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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea [2 Discs] [DVD] [1954]

  • SKU: 5443488
  • Release Date: 05/20/2003
  • Rating: G
This 1954 Disney version of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea represented the studio's costliest and most elaborate American-filmed effort to date. Kirk Douglas plays a trouble-shooting 19th century seaman, trying to discover why so many whaling ships have been disappearing of late. Teaming with scientist Paul Lukas and diver Peter Lorre, Douglas sets sail to investigate--and is promptly captured by the megalomaniac Captain Nemo (James Mason), who skippers a lavish, scientifically advanced submarine. The film's special effects, including a giant squid, were impressive enough in 1954 to win an Academy Award.
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (6 out of 6)

    Special Features


    • All-new audio commentaries with director Richard Fleischer and classic film historian/author Rudy Behlmer
    • Radio spots (original radio spots from 1954 feature)
    • Peter Lorre's ADR tracks (gives the listener a glimpse into the process of dialogue replacement for the scenes before they were trimmed and edited into the feature film)
    • Captain Nemo's organ music
    • The Making of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" featurette
    • Jules Verne & Walt Disney - Explorers of the Imagination behind-the-scenes featurette
    • The Humboldt Squid: A Real Sea Monster!
    • The Musical Legacy of Paul Smith
    • Touring the "Nautilus"
    • Lost Treasure: The Sunset Squid Sequence
    • Disney Studio Album
    • Monsters of the Deep
    • Script Excerpt: Nemo's Death
    • Production gallery
    • Trims
    • Movie merchandise
    • Themed cartoon (theatrical animated short "Grand Canyonscope," which was presented as part of the theatrical release)
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Storyboard-to-scene comparison
    • Unused animation
    • Original theatrical aspect ratio (2.55:1) - enhanced for 16x9 televisions
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
    • THX-certified
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
    This 1954 Disney version of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea represented the studio's costliest and most elaborate American-filmed effort to date. Kirk Douglas plays a trouble-shooting 19th century seaman, trying to discover why so many whaling ships have been disappearing of late. Teaming with scientist Paul Lukas and diver Peter Lorre, Douglas sets sail to investigate--and is promptly captured by the megalomaniac Captain Nemo (James Mason), who skippers a lavish, scientifically advanced submarine. The film's special effects, including a giant squid, were impressive enough in 1954 to win an Academy Award. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Kirk Douglas
      Kirk Douglas - Ned Land
    • James Mason
      James Mason - Captain Nemo
    • Paul Lukas
      Paul Lukas - Prof. Aronnax, Narrator
    • Peter Lorre
      Peter Lorre - Conseil
    • Robert J. Wilke
      Robert J. Wilke - 1st Mate of "Nautilus"



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 6 reviews

    100%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Thrilling undersea adventure

      Posted
      XAvenger
      • Top 100 ContributorTop 100 Contributor

      20,000 Leauges Under the Sea ranks as one of my all-time favortie movies. This was Disney's first live-action film and is also the best screen adaptation a Jules Verne novel has ever recieved. While the movie does not follow ever event in the novel, it stays true to the spirit of the original novel. Set in the late 19th Century, two scientists and a harpooner are taken prisoner by Captain Nemo, a man waging his own private war against a tyrannical regime. Much of the movie takes place on the Nautilis, an atomic submarine. James Mason turns in an extraordinary performance as Captain Nemo, we can truly feel the inner turmoil that defines one of literatures most enduring anti-heroes. Kirk Douglas is great as Ned Land, the harpooner and provides some very nice comic moments both on his own and with his sea lion sidekick. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea has some exciting and dramatic action sequences in the best swashbuckling tradition highlighted by great visual effects. The visual effects were state of the art in the 50's and they still hold up today. The design of the Nautilis was well-thought out and brilliantly realized. It looks almost exactly like Jules Verne's concept of the Nautilis. The extras include documentraies on the making of the film, theatrical trailers and a gallery of promotional materials and a Donald Duck cartoon. This movie has a g rating and that is exactly the rating it warrants. The movie is exciting but non-violent. It is a great movie for children and is also the type of movie adults can enjoy as well making it the perfect family film. This is truly a movie I can recommend to anyone. A brilliant adventure movie and a great family film in one.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Classic Disney

      Posted
      kevman79

      While not necessarily the best movie Disney has ever produced, Jules Verne's '20,000 Leaugues Under the Sea' has never been represented on film better than what we see here in this beautiful 2-disc collector's set, that is worth every bit of owning for those who love the film.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      classic remastered

      Posted
      Daaronclar
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

      the picture quality for such and old movie is great. the dvd quality does this movie justice. the bonus cartoons are very entertaining also

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      disney classic

      Posted
      Gumby
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      i loved this movie since i saw it in theaters when i was young and has become one of Disney classics.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      well done movie and very interesting special featu

      Posted
      chuck
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      excellent ,quality movie with interesting Disney behind the scenes history

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      another good movie

      Posted
      timt
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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      best buy has all the movies ive been looking for. ..

      I would recommend this to a friend


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