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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
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The film over the years has been criticized for its inconsistencies in plot.And for the most part one can't argue the fact that there ARE plot holes here and there but the strong story line is the thing that really matters here and that along with the(for the time) state of the art special effects made(and still makes)the film very compelling.
The plot is well known by now.A group of scientists enter the brain of a doctor(a man worth alot to the US government) who has a malignant growth in the brain that must be removed with due haste.They are miniaturized along with their ride into his body and make their treacherous way to their destination.The mission has two main hazards;the bodies' own natural defense mechanisms and a traitor among the crew planted to sabotage the mission.Plot holes aside its' concept was/is very strong and along with those great special effects you get caught up in
the drama very quickly indeed.
One scene today that stands out today(more than it ever did back in the 60s)is one where Rachel Welch(the only female crew member,of course!)has been attacked by anti-bodies outside the ship and they are clinging to her and choking the life out of her.She is brought inside in the nick of time and almost every male member of the crew are there groping at her body trying to get these things off.We know WHY it is happening but today it looks just a little,shall we say,awkward?
The film ends with the crew just making it out of the body a few seconds before they start to re-size and the bad guy is still trapped back inside the crippled ship both of which are being eaten hungrily by attacking anti-bodies.
In conclusion I highly recommend this new special edition release to all Sci-Fi fans out there.It was quite the story and technical marvel for its' time.Very impressive then and with this remastered high quality print it looks better than it ever has.And it is sill a good watch and will not fail to impress even with repeated viewings.
As fans and film buffs know, "Voyage" tells the tale of a special team miniaturized in order the save a dying scientist from a life-threatening blood clot, the result of an assassination attempt on his life. The film boasts then-state-of-the art special effects, an Oscar-worthy score from Leonard Rosenman, and the anatomical assets - appropriately for a film about biology - of Raquel Welch. So impressive are the sets that they were reused many times for Irwin Allen TV shows.
In addition to Ms. Welch, the cast is rounded out by film veterans Stephen Boyd, Donald Pleasance, Arthur O'Connell, and Arthur Kennedy. William Redfield fills out the rest of the crew as the ship's navigator.
In honor of the fortieth anniversary of the film, the special edition has two great commentary tracks, providing not just information about the production about the film but insight into science fiction television and movies of the era.
Inasmuch as Ms. Welch is the only surviving member of the cast - with the exception of James Brolin who has a bit part as a technician - it would've been most appreciated if she had been featured with her commentary about the making of the film. However, this disc receives a five-star rating, even with the omission of Welch's viewpoints.
This film is required viewing for any sci-fi fan.