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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC TRANSFER
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...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NICE PICTURE
Well worth it if you want to wallow a bit
You can see the wires clearly
Nice extras, also on Voyage To The Bottom of the Sea.
Two nice additions to your colloection
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC TRANSFER, 26 Nov. 2013
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars "What a time to run out of sugar", 24 Oct. 2008
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasic Voyage - A, "must have," for Biology teachers, 27 Sept. 2003
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Don Blower (Staffordshire) - See all my reviews
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...Handsome In The Looks Department..." - Fantastic Voyage on BLU RAY, 12 July 2014
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Mark Barry "Mark Barry" (London) - See all my reviews
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So there you are bobbing along in a nuclear-powered U-91035 (that's the "Proteus" to you pal) when all of a sudden you're shapely Technical Assistant only wants to nip outside for a bikini paddle in the blood stream of a defected Scientist. I mean isn't that just typical of your Sixties International Sex Symbol...

Like "The Day The Earth Stood Still", "Forbidden Planet", "War Of The Worlds", "The Time Machine" and "Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea" -"Fantastic Voyage" has a place in the heart of any self-respecting Sci-Fi nut. And that's before we talk about Raquel Welch and her wonderfully curvaceous corpuscles.

Amazingly what's not mentioned anywhere on this November 2013 (UK) BLU RAY reissue of Richard Fleischer's 1966 classic is that 20th Century Fox have used the same restored elements they used on the American "Cinema Classic" DVD reissue from June 2007. The print on this Cinemascope wonder is an absolute joy to behold - frame-by-frame cleaned up by LOWRY DIGITAL RESTORATION who did all 20 of the Bond films, Star Wars, Back To The Future and Indiana Jones. This thing looks amazing - and despite it's age the entirely man-made special effects still hold up well and at times utterly amaze (given their vintage).

The story goes like this - a large TWA jet lands at an unknown American airport and on board are Special Agent Grant (Stephen Boyd) and his charge Dr. Jan Benes - a scientist with a secret both sides in the superpowers war want. But on route to a secret underground facility - their convoy of army vehicles is attacked and the scientist is shot. Now it's a race to get to a tumour in his brain that is inoperable before both it and his injuries kill him. But how do they get there?

Well you go to the CMDF of course - the Combined Miniature Deterrent Forces (headed up by General Carter - Edmund O'Brien) where they'll shrink you and a submarine down to the size of a droplet - put you in a syringe - and send you into his blood stream to head to his brain and zap that malignancy with a laser beam (how very Irwin Allen). But if the operation isn't completed within 60 minutes - the craft will start to grow back to it's original shape and the body's immune system will see it as a threat and begin to attack it with antibodies (giant pink blobs). And the mission must succeed because Doctor Benes has worked out how to 'stop' the regrowth phase of miniaturization - information that mustn't fall into the wrong hands. So on board the Proteus vessel are Dr. Michaels (Donald Pleasance), the surgeon Dr. Duval (Arthur Kennedy) and his Tech Assistant Cora (Raquel Welch) and a crew of other boffins and bodily-function experts. But what if one among them is a dirty rotten Ruskie saboteur?

Having recently come through a Quadruple Bypass operation myself that involved a right-sided Carotid Artery - I was tinkled pink (if you'll forgive the pun) to find that they mentioned exactly that as the point of entry for this movie. Which brings us to the special effects - they built a life-sized Proteus Vessel and a separate set for its innards so you could film from the outside looking in and vice versa. In fact in the superb making of "Lava Lamps And Celluloid - Visual Effects Of Fantastic Voyage" Richard Ecund ASC (four Oscars in his cabinet) and Craig Barron (both Special Effects Supervisors) discuss at length the difficulties of filming pre-computers. Fox had their own crews who came up with crafty tricks to get the visuals. Vaseline and Castor Oil pumped up through water gave them the bubble effects of the blood stream and we get to see black and white photographic stills of Set H106 where they festooned framework with hanging fluff to simulate the insides of arteries. There's even an honorary mention given to Peter Foy who did the 'Flying Sequences' (see film credits) where the actors were hurled around on wires but you can't see most of them because of clever camera angles and ingenious editing.

As well as the "Lava" featurette mentioned above - EXTRAS also include all the stuff that was on the 2007 DVD - commentaries by Film and Music Historian Jeff Bond, Whirlpool Scene Storyboard-To-Scene, Trailer and TV Spots, Isolated Film Score with Commentaries. In fact when watching the trailers - you see how degraded the print had become and how good the restoration is. AUDIO includes English 5.1 DTS-HD Spanish Mono Dolby Digital, French 5.1 DTS, Castilian Mono DTS, Master Audio, English Mono DTS-HD Master Audio, German 5.1 DTS and Italian Mono DTS. The lone SUBTITLE is English for the Hard Of Hearing. The BLU RAY is ABC - ALL REGIONS - and will therefore play on all machines without playback problems.

"I think it's very exciting..." Raquel Welch says to Stephen Boyd on board the Proteus as she shows him her fabulous equipment (a laser beam gun).

I'm sure it was...and still is...

