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Atlantis: The Lost Empire [DVD] [2001]

Release Date:01/29/2002
Atlantis: The Lost Empire comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and is preferable to the standard full-frame transfer. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. There are no subtitles on this release. Supplemental materials on this THX-certified disc include a commentary track recorded by co-directors Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, deleted scenes, a look at the computer effects, a documentary about the (possibly) real Atlantis, and a featurette centering on the linguist who created the Atlantean language spoken in the film. This is an excellent disc from Disney/Buena Vista, who deserve credit for supplying extras that will appeal to adults as much kids.
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    Special Features

    • Audio commentary with producer Don Hahn and directors Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale
    • Deleted scene: Viking Prologue
    • DisneyPedia Atlantis: fun and interesting theories about the lost continent of Atlantis
    • Virtual tours of CG models: 3-D turnarounds of the Ulysses submarine and Leviathan
    • How to Speak Atlantean with the famous linguist who developed the Atlantean language
    • Digital-to-digital transfer
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
    • THX-certified
    • Choice of viewing options: full screen (1.33:1) or widescreen (2.35:1) original theatrical aspect ratio


    Atlantis: The Lost Empire
    The first Disney cartoon to be produced in the 70 mm format since The Black Cauldron (1985), this blend of traditional animation with computer-generated imagery is a straight adventure tale of the Jules Verne school, eschewing the studio's typical formula of cute critters mixed with song-and-dance routines. Michael J. Fox is the voice of Milo Thatch, a lowly museum employee and linguist in the early 20th century who's determined to continue his late grandfather's search for the lost, sunken empire of Atlantis. Bankrolled by eccentric millionaire Preston Whitmore (John Mahoney), Milo teams up with a diverse crew of mercenaries led by submarine commander Rourke (James Garner). After a sea battle with a giant denizen of the deep, the explorers locate the submerged civilization. Milo falls in love with Princess Kida (Cree Summer), the daughter of Atlantis' aged ruler (Leonard Nimoy), and must choose sides when it's revealed that some of his fellow expedition members intend to steal a mystical energy source from their hosts. Claudia Christian, Mark Hamill, David Ogden Stiers, Don Novello, and the late Jim Varney co-star. Although considered a shoo-in for a nomination in the debut year of the new Oscar category of Best Animated Feature, Atlantis: The Lost Empire faced stiff competition from other non-live-action entertainment in the summer of 2001, including Shrek, Final Fantasy, and Monsters Inc.. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Michael J. Fox
      Michael J. Fox - Milo James Thatch
    • James Garner
      James Garner - Commander Lyle T. Rourke
    • Cree Summer
      Cree Summer - Princess Kidagakash "Kida"
    • Leonard Nimoy
      Leonard Nimoy - Kashekim Nedakh "King of Atlantis"
    • Don Novello
      Don Novello - Vincenzo "Vinny" Santorini

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