Rent Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)

3.5 of 5 from 69 ratings
2h 4min
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Synopsis:
The story centres on an expedition led by Professor Lindenbrook (James Mason) down into the Earth's dark core. Members of the group include the professor's star student, Alex (Pat Boone), and the widow (Arlene Dahl) of a colleague. Along the way lurk dangers such as kidnapping, death, sabotage by a rival explorer, and attacks by giant prehistoric reptiles. But they also encounter such magnificent wonders as a glistening cavern of quartz crystals, luminescent algae, a forest of giant mushrooms, and the lost city of Atlantis.
Actors:
, , , , , Peter Ronson, , , Mary Brady, , Gertrude the Duck, , , , , Frederick Halliday, , , ,
Directors:
Producers:
Charles Brackett
Writers:
Walter Reisch, Charles Brackett
Others:
Carl Faulkner, Walter M. Scott, Joseph Kish, Lyle R. Wheeler, Franz Bachelin, Herman A. Blumenthal
Studio:
20th Century Fox
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Children & Family, Classics, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
BBFC:
Release Date:
30/06/2003
Run Time:
124 minutes
Languages:
English, French, German, Spanish
Subtitles:
Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, French, German, Italian, Spanish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
18/09/2017
Run Time:
129 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary with Actress Diane Baker and Film Historians Steven C. Smith & Nick Redman
  • New video interview with critic and author Kim Newman
  • Featurette on the film's restoration
  • Original theatrical trailer

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Reviews (1) of Journey to the Center of the Earth

Totally mad, dated curiosity piece movie with REAL dinosaurs (well, lizards with glued-on fins!) - Journey to the Center of the Earth review by PV

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17/07/2017

I hadn't seen this movie before, even on TV - I've seen the 1970s version of the same Jules Verne book though which is totally different. I expect neither version sticks to the original book though.

It's basically an old-fashioned adventure story which, unlike any other film I have seen, manages to go to Iceland - filmed in a US national park - where a volcano will lead to the centre of the earth.

Of course, there's a baddie or two - antagonist to the protagonist - and some supposedly scary bits.

I have seen clips from this movie before - the scenes of the dinosaurs. Or lizards with stuck-on fins (hope the glue came off). At the same time this was being made, Ray Harryhausen was experimenting with his stop-motion, which has much more charm that slowed down footage of abused lizards really.

A real curiosity piece and with singer Pat Boone starring too.

Worth remembering it's now over 60 years old as well. The 1970s version had more exciting bits and no doubt the recet TV adaptation was chock full of CGI monsters BUT oldies like this have all the more charm when compared to the CGI-fests today.

I enjoyed it anyway! It's well-paced, well-written and a real story. 4 stars.

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