Atlantis: The Lost Empire / Atlantis: Milo's Return: Two-Movie Collection (Three Disc Blu-ray / DVD Combo)
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In "Atlantis: The Lost World," historian Milo Thatch leads a crew of the world's greatest archaeologists and explorers in a search for the lost city of Atlantis. They travel through the depths of the dangerous sea aboard the submarine Ulysses. Only expecting to unearth ruins and artifacts, the team is astonished to find the ancient city still thriving with life.
This is one of my all-time favorite animated Disney features. It's a masterful blend of Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" and "Journey to the Center of the Earth." "Atlantis: The Lost Empire" is an adventure tale mixed with everything you could ever want in a fantasy film. There are elements of science fiction, mythology, and mystery all combined to form a highly exciting and entertaining tale.
Steampunk fans will find something to enjoy in the film, as well. All sorts of interesting advanced mechanical technology appear that shouldn't exist in the early 1900s. It has a "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" vibe to it as well, which isn't surprising since comic book artist Mike Mignola was one of the production designers for the movie.
The reformed crew from the first film returns to the ancient underwater city and recruit Milo and Kida to help them battle a sea monster in "Atlantis: Milo's Return.Read more ›
While not a hit at the box office, this shouldn't keep animation fans away as this is really a very solid film, but because the studio had a few commercial duds during this period, the studio decided to close its hand drawn department and make way for CGI. It's not for lack of invention that this one isn't remembered, but I guess the characters aren't all that memorable even is the story is.
The 3 disc Blu Ray combo is a bit misleading in that it is one Blu Ray disc and two DVD's. The good news is the Blu Ray transfer is flawless! It looks and sounds amazing. There are a good amount of bonus features carried over from the previous 2 disc DVD release including a 2 hour making of the film feature and it also includes the sequel.
The bad news is we do lose quite a few bonus features from the 2 disc collector's DVD set that was released a few years back which was loaded with great bonues. Depending on how much you like this film will determine if you want to upgrade and keep the DVD set for the bonus features or not.
Oh well, we can cry another day. It would be truthful in saying that the movie at least ranks with Disney's better animation films, and is nowhere near as bad as some of the libel on this site. It is quite possibly no more disconnected than ALL of the so called Classics, and though it may not top something such as Aladdin or Lady and the Tramp, it's better than so many of the other films script wise. The cubist style animation in particular reminds me of a lovely comic book.
The creators brought aboard famed comic illustrator Mike Mignola as visual designer and consultant. The script and the comic book style fit together SO WELL in this film... I truly adore the jaggy edges and slightly disconnected elements as they are presented in the full painstaking package, Directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, (responsible for Beauty and the Beast and The Hunchback of Notre Dame) and from a story conceived by Tab Murphy of Hunchback fame. The entire experience is totally backed up by professionals, and should be acknowledged as four stars for that reason alone, in that they succeed in what they set out to do, and quite well compared to what Pixar and Ghibli present these days.
Atlantis is a journey where nothing gets in the way that cannot be solved, logically or not, but it leaves the viewer optimistic with wonder and not unjustly imbibed with gimmicks or nonsense. Atlantis is a sensational experience like Hunchback or Howl's Moving Castle, and though it is not quite to that level, it's close. Watching the movie in darkness and headphones provides ample testimony to my claim.Read more ›
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I collect Disney movies on Bluray, if available. I am very happy with my purchase of this great Disney movie through Amazon, because of the great price and free 2day shipping. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Tiffany
I loved the first movie and never thought they made a second one. I was wrong but the first will always be the best.Published 2 months ago by billy
This adventure movie is awesome. I especially like the part about Atlantis.Published 3 months ago by Douglas Stillinger
I really enjoy the convenience of having the "complete" series in one case.Published 4 months ago by Mathildah_57
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They just posted the review on blu-ray.com here: http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/A
I don't remember what was on disc two of the Atlantis DVD, but all of the special features included are listed in the review. Hope...
May 31, 2013 by duke4711 | See all 2 posts
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