20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

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Overview

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...
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Overview

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.
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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
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2003
  • UPC: 786936192476
  • Original Release: 1954
  • Rating:

  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.55:1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Thx
  • Sound: THX-Supervised Mastering, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:07:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,564

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
John Meehan Art Director
Franz Planer Cinematographer
Paul J. Smith Score Composer
Elmo Williams Editor
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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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Menu

Side #1 -- Disc One
   Play
   Bonus Material
      Audio Commentary With Richard Fleischer & Rudy Behlmer: On
      Audio Commentary With Richard Fleischer & Rudy Behlmer: Off
      Cartoon: Grand Canyonscope
      Register Your DVD
   Scene Selection
   Sneak Peeks
      The Lion King - Special Edition
      Pirates of the Caribbean
      Finding Nemo
      X-Men: The Legend of Wolverine
      Atlantis: Milo's Return
      Stitch! The Movie
      George of the Jungle 2
   Set Up
      Captions
         English for the Hearing Impaired
         None
      THX Optimizer
         Audio Tests
            Play Test
         Video Tests
            Play Test
Side #2 -- Disc Two
   The Making of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
   Jules Verne & Walt Disney: Explorers of the Imagination
   The Humboldt Squid: A Real Sea Monster!
   Lost Treasures
   20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Production Archives
      Galleries
         Advertising
            Posters
            Lobby Cards
            Publicity
            Merchandise
         Documents
            Production Documents
            Harper Goff - Letter
         Screenplay Excerpt
         Production Stills
         Production Art
            Concept Art
            Costumes
            Storyboards
         Biographies
            James Mason
            Peter Lorre
            Kirk Douglas
            Paul Lukas
            Richard Fleischer
      Production Gallery
      The Musical Legacy of Paul Smith
      Touring the Nautilus
      Storyboard-to-Scene Comparison
      Monsters of the Deep
      Movie Merchandise
      Unused Animation
      Trims
      Theatrical Trailer
      DVD Credits
      Audio Archives
         Radio Spots 1
         Radio Spots 2
         Radio Spots 3
   1954 Disney Studio Album
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Whale of a Tale

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT FISH TALE !

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must-Have Disney Film

    A must-have for any Disney Fan. This is one great film.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    As good as I remembered

    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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