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Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)

Brendan Fraser , Josh Hutcherson , Eric Brevig  |  PG |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (575 customer reviews)

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Early shipments of Journey to the Center of the Earth were both 3-D and 2-D, but current copies are 2-D only.

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  • Actors: Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson, Anita Briem, Seth Meyers, Jean Michel Paré
  • Directors: Eric Brevig
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (575 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016Q2D5M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,450 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Journey to the Center of the Earth" on IMDb

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When a seismic geologist (Brendan Fraser) discovers his lost brother's notes in a copy of the titular Jules Verne novel, he and his nephew (Josh Hutcherson, Bridge to Terabithia, Zathura) head to Iceland. There, joined by a fetching mountain guide (played by Icelandic actress Anita Briem), they get trapped in a cavern and go down, down, down, finally arriving in a primeval underworld full of prehistoric beasts and carnivorous plants. It would be pointless to complain about the empty-headedness of it all; Journey to the Center of the Earth aspires to be a kinesthetic experience. It wants to engage your adrenal glands, not your brain or your heart (the dialogue and characters are so generic, the script may have been cut-and-pasted from previous versions of Verne's book). Fraser, with his goofy handsomeness and accessible presence, provides a reasonably human axis around which all the frantic flying and swooping CGI effects revolve. The movie is as hollow as the world it depicts, but as mindless action movies go, you could do a lot worse. (Note: Journey to the Center of the Earth was released in theaters in 3-D, full of whizz-bang demonstrations of how far 3-D technology had come--trilobite antennae quivering towards the audience, a T-rex lunging out of the frame, even affable star Brendan Fraser spitting on us--as well as a half-dozen action sequences clearly destined to become video games or theme park rides.) --Bret Fetzer

Product Description

Brendan Fraser stars in this action-packed adventure based on the Jules Vern Classic that is sure to deliver fun for the whole family! On a hunch to find the center of the earth, Trevor Anderson (Fraser), his nephew and their tour guide make a breakthrough discovery that launches them on a thrilling journey into the unknown. On a scramble to find their way back, the group travels through a never-before-seen world encountering creatures and objects never imagined.

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100 of 102 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 3D Review by a 3D Connoisseur February 13, 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
My ratings are based mainly on the QUALITY OF THE 3D, not the video content.

There are about 25 out of screen effects that extend about 10% of the way, from the screen to the viewer, 44 effects between 25 and 30%, 6 at 40%, 3 at 50% and 3 more around 60%. If I had to pick just 3 of my favorite effects from this film, they would be the biting fish at up to 30%, the carnivorous plant around 35% and a glowing bird that flits around between 25% and 40% for about 20 seconds. There are lots of other nice effects for you to pick your own favorites from.

The depth is, for the most part consistent from scene to scene and is natural to SLIGHTLY exaggerated looking because the footage is so crisp and clear. In fact, the live action 3D is done so well that in some outdoor scenes, the fact that it is actually an indoor set or green-screened, becomes noticeable. (Did I just complain about 3D being done too well?? Must be a full moon or something. LOL)

This is a great action/fantasy film suitable for most family members (rated PG) and I will enjoy watching this movie many times in the future. It easily makes it into my top 10 (out of 100) blu-ray 3D movies.
I should add that this is NOT a 2 disc combo set. The Amazon title is wrong, their "Product Details" are correct.

On my system, in addition to some slight ghosting that most people shouldn't notice, 5 scenes had easily visible crosstalk. I'm not trying to scare you away from this title. It's not perfect but still well worth adding to your collection.
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73 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-Ray 3D Review (and comparison to prior releases) January 18, 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
First some back-information on the releases..

Journey to the Center of the Earth has been released in at least 3 different Blu-Ray versions now:
Blu-Ray 2D (with 3D anaglyph (green/magenta glasses) + DVD + Digital Copy
Blu-Ray 2D + DVD + Digital Copy
Blu-Ray 3D + Blu-Ray 2D

The original Blu-Ray 2D w/ Anaglyph 3D wasn't so great, mainly because the required green/magenta glasses which made the video look terrible (it also showed much more ghosting and the 3D was nice but hard to watch an entire movie). This release was later replaced with a 2D only release.

The 2012 release is a REAL Blu-Ray 3D release (requires a 3DTV). The release is a single-disc with both Blu-Ray 2D and 3D versions on it (there is no Anaglyph version on here, so you will need a 3DTV to view it in 3D). It's also worth noting that there is no longer a DVD or Digital Copy included (There was, however, 8-dollars movie money for the 2nd movie coming out in early 2012).
The 3D Blu-Ray release includes a lenticular cover.

