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Journey to the Center of the Earth [DVD] [2008]

  • SKU: 9022381
  • Release Date: 10/28/2008
  • Rating: PG

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (144 out of 152)

    Special Features

    • Commentary by Brendan Fraser and director Eric Brevig
    • A World Within Our World: various historical "Hollow Earth Theories" about what lies beneath our planet's crust
    • Being Josh: profiling 12-year old costar Josh Hutcherson
    • How to Make a Dinosaur Drool
    • Adventure at the Center of the Earth challenge
    • Limited Time Only: Standard Version Side A (2-D), Widescreen Version Side B (Both 2-D and 3-D)


    Journey to the Center of the Earth
    Academy Award-winning visual effects artist Eric Brevig makes his feature directorial debut with this adaptation of the classic Jules Verne fantasy starring Brendan Fraser. When an ambitious science professor (Fraser) develops a decidedly unconventional hypothesis, the mere mention of his name is enough to elicit laughter within the academic community. However, during a subsequent excursion to Iceland, the professor and his nephew make a major scientific discovery that sends them miles beneath the surface of the Earth, where they discover not only strange new worlds, but also encounter creatures so alien they appear to be from another world entirely. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Brendan Fraser
      Brendan Fraser - Trevor Anderson
    • Anita Briem
      Anita Briem - Hannah
    • Josh Hutcherson
      Josh Hutcherson - Sean Anderson
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      Cale Boyter
    • Image coming soon
      Michael Disco

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    Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 152 reviews

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Journey is entretaining but rather shallow


      It's important to note straight off that this IS NOT a remake or a retelling of Verne's classic novel in any way. This story is surprisingly original. The storyline, in brief, is about a college professor, played by Brendon Fraser (The Mummy and George of the Jungle) with his usual boyish charm who lost his brother 10 years ago when he went off to prove that Verne's novel wasn't really fiction. Now, out of a sense of guilt or obligation he takes in his brother's son each summer, well played by Josh Hutcherson (Zathura, RV, and Bridge to Terabithia. Hutcherson is in danger of being typecast as the bitter, rebellious teenager with a secret heart of gold. His acting is good, but he's been essentially playing the same role over and over again. Well, the pair get it in their heads to try and track down the possible entry to the center of the earth and end up in Iceland trying to track down another professor who may be of help, but discover he died awhile back. They are instead greeted by his lovely looking, but rather cold exterior daughter, nicely played by relative newcomer Anita Briem, who agrees to be a mountain guide for them in what she considers to be a fool's errand. The rest of the film is the trip to the center of the earth which only seems to take them a few minutes to get to and includes a shamelessly copied scene on mine carts from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom as well as a T-rex scene lifted from Jurassic Park. I wasn't sure if they were paying some kind of homage to these films (or genre), or if they were literally just copying the scenes thinking the 3D effects would make them better somehow. Other than that the film moves along at a fun and rapid pace with several predictable, but touching moments. The Hits: (1) The 3D effects are the advanced type (not the blue and red glasses) that doesn't leave you with a headache afterwards. The entire film is designed with 3D in mind and while a gimmick, it is effective and fun. (2) The special effects themselves are magnificent and would hold up nicely even in 2D. The most beautiful effect is the beach scene. It was absolutely stunning! (3) The performances were all much better than this gimmicky action genre would normally dictate. They know it's all nonsense, but they make themselves into rather believable characters that we care about. The Misses: (1) Although the plot is fast-paced, it is rather silly and even ludicrous much of the time, but again, we know this going into the film. (2) There is some really awful cliché-ridden dialogue. It's a bit of a miracle that these actors were able to deliver them without bursting into laughter and that is to their credit. (3) In spite of the overall nice entertainment factor of this film with all it's clever special effects, decent acting, and fast-paced feel, it is a rather shallow film that is hard to recall even right after seeing it. The problem with all gimmicky films, whether they are 3D or using camcorders to tell the story, the focus is primarily on the gimmick and little else. So much time, energy and money goes into the gimmick that the other aspects of storytelling fall to the wayside. This film does a bit better job at trying to be more entertaining and cohesive than other gimmick-driven films, but it is still rather shallow when all is said and done. I doubt very much I would have enjoyed this film much at all if not for the 3D effects and that says a lot all by itself.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      THE Best Blu Ray 3D Movie you will Ever see.

