20,000 Leagues Under the Sea VHS
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Climb aboard the Nautilus ... and into a strange undersea world of spellbinding adventure! Kirk Douglas, Paul Lukas, and Peter Lorre star as shipwrecked survivors taken captive by the mysterious Captain Nemo, brilliantly portrayed by James Mason. Wavering between genius and madness, Nemo has launched a deadly crusade across the seven seas. But can the captive crew expose his evil plan before he destroys the world? Disney's brilliant Academy Award(R)-winning (1955, Best Art Direction and Best Special Effects) adaptation of Jules Verne's gripping tale makes 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA a truly mesmerizing masterpiece!
The swashbuckler genre bumped into science fiction in 1954 for one of Hollywood's great entertainments. The Jules Verne story of adventure under the sea was Walt Disney's magnificent debut into live-action films. A professor (Paul Lukas) seeks the truth about a legendary sea monster in the years just after the Civil War. When his ship is sunk, he, his aide (Peter Lorre), and a harpoon master (Kirk Douglas) survive to discover that the monster is actually a metal submarine run by Captain Nemo (James Mason). Along with the rollicking adventure, it's fun to see the future technology that Verne dreamed up in his novel, including diving equipment and sea farming. The film's physical prowess is anchored by the Nautilus, an impressive full-scale gothic submarine complete with red carpet and pipe organ. In the era of big sets, 20,000 Leagues set a precedent for films shot on the water and deservedly won Oscars for art direction and special effects. Lost in the inventiveness of the film and great set pieces including a giant squid attack are two great performances. Mason is the perfect Nemo, taut and private, clothed in dark fabric that counters the Technicolor dreamboat that is the beaming red-and-white-stripe-shirted Kirk Douglas as the heroic Ned Land. The film works as peerless family adventure nearly half a century later. --Doug Thomas
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Sure, a Blu Ray release of the film would be nice; but the DVD transfer is so good that I'm not sure the extra video resolution of a Blu Ray release would be worth it.
and Kirk Douglas as Ned Land. Yes Kirk Douglas sort of sings.
Peter Lorre is there as well, playing Conseil.
Still, the star of the show is the Nautilus herself, and the sea battles
she is involved with, not the least of which is the engagement with the giant squid!
I can overlook the slightly dated production values, but it still holds up.
The interior sets of the Nautilus are a knockout.
Great for kids, Old Kids, and Disney film fans.
This one is far better then the new version and Kirk Douglas is at his best as is all of the people in this film.
If you have "NOT" seen this version, You are missing one of the best films ever made.
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