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At The Earth's Core [DVD] [1976]

Doug McClure , Peter Cushing , Kevin Connor    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Doug McClure, Peter Cushing, Caroline Munro, Cy Grant, Godfrey James
  • Directors: Kevin Connor
  • Producers: John Dark
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 30 July 2012
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007C17YVI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,185 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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When eccentric Victorian scientist Dr Abner Perry (Peter Cushing, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope) and his assistant develop a high powered drill they decide to test its capabilities in a remote Welsh Mountain. The drill proves too powerful and plunges the duo into a vast cavern at the earth’s core where evil pre historic birds have enslaved a tribe of humans. Can the Doctor and his assistant help rescue the tribe and escape the evil clutches of their flying nemesis?

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In this adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel, Peter Cushing and Doug McClure are scientists who pilot a mechanical excavator to the centre of the Earth. They find themselves in the Kingdom of Pellucidar where they encounter a tribe which is under attack from giant prehistoric creatures.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Burroughs by name, burrows by nature... 21 Nov 2007
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Before Luke Skywalker, there was Doug McClure... His John Dark-Kevin Connor fantasy adventures were a mainstay of Summer holiday movies in the days before Star Wars: they weren't masterpieces, they didn't boast state-of-the-art special effects, but they were exactly what an audience of kids wanted from a film back in the mid 70s.

At the Earth's Core is by far the most enjoyable of the bunch, catching just the right tone for the appropriately named Burroughs' pulp adventure about Victorian inventor Peter Cushing and the inevitable Doug McClure ending up in the underground world of Pelucidar and battling its evil telepathic fighting dinosaurs. This time the puppets are gone in favor of men in monster suits, which is a lot more fun if you're willing to suspend your disbelief, and if you're not there's always Caroline Munro's cleavage to look at. Aside from what may well be Peter Cushing's worst performance, an irritating but dottier rehash of his movie Dr Who ("You can't mesmerize me, I'm British!"), it's easily the best of the John Dark-Kevin Connor-Doug McClure fantasy adventures, surprisingly well directed and boasting an atmospheric use of color. Never especially good at exterior scenes, Alan Hume's photography gains immensely from the control a studio set gives him (the film was shot entirely on soundstages) to paint a luridly vivid world worthy of a pulp novel cover. Not high art but definitely great Saturday matinee fun.

The original UK DVD from Cnema Club boasts a decent but not outstanding widescreen print with UK theatrical trailer and stills gallery: the subsequent UK release by StudioCanal appears to use the same master but has no extras. The US DVD The only extra is the US trailer - which sells it as a horror film!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pete and Doug in the World Of Rubber 17 Aug 2011
Format:DVD
Two Victorian inventors, Dr. Abner Perry(Peter Cushing) and David Innes(Doug McClure) drill their machine, an iron 'mole', into the bowels of the Earth and encounter the strange, underground world of Pellucidar, where a telepathic race of bird-like reptiles rule over human slaves and where wondrous beasts and carnivorous plants can be found round every corner. In fact, what they find is a race of men in rubber suits, ruling over a group of British thespians in loincloths with equally rubber monsters and Caroline Munro's bountiful cleavage to be found round every corner.
Having made fun of this film, I feel it is my duty to make clear that I love every cheesy minute of it. Okay, Cushing doesn't give one of his best performances, recreating his dotty take on Doctor Who, and Doug is looking a bit flabby for an action lead, but that's all part of its appeal. The sets are wonderful, one should expect cut price monsters in an Amicus lost world film and there is a truly memorable experimental soundtrack from Mike Vickers of Manfred Mann fame.
Despite the two leads being rather forgettable, there is compensation from Cy Grant giving a full blooded performance as Ra and Caroline Munro her usual alluring self as Dia.
The action never lets up for a minute and the film should delight most children with an ounce of imagination, along with many adults who remember and love these films from first time around. Not to mention rubber fetishists.
I really couldn't give a flying chicken if I read reviews that disparage this great film. It might be an artifact of its time, but it is a shining one at that. Sparse extras on this release include the original trailer and selected filmographies. 5 out of 5 for the film anyway.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerised by Rubber! 27 April 2014
By Bob Salter TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
It's all too easy to heap laughing derision on this fantasy film nearly 40 years after it was made, but that is missing the point. The true spirit of cinema is so often found in the imaginative innovators of their time who dare to break new ground. People who broke the shackles of limited budgets and accepted conventions by following their dreams. It is found in films like Georges Melies famous "A Trip to the Moon"(02), which Martin Scorcese, a walking encyclopaedia of film history, paid homage to in his film "Hugo". It is found in the strivings of those poverty row film makers in the thirties, and some might argue even in the inept efforts of Ed Wood. It is also found in the rubber suited world of the Kevin Connor/John Dark series of fantasy films. "At The Earth's Core" followed in the success of "The Land That Time Forgot", and has to be their crowning glory.

