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Journey To The Center Of The Earth [DVD] [1959]

James Mason , Pat Boone , Henry Levin    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: James Mason, Pat Boone, Arlene Dahl, Diane Baker, Thayer David
  • Directors: Henry Levin
  • Producers: Charles Brackett
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English, German, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish, 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: Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jun 2003
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008OP5X
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,561 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

An Edinburgh professor (James Mason) leads an expedition down an Icelandic volcano to find the Earth's core. Hindered by rock-slides, magnetic storms and prehistoric monsters, their quest is further put in jeopardy by the attentions of an unscrupulous rival. Based on the novel by Jules Verne.

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In this 1959 adaptation of the Jules Verne novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth, James Mason plays Professor Oliver Lindenbrook, a scientist hoping to find the world's core. He leads his unusual party on an expedition to the centre of the earth, by way of a volcano in Iceland. On the way, they encounter enormous mushrooms and giant prehistoric monsters. Produced by Michael Todd with then-spectacular special effects, the story was modernised to suit 1950s sensibilities and graced by a suitably outlandish Bernard Herrmann score. Mason gives this class, while Arlene Dahl and Diane Baker are the romantic interests. And Pat Boone is more palatable than you might expect as a secondary lead. You can watch this with your children and not be bored, and they will surely love it. --Rochelle O'Gorman


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth a Look At An Old Fashioned Adventure Story 29 Dec 2003
By E. A. Redfearn TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I first saw this movie more than 40 years ago and it remains one of my favourites. A good old fashioned adventure movie to while sunday afternoons away. Adapted from a famous Jules Verne Novel, it does remain fairly close to the original book. A party of explorers set off to reach the earth's centre and experience some remarkable adventures on the way; an underground ocean; a giant mushroom forest; Atlantis; and an exploding volcano, and oh of course, various monsters! Some good set pieces and effects bearing in mind that this movie is more than 40 years old. Great for the kids, although the younger ones might be frightened of the monsters the explorers come across from time to time. James Mason, a distinguished actor of his time is aided by the lovely Arhlene Dahl, and Pat Boone who of course, has to get a song or two in! If you havent seen this film, give it a try. Picture and sound, (mono of course) is quite good. Can be bought for good price too.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic adpatation of a Verne novel 18 April 2003
By Darren Harrison VINE VOICE
Recently released here in Region one and coming soon to region two is this classic adventure movie from the 1950s. Loosely adapted from the Jules Verne novel we find the Professor Lindenbrook of the movie to be a Scot and not just a Scot, but a knighted Scot. He, along with a musically inclined sidekick (at times prone to singing out loud) follow a clue that takes them from Edinburgh to Iceland and finally into the bowels of the Earth.
Along the way the duo battle giant lizards, encounter enormous mushrooms, traverse swirling whirlppools and a fall foul of a sinister shadowy figure determined to protect an ancestors secret. In their quest to explore the interior of the planet the two are aided by the wife of a murdered rival, a friendly giant of an Icelander and a goose named Gertrude.
The whole premise of course is silly, especially when compared with a more recent foray into similar territory in the theatrical release "The Core" but of all the adaptations of Verne's novel this is undoubtedly the most satisfyinhg.
I of course have not yet seen the Region Two release, but assuming it is similar to the Region One release the DVD sports a spiffy, remastered picture in addition to a number of comparisons between all the different prints over the years. The new picture quality is a breathtaking improvment over the previous elements that have shockingly faded.
Well recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the spirit of Jules Verne 19 Jun 2009
Verne's novels were described by his publisher as "Les voyages extraordinaires" -- and this film, whatever licenses have been taken with the source, aspires to that. While the prelude to the journey is too long (we even have to endure Pat Boone croon a tuneless number), once we've plunged into the Earth, the film takes on an air of wonderment.

While the special effects are often praised, I think much of the wonder and awe of the film comes from the elaborate sets. And credit should also go to the music of Bernard Herrmann -- I doubt that had a better vehicle for his mystical, sonorous music.

Cast chemistry contributes in a big way. James Mason, a brooding but stout leader. Pat Boone, surprisingly effective as an eager student (but not so successful as a Scotsman). Arlene Dahl, a ravishingly beautiful damsel who is sage and sane and only distressed when she really really needs to be. Real-life Icelander Peter Ronson, a tall man's man -- who loves his pet duck. Gravelly-voiced Thayer David, pure villainy.

Add the final ingredient: a script that mixes fun and excitement with the fantastical.

The result is an extraordinary voyage for the teenager in you.
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