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|Disney's 20000 Leagues Under The Sea |
Two-Disc Special Edition
Actors: James Mason, Kirk Douglas, Peter Ellenshaw, Elmo Williams, Vincent Di Fate
Genres: Action & Adventure, Classics, Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Animation
Climb aboard the Nautilus ... and into a strange undersea world of spellbinding adventure! Kirk Douglas, Paul Lukas, and Peter Lorre star as shipwrecked survivors taken captive by the mysterious Captain Nemo, brilliantly p... more »
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Margaret S. (morgan2010) from GLENVIEW, IL
Reviewed on 5/7/2010...
Before computer generation, there was good acting and fake but scary monsters. This movie is still great to watch. A whale of a tail song still sounds good, and the acting is believable, but not over the top.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Aimee M. (AimeeM)
Reviewed on 9/5/2008...
James Mason was THE perfect Captain Nemo. He plays the lovable yet insane person so well. You never know if you should trust him or not.
An excellent film with stunning underwater shots (for the time period) Although the ending does vary from the book, it is an awesome time capsule. The issues it addressed are consistent with the era the film was made it. (Think Nuclear Bombs)
Awesome film, well worth the watch.
3 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.
Superior DVD Package of a Memorable Film
Gary F. Taylor | Biloxi, MS USA | 01/26/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Loosely based on the celebrated novel by Jules Verne and set in the late 19th Century, LEAGUES offers the story of Professor Arronax (Paul Lukas), his assistant Conseil (Peter Lorre), and harpooner Ned Land (Kirk Douglas), who are coaxed by the United States government to aid in the search for a sea monster said to be terrorizing shipping lanes. But the monster is not of flesh and blood, and soon the three find themselves in the hands of the mysterious Captain Nemo (James Mason) as prisoners aboard the Nautilus--a fully functional submarine capable of ramming ships and sending them to the ocean floor.Underwater photography was hardly new in 1954, but never had it been used so extensively nor to such visually beautiful effect, and the art designs--particularly those for the Nautilus--are justly celebrated. But for all its beauty, it is the performances which make the film work. James Mason does not merely play Nemo, he seems to be Nemo; after seeing his performance it is impossible to imagine any other actor in the role. Paul Lukas adds yet another brilliantly understated performance to his memorable career, and while Kirk Douglas and Peter Lorre are hardly the Ned Land and Conseil of the Verne novel they have surprising chemistry and lend the film considerable dash.At the time of its release, LEAGUES was the single most expensive motion picture ever made (ironically it would loose that dubious distinction later that same year to yet another film featuring James Mason: A STAR IS BORN), and every penny of the money spent shows in the onscreen result. While many of Disney's live-action films are fondly recalled, few have had enduring fame, much less claim to status as art--but LEAGUES is the exception, and although the episodic nature of the story seems a shade languid from time to time it remains both a landmark and one of the most influential films of its decade. Truly enjoyable from start to finish.GFT, Amazon Reviewer"
An amazing special edition of a great classic!
Dave | Tennessee United States | 10/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ever since I was a child, no other Disney film has captivated me quite like this classic. In my opinion this is one of James Mason's best performances (along with "Odd Man Out") & Kirk Douglas, Peter Lorre, & Paul Lukas are perfectly cast. Even after 50 years, the special effects are wonderful. I was so excited when this dvd was released because my old vhs copy was worn out. The special features on this dvd are amazing & I've never seen so many documentaries on a special edition before. This is like a "Criterion Collection" dvd of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" at half the cost! The movie has been beautifully restored & you simply won't find a better Disney classic anywhere. I recommend you buy this soon before Disney puts it in their freekin' vault!"
Here's a story about how good this film is
Dave | 03/18/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First off, I'll say that this is BY FAR the best live-action film Disney ever produced. None of the irritating condescension that characterizes so many Disney films. No -- this film delivers the goods.And my story...?I first saw the film on television as a child. But about ten years ago, I was lucky enough to see the film on the big screen, at a matinee showing in a small-town community theater. The theater was jam-packed with children, ages ranging from about 5 to 10. The kids were chattering like crazy -- the theater was filled with noise. Even when the film started, the kids kept talking.But very slowly, as the minutes passed, the kids got quieter. And quieter.Late in the film, when we're moving into the final explosive climax, the Nautilus rams a warship that has been hunting it. The protagonists -- Aronax, Conseil, and Ned Land -- rush to the sub's giant iris window. The iris opens onto an underwater vista -- to reveal, in the murky blue distance, the warship sinking awesomely, majestically, down to the bottom of the sea -- flames and smoke issuing from its still-burning interior. We can hear the muffled roar of its descent.At that moment in the film, I realized that the audience had become completely silent. They were riveted and awestruck.That, my friends, is great storytelling. Any film that can cause an entire theater-full of 5-10-year-olds to become completely silent, totally rapt with attention, is worthy of praise.As far as I'm concerned, this film is the best thing Disney ever did."