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on May 28, 2007
I watched this as a kid and loved it. The special effects aren't as great anymore, but still a great story. I re-read the Jules Verne books that it's based on with my son who was interested in airship. So it was fun to see again. These Verne books are online for free.
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on April 15, 2016
This would appear to be a lower budget production compared to a lot of the other movies of this genre. It is actually a blending of Jules Verne's Master of the World and Robur the Conqueror. Could have been better.
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This is one of those films that played over & over on TV in the 1960s, providing perfect fodder for any imaginative, dreaming child who craved adventure & wonder. Returning to it some 45+ years later, I'm delighted to find that it still holds up well, even though its low budget & reliance on stock footage is obvious, and the direction is average at best. What makes it work, of course, is Vincent Price's fine performance as Robur, combining demonic fervor & zealotry with elegance & an inner core of honor. Indeed, that's one of my strongest memories of this film -- Robur was ostensibly the villain, but he was clearly a far more honorable man than the representatives of the status quo. The final scene of him awaiting the end of his long journey with his loyal crew was poignant when I was young, especially with the lush & emotive score by Les Baxter, and it's still moving today. Kudos to Richard Matheson's literate script, and for Vincent Price for bringing it so richly to life.

It'll always be a "B" picture, of course, and a minor one at that. But it's still pretty solid work, thoroughly entertaining, and a bit more thoughtful than an adventure film would dare to be today. And if you're the right age, seeing it again will return you to a more golden, innocent time in your life -- recommended!
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on June 8, 2014
Likable sci-fi, adventure starring "Horror" icon Vincent Price. He plays a fanatical 1860s inventor of a dirigible that is capable of delivering lethal destruction, from the air, to any sea-going vessel that is poised for war. His initial intent is to establish peace for all nations to halt the pursuit of violence through war that inevitably causes massive tolls on life and limb. A small group of hot-air balloon
explorers is shot down and taken prisoners aboard his airship "Albatross". There ... the prisoners are in awe of the ship's
capabilities and try, in unison, to find a way to disable and destroy it.
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on June 21, 2014
Pretty good adventure film. A mad genius decides the only way to stop war is to wage war against all the world's armies. To do this he creates a flying battleship. Four hostages decide to stop him and destroy his ship even if it means destroying themselves. Vincent Price is great though talky. He imparts practically all info about his ship. Henry Hull plays one of the hostages with huffy, bluffy bombast. The MGM Limited Edition DVD-R release is fine quality. Recommended.
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on October 9, 2013
This is a great re-telling of two of Verne's classic stories. The DVD admits it is made from "the best available media," and for the purists there are a few bits of grain that are visible at times. Still, this is fun sci-fi with a great performance by Charles Bronson and Vincent Price. Well worth the money and the time to watch it again and again.
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on June 20, 1999
It's not every day you get a movie with 3 of your ultimate faves together, but that's the case for me with this one; Vincent Price, Charles Bronson and Henry Hull. All three are great, especially the always interesting Hull. Production-wise it shows its low budget, but old-time adventure movies are always fun to watch, nevertheless. -Especially if they take place in some inventor's strange vehicle.
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on July 24, 2016
You really need to watch this. Not because it's a terrific movie but because of the cheese factor. As with most movies of this era, the acting is overly dramatic to the point that everyone seems angry all the time. They're supposed to be American but they speak with the formality of the British. The special effects create a quaintness that is reminiscent of a Christmas Claymation movie. The storyline is typical of Jules Verne in that a brilliant maniac wants to conquer the world. He and his henchmen employ the same tactics and prowess as Dr. Evil of the Austin Powers movies. However, the movie has no bad language and their manners are impeccable. If you are nostalgic for classic fantasy flicks, this would be a good pick.
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on November 29, 2014
This film was based on 2 Jule Verne books and gives you a entertaining adventure film. Robur is ahead of his time with his flying airship in 1848 and is aghast by the state of the world. Countries were building up their armies and navy for war and other countries were at war. Robur feels that by being able to threaten the countries with the abilities to destroy their armies and fleets he could force them to comply with his orders to disband their armies. When he captures four people his plans are endangered. One is a rich munitions builder, his daughter, her fiancee (jerk) and a government agent played by Charles Bronson. Vincent Price does a good job, as usual, as Robur the genius with the violent plan to kill some to save many. Good adventure film, worth a watch.
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on September 22, 2013
I SAW THIS MOVIE WHEN I WAS ABOUT 12 YEAR OLD. THIS MOVIE WAS THE TOOP OF THE LINE AT THE TIME AND FILMED VERY GOOD. THIS IS BEFORE BLUE RAY OR THE OTHER CRAP YOU SEE NOW. AT THE TIME IT WAS LONGER THAN IT IS NOT THEY CUT OUT SOME OF THE GOOD STUFF AND MADE IT SHORTER. I HAD TO SEE THIS MOVIE IN THE THEATER FOR ABOUT TWENTY-FIVE CENT AND FIVE PEPIS BOTTLE CAPS. A DOLLAR WENT A LONG WAY THEN! BUT MOVIES WAS RATE NUMBER ONE AT THE TIME AND STILL IS!
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