MOVIE - I found the movie to be fun. Not a great movie by any means, but works nice as a "turn your brain off and just enjoy it without thinking too much about it" way. Nothing terribly memorable, but also more watchable than most of these movies (and I think a bit of that comes from the 3D - I originally watched it in 2D, but enjoyed it much more in 3D). At 92 minutes, it also doesn't drag on like some movies.

AUDIO - This is an improvement over the original Blu-Ray releases which only had Dolby Digital 5.1 -- the 3D Blu-Ray now has DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 -- audio was very nice, didn't notice any issues with it.

VIDEO - Video was also good - the colors seemed a bit odd at times, but still very watchable.
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78 of 89 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Journey" is entertaining but rather shallow. July 17, 2008
It's important to note straight off that this IS NOT a remake or a retelling of Verne's classic novel in any way. This story is surprisingly original.

The storyline, in brief, is about a college professor, played by Brendon Fraser (The Mummy and George of the Jungle) with his usual boyish charm who lost his brother 10 years ago when he went off to prove that Verne's novel wasn't really fiction. Now, out of a sense of guilt or obligation he takes in his brother's son each summer, well played by Josh Hutcherson (Zathura, RV, and Bridge to Terabithia. Hutcherson is in danger of being typecast as the bitter, rebellious teenager with a secret heart of gold. His acting is good, but he's been essentially playing the same role over and over again.

Well, the pair get it in their heads to try and track down the possible entry to the center of the earth and end up in Iceland trying to track down another professor who may be of help, but discover he died awhile back. They are instead greeted by his lovely looking, but rather cold exterior daughter, nicely played by relative newcomer Anita Briem, who agrees to be a mountain guide for them in what she considers to be a fool's errand.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars rating strictly 3d effects
Pretty good 3d effects ... enjoyed by the whole family ... rating strictly on the 3d effects. It's worth the money
Published 5 days ago by ROBERT VENTURA
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the whole Family!
I think this was a great movie. The kids loved it so it is great for the whole family. Enjoy!
Published 6 days ago by John Schindele
3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
My kids and I love the Journey franchise of movies. I hope there is a 3rd one but with that being said I think amazon needs to get better pricing on older movies like this one. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Todd Thiede
3.0 out of 5 stars good kids movie
good kids movie. brenden fraser is always hilarious, sometimes not on purpose. Saw it in 3D in the theater, prefer it in a traditional format.
Published 8 days ago by Da Hawk
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite movie, just love it!
Awesome movie, really exciting. Almost anyone can watch it. Recommend it to family, kids, adults, and friends. Just love it!
Published 9 days ago by Connie Gamboa
5.0 out of 5 stars Best 3D
This movie was in 3D throughout the movie. Great scenes, had me jumping out of my seat. This one is even better than the pirate movie. I'm really glad I bought this one. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Tee
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie
The graphics are outstanding, stuff seena to be coming right into the room with you. I wish I would have seen the set with both versions 1 & 2 and I would have got it. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Chuck
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Love this movie and it has great 3D efects and I would recoment you add it to your collection. Kissit
Published 13 days ago by TommyC
5.0 out of 5 stars Great family movie!
This item arrived in perfect condition, arrived on time...I am very pleased with this product. Plus it is a great family movie.
Published 15 days ago by cjk1429
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun
As movies go, we really enjoyed this one. Don't get stuck in the technical aspects or cheesy plot points, just enjoy the movie. Read more
Published 20 days ago by James Givens
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Digital copy?
Digital Copy, you have to go to a website and download your copy. See details inside your DVD case.
Oct 28, 2008 by C. Calderon |  See all 14 posts
3D viewing
I clicked on your post hoping it had been answered. Someone must know. I would hate to have to share a pair of glasses.
Oct 9, 2008 by T. Davidson |  See all 14 posts
Journey To The Center Of The Earth 3D
i am not too sure but i think it should if it does not you are also getting a 2d option so you can still watch the movie
Oct 27, 2008 by William J. Robinson |  See all 5 posts
3D in blu-ray only?
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Journey To The Center Of The Earth (2-D & 3-D Widescreen / 2-D Full Screen) Includes Glow-In-The-Dark Yo-Yo!

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Yes there will be a spanish subtitles option
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