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Around the World in 80 Days (Two-Disc Special Edition) (1956)

David Niven , Cantinflas  |  G |  DVD
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  • Actors: David Niven, Cantinflas, Robert Newton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.20:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 2004
  • Run Time: 182 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001US8F8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,991 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Around the World in 80 Days (Two-Disc Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All-new digital transfer and remastered 5.1 soundtrack
  • Introduction by Robert Osborne
  • Documentary "Around the World with Mike Todd"
  • Excerpts from "Playhouse 90's Around the World in 90 Minutes" commemorating the film's one-year anniversary
  • Newsreel footage from the 1957 Oscars, and the premieres in Los Angeles and Spain
  • Outtakes
  • Photo gallery
  • Short "A Trip to the Moon" (1902)
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • DVD-ROM: Michael Todd's "Around the World in 80 Days" Almanac

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Around the World in 80 Days: Special Edition (Dbl DVD)

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Around the World in 80 Days on DVD sports an attractive transfer and an inside look at 1950s Hollywood. BBC Radio's Brian Sibley offers a trivia-laden commentary track, while Turner Film Classics host Robert Osborne provides some nice historical perspective in his introductions to most of the extra features. Most interesting is "Around the World with Mike Todd," a 50-minute 1968 documentary about the film's producer, covering his Broadway hits, his films, and his life with Elizabeth Taylor. There's also 47 minutes of Playhouse 90's coverage of the lavish party Todd threw at Madison Square Garden to celebrate Around the World's one-year anniversary. Shorter segments show Todd at the L.A. premiere and the 1957 Oscars. Also included is the first Jules Verne film adaptation, Georges Melies's 1902 classic "A Trip to the Moon." Finally, there's a list of the 35 people who made cameos, but it seems like a missed opportunity not to have offered easily accessible film clips from there. --David Horiuchi

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198 of 208 people found the following review helpful
First of all, "Around the World in 80 Days" is one of the best of the 1950-1960's grand epics. It may not have the character depth of Giant or the scale of The Ten Commandments, but it's still one heck of a fun movie.
Mike Todd set out to make 3 hours of crowd-pleasing entertainment and he reached his goal, ten-fold (literally... the $6,000,000 film earned over 4 times its cost at the box office). The cast is wonderful (it's definately Cantinflas' show, though) and the Oscar winning cinematography is breathtaking. Also, one of the best musical scores (also an Oscar winner) and a witty screenplay (Oscar winner) make it a real joy to see.
Sadly, for the last 18 years, the only version on home video has been a pan & scan one. "80 Days" was shot in the Todd-AO 70mm format, so the crisp, ultra-detailed, and wide image is totally mangled in that format. It doesn't help that the P&S tape also used a mono track rather than the full stereophonic surround sound that Todd-AO (and even many general release 35mm prints) offered.
Warner Home Video's DVD of the film is nothing short of a triumph. The film's original negative has been in awful condition since the 1950's (not Warner's fault, mind you), thus making a watchable print is more or less impossible. Thankfully, Warner has remastered "80 Days" from scratch. The result is a stunning 2.20:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, with the Todd-AO mix adapted to Dolby Digital 5.1 (448 kbs, too!) While the image occasionally has gooey splices and some specks on the image, the film has a level of crispness and color vibrancy that rivals 1940's Technicolor films. The 5.1 track is wonderful and keeps a lot of the directional sound of 6-track magnetic sound from 70mm presentation.
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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD Edition Brings New Luster to Todd Classic! September 15, 2004
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AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS is more a triumph of spectacle than of storytelling, with an extraordinary backstory of a master entrepreneur's decade-long dream to create the biggest, most extravagant entertainment ever made. That the film was ever produced at all was miraculous; that it succeeded so well (earning the "Best Picture" Academy Award, along with a raftload of other prizes), and remains the most enjoyable version of Verne's novel (far superior to the Pierce Brosnan and Jackie Chan remakes) is a living testament to it's nearly forgotten guiding spirit, Michael Todd.

