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Dr. Steven Sorenson (Dana Andrews) and his wife and fellow scientist Dr. Maggie Sorenson (Janette Scott) plan to utilize the geothermal energy of the Earth's interior by detonating a powerful thermonuclear device deep within the Earth's core. Despite warnings by Maggie's ex-flame and fellow scientist Dr. Ted Rampian (Kieron Moore), Dr. Sorenson proceeds with the experiment after he secretly learns that he is terminally ill. This experiment causes a crack within the earth's crust and threatens to split the earth in two if it is not stopped in time. Director Andrew Marton (The Thin Red Line) was most famous for directing the classic chariot race in William Wyler's Ben-Hur as the second-unit director.

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  • Actors: Dana Andrews, Janette Scott, Kieron Moore, Alexander Knox
  • Directors: Andrew Marton
  • Writers: Jon Manchip White
  • Producers: Philip Yordan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: July 5, 2011
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004VDSWGG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,973 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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125 of 135 people found the following review helpful By David Alianiello on May 22, 2010
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Every Saturday night @ 11:30, I'd settle down on the couch for 3+ hours of horror and/or sci-fi on TV courtesy of Pittsburgh, Pa's "Chiller Theater" hosted by "Chilly Billy" Cardille. Among my many favorites was "Crack in the World," about a scientist who, through underground testing of some sort, creates a mammoth fissure in the earth that keeps getting bigger and bigger, threatening to tear the earth apart. I've always loved this movie, especially the uncompromising ending, and I'm happy to see it finally being released in DVD. Check it out.
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71 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Teresa E. Tutt on July 25, 2010
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Interesting story about a dying scientist who plans to tap the geothermal energy beneath the Earth's crust, with dire consequences. Andrews, Scott and Moore, as well as Alexander Knox, all give excellent performances. Special effects are superb and very believable. I remember seeing this on TV when I was little, and it scared me to DEATH. Seeing it again as an adult, it is not quite as scary, but is still fast-paced and entertaining.

While the science is now dated, thanks to the discovery of plate tectonics (the Earth's crust is divided into may separate "plates", and therefore already has many "cracks"), the story is still entertaining. The interaction between Dr. Sorenson (Andrews), an aging scientist trying for one last victory; his young wife Maggie (Scott), a scientist in her own right; and Dr. Rampion (Moore), the project's geologist and an old flame of Maggie's to boot; works very well, even if it is a bit formulaic.

All in all it is a fun movie, and definitely worth the time to see it. Especially now that it is finally being released on DVD in its original 1.85:1 widescreen format. A worthy addition to any classic sci-fi film collection.

(PS: *I* wrote that summary listed on the back cover when I was in college! They just added a few extra words. Don't believe me? Look it up on IMDB!!)
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful By G. George on July 26, 2010
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I too am a great fan of this movie. I spent years looking for it, and about 3 months ago, I found a very watchable version at a site when I Googled it. The disc only cost $10....but. About half way through, down in the lower right hand corner the symbol "AMC" popped up and I realized that it was just a good copy made from the American Movie Classic channel.

This version that is now being released should be far superior....and I look forward to it.

If you have not seen this movie, by all means give it a try. There is not a single wasted minute in the whole film. Excellent!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By tuatara on July 12, 2011
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I haven't seen this film in many years but the new Blu-ray version from Olive films is surprisingly entertaining. Its your basic early 1960s end of the world cautionary tale where messing around with mother earth could destroy the planet. Dana Andrews plays a scientist who plans to exploit the planets subterranean mineral resources by detonating a nuclear bomb miles below the earth. The results of this detonation leads to the films descriptive title and the mad rush to come up with a method to save the planet. The special effects are not bad at all for a low budget 60s film and the dvd transfer is very good with vivid colors which add to the overall sense of heat since the catastrophic scenes involve lots of fire imagery. Besides Andrews, who fantasy film fans will recognize from Jacque Tourneur's classic 1956 film Curse of the Demon(aka Night of the Demon), there is Janette Scott and Kieron Moore who both appeared in The Day of the Triffids a few years earlier. Sci-fi trivia buffs will also recognize Eugene Lourie's name in the opening credits. Lourie directed three of the 1950/early 60s 'dinosaur on the rampage' films, The Giant Behemoth, Gorgo and most importantly The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms. Last but not least, the film's ending is quite unique though the science is a little/a lot dubious! If you enjoy this film, you might want to checkout the British film The Day the Earth Caught Fire which was made around the same time but is actually more ominous.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Terry Sunday TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 5, 2010
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I know the exact circumstances when I first saw "Crack in the World." The date was April 25, 1970. The place was Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. And it was broadcast on a local television show called "Chiller Theatre," hosted by home-towner Bill "Chilly Billy" Cardille. Today, more than 40 years later, Chilly Billy is still going strong on the radio in Pittsburgh, although "Chiller Theatre" is no more, and "Crack in the World" has finally--FINALLY--come out on DVD.

I'm pleased to say it is ALMOST as good as I remember. It lives up to the strong impression it made on me the first and only time I saw it. I vividly recalled some of the scenes even after four decades, especially the one where the team lowers the atomic bomb into the volcano. There's a lot packed into its 96-minute run time, and most of it holds up pretty well, even for today's jaded audiences. There's a terminally ill scientist who wants to finish his life's work of tapping a new source of energy--the magma in the earth's core--before he dies. There's another scientist who fears that the work, if completed, will doom the earth. There's the obligatory romantic triangle among the two scientists and the beautiful (of course) woman they both love. There's a global disaster of epic proportions, and there's mass destruction as the fears of the second scientist come true (that's not a spoiler--if it didn't happen, there would be no story).

It's a little slow in parts, mostly when the three-sided romantic entanglements take center stage, but elsewhere "Crack in the World" moves at a furious pace as the scientists race against time to save the earth from the cataclysm they've unleashed. The special effects range from pretty poor (in just a couple of shots) to jaw-droppingly excellent.
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