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on 3 November 2015
Fine disc, poor film.. Nuff said.
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on 3 September 2013
Chose this rating because it is a very good family adventure
based some what on Jules Verne's story.
Kenneth Moore is excellent in the title role and for a 1970's
film it might not be CGI but the colour sets were very good.
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on 30 November 2015
A travesty with some wasted talent and one or two redeeming features. It's a novelty to see Kenneth More acting with apparent amateurs. I am not being mean. Good direction could have improved it, but it is obvious that it has been partially dubbed into English, so that some of the shall we say 'less experienced' actors did not know what the others were saying, probably because they were speaking on set in another language. Kenneth More's performance is uncharacteristically laid back and low key. There is nothing of the Kenneth More we know and love from Reach For the Sky and Doctor in the House. He even looks a bit bewildered at times, and so he might. The elements of the Verne story are there, and the script wouldn't be too bad if it could be sharpened up a bit. But I did not recognise the Professor Lidenbrock of the novel. And why did one actor keep calling him: 'Lindenbrook'? There is potential for farce in some parts, but the lines and action are thrown away. It's just not tight enough. But if you love the story, or More, you will get something out of it -- if you watch it alone. It looks very much like a 1970s continental European film, shot on a small budget, not to say a production line. Oh, and I found the music repetitious and annoying.

There are some interesting additional science fiction type elements with the new character, the mysterious Olsen. He seems to be a borrowing from Bulwer Lytton or H. P. Lovecraft which are intriguing, but I wanted more of them. It was almost a kind of 'Jules Verne meets (1970s) Doctor Who'. The special effects let it down, though. I don't expect CGI in a 1970s film, but the 'dinosaurs' (?) are like muppets. They are like the John Pertwee Dinosaur invasion monsters; glove puppets. Even the distributors realised the mistake of the 'giant tortoises' and removed them from their re marketed print sold as, "Where Time Began" -- which I would certainly not recommend, because it's less value for money, having been cut to ribbons.

What else can I say? It's a brave attempt, but it's shaky and rattling around in there with: Timothy Hine's 'H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds' and it's even on the level of 'Plan 9 From Outer Space' but without the charm and unwitting humour. Some of the special effects work, some misfire very badly. I like the storm, I think that was well done, but most of the set pieces come off much better in the 1959 Fox film with James Mason. Despite the fact that they were iguanas with fins glued to them, the Dimetrodons in the earlier film are still much more convincing than the rubber oven gloves in this effort.

As I said, for completists only, watch it on your own, and it might just charm you. :)
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on 8 January 2016
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on 7 April 2010
This is a quirky Spanish re-make of the classic 1959 film starring Pat Boone and James Mason. Yet, despite its many flaws, this later version possesses a charm all of its own. An ageing Kenneth More is superb as Professor Lindenbrock, while Ivonne Sentis is a delightful, if occasionally irritating, Glauben. Jack Taylor plays the mysterious Olsen, whose appearance is never readily explained. The English dubbing is poor, and the special effects are nothing to write home about - even for the 1970s. But, all in all, an enjoyable romp - and one much more faithful to Jules Verne's story than the 1959 version.
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on 27 July 2014
very packed and exactly as described
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