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The Black Hole (1979)

Maximilian Schell , Anthony Perkins , Gary Nelson  |  PG |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (275 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins, Robert Forster, Joseph Bottoms, Yvette Mimieux
  • Directors: Gary Nelson
  • Writers: Screenplay By Jeb Rosebrook And Gerry Day, Bob Barbash, And Richard L Story By Jeb Rosebrook
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Unknown), Spanish (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 3, 2004
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (275 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001I55SS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,120 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Black Hole" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Making-of featurette
  • Extended trailer

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The film was originally titled SPACE PROBE ONE.

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135 of 143 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My Guiltiest Of Pleasures February 1, 2002
Format:DVD
People would kill me if they read what I'm writing about "The Black Hole". However that's the way I feel about it. This movie was a flop at the box office and most critics weren't so gentle with it. But I really enjoyed this campy sci-fi flick from the Walt Disney Studios for many reasons:
1. I was overwhelmed by the teaser trailer (too bad it's not included on this DVD) where the green grid is moving all over the screen, ending with the Black Hole logo swifting and twisting in black. Awesome!!
2. The black and yellow logo in some of the posters, the one shown on the DVD case.
3. The U.S.S. Cygnus. WOW!!! What a beautiful ship.
4. The robots. Maximillian truly looks menacing. And V.I.N.CENT and Old B.O.B.; the cutest robots since "Star Wars"'s R2-D2.
5. The cast of outstanding performers: Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins, Robert Forster, Joseph Bottoms, Yvette Mimieux, Ernest Borgnine, and Roddy McDowell as the voice of V.I.N.CENT.
6. John Barry's majestic score.
7. The final scene, inside the black hole. Those images. Those visual effects. John Barry's music.
This movie might have had some flaws at describing a space version of "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea", but this is my most cherished guilty pleasure of all time.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT POTENTIAL, SADLY IT IS NEVER FULLY REALIZED April 18, 2004
Format:DVD
This movie is truly one of the forgotten, yet flawed classics of the late 1970's. Nobody seemed to remember this movie except for those of us who truly loved it when we were children. What kid could forget the menacing presence of the robot Maximillian or the creepiness of the mysterious humanoids, not to mention the swirling black hole itself.
The only problem that I have with this movie now that I'm an adult is that it never seems to decide whether or not to be sophisticated adult sci-fi or shoot'em up kiddie-fare. It tends to flip flop back and forth with slightly irritating results. The movie presents us with very dark themes about life, death and the nature of the universe, but then turns into a robotic western style shoot out complete with a cowboy sounding robot named Old B.O.B. Religious themes are explored here as well, especially during the conclusion of the film, which add a much needed breath of fresh air. In the end, the film is a mixture of things that really should not have shared the same story, but we have the massive success of STAR WARS at the time to thank for that.
Science is yet another area in the film that is handled rather flippantly. While attempts are made at realism down to the smallest detail in some areas, others simply don't hold up well at all. Most sequences onboard the Palomino are well done, but many on the Cygnus ruin any sense of realism that was being attempted beforehand. One scene shows the main characters exposed to the outside area of the Cygnus as the spacecraft enters the black hole. Several minutes later, when a meteor rips the roof off a section of the ship`s agricultural garden, the vacuum of space kicks in and threatens everyone!
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70 of 79 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A SFX classic that needs a proper DVD treatment August 12, 2002
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
After the success of Star Wars and Star Trek: The Motion Picture, many studios were clamoring for movies that dealt with this re-energized genre of space operas. With many live action classic romps under its belt including 20,000 Under The Sea, who better than Disney to bring a great tale to a family audience.
Enter 'The Black Hole', Disney's 1979 entrance to Sci-Fi. I remember watching this as a boy when it hit the theatre and was excited to get the DVD, mostly for nostalgia reasons, and re-living what I consider a great 'story'. But after watching this DVD I had mixed emotions.
