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Crack in the World [Blu-ray]

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A dying scientist and his team drill for magma, crack the globe and try to fix it with a nuclear bomb.

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  • Actors: Dana Andrews, Janette Scott, Kieron Moore, Alexander Knox
  • Directors: Andrew Marton
  • Writers: Jon Manchip White
  • Producers: Philip Yordan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: July 5, 2011
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (367 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004VDSWGG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,062 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By David Alianiello on May 22, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Every Saturday night @ 11:30, I'd settle down on the couch for 3+ hours of horror and/or sci-fi on TV courtesy of Pittsburgh, Pa's "Chiller Theater" hosted by "Chilly Billy" Cardille. Among my many favorites was "Crack in the World," about a scientist who, through underground testing of some sort, creates a mammoth fissure in the earth that keeps getting bigger and bigger, threatening to tear the earth apart. I've always loved this movie, especially the uncompromising ending, and I'm happy to see it finally being released in DVD. Check it out.
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Interesting story about a dying scientist who plans to tap the geothermal energy beneath the Earth's crust, with dire consequences. Andrews, Scott and Moore, as well as Alexander Knox, all give excellent performances. Special effects are superb and very believable. I remember seeing this on TV when I was little, and it scared me to DEATH. Seeing it again as an adult, it is not quite as scary, but is still fast-paced and entertaining.

While the science is now dated, thanks to the discovery of plate tectonics (the Earth's crust is divided into may separate "plates", and therefore already has many "cracks"), the story is still entertaining. The interaction between Dr. Sorenson (Andrews), an aging scientist trying for one last victory; his young wife Maggie (Scott), a scientist in her own right; and Dr. Rampion (Moore), the project's geologist and an old flame of Maggie's to boot; works very well, even if it is a bit formulaic.

All in all it is a fun movie, and definitely worth the time to see it. Especially now that it is finally being released on DVD in its original 1.85:1 widescreen format. A worthy addition to any classic sci-fi film collection.

(PS: *I* wrote that summary listed on the back cover when I was in college! They just added a few extra words. Don't believe me? Look it up on IMDB!!)
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I haven't seen this film in many years but the new Blu-ray version from Olive films is surprisingly entertaining. Its your basic early 1960s end of the world cautionary tale where messing around with mother earth could destroy the planet. Dana Andrews plays a scientist who plans to exploit the planets subterranean mineral resources by detonating a nuclear bomb miles below the earth. The results of this detonation leads to the films descriptive title and the mad rush to come up with a method to save the planet. The special effects are not bad at all for a low budget 60s film and the dvd transfer is very good with vivid colors which add to the overall sense of heat since the catastrophic scenes involve lots of fire imagery. Besides Andrews, who fantasy film fans will recognize from Jacque Tourneur's classic 1956 film Curse of the Demon(aka Night of the Demon), there is Janette Scott and Kieron Moore who both appeared in The Day of the Triffids a few years earlier. Sci-fi trivia buffs will also recognize Eugene Lourie's name in the opening credits. Lourie directed three of the 1950/early 60s 'dinosaur on the rampage' films, The Giant Behemoth, Gorgo and most importantly The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms. Last but not least, the film's ending is quite unique though the science is a little/a lot dubious! If you enjoy this film, you might want to checkout the British film The Day the Earth Caught Fire which was made around the same time but is actually more ominous.
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I too am a great fan of this movie. I spent years looking for it, and about 3 months ago, I found a very watchable version at a site when I Googled it. The disc only cost $10....but. About half way through, down in the lower right hand corner the symbol "AMC" popped up and I realized that it was just a good copy made from the American Movie Classic channel.

This version that is now being released should be far superior....and I look forward to it.

If you have not seen this movie, by all means give it a try. There is not a single wasted minute in the whole film. Excellent!
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Crack in the world. It's one of the better SF movies from the 1960's concerning itself with Dr Sorenson's (Dana Andrews) bid to discover a way to tap the geothermal energy of the earth itself as an energy source. Seems, though, that he's reached a point where conventional drilling equipment cannot get through a layer of rock so he seeks to use a thermonuclear device mounted on a rocket to burn through this layer.

Fellow scientist, Dr Rampion (Keiron Moore), disagrees with Sorenson's theory that the device will burn through the layer. He feels that it will shatter the earth's crust with the explosion because of its weakening due to previous atomic undergroud testing -- endangering the very existence of the planet.

The device is fired and initially all goes well. However, soon reports of seismic activity begin to flood in from around the globe. Seems Rampion was right after all. A crack has begun forming under the sea close to the site of the explosion. Undersea earthquakes and volcanic activity begin a sharp upswing. Now the problem is how to stop the earth from spitting in two.

The science for this is streched and has since been revised. However, that does not take away from the film itself. For an hour and a half, we are entertained by some superb acting and interesting special effects. The ending of the movie is unique to say the least and tickles our imagination.

The DVD is crisp and clear visually and has top quality sound. This film has been on my DVD wish list for so long, I'd about given up ever seeing it released (I had an old VHS copy I recorded from television). But here it is, fresh and new.

If you've never seen one of the old "B" SF or monster movies, you're in for a treat here. This is a true gem.

Highly Recommended for all ages.

~P~
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