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HTF REVIEW: "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) (with screenshots)

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#1 of 83 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted May 04 2003 - 11:37 AM


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#2 of 83 OFFLINE   Adam_S



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Posted May 04 2003 - 11:52 AM

Looks like another installment of the incredible Vault Disney Series that began last year, apparently the only thing changed is the cover art, bizarre but I can't wait to get my grubby little paws on this!

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Video. [quote] The real triumph was last year, when we got FOUR two disc sets of classic live action that were at or near this caliber film (video presentation perhaps not quite as pristine, but they're some of my favorite dvds regardless).

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Posted May 04 2003 - 11:56 AM

Sheesh! How could anyone not want this? One correction - maybe - I'm not 100% certain: I don't believe that at any point the Nautilus power source was identified as being atomic, although, obviously, it had to be. A side note: A couple years ago for our Minnesota State Fair, someone built a beautifully detailed scale model of the Nautilus. I wanted it then and I want it even more now.
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Posted May 04 2003 - 12:04 PM

Whew those are some big bars, whats the Aspect Ratio on this title??? cant wait to pick this up.

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Posted May 04 2003 - 12:16 PM

[quote] Whew those are some big bars, whats the Aspect Ratio on this title??? [quote]
2.55:1 Ratio. Its listed right at the beginning below the cover scan.

I also can't wait to see this, as it will be my 1st time ever seeing it. Already have it on pre-order and will be eagerly awaiting it's arrival on or about the 13th of May.

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#6 of 83 OFFLINE   Thomas Hart

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Posted May 04 2003 - 12:35 PM

Great review (very informative) and an almost great disc!

I will definately be picking this one up, But (you know there had to be a but)........

It is quite disappointing that the Disneyland Emmy Award winning special "Operation Undersea" (12/8/54), which was made exclusively from the promotion of the movie, was not even included. Even though it is on the Collector's Edition of the laserdisc version of the film!?! I believe this disc would have been the perfect (if the only) showcase for that show.Posted Image A missed opportunity.

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Posted May 04 2003 - 12:47 PM

[quote] It is quite disappointing that the Disneyland Emmy Award winning special "Operation Undersea" (12/8/54) [quote]

This is the only other thing I wanted to be included....

Nevertheless, this has been in my top 5 most wanted DVDs for the last 5 years...it sounds like a great set and I can't wait to pick it up!

#8 of 83 OFFLINE   Steve Christou

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Posted May 04 2003 - 01:13 PM

Great review Ron. I actually saw '20,000 Leagues' at the cinema in a reissue in 76 or 77, I remember the poster emphasising sharks instead of the giant squid because 'Jaws' had recently come out and broken all box-office records. I love this film and can't wait to get my hands on the dvd, I have the documentary 'Operation Undersea' on tape, shame they didn't include it, but they prob used many excerpts from it on the special documentary.

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Posted May 04 2003 - 01:14 PM

So it is being released on the 13th.

#10 of 83 OFFLINE   Rob T

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Posted May 04 2003 - 01:37 PM

I'll be getting it for sure! Posted Image

#11 of 83 OFFLINE   david*mt


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Posted May 04 2003 - 01:53 PM

[quote] So it is being released on the 13th. [quote]

I believe it is being released on the 20th, but I could be mistaken.

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Posted May 04 2003 - 02:19 PM

[quote] I don't believe that at any point the Nautilus power source was identified as being atomic, although, obviously, it had to be.
Hmm, it's been a while, but I thought I remember a scene with the Doctor in stunned awe referring to the atomic power. It's been quite a while since I've seen it, and I've undoubtably read the book more recently, so I could be getting them confused.

Definitely one I'm picking up.

#13 of 83 OFFLINE   Kenneth Cummings

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Posted May 04 2003 - 02:22 PM

While the ride at Disney World (now gone) based on this movie sucked, I will be picking up this movie, as it been a long time since I seen it. And thank you once again Ron.
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Posted May 04 2003 - 02:37 PM

I wsa too young to remember any discussion of the power of the sub in the movie, and have never read the book (I need to though), but my dad said that in the book there's a description of how the Nautilus is powered, and that it was done by the splitting of very small pieces of matter or something like that. Note that this was in the late 1800s, well before the atom had even been discovered, much less nuclear fission. Jules Verne was a genius. Can't wait to add this one to my collection.

#15 of 83 OFFLINE   george kaplan

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Posted May 04 2003 - 02:40 PM

Almost certainly the film does not use the term 'atomic power', but it is clearly implied that that is what it is.
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Posted May 04 2003 - 02:58 PM

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Posted May 04 2003 - 03:26 PM

I have DISNEY's Archive Collection laserdisc of this title. It appears that this new DVD release will have far more supplements than the laser and no doubt the new anamorphic transfer and 5.1 sound will easily surpass it as well. Bring it on! Great review Ron. -Mike
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Posted May 04 2003 - 04:11 PM

[quote] Great Gobs of Gumption, I can't wait for this!! [quote]
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#19 of 83 OFFLINE   Tim Glover

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Posted May 04 2003 - 05:14 PM

Looks terrific Ron. Nice review. I've also never seen this film in widescreen so I guess I'll be really seeing it for the first time. Can't wait!

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Posted May 04 2003 - 09:51 PM

By-the-way - this was originally announced for May 13 but delayed to May 20 to match The Love Bug, which is also getting a double-disc special edition. I just wish they gave the same classy treatment to Treasure Island. Apparently not. Speaking of May 20, though, it will probably break my budget between this one, The Love Bug SE, The Rescuers, Dances With Wolves SE and the Finding Nemo soundtrack...but whatever I manage to get out of it will be great! I've never seen the movie in its correct 2.55 OAR either, so that will be a treat! Can't wait for this one!


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