On the pro side, I was thrilled to take part in viewing this once again, and was reminded why The Black Hole stuck with me all these years, even after other more popular and big-budgeted action space action thrillers came and went (ex: Krull, Battle Beyond the Stars)...it was the story. Sure there was some flat dialogue, and some plot struggles, but overall it was a pure space fantasy movie. A small group of explorers and their sidekick robot, Vincent (Disney's hybrid version of R2-D2 and C-3PO), are on an exploratory mission of uncharted space when they discover a black hole. Upon investigation they discover the USS Cygnus, a very large space carrier thought to have been lost many years ago along with its crew. Our explorers soon discover that the Cygnus is still inhabited after all these years, by a lone surviving scientist and his very imposing robot, Maximillian (painted devil red). Other robots and faceless androids are on board, and soon our explorers uncover a more sinister plot.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Epic October 27, 2005
By Dezmond
Format:DVD
This film is so close to being a truly great, great sci-fi epic. But the flaws are so painfully fatal...I have been fond of this film since I was a child and in later years realized just how close they came to greatness. What's great: it is the most visually stunning sci-fi film ever made (the wayward Cygnus ship, while completely impractical for its supposed purpose, is a masterpiece of sci-fi gothic weirdness), inspired casting and performances (notably from Maximilian Schell as the mad Dr. Reinhardt, Anthony Perkins as impressionable science officer Alex, cowardly reporter Ernest Borgnine, and stalwart commander Robert Forrester), a fantastic premise, majestic musical score in parts (but not so great in other parts), a wildly trippy but nonsensical ending worthy of "Clockwork Orange" mixed with "Fantasia", and one of the most genuinely frightening villains ever in the mechanized Frankenstein monster created by Reinhardt named Maximilian. With such a great premise and dark atmosphere, it is shocking at how cheesy and just plain bad the dialogue is. Perhaps it is the fact that it was a Disney film, they couldn't fully commit to the dark masterpiece they almost had on their hands. The cheesy robots Vincent and `Old Bob' are hard to take (clearly created to attract the kids, Disney tried to create another R2D2 and C3PO). Some of the supporting cast falls off precipitously from the quality of the big names. The action sequences could have been done a lot better as well. A fascinating case study of an almost great film, but I love it anyway. Of all of the remakes out there, this is the one that I think is most ripe for another look and to be done right.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Should of known better LOL!
Well.... it wasn't great. Its dated is half the problem. I think had I seen it way back when it came out I might have liked it. Read more
Published 14 hours ago by MicheleW
4.0 out of 5 stars Review for The Black Hole
Very good movie. The visual was awesome for when this was made. A well done movie. I would tell others about it.
Published 3 days ago by Joanne Vancil
3.0 out of 5 stars i like it only because of what it is
this is sort of a sci-fi classic, NOT a great Disney classic and I knew exactly what it was, that is why I like it. I knew it was not a great movie. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Rob Buery
4.0 out of 5 stars must see classic si-fi
Great classic very si-fi computer graphics music and visual effects were leading edge at the time it was made it should be remade
Published 1 month ago by james wiser
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks
I was a child when this movie was released, butit made sucjh a lasting impression on me that memories of it would come to me at the most unexpected moments. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jason Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Omg I love this movie
It's great. Really, don't listen to others who say it is bad. I plan to share this with my 4 year old son.
Published 1 month ago by Tori Neville
5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite movie of mine
Who would have imagined that Disney would contribute so much to science fiction? A great story about a topic that seems to interest so many.
Published 1 month ago by A. Schwab
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, weird ending
Everything is fantastic up until the last 10 minutes of this classic sci-fi movie. The ending never did make a lot of sense. So, just hang on for the ride up until it gets weird.
Published 1 month ago by Matthew St.Gelais
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I remembered
As a child of the 70's, we were amazed by movies dealing with space adventure. Unfortunately, I didn't like it as much now as I did when it was released. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ICON
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Sci-Fi Aweaome
Otherwise known as Vince and Bob save the day... :)
Watch this or you are missing out on one of the most enjoyable flicks of all time.
Published 2 months ago by Haplo
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