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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 (310 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 (310 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001I55SS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,937 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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149 of 157 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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45 of 48 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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12 of 13 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 Two Stars
Meh.
Published 13 hours ago by E. A. Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars childhood fav.
childhood fav. had to get it.
Published 4 days ago by Keith Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good old Disney movie. Good price, packed well and shipped promptly. Happy customer.
Published 6 days ago by old dog
2.0 out of 5 stars Two years after the battle of Yavin some people working for Disney...
Watching this film was an ordeal and it took me three evenings and some fast forwarding to do it. Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Maciej
4.0 out of 5 stars and they love it.
Bought a classic movie from my childhood for my kids...and they love it.
Published 25 days ago by Craig Arnold
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Disney SciFi before they went CGI
Old Disney favorite, Disney tried SciFi with a kids spin. I hadn't seen this movie and a while and thought it was a good price to buy the physical DVD rather than rent it at a few... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Donald L. Moore Jr.
2.0 out of 5 stars The Black Hole is a terrible movie!! Walt Disney was trying to catch...
The fact is, that Walt Disney was trying to catch on to the Star Trek Fans (I admit I liked star Trek Too) but this movie
was so bad.... I barely sat my way through it. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Robert Pylant
4.0 out of 5 stars "you can't unscramble eggs" -still love
classic movie from my childhood! "you can't unscramble eggs" -still love it
Published 1 month ago by Richard W. Tobey
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good dhildren movie, however the DVD sound track was terrible!
Published 1 month ago by H. Shute
4.0 out of 5 stars The Black Hole was just a great old film from Disney in 1979 that I...
The Black Hole was just a great old film from Disney in 1979 that I wanted to see and wonder if Hollywood might consider remaking the motion picture.
Published 1 month ago by Raul
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