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Journey to the Center of the Earth (1999)

Treat Williams , Jeremy London , George Miller  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Treat Williams, Jeremy London, Tushka Bergen, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Bryan Brown
  • Directors: George Miller
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Hallmark
  • DVD Release Date: April 11, 2000
  • Run Time: 178 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305778256
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,950 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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Editorial Reviews

Venture into the center of the earth, to a land where dinosaurs still roam and the threat of danger is always looming. Dr. Theodore Lytton (Treat Williams), a daring and courageous scientist, heads and expedition to find the missing husband of the rich and beautiful Alice Hastings. Joined by his bright, but inexperienced nephew, Jonas (Jeremy London), and the trailblazing guide McNiff, the team descends into the sweltering, unknown depths of the earth. In this underground world, where fierce dinosaurs thrive, they find the forceful and enterprising Casper Hastings (Bryan Brown) reigning over a primitive human civilization. Having made enemies with a neighboring village, and also with the Sauroids, a race of manlike reptiles, Casper's people are on the verge war. In their quest to return to the surface, the team's lives are threatened by savage tribal warriors, bloodthirsty raptors, and the fearsome Sauroids. Based on the Jules Verne classic, this action-packed and heart-pounding story is a timeless and unforgettable adventure.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
I'm absolutely amazed at the overwhelming number of poor reviews this movie seems to have generated. I feel strongly that this movie has a lot going for it, but to truly appreciate it, you have to begin with one thing in mind: This is NOT the Jules Verne classic! This movie is not an attempt to re-create the original story (or even the classic movie starring James Mason), so if you purchase or rent this movie believing that is what you're going to find- forget it. It seems that the majority of reviewers are spending too much time trying to grade this movie against the original- their main dissapointment stemming from the fact that it is NOT the original. I believe, that if viewed as a stand-alone sci-fi miniseries, this has a lot going for it: A well-written story with interesting and well-balanced characters, stunning scenery and visual effects, a fine pacing, and interesting concepts. The "suarians" are very interesting creatures, and are visually stunning in execution. If the Krofft boys ever eventually get around to producing their "promised" LAND OF THE LOST movie, these creatures make a good basis for a more up-to-date Sleestak: fast, lethal, and deadly.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
The achievements of animation in adapting this story in preceding years would continue to overshadow the resumption of live action versions in the 1980s and 1993. In early 1996, executive producer Robert Halmi, Sr., whose Hallmark Entertainment was simultaneously making a new version of 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA for CBS (which eventually formed the basis for a two-hour telefilm and a one-hour children's special the next year) announced a two-hour version of JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH for the Sci-Fi Channel, from a script by John Ireland. In the wake of the commercial success of the USA Network's four-hour mini-series of MOBY DICK (1998), the project was switched to USA, the Sci-Fi Channel's parent company, and the two-hour telefilm was expanded to four hours (including commercials) with Thomas Baum enlarging Ireland's script. Director George Miller, already attached to the project, was eager for the change, and produced with Connie Collins. Shooting began in April 1999 in Australia and New Zealand on a $12 million budget, and the miniseries premiered five months later on September 14 and 15.

The setting is given as 1868 and adapts the nationality and names of its protagonists to the cast. Instead of the German Professor Otto Lidenbrock, the hero is the American name-alike Theodore Lytton. As portrayed by 47-year-old Treat Williams, Lytton is as much an action hero as part of the world of science, thereby surmounting the unlikelihood of a man of his constitution suriving the expedition. He studied with Darwin in the Galapagos, and is a rather dominating father-figure to his initially fearful young nephew, Jonas, who is indispensable to his uncle for having a facility for languages that Lytton lacks.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars TERRIBLE! December 10, 2000
By A Customer
This movie is so bad. The orginal with Pat Boone and James Mason is so much better. I can't understand why it is not on DVD.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Really bad cheese. September 15, 2001
By A Customer
Journey to the Center of the Earth gets off to a goofy start, but manages to actually get pretty entertaining for fifty minutes as it chronicles the actual journey. The initial discovery of the underground world is awe-inspiring. Unfortunately, after those 50 minutes things manage to get absolutely horrendous. The effects look cheap, the acting is mostly amateurish, and the action scenes are sloppily made. Not to mention that the soundtrack sounds more appropriate for an episode of Beastmaster than a miniseries. Oh, and what's with the back of the box stating that this is 139 minutes long? The movie's actually 188 minutes long, nearly 50 minutes longer than it's stated! That just increases the torturous experience of watching this wretched cheese.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps no classic as the original, but... August 19, 2004
Format:DVD expectations were low, I haven't seen the original or red the book - so I actually enjoyed this movie. It's not Lord Of The Rings, but the effects are actually rather good, it starts a little slow, but after 30 minutes or so it becomes rather entertaining - the acting could have been better, but the cast function ok for a tv-production - I really liked the "underworld-ocean", in my opinion it looks beautiful, and the blue forest as well - the green creatures are done very good - but if you are curious on this movie, don't expect too much from a tv-production like this one is, but if you like adventure and fantasy - you might enjoy it as I did. It's highly recommended fot those who like Hallmark-productions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Double Fun! June 23, 2009
OK, so I know these are not the quality of the originals by any stretch. BUT - - - If every re-telling of the same story is identicle, how boring would that be? There are quite a few liberties taken here (especially Journey) but they are fun for the whole family to watch, with little violence and bloodshed. (Hard to find these days!) And I thought that Mysterious Island was worth the price of the two movies alone! Parick Stewert does a great job in his role, despite the literary licenses taken! But if you're looking for the Verne movies, watch the earlier versions(1959 - Journey & 1961 - Island)!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Supposed to include 2 dvd's but only received one!
Published 1 month ago by Dorothy Nalbandian
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great i thougt it was a excellet movie ienjoyed it emensly
Published 2 months ago by chester cuff
5.0 out of 5 stars Good older movies in a two-movie boxed set.
I like both movies in this two-movie box set. The Journey to the center of the Earth movie was pretty good, but I most say that it wasn't as good as the newer one or the one after... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Caleb Hawn
5.0 out of 5 stars Core! (British joke)
The original movie, not the one starring Will Ferrell. A group of explorers finds entrances through a volcano in Iceland/Greenland to caverns deeper than ever thought possible... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mark J. House
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is for the whole family
Despite the negative review, This a good movie to watch, it is entertaining, it has adventure and the actors are great and make this movie come alive. Read more
Published 7 months ago by V. M. P.
2.0 out of 5 stars A Different Twist
There are lots of "Journeys". This one is not as good as some of the others but it is a different twist.
Published 9 months ago by Dave DeChaine
1.0 out of 5 stars Great start... but then it went to a weird place
My 9 year old son and I watched this movie this week. It started off great. We enjoyed the first part ... Read more
Published 9 months ago by S
4.0 out of 5 stars Journey to the Center of the Earth
I saw bought of the movies on tv before I bought them! Liked both of them enough to buy this DVD,
Published 11 months ago by John S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Remake
Yet another version of Journey to the Center of the Earth. I enjoyed this one as well. I think the actors did justice to the characters of the movie.
Published 14 months ago by Bonita Haney
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie choice
I have seen this movies and really liked it . I watch this version of Mysterious Island and also enjoyed it. A great buy.
Published 17 months ago by Connie R. Harris
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