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

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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  • Journey to the Center of the Earth (DVD) (Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV) (English/French/Spanish) 1959
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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

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