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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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  • 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: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305778256
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,615 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Journey to the Center of the Earth" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

2.7 out of 5 stars

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Kevin G. Scott on April 2, 2005
Format: DVD
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 By Brian Taves on May 16, 2008
Format: DVD
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pål Amundsen on August 19, 2004
Format: DVD
...my 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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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 10, 2000
Format: DVD
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 By A Customer on September 15, 2001
Format: DVD
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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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 2002
Format: DVD
I don't understand why Fox or whomever owns the rights to the 1959 production of this Jules Vernes adventure has not realease it on DVD- the film was shot in spectacular cinemascope and must be seen letterboxed- Bernad Herrmans amazing score deserves the full stereo treatment- and the movie it self one of my all time favorites is a must for every science fiction- adventure- kid friendly collection
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Luster on November 20, 2001
Format: DVD
Both these movies have some family entertainment value. I'm not sure I would recommend you buy them unless you all ready have the original movies with these names. These newer versions probably had bigger budgets but they don't hold a candle to the classic 1959 version of "Journey to the Center of the Earth" with James Mason, Arlene Dahl, and Pat Boone and the 1963 version of "Jason and the Argonauts" with Todd Armstrong and Nancy Kovack.
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