Rubbery flying griffin like monsters who mesmerise even British people! Ape like humanoids who carry out all their diabolical orders! Plastic fantasy dinosaurs that paleontologists will not be familiar with! These ones, just like the Griffins, have a disconcerting habit of exploding in a spectacular fireball! Some flora and fauna you will not find in your observers books, but then this is based on the Hollow Earth of Edgar Rice Burroughs world of Pellucidar. Burroughs might struggle to reconcile this Pellucidar with the one of his imagination! I like to think he might recognise the Mars in "John Carter", a film it seems I am the only person in the world to like! We also have Peter Cushing hilariously doing his dotty professor Branestawn impression, memorably hiding in a giant triffid from a cumbersome ginormous Dodo looking creation. It doesn't get much better than that!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved watching this old film dvd good condition
Published 4 days ago by christopher burgess
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My mum loved the DVD she has seen the film on the tv and wanted dvd - so I searched on Amazon and found it for her thank you very much
Published 3 months ago by sandy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun.
Some of the special effects are a bit dated but the story is great fun. The film is an old fashioned romp and still watchable. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pete.
4.0 out of 5 stars Burroughs by name, burrows by nature...
Before Luke Skywalker, there was Doug McClure... His John Dark-Kevin Connor fantasy adventures were a mainstay of Summer holiday movies in the days before Star Wars: they weren't... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Trevor Willsmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Meanwile in the Hollow Earth ...
At the Earths's Core makes me wish I had a 5yr old son to show it to!!!!

(My personal favourite Doug Mcclure Dinosaur flick - The others being 'The land that time... Read more
Published 23 months ago by jman jr
4.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece of the Z grade fantasy genre.
I'm serious as well, I mean don't get me wrong, if you haven't got a bent for this type of Z grade, creaky creature feature {why would you be watching is my first thought? Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2011 by Spike Owen
4.0 out of 5 stars Wobbly, But Fun
Peter Cushing and dependable Doug McClure head the cast as two underground explorers, as their two-man burrowing drill-craft takes them to a colourful subterranean world, with... Read more
Published on 14 Oct 2010 by Colin Smith "keep on running"
4.0 out of 5 stars Edgar Rice Burroughs a name, a good chance for a rest....
On board a rocket punch that were outside their control, at the end '800 two British scientists penetrated the center of the Earth: monsters, men in slave, birds with hypnotic... Read more
Published on 15 Mar 2010 by Massimo Santilli
4.0 out of 5 stars Vincent Price meets Tab Hunter, Doug McClure meets Peter Cushing
I bought this two-film DVD set as I was reading the excellent autobiography of Tab Hunter, and wanted to work my way through many of his movies, aware of the off and on filming set... Read more
Published on 12 Jan 2010 by Schroedinger's Dingle Berries
5.0 out of 5 stars At the Earth's Core
I received this item in a couple a days from ordering it. Very good service.
Published on 11 Sep 2009 by Freya
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