Fantastic Voyage (Special Edition)
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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.Read more ›
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...Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Doesn't work. Got twenty minutes into the movie and it stopped, tried everything and it won't continue. Crap product.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Just finished watching; along with Jeff H., "Fantastic Voyage" released by 20th Century Fox. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Joseph Baneth Allen
Grew up with it... so that has a lot to do with it, right? Just clawing a bit of my childhood back I guess. Enjoyed watching it again.. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Randy
This may seem hokey in places, but still a good movie. Early Sci-Fi with some great special effects for the time.Published 10 months ago by Carol L
When an important scientist is left comatose with a life-threatening blood clot in his brain, the government realizes that special steps are necessary. Read morePublished 11 months ago by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
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