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on 19 August 2015
A vintage slice of Sci-fi that encapsulates the 1960's...and its wonderful! This film has been a favourite of mine since I was a child and it still captures my imagination even today 40 years later. So I was thrilled to discover it on Blu-ray and I can confirm that this film is Region Free.
From Philip Yordan - the man who brought us 1962's 'The Day of the Triffids' - comes a story of Scientists who want to harness the natural power held beneath the earth's crust at its core. Drilling down hundreds of miles through the mantle they detonate an atomic explosion to penetrate the rock and bring the molten magma to the surface. Its a success!! Or is it? They weren't aware of the large pocket of hydrogen gas lying within the layers of rock which gave the explosion a far greater force than they imagined. The explosion has triggered a huge crack in the earths surface and the crack is moving.....
If you enjoy films like 'The Day The Earth Caught Fire', 'On The Beach' and 'When Worlds Collide' then you'll love this. Sadly there are no extras included on the disc, but its a nice addition to any Fantasy and Sci-fi Blu-ray collection. Snap it up whilst you can.
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"Suppose the Macedo trench splits open under the ocean? A crack a thousand miles long, bringing superheated magma in contact with the ocean... Earthquakes, tidal waves, mass destruction on an apocalyptic scale!"

1965's Crack in the World was a decade too late for the 50s sci-fi movie craze and a decade too early for the 70s disaster movie revival, but it's a fairly decent entry in the End of the World As We Know It stakes even if it is largely forgotten these days. As usual in the post-nuclear age, man and scientific arrogance are to blame for the impending disaster when an attempt to harness the liquid magma at the Earth's core as a power source goes spectacularly wrong when decades of underground nuclear testing and one nuke too many create a crack in the world that, if not stopped, will split the Earth in two. And, of course, there's nothing they can do to stop it...

The influence of George Pal's When Worlds Collide [DVD] [1951] is keenly felt at times, but the film lacks the spectacular effects that he brought to his films. For the first hour the devastation is limited to radio reports and a brief bit of newsreel footage of the aftermath of a quake accompanied by increasingly worried discussions, with the audience pretty much having to take the end of the world on faith until the last half hour when the crack comes full circle and all Hell breaks loose at the complex. It's pretty good destructive stuff when it comes even if some of the effects, like a doomed train falling off a collapsing bridge, show their age as decent but not hugely convincing model shots.

Until then most of the money goes on the film's cavernous underground research center as the film largely concentrates on the human side, with the conflict between Dana Andrews project director and Kieron Moore's dissenting scientist aggravated by the torch the latter is still carrying for Andrews' wife Jeanette Scott (you'd have thought after finding a way to defeat the carnivorous plants from outer space three years earlier in Crack producer Philip Yordan's troubled The Day of the Triffids [DVD] [1962] they'd have stuck together). Although they're stock characters, they play it as if they mean it and Andrews gets the best of it as the dying scientist in a hurry because he doesn't want others to finish his work only to find he may have finished off the planet instead, and along the way acting as the inspiration for Michael Jackson's signature look with his one white glove and dark glasses.

It's not a great movie and it certainly never rises to the heights of The Day The Earth Caught Fire [1961] [DVD] in the dread and impending doom stakes, but it's a still a well-crafted slice of old school Apocalyptic sci-fi, and Olive's Region-free Blu-ray offers a decent widescreen transfer (albeit the limitations of the original photography mean the picture quality is never spectacularly detailed n the extreme long shots) with no extras.
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Crack in the World is directed by Andrew Marton and written by Jon Manchip White and Julian Halevy. It stars Dana Andrews, Janette Scott, Kieron Moore, Alexander Knox, Peter Damon and Jim Gillen. Music is scored by Johnny Douglas and cinematography by Manuel Berenguer.

Dr. Steven Sorenson (Andrews) plans to tap the energy magma source deep in the Earth's interior by exploding a nuclear device down in the core. In spite of desperate warnings by fellow scientist Ted Rampian (Moore) that it will cause a disaster, Sorenson proceeds after getting the backing of his superiors. The experiment causes a crack to form in the Earth's crust, which starts to escalate and threatens to split the Earth in two. Can the scientists come up with something to avert the catastrophe they have created?