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      What I love about this movie is how they use realistic occurences to depict a fictional story. Instead of placing a "magic portal" that leads to the center of the earth, they used lava tubes as a realistic way to get there, which lends to the idea that it could be possible. This is mainly why I feel Journey To The Center of The Earth had "Epic" implications. The problem is, the film is too short to earn this prestigious word in its review. My saying is: 2hr+ movies are not always Epic, but Epic movies ARE always 2hr+. Avatar, Batman Begins, King Kong and Transformers are all 2 1/2 to 3 hours long. If Journey offered an extra half hour of "the world inside the world", I could possibly add it to this elite list of movies I consider "Epic". I had the anaglyphic 3D version of this movie before watching the Blu Ray 3D version, and I'm happy to say that it's exactly the same without the red and green outlines. Because anaglyphic 3D effects are usually much better than anamorphic, this means you get an outstanding Blu Ray 3D experience and don't have to wear red and green paper glasses. No other Blu Ray 3D movie offers the kind of in-your-face effects that this one does. Film Experience: 5 of 5 3D Experience: 5 of 5

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent 3-D Movie


      I read the book back in school and have seen a tv movie version back in the 80's. I remember I could'nt wait to go see this in the theater. We had to pay extra for our 3-D glasses too. Another way into making you spend more money than you need to. Frankly, they should be included with the price of movie tickets. But, that's my opinion. Loved the 3-D special effects. I remember when I was little, seeing movies in 3-D. They don't even compare to today's standards. 3-D movies sure have come along way and I'm pleased to say that I'd definately go see another one. They make them look so realistic, like the object is coming right at you. It's great. Liked the movie alot, especially the roller coaster ride. Only thing with that, the gap was a little too big and I highly doubt in real life anyone in a cart would be able to jump that. Wonder if I should write to the Mythbuster guys and have them test that theory out?! Makes you wonder what really is in the center of our earth?! I'm glad they give you good 3-D glasses included in the dvd. I watched the extras after I watched the movie. It was interesting for me to watch because I like seeing how things are made.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Awesome adventure film

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      Journey To The Center Of The Earth is a movie based on the book by the same name. The book also has an earlier version of the film from 1959. This movie features Brendon Fraser (Main star), Anita Briem (daughter of an explorer), and Josh Hutcherson (Brendons son). They go in search of the center of the Earth. What they find is amazing and makes you wonder what if there really is life inside the Earth. I don't like putting spoilers in my reviews. You should watch this film despite the mediocre ratings. This steelbook is a great addition to the collection. I just wish they had one that featured the sequel together with this film. Or even a steelbook of the 1959 version.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Must See 3D Movie

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      It should be noted, this movie was released twice, once with the anaglyphic glasses (red/blue) and now for the use of the new glasses. This version is much better than the original. The 3D content in this movie is amazing. The movie has both 3D depth effects as well as plenty of the pop-out effects. This movie was also shot in 3D, not converted post production, so it incorporates plenty of effects specifically shot for a 3D movie, making it even more enjoyable. The movie does contain some ghosting elements, but this is to be expected (this movie was shot in 2008) and they are not always noticeable unless you are looking for them. Overall, this movie was just plain fun to watch, and I'd recommend anyone adds this to their 3D blu-ray collection.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      So-so movie

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      I heard both good and bad reviews about this movie (which I never went to when it was released). One thing that intrigued me was that I heard Brandon Frazer wanted to do family friendly films for his kids and this was one of them. It "is" kid friendly; but considering the special effects are not that well done, I assume that even kids would complain about it.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


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      I saw this at the theater in 3D. Man, did it pop. When it came out on DVD, I got the 3D version with the paper/plastic blue and red glasses...yeah, we've all been there. No good at all. I decided since I have a 3D TV and blu-ray player I would try it on blu-ray. YES, YES, YES. What a fun movie. I've always like Brenden Fraser and he does a great job in this movie. Highly recommend 2d or 3d. It's all good.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Dug this great family movie!


      Really liked this movie. Great popcorn flick and one I dont' have to stand over my son with the remote to fast forward or mute anything inappropriate. It's a fun story, but don't try and think it all out, it doesn't add up. It is just a fun movie to enjoy. I didn't see it in 3-D so looking forward to that. Nice that they inlcude 4 pairs of glasses. My son thought it was fantastic, and as he will be getting most of the use out of it, he is happy to own it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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