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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 (296 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: Multiple Formats, 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 (296 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001I55SS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,572 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 U.S.S. Cygnus is perched precariously at the edge of a black hole -- the vast, empty nothingness where space and time end. Anything that crosses its border enters a universe of the complete unknown. And so begins a story that only Disney's film magicians could tell. A story of robots and humanoids. Of human genius and madness. And a spectacular descent into nature's ultimate mystery -- The Black Hole.

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142 of 150 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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43 of 46 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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71 of 81 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A cheesy classic. August 5, 2004
Format:DVD
The Black Hole isn't the best sci fi film ever made. I don't even know if its in the top ten. But there is just something about it that I love. Maybe it's because it's a throw back to the sci fi films of the 50s. Maybe because the effects are top notch. Maybe because that space station looks so damn cool! I'm not sure what it is, but the film is fun. There are major plot holes, bad dialogue and an ending that really doesn't make much sense. Let alone the fact that physics really don't mean anything in the world of The Black Hole. It's funny to think this film came out 4 years after Star Wars and 10 years after Kubrick's 2001.

Disney's release has little differences from the Anchor Bay release of a few years ago. There is no pan and scan on this version, but it is anamorphic. The overture is still present, although the a title card replaces the star-scape. There is also a documentary on the making of the film.

This film is for kids and the kid at heart. And like I said before, it's just a fun film that very cool to look at.
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5.0 out of 5 stars He liked it, but is used to all the modern ...
Watched this as a kid. Got and shared it with my youngest son. He liked it, but is used to all the modern effects. Would like to see a remake of this classic.
Published 7 days ago by Joseph J McMurray
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, one of the first space movies I ...
Great movie, one of the first space movies I saw as a kid, even though it was after that whole Star Wars fad.
Published 10 days ago by Grant M
4.0 out of 5 stars A Disney SciFi classic!
Great movie! The HD version is worth the extra buck. Unlike some older movies, this one has excellent audio and video. My 6-year old nephew loved it and I did too. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Zig
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a movie that should have gotten more hype ...
This is a movie that should have gotten more hype. I do not even remember it when I was a kid. Well worth my 3$!
Published 12 days ago by amy kelly graham
5.0 out of 5 stars AN EXCELLENT ORIGINAL
NEXT MONTH, ON AUGUST 3, WILL MARK THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THIS D.V.D RELEASE. I BOUGHT THIS ON THAT DAY AND WILL HAVE HAD IT 4 10 YEARS. Read more
Published 13 days ago by andemoine winrow
5.0 out of 5 stars My kids enjoyed watching it too
One of my favoritie moves as a kid. My kids enjoyed watching it too. The DVD was in new condition and had no trouble playing.
Published 15 days ago by William J Bevans
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good Disney sci-fi film
This film is a bit cheesy, but it looks great and has a strong cast. This seems to be Disney's answer to Star Wars, and while it's not nearly on that same level. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Mike
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Classic although a bit campy and now scientifically outdated. Waiting for the remake.
Published 26 days ago by TD
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic!
Published 26 days ago by Randy Lynch
2.0 out of 5 stars Campy at best, this thing is a snooze
Campy at best, this thing is a snooze. The pre-CGI visual effects are good, but the story drags on and on. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Tom in Seattle
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