The science might be hokey but the premise is a "cracker" in what seems to be the forgotten film of the sci-fi/disaster movie splinters. Much time is afforded to human interactions and discussions of the science involved, and of course the repercussions of man's inherent need to tamper with the world we live in. When the effects come they are excellent, aiding the drama considerably, there's even a bit of model work that nods back to a time when such a thing was a staple of genre movies. There's a tension fuelled love triangle going on between the three main protagonists, and one of them is ill, very ill, this adding spice to the human drama as the world starts to come apart. The clock ticks down and as the jeopardy rises so does the excitement, leaving us with a tense finale that rounds the film out as a more than worthy film for genre fans to enjoy. 7/10
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 26 October 2013
This long unseen Sci-Fi Thriller comes courtesy of OLIVE films, and is good quality,picture and sound 1.85:1 Ratio. It's a bonkers plot, fairly typical of some other "End of the World" films, but, if you completely suspend logic, it is a very entertaining 96 mins. Dana Andrews succeeds in avoiding cliche as the dying scientist who risks the end of the world when he decides to explode a nuclear bomb on the Inner Magma surface!! Janette Scott, with weird makeup (the eyebrows!), is his loving wife, but finds it hard to forget Ex Kieron Moore, who is against the Bomb. Some excellent sets, a pretty good mix of SFX (1965 remember), and newsreel all help the plot move along to it's rather odd climax. I enjoyed this a lot with my wife and a bottle of wine (neither being necessary for you to enjoy it too).(NB This review is not for the BLURAY)
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on 18 April 2016
Touch of nostalgia. Super visual quality via Fire TV Stick through Amazon Prime. Stalwart actors of the sixties giving a thrilling ride in the 'disaster movie' genre. Days when special effects were on a low budget yet managed to produce a reasonable 'reality' quality. Probably bring a snigger or two from today's younger viewers on their diet of super CGI productions. But as stated, a nostalgic trip to days when films did have a plot, and not purely a visual kaleidoscope of hi-tech cleverness with liitle storyline, and often all too soon forgotten.
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on 17 August 2014
This is a great crack!...all the fun of the fair. The 633 squadron of sci fi. Kieron Moore and Dana Andrews as supremely mad scientists... Fabulous helicopter cockpit shots where the sky doesn't move once....put the brain in park and rent it. loved it.
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on 12 July 2015
Okay, it's cheesy, it's preposterous and the acting is, well, a bit wooden but it's 1960s B-movie Sci-fi at its best (or worst depending on your point of view). If you liked The Fantastic Voyage or The Satan Bug you'll love it.
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VINE VOICEon 1 August 2011
In an attempt to harness the world's magma core for heat and elements by a top scientist, Dr. Stephen Sorenson (Dana Andrews), a sort of surprise creates a crack in the world. Meantime Dr. Maggie Sorenson (Janette Scott) the scientist's wife is torn between two powerful men the scientist and his number two, Dr. Ted Rampion (Kieron Moore) also divided by the crack.

Can they join forces and save the world? They better get cracking.

This film has all the elements of 1965 science fiction. Aside from Dana Andrews you will had fun trying to remember where you have seen the actors before.

As with most sci-fi if the time let this be a warning against being impetuous.
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on 12 November 2012
Although this is what can only be called a low budget "B" movie from the 60's with a silly plot, it is quaintly entertaining and watchable with reasonable though not exceptional acting from some (for the period) famous names and fairly watchable special effects for it's time.

The plot is hardly intellectualy challenging and revolves around the quest for free thermal energy from the earth's magma core. Only one lone scientist sees the possible dangers and attempts to halt the experiment conceived by a dying project manager determined to go down in history. When a nuclear warhead is used to punch through a drill-breaking layer the resulting explosion cracks the mantle and this gradually creeps around the world despite all efforts of the main character and his love interest to put a firebreak in it's path. Eventually though the crack goes full circle and rips a chunk out of the earth's surface and... well, you will have to watch it won't you!

If one grew up, as my brother and I did, in the pre-Star Wars/Jurassic Park era then this film comes pretty high in the entertainment stakes and even now is a fine distraction despite it's vintage. Absolutely no 'stop-motion' and what few models there are would be recognisable to fans of Gerry Anderson.

Unfortunately - and for some inexplicable reason - this film follows in the steps of Monte Carlo or Bust (USA-Those Jolly Young Men In Their Jaunty Jalopies) in that it is ONLY available in America(?) Anyway, I would have given this DVD 5 stars as it's so watchable despite it's age but must bring it down to 4. Whilst I can forgive it being region 1 only I must bring it down 1 star for being in such a peculiar format that on some DVD players you may find it 'stutters' as though there are missing frames. I found this most obvious if played on a computer.

A worthy addition to any dedicated classic sci-fi fans collection.
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on 10 June 2013
A chance encounter on late-night TV in the 1980s sered this 1960s sci-fi action movie into my mind. Good action - male/female relationships a little cliched when viewed from today. Effects good for their time and nice use of locations. Dana Andrews gives good mad scientist throughout! Recommended to those who want a snapshot of how science was supposed to fix everything but was feared at the same time. See also Doomwatch (TV) from the 1970s and similar.
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