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Warlords of Atlantis [VHS] [1978]


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  • Actors: Doug McClure, Peter Gilmore, Cyd Charisse, Daniel Massey, Shane Rimmer
  • Directors: Kevin Connor
  • Format: PAL, Colour, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: 15 July 1996
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CK9V
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,963 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

A maritime expedition of eminent Victorian scientists sets out to find a mysterious artefact. They are attacked by a giant octopus, and when they awake they find that they are now captives of the legendary Warlord of Atlantis - master of the undersea kingdom. The scientists discover that the Atlanteans intend to alter the destiny of Earth so they can return to their true home - Mars.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jun 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Right behind that other Connor classic "The Land That Time Forgot", comes for me this low-budget cult fantasy. -I mean, rubber monsters all over the place, and childhood hero McClure; what more do you want from life ?. I'll just never get tired of watching those brave characters go below the deep ocean surface, in that magnificent diving bell of theirs. I've watched this adventure favourite God knows how many times, and it's still as exciting as the first time I saw it. Don't cheat yourself of the-poor-man's "Raiders Of The Lost Ark".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Mar 2011
Format: DVD
I was loaned this DVD by a friend who described it as truly awful. Now having watched "At the Earth's Core" and "The People that Time Forgot", I was happy to watch it not just for the sake of politeness. I admit I am just a big kid at heart, because I actually really enjoyed this film. It did not take itself too seriously and gave me a good laugh. The acting was pleasantly tongue in cheek, and the imaginative world that producer John Dark and director Kevin Connor create is a highly original one. No, they didn't have CGI at their disposal, but the large models were creative and good fun. There was that fantastic rubber octopus, the bizarre creature that jumped out of the mud, and those huge armour plated Ankliosaurus looking monsters. Not to mention some funny jumping fish with big gnashers. One of the actors says in a very droll moment "I've got a mortal fear of monsters". Not surprising after what he is put through.

The film itself concerns an inventor played by Doug McClure and a scientist played by Peter Gilmore, of Oneiden Line fame, who take a diving bell to the seabed where they discover the lost world of Atlantis. I won't be giving too much of the plot away in mentioning this! They are joined by most of the ships crew who are kidnapped by a large octopus who kindly drops them off in Atlantis. This begins the excuse to unleash a whole world of weird and wonderful monsters. The warlords have plans to use Gilmore's brain for sinister motives, and turn the others into something nasty. Escape does not appear to be an option, or is it? The alternative of remaining and becoming a goldfish is not an attractive option.

There are a number of funny scenes including a "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid" style jump into frothing water, accompanied to some startling sound effects.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The CinemaScope Cat TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 Aug 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
At the end of the 19th century, a group of adventurers headed by an archaeologist (Donald Bisset) and including his son (Peter Gilmore) and the engineer (Doug McClure) of the diving bell they will use, plumb the sea depths in search of the lost city of Atlantis. They find it but the Atlanteans are anything but friendly, could it be the hideous wigs they're forced to wear? This rather silly underwater adventure is strictly matinee fare for the kids. The cast are in constant danger by a barrage of rubber monsters right out of a Japanese Toho movie which are more endearing than frightening. My favorite was the rubber flying fish leaping out of the waters and sinking their teeth, piranha like, into the humans. The film could have used Ray Harryhausen to work some of his magic. Directed by Kevin Connor. With Cyd Charisse, showing that at age 57 she still had the best gams in the business, Daniel Massey and Shane Rimmer.

The Studio Canal DVD is a nice wide screen (1.78) transfer.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Jordan on 10 Jun 2005
Format: DVD
I saw this back in the summer of 1978 at the height of the Star Wars craze and wondered sadly why no action figure was in the shops, or I couldn't buy a plastic kit of the octopus attacking the Texas Rose; it was great fun to watch, and the poster was thrilling too (reproduced on the DVD cover). Now I'm an old git, I know why - even if my attention has shifted to the beautiful bone structure of Lea Brodie (who appeared in North Sea Hijack and Space 1999 but alas little else) somewhat. Yes, Doug McClure may be a clunky choice of lead, but he's more fun than anyone seems to remember and even adds a kind of glum gravity to the far-fetched proceedings when he has to. Peter Gilmore and Ashley Knight were then in nautical BBC productions - The Onedin Line and Treasure Island and a handful of great character actors spice things up.
The effects are surprisingly decent, from the aforementioned octopus attack, to a gargly swamp monster (which eats one of the Irish builders from Fawlty Towers), and a nifty diving bell. OK, so the sets are plain in comparison, and mainly consist of bits of Gozo (what a nice holiday the cast and crew must have had - they were all at it in the 70's presumably for tax reasons.) but they work.
The script and direction are what makes this picture work best. There's a tautness which is often lacking in monster films, and a knowing humour (which was already in evidence in 'At the Earth's Core' from the same team). A good bit of exciting family entertainment, which I reckon still works despite all the CGI advancements.
It's something of a cult film I believe - so it's a pity the DVD couln't have had more extras, such as the little 'making of' segment from 'Clapperboard' and a gallery of suitably garish posters. But never mind, the film is satisfying enough!
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