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An incredible journey through the inner workings of the human body is now even more spectacular in Blu-ray high definition. In this Academy Award®-winning sci-fi adventure* starring Stephen Boyd, Donald Pleasence and Raquel Welch, an elite medical team in their state-of-the-art submarine, the Proteus, is shrunk down to microscopic size and injected into the bloodstream of an ailing scientist to save his life. Battling the body’s powerful natural defences--as well as a saboteur in their midst--the crew is in a race against time to complete their mission before the miniaturisation wears off.
*1966: Art Direction (Colour), Special Visual Effects.
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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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.
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
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.
definitely worth buying on blu ray
size on board a submarine 'Proteus' which is injected into a ''key'' scientists
bloodstream to identify his medical condition in the hope of saving his life.
The team encounter several difficulties along the way including a traitor on
The journey has to be completed within 'one hour' after which the mini beings
would begin to enlarge.
Recently I reviewed a 70's film and was very critical of the picture quality,
believing that if the distributors release older films such as this onto the
'Blu-ray' format a reasonable upgrade is the very least that should be offered.
This film tends to prove the point I was making when reviewing 'The Fury' ...
'The Fantastic Voyage' has been upgraded to a standard that I would describe as
acceptable........which leaves me with a simple task....recommending the viewing
of this family-friendly movie from yesteryear
Overall--acceptable picture and sound quality.
The disc also has several additional features on board for those interested,
* Lava Lamps and celluloid: a tribute to the visual effects of the film.
* Commentary by film and music historian 'Jeff Bond'
* Whirlpool scene: storyboard to scene.
* Trailer & TV spots.
* Commentary by film and music historian 'Jeff Bond'
* Isolated score track with commentary by film and music historians 'Jeff Bond'
'John Burligame' - and 'Nick Redman'
The special effects during the film were in 1966 pretty impressive at that time,
today of course we have, the ever improving computer enhancements.
The film also has an impressive cast list which includes...'Stephen Boyd' 'Edmond
O'brien' 'Arthur Kennedy' 'Donald Pleasence' and 'Raquel Welch'
* Worth revisiting on the 'HD' format.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Classic scifi with Stephen Boyd and the Gorgeous Raquel Welch as two members of a submarine crew of five get minaturised to microbe size and injectected into the bloodstream of Top... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Darren wilson
even the special effects has its charm, a great story line.Published 9 months ago by Mr. Peter Dubois