the case. The investigation leads them to another Professor, who has been conducting experiments with a powerful chemical, which they discover, accelerates the metabolism. The special effects for this particluar episode were state-of-the-art; perfect tri-dimensional stop-action scenes with Wells and Gibberne moving about within it all, while the rest of the world was completely frozen still.

Each of the stories were interwoven by the personal lives shared by Wells and Robbins, as they became better acquainted with each other, taking lunch together and walks in the park. After Wells is kicked out of his "Saturday Review" publishing company office by the department editor, for turning in the story about the chemical accelerant instead of the romantic piece that was assigned to him, he and Jane go out and about together looking for another story which he hopes will make up for the sudden set-back.

What they found was perhaps even more fantastic than the episode about the accelerant, even though it also pertained to the relativity of time. In this case, however, it involved a paradoxical event that occurred after a subterranean power-line worker experienced a temporal displacement which put him back in time about a week. As time-travel stories go, this one wasn't all that different than others, as it gave the somewhat disillusioned man the opportunity to use his knowledge about the future to his advantage and also pointed out the dangers such manipulation of events could pose. But the really unique twist to this one was provided at the very end, after the man handed Jane's book, detailing the entire story, to Wells in the tea shop, even though they themselves never recalled the experience, because it never actually occurred in the "adjusted" time-line.

The next episode is somewhat reminiscent of "War of the Worlds", as it involves what might be considered one of the very first meteoric probes from Mars, which crashes somewhere in Northern Britain and is sold to a curios shop manager, to be sold as either a large, interesting paper-weight or whatever. Before it is sold, however, the manager studies it more closely and sees something, like a vision of another world, and an alien creature. When the man takes a drawing of the creature to Jane Robbins at the college, seeking to identify the species (Robbins is a biology professor), Wells shows up and takes a special interest in the case.

Three other episodes include one about a man that experiences a temporary bipolar disorder after an accident involving a powerful electromagnet at the college, which puts him in a mental ward speaking about visions of being alone on an island somewhere at sea; another about an over-weight friend of Wells that becomes light as a feather on the wind after drinking a potion from a mysterious apothecary, and finally, an episode about a fan of Wells that uses him to get to Gibberne, solely for the purpose of stealing some of the experimental viral cultures Professor Gibberne has been storing, to be used as a weapon against the British government.

This series is extremely well-done, an excellent adaption of the speculative science fiction of Wells. The Victorian era settings appear to be very authentic, the characters all quite believable, the effects at their best, and the fictional stories all very intriguing. Ward was excellent as Wells, Carmichael was a perfectly adorable supporting actress as Jane Robbins, the kind of strong, intelligent and attractive woman every man dreams about, and Rowe made a perfectly fun-loving zany Professor Gibberne.

Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the complete series is the perspective from which it is presented from the beginning and throughout; the perspective of the elderly Wells telling each of the stories to the reporter Ellen McGillvray (Eve Best). This is most interesting because it adds to the ultimate mystery by presenting each of the stories as if they are actually true; as if they were, in fact, based upon very real events experienced by Wells and Robbins and their friends and associates in late Victorian England. This fact-based fiction angle is very well-done and intriguing, and to some extent, quite believable. While each story does seem quite fantastic, at the same time, anyone who knows what a truly mysterious and fantastic universe we live in, will also realize that there could be some genuine factual basis in reality for much of it.

When one also considers how much of the 20th century history H.G. Wells foresaw and predicted, and how much more was opened up by the relativity theory of Einstein, The Infinite Worlds of H.G. Wells is a wonderful source of intelligent speculation as well as a reminder of how much more is possible beyond the tedious, monotonous and mundane reality so many of us find ourselves confined within, in the much more complicated beginning of the 21st century.
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Ashok BankerReviewed in the United States on December 1, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
A fitting tribute to the brilliant work of H.G. Wells
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Lovely period miniseries inspired by the science fiction of H.G. Wells. Never gets too ambitious, uses authentic British actors and period details, and perfectly blends human drama and romance with intelligent scifi adventure stories. Six stories in three parts, totaling 4 1/2 hours. If you like the old Jeremy Brett Sherlock Holmes or British period miniseries, this one's a gem. I ordered this one all the way to Mumbai, India and watched it the same night. What a treat. If you're expecting jazzy visual effects (like the big-screen adaptations of Wells' War of the Worlds and The Time Machine) then look elsewhere. This is about the human drama, that era in British history, and the wonders of early science fiction storytelling. I wish they made more in this series!
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K. ReedReviewed in the United States on July 28, 2008
4.0 out of 5 stars
A bit better than expected
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I bought this DVD for one reason, to see what Nicholas Rowe of [[ASIN:B0000AUHPC Young Sherlock Holmes]] was up to. Being part of the RHI Movie Weekend club I wasn't expecting too much but this turned out to be okay. The special effects are a bit over rated but the historical costumes and settings are well done. In general this has the making of good family viewing, I reccomend parents watch first and decide if the creature in one story is too frightening for their children.

For Nicholas Rowe fans this is reccomended as so little of his work makes it to America. He's even more charming and lovable than Holmes and there's a hint of a sense of humor. His best parts are in the first and last stories, you can fast forward through most of the movie and not miss anything.
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