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Fantastic Voyage [DVD] [1966]


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  • Actors: Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch, Edmond O'Brien, Donald Pleasence, Arthur Kennedy
  • Directors: Richard Fleischer
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Mar 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007BZT04O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,298 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A surgical task force is reduced to microbe size to perform a delicate operation inside the brain of a dying scientist.

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Fantastic Voyage is the original psychedelic inner-space adventure. When a brilliant scientist falls into a coma with an inoperable blood clot in the brain, a surgical team embarks on a top-secret journey to the centre of the mind in a high-tech military submarine shrunk to microbial dimensions. Stephen Boyd stars as a colourless commander sent to keep an eye on things (though his eyes stay mostly on shapely medical assistant Raquel Welch), while Donald Pleasance is suitably twitchy as the claustrophobic medical consultant. The science is shaky at best, but the imaginative spectacle is marvellous: scuba-diving surgeons battle white blood cells, tap the lungs to replenish the oxygen supply, and shoot the aorta like daredevil surfers. The film took home a well-deserved Oscar for Best Visual Effects. Director Richard Fleischer, who had previously turned Disney's 1954 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea into one of the most riveting submarine adventures of all time, creates a picture so taut with cold-war tensions and cloak-and-dagger secrecy that niggling scientific contradictions (such as, how do miniaturised humans breathe full-sized air molecules?) seem moot. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Graham on 26 Nov 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
First let me give you a quick synopsis: In order to save the life of a scientist, who holds the secret to miniaturization, a group of people, including a surgeon, are miniaturized inside a submarine and injected into his bloodstream to perform an operation. They only have one hour, before they grow back to full size.

As this film was made in the 60's, once inside, it turns into a psychedelic adventure. As the plot suggests, it is sheer fantasy, but enjoy it for what it is, entertainment.

When this film was made lava lamps had already been invented, so you can see where the ideas were coming from.

The film is presented on blu ray, in it's original aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Picture Quality is outstanding, considering this film is now 47 years old, the image is pin sharp, with vibrant colours
the Soundtrack has an optional 5.1 track, but the film was originally shot with a mono soundtrack.
This transfer looks better than some newer films.

Final word:
definitely worth buying on blu ray
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Harland on 24 Oct 2008
Format: DVD
Just watched this movie again for the first time in thirty years, haven't seen it since it was a favorite sunday afternoon flick when I was about ten and unbelievably, IT STILL ROCKS!

I have read some reviews about the cheesy effects but then there's something great about a movie where your imagination is required to fill in the gaps. I haven't seen a movie in years that left me on tender hooks from start to finish like this. Truly magnificent sci-fi classic.

To see this movie in restored 235.1 widescreen is a sheer joy and the two channel stereo track works perfectly on a surround system, it's the closest you will get to seeing the origional cinema release. The movie score is intense and what more can you say for a movie that has Raquel Welsh in a skin tight 'white' wet suit.

Bliss!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Don Blower on 27 Sep 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Fantastic indeed when it first hit the cinema screen in the early 70's, science fact has caught up with Science Fiction.
The idea that a machine of atomic size can be intoduced into the blood stream to target a specific site in the body has arrived with the, "magic bullet," therapies now under development. Even though the notion of mechanical and human minaturisation remains fantasy one has to wonder for how long this will be the case.
The value of the film today, however, lies not in the realm of passive audience watching, but in its (the film's) use as an interactive tool in the teaching of basic human biology. Especially for students who have difficulty in visualising the abstract three dimensional world, watching and discussing the film can provide the means of achieving a mind broadening leap in students' understanding of the mechanisms that define the function of the internal 3D world
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE on 21 Sep 2008
Format: DVD
This is a movie that has played tricks in my memory over the years. I first saw this when I was a child, and for some reason recall a much more exciting journey with lots more happenings, including a much longer passing through a beating heart - which doesn't actually happen at all, and so I guess the memory really does play some giant tricks with the passage of time!

I guess many young people may be very critical of this film, since nowadays there are so many much more advanced and sophisticated special effects. However, for its day, this was quite brilliant!

A group of Experts climb into a submarine and are 'miniaturised' and sent on a mission inside a human body to repair some damage to the patient's brain - a fantastic voyage indeed! Of course the team meet with all kinds of 'natural' perils that are within the human body along the way.

There are some 'silent' points in this movie pretty early on which have impact.

Stars Donald Pleasence and Raquel Welch.

This has been re-mastered to a very high degree.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. Streets on 9 Dec 2013
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This looks fantastic and sounds great, it's not the best transfer in the world, but it is a damned good one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Beet on 27 Nov 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
i have just recently watched this and i loved it. i did have this on dvd and i wanted to upgrade to the blu ray and i'm glad i did it. some people will say the effects are a bit dated at the time though in 1966 they were considered to be state of the art love when the proteus is injected into the body and then you see the sub inside the scientist's body. the film looks great on blu ray there is a little bit of grain but Fox have a done a great job restoring the film to the best it can be. the 5.1 DTS-HD is especially good on this film. the scene where the surgeons have to stand still and not talk and the woman reaches for the towel and the scissors clatter to the floor and when you see the actors near the inner ear and they're being thrown about because the sound scissors made that was brilliant. brillant film and one i would watch again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Freddie Valentine on 28 Jan 2014
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Although many younger people would find this film 'slow moving', it's one of those gems I remember seeing on the TV a few times in the 1970s. The effects were groundbreaking for the time and although they look dated now, the film is still very enjoyable and worth watching. The Blu Ray quality is very good and there are some worthy extras.
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EXCELLENT! One of best SF/adventure films ever and a real monument of cinema! I always LOVED this 1966 film and recently I was happy to confirm, that it didn't age AT ALL and is still a great watch! Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

Cold War. United States and the Soviet Union are both intensely working on technology of miniaturization of matter by shrinking individual atoms. Czech scientist Jan Benes, working under duress for the Soviets, made a great breakthrough, but doesn't want Moscow to have this technology. With the help of the CIA, he escaped to the West, but an attempted assassination leaves him comatose with a nearly impossible to remove blood clot in his brain.

The only way to save his life is to operate from INSIDE his skull. It is decided to use the experimental miniaturization technology to reduce a small submersible, the "Proteus" as well as its crew, and introduce it into Benes body. The crew must then bring "Proteus" into Benes brain, remove the clot and evacuate before the miniaturization ends - indeed, at that time it is possible to miniaturize things and people just for 60 minutes...

An ad hoc team is assembled for this mission: Captain Bill Owens (William Redfield) - pilot; Dr. Michaels (Donald Pleasence) - mission medical commander; Dr. Peter Duval (Arthur Kennedy) - brain surgeon; Cora Peterson (Raquel Welch) - assistant to the brain surgeon. Last but not least there is also CIA agent Charles Grant (Stephen Boyd), who is there - well, initially, we don't know why, but it will quickly turn out it was a good idea to place him on board... All that takes care of about ten first minutes of the film - and then the fantastic voyage begins and I will say nothing more...
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