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Journey to the Center of the Earth [DVD] [1959]

  • SKU: 5205547
  • Release Date: 03/04/2003
  • Rating: G
Henry Levin's 1959 cinematic adaptation of Journey to the Center of the Earth comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. An English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo, and a Spanish soundtrack is available in Dolby Digital Mono. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but this 20th Century Fox release boasts better than expected visual quality.
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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    58% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 7)

    Special Features


    • English and Spanish subtitles
    • English, Spanish, and French soundtracks
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    Journey to the Center of the Earth
    There was neither a heroine nor a villain in Jules Verne's 1864 novel Journey to the Center of the Earth, but scenarist Charles Brackett evidently knew what he was doing by adding both to the 1959 film version. The picture proved to be a significant success in an otherwise disappointing year for 20th Century Fox. James Mason stars as amusingly absent-minded professor Oliver Lindenbrook, whose first step on a fabulous journey is prompted by a lump of lava brought to him by his student Alec McEwen (Pat Boone -- and, yes, he gets to sing). Melting down the curiously composed lump, Lindenbrook discovers a hastily scrawled message from long-lost explorer Arne Saknussem, with directions for reaching the earth's core. Accompanied by Carla (Arlene Dahl), widow of a famed geologist, and Icelandic guide Hans (Peter Ronson), Lindenbrook and Alec head down, down below. They are closely followed by the villainous Count Saknussem (Thayer David), descendant of the lost explorer who wrote the directions; the count hopes to use Lindenbrook's discoveries for his own personal and political gain (we know he's really bad when he eats Han's lovable pet goose). What follows is a festival of superb special effects, fabulous subterranean sets, and gigantized reptiles posing as dinosaurs, all brilliantly accompanied by Bernard Herrmann's ominous musical score. Journey to the Center of the Earth would later be adapted into a Saturday-morning cartoon series, again produced by 20th Century Fox. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Pat Boone
      Pat Boone - Alec McEwen
    • James Mason
      James Mason - Prof. Oliver Lindenbrook
    • Arlene Dahl
      Arlene Dahl - Carla
    • Diane Baker
      Diane Baker - Jenny
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      Peter Ronson - Hans



    Customer rating

    Rating 3.9 out of 5 stars with 7 reviews

    57%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      All time favorite

      Posted
      TheoBob
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      Classic Jules Verne novel with top notch acting. Beautiful scenery and excellent CGI, especially considering when this movie was made. I like the new version, but this is a classic and my all time favorite!!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      My Favorite Movie When I was a Kid

      Posted
      Drew0513
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      This is the movie that got me into sci-fi as a kid. Funny thing; I recently got a chance to see this on a 4k TV. Wow. What a beautiful picture you get. Visually amazing.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Very good.

      Posted
      HPGREAT
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      Seen it before but It is just as good! There are other versions and they are good, too, but this (original) version is tops. And the color is fantastic!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      REGION B

      Posted
      GemofaGirl
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      I received my copy yesterday. Only to find out it had a region code of B. I was so surprised and angry. I will be returning this item. So beware it is region B.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Viewing on a 4k TV

      Posted
      Drew0513
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      This was my favorite sci-fi movie when I was a kid. Looks rather awesome on a 4K TV!

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The original!

      Posted
      Trotty
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      The newer versions copied of the scenes, but nothing is better than the original. Bravo!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Not as good as original

      Posted
      Dougie
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      Hardly any suspense, weak plot compared to original.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend



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