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Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)

Rick Schroder , Richard Side , T.J. Scott  |  NR |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Rick Schroder, Richard Side, Peter Fonda, Carmen Moore, Mike Dopud
  • Directors: T.J. Scott
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Rhi Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016MJ6HE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,544 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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After noted explorer Edward Dennison vanishes, a search party, headed by anthropologist Jonathan Brock, embarks on a mission to trace Dennison's last known tracks through a secret passage in Alaska--a gateway to the very center of the Earth. What the team discovers is an underworld tribe of primitive warriors and prehistoric dangers unknown to civilization. Based on the well-known book by Jules Verne, Journey to the Center of the Earth stars Rick Schroder, Peter Fonda, and Victoria Pratt and includes collectible packaging and never-before-seen bonus features.

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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
During the first few years of the 21st century, new versions of JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH continued to be announced but remained unproduced. Finally, in 2007, a new big budget version was made, JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH 3-D, and as so often happens, simultaneously a lower budget rendition of the same story was made to cash in on the former's anticipated popularity. In this case, the filmmakers did not return to the novel, but as with the 2005 version of MYSTERIOUS ISLAND, chose to instead remake an earlier adaptation.

Robert Halmi, Sr. dusted off the script of his 1999 version of JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH, compressing it back to a 90 minute telefilm for RHI entertainment that appeared on the ION network on January 27, 2008. William Bray adapted the 1999 Tom Baum teleplay, this time helmed by T.J. Scott (probably best remembered for some of the most imaginatively directed episodes in the HERCULES and XENA series). The principal characterizations and motives remained the same, only compressed and more tightly paced.

The setting remains around the 1870s but is transplanted to San Francisco and Alaska (still known as "Seward's Folly" and with vestiges of Russian influence). These locales and a center of the Earth that resembles it were all a result of the Vancouver location shooting determining production design. However, the switch to an American background also gives the adaptation more of a natural, domestic, and less of an exotic feel-distinct from previous versions, which is a strength, but also familiar types of scenery, such as a western-style Alaskan town and costume.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Oy! Where to start? This just isn't a good movie. It's cheap, horribly cheaply made. The "Underground world" by some strange happenstance looks exactly like our surface world. And I mean exactly, same lake, same trees same footage of the same bird, everything. When a bear attacks the party, you never see the bear. The filmmakers didn't even bother to have our heroes attacked by archival footage of a bear. You hear it roar. That's it. There is zero sense of wonder or imagination and you get the feeling that's because the creators weren't even interested in trying to instill those things into this film. And that's what's really unforgivable about this movie. I can handle cheap films and sometimes I prefer them that way. But this movie doesn't just cheap out with the monetary budget, it cheaps out on ideas as well. There are plenty of cheap movies that manage to entertain through imagination and smart filmmaking. The actors in this sorry excuse for an adventure movie were all game enough I suppose, Schroeder was as believable as possible as a two-fisted professor type and Victoria Pratt was very appealing in her Western-wear but if the writers and director and producers didn't care much about this movie, which is pretty evident when you see it, then why should I care about it? The answer is; I don't. This movie commits what I consider one of the worst crimes a film can commit, it's totally, entirely and irrevocably forgettable.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Can I Die Yet? November 2, 2008
Format:DVD
I guess I learned one valuable lesson from this version of JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH: just because the cover and back matter look pretty exciting, that doesn't mean the movie is going to be anything even close to note-worthy. Such is the case with this Peter Fonda / Ricky Schroder outing, which made me nearly squirm in the chair as I watched. The only thing that kept me going was the thought of being able to review it and warn away other potential buyers from what really is an utter atrocity of film-making.

That's not saying that 100% of this is awful. The one thing that this film has going for it is the cinematography. The settings are brilliant and wonderful. The costume pieces looked great, the props are amazingly detailed, all making me wonder if this would have been better as a documentary of sorts rather than an "action-adventure" film.

The acting is in the toilet. Really. Watching the characters made me feel like I was eating white rice without soy sauce -- blander than anything. Every few moments, the main character, Jonathan Brock, was yelling at his nephew to be careful. Literally as Abel (the nephew) is two feet behind them in the cave, the uncle yells out, "Abel! Stay with us!" about five times. And then there's the obligatory kiss between Martha Dennison, our heroine, and Mr. Brock at the end. Peter Fonda was a hack in this, and really, the only good actor was the Russian man, Sergei, who was highly underused.

All in all, stay away. Far away. This movie was an utter waste of an hour and a half of my life. Sigh. I'm such a sucker for shiny covers.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An utter disgrace October 15, 2008
Format:DVD
I was mislead also as to the release of this tv movie with the big screen remake. This is a horrible disgrace to the book and original story.
Pathetic CGI on par with bad Sci Fi channel movies like Anaconda 3 or Kimodo vs Cobra. Inconstant story line,horrible acting and racial stereotypes. And the kid says uncle so many times, it makes you want to put a foot to his grill. Save your money in another 6 months youll find this movie free in a trash heap.
I expected more from Peter Fonda!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 5 days ago by Frances Maddox
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Family Movie
I and my family are big fans of the classics, and Journey to the Center of The Earth is one of them. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sir James
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
I'd seen the movie a number of times and enjoy it every time. I bought it after having to borrow it a number of times, so owning it finally means I can watch it as often as I like. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Joel Nicholson
5.0 out of 5 stars journey
that was great to me too and it was funny to me and it was funny to me too i will share it with them.
Published 18 months ago by tonya finley
5.0 out of 5 stars A Really Great Movie
I bought this movie as a gift for my grand daughter. She loves these type movies. Try it for yourself.
Published 19 months ago by Rex Gillham
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Adventure Movie
Saw this one in the theater and I had to have a copy. It is pure amusement and everyone should see it.
Published 20 months ago by Gary W. Towner
5.0 out of 5 stars Journey to the Center of the Earth with Rick Schroeder
I'v seen several versions of "Journey to the Center of the Earth', and I've liked this better than any of
the others. It is the version I chose for myself.
Published 20 months ago by Carol Watson
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite Good
A simple film and still a bit of an adventure. Mike Dopud played a very convincing roll and it was nice to see him again whilst the Stagate Franchise seems to be on hold a while. Read more
Published 21 months ago by John Waghorn
2.0 out of 5 stars Journey To The Center Of The Earth
This was the worst version of the story i have seen. it was made for tv movie a scyfy channel movie. Read more
Published 22 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Different view
Good movie. Story line was different time line. I found it interesting. It gives you a new perspective to the story.
Published 23 months ago by Ayraeon
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