PS: see my extensive review of the "Cinema Classic" DVD for "Von Ryan's Express" which gives a list of all 115 releases in that now defunct but lovely 20th Century Fox series.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super nostalgic movie!, 21 Sept. 2008
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good films don't really age - they just gain vintage charm. And this voyage is still FANTASTIC!, 18 Dec. 2014
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Maciej "Darth Maciek" (Darth Maciek is out there...) - See all my reviews
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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...

This is an almost perfect SF/adventure film, one of the best ever made! The vision of inside of human body as an alien, unknown universe is glorious and even today, after almost 50 years, makes a certain impression. For its technical aspect this film got two Oscars (Best Art Direction and Best Special Effects) and there is no question that they were TOTALLY DESERVED! The all shattering power of human heart, lungs hurricanes, earquakes (yes, you read well, it is NOT a typo) as well as merciless wars of extermination waged in this innerspace - all of this still connects with the viewer BIG TIME. And then there is of course the fact that human beings, once removed from their comfort zone, find quite quickly that all masters of creation that they may be, for some... well, things... they are just a new and welcome source of yummy proteins...))) As all not yet fully explored and mapped territories, the inside of human body also has "HERE BE DRAGONS" warning written on some more remote corners...

Even if in principle Stephen Boyd, whose character is the muscle, security and counter-intelligence guy, was supposed to be the main star of the film, he is frequently outstaged by actors playing other members of the crew, especially one of greatest Hollywood workaholics extraordinaires, Donald Pleasance (the other one was Ernest Borgnine). Raquel Welch shapes are also used to the greatest possible extent (she keeps putting and taking off her diving suit).

The scenario is strong, characters act mostly rationally, there are some twists (some of them really surprising and cruel) and as the clock is ticking, there is a real suspense in this film. The crew of "Proteus" faces many great dangers and must use some fast thinking to survive and accomplish their mission and it is not so easy to immediately find some plot holes. This scenario should be studied by present day Hollywood writers - they could learn A LOT from it...

Another thing you must know before watching this film - THERE WILL BE BLOOD! In fact even more, this is LITERALLY the most drenched in haemoglobin movie EVER! OK, I stop here. Sorry for that, I couldn't resist...)))

Once again, this is a VERY GOOD SF/adventure film, old but NOT AGED one little bit! I tried once to imagine how a modern remake would look - and I shivered in terror... Thanks God nobody ever dared to take another shot at this masterpiece - and let it stay that way. BUY IT, SEE IT, KEEP IT and never let it go. ENJOY!
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5.0 out of 5 stars But I don’t want to be miniaturised! [non blue ray], 3 Oct. 2014
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So a passenger plane lands at an airport to be greeted by a military escort. Off steps a nervous looking [Donald Pleasance]. His car is firebombed and he’s shot at –and the titles haven’t even started yet. Cut to a hospital scene of a man in a coma and the titles roll. The beginning is very 1960’s James Bond, underground bunkers that are minor towns, technology before its time etc.. Science can miniaturise anything, but the coma guy can stabilise the process and stop the minis growing big again after 60 minutes. Plan B is to send in a surgical team to provides life-saving brain surgery. And there you have it. A simple but fun idea
All dated by today's standards but lots of curiosity fun to look at now. Sure the scales are all messed up but for the time this was truly ground-breaking. After the initial start the film does plod a bit as the ‘boring’ technicalities and plot are explained, but once they get going it turns into a giant psychedelic trip. Raquel Welch looks stunning as ever [but she’s under-used and seems superfluous to the story], Donald Pleasance excels as the claustrophobic doctor and the little tracking antennae are brilliant bits of escapist fun.
The non blue ray extras are limited to scene selection, a theatrical trailer and multiple language selection only, but picture quality and sound are surprisingly good and better than many modern DVDs.
Great family viewing, this is also a brilliantly simplistic introduction to how the body works but don’t get too analytical or the contradictions and flaws could destroy the fun. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Combined Miniature Deterrent Forces, 19 May 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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A medical and science crew board a submarine and are miniaturised and injected into an important foreign scientist body. The mission is to remove a blood clot on his brain that was suffered during an assassination attempt. Once shrunk and in their new bodily world, the team must battle the body's defence systems as well as avoiding trouble with the major organs. Also on a clock of one hour before they return to normal size, they have to also contend with the fact there may be a saboteur on board. This is one fantastical voyage indeed.

The crew's voyage thru the body's bloodstream and beyond is brought to life by the use of some inventive special effects. Thus making Fantastic Voyage one of the more visually appealing genre pictures of the time. The film won Oscars for Best Colour Art Direction and for Best Visual Effects. It was also nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Sound Effects. It is in short a tip top production. Based on the novel written by Otto Klement and Jay Lewis Bixby, the story is imaginative and totally engrossing, which is something that helps offset the staid performances from the cast. But really are we watching this for thespian delights? No of course not. We want director Richard Fleischer to take us on a perilous journey thru the human body, and maybe just give us some suspense into the bargain. Something that is achieved, even if the ending is a little too rushed for comfort. Silly and wonderful. 7/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bluray, 9 Dec. 2013
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Mark A. Streets (Derby. UK) - See all my reviews
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars film is 47 years old and it's still good, 27 Nov. 2013
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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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