20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

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Director: Richard Fleischer

Cast: Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas

     
 

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This 1954 Disney version of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea represented the studio's costliest and most elaborate American-filmed effort to date. Kirk Douglas plays a trouble-shooting 19th century seaman, trying to discover why so many whaling ships have been disappearing of late. Teaming with scientist Paul Lukas and diver Peter Lorre, Douglas sets

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This 1954 Disney version of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea represented the studio's costliest and most elaborate American-filmed effort to date. Kirk Douglas plays a trouble-shooting 19th century seaman, trying to discover why so many whaling ships have been disappearing of late. Teaming with scientist Paul Lukas and diver Peter Lorre, Douglas sets sail to investigate--and is promptly captured by the megalomaniac Captain Nemo (James Mason), who skippers a lavish, scientifically advanced submarine. The film's special effects, including a giant squid, were impressive enough in 1954 to win an Academy Award.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Bruce Kluger
For aficionados of literary adventure, it doesn't get much better than Jules Verne; for lovers of movie magic, Walt Disney is the man to beat. It's no surprise, then, that when Verne and Disney come together on the big screen, all bets are off. Film history was made in 1954 with the arrival of director Richard Fleischer's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the long-awaited Disney adaptation of Verne's underwater classic. Verne's story concerns an 18th-century mariner (Kirk Douglas) who is kidnapped on the high seas by Captain Nemo (James Mason), the mad pilot of a futuristic sub. A half century ago, this enthusiastically touted, high-megawatt extravaganza made waves within the industry for its grand scale and even grander production costs. But in the end, the efforts -- and the salaries -- paid off. The movie's still-breathtaking special effects -- which include, among other pitched battles, the famed hand-to-tentacle combat with a mammoth squid -- earned an Academy Award. Perfectionists take note: 20,000 Leagues took full advantage of all Cinemascope had to offer, and subsequent TV showings and video releases have chopped up the film's panoramic vistas. So go for the letterboxed editions where available, and find yourself a great big TV.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/2003
UPC:
0786936192476
Original Release:
1954
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[THX-Supervised Mastering, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:07:00
Sales rank:
3,383

Special Features

Closed Caption; All-new audio commentaries with director Richard Fleischer and classic film historian/author Rudy Behlmer; Radio spots (original radio spots from 1954 feature); Peter Lorre's ADR tracks (gives the listener a glimpse into the process of dialogue replacement for the scenes before they were trimmed and edited into the feature film); Captain Nemo's organ music; The Making of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" featurette; Jules Verne & Walt Disney - Explorers of the Imagination behind-the-scenes featurette; The Humboldt Squid: A Real Sea Monster!; The Musical Legacy of Paul Smith; Touring the "Nautilus"; Lost Treasure: The Sunset Squid Sequence; Disney Studio Album; Monsters of the Deep; Script Excerpt: Nemo's Death; Production gallery; Trims; Movie merchandise; Themed cartoon (theatrical animated short "Grand Canyonscope," which was presented as part of the theatrical release); Theatrical trailer; Storyboard-to-scene comparison; Unused animation; Original theatrical aspect ratio (2.55:1) - enhanced for 16x9 televisions; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; THX-certified

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kirk Douglas Ned Land
James Mason Captain Nemo
Paul Lukas Prof. Aronnax, Narrator
Peter Lorre Conseil
Robert J. Wilke 1st Mate of "Nautilus"
Carleton Young John Howard
Percy Helton Diver
Ted Cooper Mate of "Abraham Lincoln"
Edward Marr Shipping Agent
Fred Graham Casey Moore
Ted de Corsia Captain Farragut
Esmeralda Conseil
Harry Harvey Shipping Clerk
J.M. Kerrigan Billy
Herb Vigran Reporter

Technical Credits
Richard Fleischer Director
Walt Disney Producer
Earl Felton Screenwriter
Till Gabbani Cinematographer
Ralph Hammeras Cinematographer
John Hench Special Effects
Emile Kuri Set Decoration/Design
Eustace Lycett Special Effects
Norman Martien Costumes/Costume Designer
Joshua Meador Special Effects
John Meehan Art Director
Franz Planer Cinematographer
Paul J. Smith Score Composer
Elmo Williams Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc One
1. Opening Credits/Alarming Rumours
2. The Journey Begins
3. The Discovery
4. Taken Captive
5. The Expedition
6. The Professor's Plan
7. The Prison Camp
8. Mutiny
9. Beware of Cannibals
10. The Attack
11. Vulcania
12. The Fate of the "Nautilus"/End Credits

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A must-have for any Disney Fan. This is one great film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is perfect for the child who enjoys the sea. This an adventure perfect for the young kids of all ages. Being filmed in 1954,they did a great job delivering the ocean packed sceens. To me this Disney Movie was a marble of its time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
An amazing achievement...Here is a Disney action/adventure film that has stood the test of time...Along with a gorgeous restored widescreen version of the film you get an ocean of extras, including a fascinating account of how the film was made. For those who remember the movie only from the old Disneyland submarine ride, take another look...it is timeless.
bamoviegirl More than 1 year ago
this a really good movie for kids and adults and a family movie to watch. whats great about 20,000 leagues under the sea is that its a excellent classic and it is a childrens movie children will learn about the Nautalis and about that Kirk Douglas and Peter Lorree gets on the submarine and they think its a monster but it really is not a monster this movie can be enjoyed by adults and people that was kids will remember 20,000 leagues under the sea and it is a best family movie and it is a clean movie with no bad language or nothing bad in it or and if you haven't seen 20,000 leagues under the sea then you need to and james mason who played captain nemo did a great job and kirk douglas who played ned land the harpooner did an excellent and best job in a disney movie and peter lorree who played conseil did a great job and peter lorree worked with paul lukas who played the professor and the special effects are amazing and the best special effects and the director did the best job in a clean disney movie and just a tiny or a little of violence because of a fighting scene with kirk douglas and this guy in a white shirt and because of guns going off close to the end of the movie and watch the best disney\family movie ever made and if you want to no about any of the quotes from the movie or anything else email me at bamoviegirl@yahoo.com
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I saw this in the theatre as a child and loved it. While modern day teens and young adults might scoff at the low tech special effects the story is still fun to watch especially as a family.
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