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Fantastic Voyage (Special Edition)

4.5 out of 5 stars 137 customer reviews

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Product Description

The adventure of a lifetime occurs not in the outer reaches of space, but inside the human body. An elite team of medical and scientific specialists race to save a top government scientist who is suffering from a blood clot on the brain. Their mission: be reduced along with their submarine-like craft to microscopic size, enter the bloodstream of the ailing scientist, and journey to the brain to perform an emergency procedure. With only sixty minutes to complete their mission, the scientist find themselves fighting off an attack by white corpuscles, caught in a tornado-like storm in the lungs, and struggling to survive sabotage from one of their own. (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment)

2001: A Space Odyssey took the world on a mind-bending trip to outer space, but Fantastic Voyage is the original psychedelic inner-space adventure. When a brilliant scientist falls into a coma with an inoperable blood clot in the brain, a surgical team embarks on a top-secret journey to the center of the mind in a high-tech military submarine shrunk to microbial dimensions. Stephen Boyd stars as a colorless commander sent to keep an eye on things (though his eyes stay mostly on shapely medical assistant Raquel Welch), while Donald Pleasance is suitably twitchy as the claustrophobic medical consultant. The science is shaky at best, but the imaginative spectacle is marvelous: scuba-diving surgeons battle white blood cells, tap the lungs to replenish the oxygen supply, and shoot the aorta like daredevil surfers. The film took home a well-deserved Oscar for Best Visual Effects. Director Richard Fleischer, who turned Disney's 1954 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea into one of the most riveting submarine adventures of all time, creates a picture so taut with cold-war tensions and cloak-and-dagger secrecy that niggling scientific contradictions (such as, how do miniaturized humans breathe full-sized air molecules?) seem moot. --Sean Axmaker

Special Features

  • Commentary by Film & Music Historian Jeff Bond
  • Isolated Score Track with Commentary by Film & Music Historians Jeff Bond, Jon Burlingame and Nick Redman
  • Lava Lamps & Celluloid: A Tribute to the Visual Effects of Fantastic Voyage
  • Whirlpool Scene: Storyboard-to-Scene Comparison
  • Original Props (with video and stills)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • 2 TV Spots
  • Deleted Scene: Script-to-Storyboard
  • Storyboards: Pre-Miniaturization Sequence
  • Production Art & Stills
  • Posters
  • Lobby Cards
  • Interactive Pressbook

Product Details

  • Actors: Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch, Edmond O'Brien, Donald Pleasence, Arthur O'Connell
  • Directors: Richard Fleischer
  • Writers: David Duncan, Harry Kleiner, Jerome Bixby, Otto Klement
  • Producers: Saul David
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2007
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000O78KWE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,085 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fantastic Voyage (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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By Wayne Klein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 11, 2007
Format: DVD
Updated: 10/10/13--The Blu-ray looks simply marvelous for a 50 year old film. Yes, there are some scenes that are a bit soft but that's due to the multiple optical effects. This is a very nice presentation and a top notch transfer from Fox.

Audio sounds terrific as well with both the original mono and a 5.1 remixed presentation presented lossless. It sounds really exceptional.

Most of the special features are ported over and in standard definition.

Original DVD review:

Fans of 60's science fiction will appreciation the deluxe terrific reissue of "Fantastic Voyage" put out by Fox. While very much a product of the mid-60's, "Fantastic Voyage" holds up surprisingly well in just about every area. I doubt that fans need a recap of the plot but I have one at the end of this review if you're interested.

First up we get a brand new marvelous looking transfer for the film. It isn't perfect but it couldn't be because of the source material. Some shots appear soft and a bit blurry due to the process photography/visual effects added to shots but that's unavoidable and fairly typical of films from this time before digital video. Colors are bold and as bright as I remember them.

Unlike the previous release we get some really good extras as well. The featurette on visual effects has Richard Edlund ("Close Encounters", "Blade Runner") discussing the difficulty of shooting a visual effects film like "Fantastic Voyage" in 1965 (it was releasedin 1966). Like "Forbidden Planet", "Fantastic Voyage" pushed the barrier of visual effects for its times something NOT appreciated by a lot of viewers.
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EXCELLENT! One of best SF/adventure films ever and a real monument of cinema! I always LOVED this 1966 film and recently I was happy to confirm, that it didn't age AT ALL and is still a great watch! Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

Cold War. United States and the Soviet Union are both intensely working on technology of miniaturization of matter by shrinking individual atoms. Czech scientist Jan Benes, working under duress for the Soviets, made a great breakthrough, but doesn't want Moscow to have this technology. With the help of the CIA, he escaped to the West, but an attempted assassination leaves him comatose with a nearly impossible to remove blood clot in his brain.

The only way to save his life is to operate from INSIDE his skull. It is decided to use the experimental miniaturization technology to reduce a small submersible, the "Proteus" as well as its crew, and introduce it into Benes body. The crew must then bring "Proteus" into Benes brain, remove the clot and evacuate before the miniaturization ends - indeed, at that time it is possible to miniaturize things and people just for 60 minutes...

An ad hoc team is assembled for this mission: Captain Bill Owens (William Redfield) - pilot; Dr. Michaels (Donald Pleasence) - mission medical commander; Dr. Peter Duval (Arthur Kennedy) - brain surgeon; Cora Peterson (Raquel Welch) - assistant to the brain surgeon. Last but not least there is also CIA agent Charles Grant (Stephen Boyd), who is there - well, initially, we don't know why, but it will quickly turn out it was a good idea to place him on board... All that takes care of about ten first minutes of the film - and then the fantastic voyage begins and I will say nothing more...
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This is a reissue of the classic 60's science fiction film. And if ever there was a production that deserved that moniker it is Fantastic Voyage. Most are aware of the premise of a team of "hemo-nauts" that are reduced to the size of microbes along with one of the most beautiful submarines ever designed, the "Proteus" ,and are injected into the veinous system of a critically injured "foriegn scientist" in an effort to destroy a blood clot within the brain incurred during an escape attempt.

So much for the synopsis, Now for the review. This film directed by Richard Fleischer for what was then Twentieth century Fox was released in 1966 and is one of the truly classic sc-fi films of all time.However this "special edition" is, in a few words, very disappointing. The packaging is highly attractive and promises much, unfortunately the "special" refers to a small raft of extra features that have been cobbled together for this reissue.

These include a short 17 minute featurette titled the special effects of fantastic voyage.It consists in the main of studio set or continuity shots, mostly in black and white and nothing anyone with an interest in this film will not have seen before.

The most dissappointing aspect of this edition of the film is the appalling feature commentary,often a highlight of these special eds, in this case however, truly the less said the better. On the other hand there is an additional commentary that runs for maybe the first seventeen or so minutes of the film and focuses on the soundtrack and special sound effects designed for the film. this is very interesting and informative unlike the main commentary feature.In summary I can only reccomend this edition to the completist collector, the rest of us should wait for a BLU RAY, full deck, belt and braces special edition of this truly fantastic film, if any production deserves it, this one does.
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