The film itself is basically a series of 'set pieces' (most involving the brilliant Mexican comedian, Cantinflas, and a wide variety of guest stars, appearing in 'cameos', to use the term coined by Todd), built around the framework of an aristocrat's wager that, using available transportation, he could circumnavigate the globe in 80 days. While David Niven is perfect as the supercilious Phileas Fogg, and Robert Newton is at his hammy best as detective Mr. Fix, it is Cantinflas, as Passepartout, manservant and sweet Everyman, who steals the movie.

While the years has lessened the novelty of many of the cameos, as performers have faded from memory, a few legendary actors still bring a smile, in their brief appearances (particularly an over-long but still amusing barroom sequence with Marlene Dietrich, George Raft, Red Skelton, and, as a 'capper', Frank Sinatra).
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This Todd-AO wide-wide-wide screen production earned many accolades when it was released and, although it may be a bit tame by today's standards, it should be placed on a DVD in its original WIDESCREEN Todd-AO format to get the full effect of its scenic and comic wonders. David Niven, a very young and beautiful Shirley MacLaine, Robert Newton and Cantinflas head a HUGE cast of movie stars playing all sorts of cameo surprise roles throughout, many of whom will probably not be recognized by today's generation but who should be remembered nevertheless. The great Victor Young score is magnificent and GREAT names show up all through this movie: Buster Keaton, Marlene Dietrich, Frank Sinatra, Cesar Romero, and over 40 other stars light up this adventure, which really works best in its widescreen presentation. Why this great family film has not been given the DVD treatment is a mystery to me. Let's hope this error in judgment will be corrected soon and a pristine widescreen DVD will be forthcoming of this truly delightful movie.
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I have been fortunate enough to get an early look at AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS via a friend who is a local DVD critic.
Fans of this film who have eagerly awaited its DVD release will be truly thrilled. It's finally been restored to its original full-length roadshow version, and it looks and sounds marvelous.
For a film that is nearly 50 years old, I think the folks at Warner have done a terrific job with the mastering. The images are clear and sharp, and the colors are about as good as you can expect from anything photographed in the Eastmancolor process during the mid-1950s. The colors are as satisfying as those found on other landmark films of the era, such as REAR WINDOW or THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.
Happily, Warner has spread the film over two discs, and each disc is stuffed with extras. Of particular note to fans is a terrific documentary by Sol Zimmer (sp?) all about the film's producer, the inimitable Mike Todd. It's as fascinating as the film itself.
Best of all is the lush Victor Young score, which is done great justice by the lovely 5.1 surround mix.
I'm sure this Oscar-winning Best Picture will find a happy place in every collection of essential DVDs.
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Excelent !
Published 2 days ago by Gabriel Merigo Basurto
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Works good. I'm happy.
Published 2 days ago by Hal
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than ever
Oh, so good. This 1956 classic is better now than it was. This becomes a family event, thanks to Smart TV and good sound. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Allen Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Around the World in 80 Days = *5* star movie!!
I have to admit I really liked this film a lot. But a lot of Critics did not think it deserved
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Published 8 days ago by Vernon Wuensche
4.0 out of 5 stars I hadn't seen the movie in many years. Taking ...
I hadn't seen the movie in many years. Taking a date to the play 'Around the World in 80 Days" and whe wanted to see the movie first.
Published 11 days ago by Robert B Kirchner
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
the video itself was good ...

the video streaming quality with terrible
Published 17 days ago by armando
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie, especially if you are a Cantinflas fan!
Published 18 days ago by Abner Barthel
5.0 out of 5 stars Just art!!!
Quite amazing!!!!
Published 22 days ago by Tonatiuh Vàzquez
5.0 out of 5 stars Very fun movie.
Love this movie. David Niven was a wonderful actor who played the rigid English Victorian Gentleman better than anyone before or since.
Published 29 days ago by James Patten
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