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Fantastic Voyage (Special Edition)

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Product Description

The adventure of a lifetime occurs not in the outer reaches of space, but inside the human body. An elite team of medical and scientific specialists race to save a top government scientist who is suffering from a blood clot on the brain. Their mission: be reduced along with their submarine-like craft to microscopic size, enter the bloodstream of the ailing scientist, and journey to the brain to perform an emergency procedure. With only sixty minutes to complete their mission, the scientist find themselves fighting off an attack by white corpuscles, caught in a tornado-like storm in the lungs, and struggling to survive sabotage from one of their own.

2001: A Space Odyssey took the world on a mind-bending trip to outer space, but Fantastic Voyage is the original psychedelic inner-space adventure. When a brilliant scientist falls into a coma with an inoperable blood clot in the brain, a surgical team embarks on a top-secret journey to the center of the mind in a high-tech military submarine shrunk to microbial dimensions. Stephen Boyd stars as a colorless commander sent to keep an eye on things (though his eyes stay mostly on shapely medical assistant Raquel Welch), while Donald Pleasance is suitably twitchy as the claustrophobic medical consultant. The science is shaky at best, but the imaginative spectacle is marvelous: scuba-diving surgeons battle white blood cells, tap the lungs to replenish the oxygen supply, and shoot the aorta like daredevil surfers. The film took home a well-deserved Oscar for Best Visual Effects. Director Richard Fleischer, who turned Disney's 1954 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea into one of the most riveting submarine adventures of all time, creates a picture so taut with cold-war tensions and cloak-and-dagger secrecy that niggling scientific contradictions (such as, how do miniaturized humans breathe full-sized air molecules?) seem moot. --Sean Axmaker

Special Features

  • Commentary by Film & Music Historian Jeff Bond
  • Isolated Score Track with Commentary by Film & Music Historians Jeff Bond, Jon Burlingame and Nick Redman
  • Lava Lamps & Celluloid: A Tribute to the Visual Effects of Fantastic Voyage
  • Whirlpool Scene: Storyboard-to-Scene Comparison
  • Original Props (with video and stills)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • 2 TV Spots
  • Deleted Scene: Script-to-Storyboard
  • Storyboards: Pre-Miniaturization Sequence
  • Production Art & Stills
  • Posters
  • Lobby Cards
  • Interactive Pressbook

Product Details

  • Actors: Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch, Edmond O'Brien, Donald Pleasence, Arthur O'Connell
  • Directors: Richard Fleischer
  • Writers: David Duncan, Harry Kleiner, Jerome Bixby, Otto Klement
  • Producers: Saul David
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2007
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (389 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000O78KWE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,258 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fantastic Voyage (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
Updated: 10/10/13--The Blu-ray looks simply marvelous for a 50 year old film. Yes, there are some scenes that are a bit soft but that's due to the multiple optical effects. This is a very nice presentation and a top notch transfer from Fox.

Audio sounds terrific as well with both the original mono and a 5.1 remixed presentation presented lossless. It sounds really exceptional.

Most of the special features are ported over and in standard definition.

Original DVD review:

Fans of 60's science fiction will appreciation the deluxe terrific reissue of "Fantastic Voyage" put out by Fox. While very much a product of the mid-60's, "Fantastic Voyage" holds up surprisingly well in just about every area. I doubt that fans need a recap of the plot but I have one at the end of this review if you're interested.

First up we get a brand new marvelous looking transfer for the film. It isn't perfect but it couldn't be because of the source material. Some shots appear soft and a bit blurry due to the process photography/visual effects added to shots but that's unavoidable and fairly typical of films from this time before digital video. Colors are bold and as bright as I remember them.

Unlike the previous release we get some really good extras as well. The featurette on visual effects has Richard Edlund ("Close Encounters", "Blade Runner") discussing the difficulty of shooting a visual effects film like "Fantastic Voyage" in 1965 (it was releasedin 1966). Like "Forbidden Planet", "Fantastic Voyage" pushed the barrier of visual effects for its times something NOT appreciated by a lot of viewers.
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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Donald K. Dossett on December 29, 2010
Format: DVD
This was a excellent addition to my sci-fi collection. All of these movies are solid classics.
If bought separately this would have cost me around $56.00. This set is just $17.99.
No double-sided disc's here, this set was done RIGHT with a 4 disc set all SINGLE SIDED. Graphic covers on all the disc's also.
All 4 disc's are protected in a illustrated inner plastic casing , with a attractive laminated illustrated cardboard outer case.
The movies in this Fox 75th year stuio classics collection are:

Fantastic Voyage (1966)/ color/ 100 minutes...includes:
1) on/off commentary by film + music historian Jeff Bond.
2) on/off isolated score track with commentary by film+ music historians Jeff Bond, Jon Burlingame and Nick Redman.
3) Lava lamps + celluloid: a tribute to the visual effects of Fantastic Voyage.
4) Whirlpool scene: storyboard to scene comparison.
5) original props
6) trailer + TV spots
7) Galleries

The Lost World (1960)/ color / 96 minutes...includes:
1) Fox Movietone News
2) Trailer
3) Galleries

The Towering Inferno (1974) / color / 164 minutes ..includes:
1) Theatrical trailer
2) The Cast

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961) / color / 105 minutes..includes:
1) On/off Special commentary feature by author Tim Colliver.
2) On/off isolated score track feature
3) Science fiction : Fantasy to reality.
4) Barbara Eden interview.
5) Original props.
6) Theatrical trailer.
7) Galleries.

Thanks to FOX for producing a well made product that is not expensive. Universal and MGM needs to do the same . I hope this review helps everyone out there.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Roberto Frangie on December 29, 2006
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After his successful direction of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea", Richard Fleisher tried his hand with a new kind of submarine... His "Fantastic Voyage" ventured upon the unfamiliar seas of the human bloodstream, and carried the magic of miniaturization to its logical limits-the shrinking of four men and a woman to microbe size, making the voyage entirely rough and hazardous...

The plot follows a team of three scientists: a surgeon (Arthur Kennedy); his technical assistant (Raquel Welch); the chief of the mission (Donald Pleasance), plus the skipper of the ship William Redfield and a security agent Stephen Boyd for a possible "surgical assassination"...

The interesting submarine ("The Proteus") is miniaturized by a secret branch called CMDF (Combined Miniature Deterrent Forces) and injected into the bloodstream of a defecting Russian scientist who has suffered brain injury and a coma from an assassination attempt... The crew must navigate to the scientist's brain and destroy the point of damage with a laser blast within a 60-minute time period...

Although the plot is a tedious matter of implausible sabotage, "Fantastic Voyage" is a film of authentic wonder: The fascinating environment of tissues and organs of the human body through which the actors move are life-sized sets exquisitely reconstructed in great detail with amazing artistry...

The plot creates a constant era of suspense... The ship and its crew are continually threatened by the system's natural defenses... Leonard Rosenman's futuristic score nicely complements the bizarre on screen happenings: the strange sound of the human blood rushing through arteries; the rhythmical muscular movements of the heart where 'every beat separates the human being from eternity.'

With two Oscar Awards for Best Visual Effects and Best Art Direction, 'Fatastic Voyage' is certainly the most unusual journey into the human body, the first film to portray the vast world of inner space...
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