Around the World in 80 Days

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Overview

Razzle-dazzle showman Michael Todd hocked everything he had to make this spectacular presentation of Jules Verne's 1872 novel Around the World in 80 Days, the second film to be lensed in the wide-screen Todd-AO production. Nearly as fascinating as the finished product are the many in-production anecdotes concerning Todd's efforts to pull the wool over the eyes of local authorities in order to cadge the film's round-the-world location shots--not to mention the wheeling and dealing to convince over forty top ...
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Overview

Razzle-dazzle showman Michael Todd hocked everything he had to make this spectacular presentation of Jules Verne's 1872 novel Around the World in 80 Days, the second film to be lensed in the wide-screen Todd-AO production. Nearly as fascinating as the finished product are the many in-production anecdotes concerning Todd's efforts to pull the wool over the eyes of local authorities in order to cadge the film's round-the-world location shots--not to mention the wheeling and dealing to convince over forty top celebrities to appear in cameo roles. David Niven heads the huge cast as ultra-precise, supremely punctual Phileas Fogg, who places a 20,000-pound wager with several fellow members of London Reform Club, insisting that he can go around the world in eighty days (this, remember, is 1872). Together with his resourceful valet Passepartout (Cantinflas), Fogg sets out on his world-girdling journey from Paris via balloon. Meanwhile, suspicion grows that Fogg has stolen his 20,000 pounds from Bank of England. Diligent Inspector Fix (Robert Newton) is sent out by the bank's president (Robert Morley) to bring Fogg to justice. Hopscotching around the globe, Fogg pauses in Spain, where Passepartout engages in a comic bullfight (a specialty of Cantinflas). In India, Fogg and Passepartout rescue young widow Princess Aouda (Shirley MacLaine, in her third film) from being forced into committing suicide so that she may join her late husband. The threesome visit Hong Kong, Japan, San Francisco, and the Wild West. Only hours short of winning his wager, Fogg is arrested by the diligent Inspector Fixx. Though exonerated of the bank robbery charges, he has lost everything--except the love of the winsome Aouda. But salvation is at hand when Passepartout discovers that, by crossing the International Date Line, there's still time to reach the Reform Club. Will they make it? See for yourself. Among the film's 46 guest stars, the most memorable include Marlene Dietrich, Charles Boyer, Jose Greco, Frank Sinatra, Peter Lorre, Red Skelton, Buster Keaton, John Mills, and Beatrice Lillie. All were paid in barter--Ronald Colman did his brief bit for a new car. Newscaster Edward R. Murrow provides opening narration, and there's a tantalizing clip from Georges Méliès' A Trip to the Moon (1902). Offering a little something for everyone, Around the World in 80 Days is nothing less than an extravaganza, and it won 5 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Cinematography.
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Special Features

Commentary by BBC Radio's Brian Sibley; All-new digital transfer and remastered 5.1 soundtrack; Introduction by Robert Osborne; Documentary "Around the World with Mike Todd"; Excerpts from "Playhouse 90's Around the World in 90 Minutes" commemorating the film's one-year anniversary; Newsreel footage from the 1957 Oscars, and the premieres in Los Angeles and Spain; Outtakes; Photo gallery; Short "A Trip to the Moon" (1902); Theatrical Trailers; DVD-ROM: Michael Todd's "Around the World in 80 Days" Almanac; Widescreen anamorphic format.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Around the World in 80 Days is all spectacle and little else, a frenetic travelogue filled with copious star cameos and exciting set pieces, all courtesy of producer Mike Todd, who risked his personal fortune to bring the film to the screen. The film was released the year before Sputnik would revolutionize world communications, and audiences flocked to the box office to experience its exotic locales, all shot on locations around the world. David Niven was well-cast as the excessively punctual Phileas Fogg, but many of the best scenes are stolen by his sidekick, Passepartout (Mexican superstar Cantinflas). Todd ruled the production with an iron hand, firing director John Farrow on the first day of shooting and attempting to deny him writing credit. Farrow took his complaint to the Writers Guild, who, while powerless to restore him to the set, did at least get him a shared screenplay credit. Todd, seeking the last word, took out ads in industry publications thanking deceased source-novel author Jules Verne for "giving me absolutely no trouble on billing or credits." Always appreciative of good showmanship, AMPAS honored Around the World in 80 Days with five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/2004
  • UPC: 085392863228
  • Original Release: 1956
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: 2-Disc Wide Screen Special Edition
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 3:02:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,789

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Niven Phileas Fogg
Cantinflas Passepartout
Robert Newton Mr. Fix
Shirley MacLaine Princess Aouda
Charles Boyer Monsieur Gasse
Joe E. Brown Station Master
Ronald Colman Railway Official
Martine Carol Tourist
John Carradine Col. Proctor Stamp
Charles Coburn Clerk
Melville Cooper Steward
Noël Coward Hesketh-Baggott
Finlay Currie Whist Partner
Reginald Denny Police Chief
Andy Devine First Mate
Marlene Dietrich Hostess
Luis Miguel Dominguin Bullfighter
Fernandel Coachman
John Gielgud Foster, the Butler
Hermione Gingold Sportin' Lady
Jose Greco Dancer
Cedric Hardwicke Sir Francis Gromarty
Trevor Howard Falletin
Glynis Johns Companion
Buster Keaton Conductor
Evelyn Keyes Flirt
Beatrice Lillie Revivalist
Peter Lorre Steward
Edmund Lowe Engineer
Victor McLaglen Helmsman
A.E. Matthews Club Member
Mike Mazurki Character
John Mills Cabby
Alan Mowbray Consul
Robert Morley Ralph
Edward R. Murrow Voice Only
Jack Oakie Captain of S.S. Henrietta
George Raft Bouncer at Barbary Coast Saloon
Gilbert Roland Achmed Abdullah
Cesar Romero Henchman
Frank Sinatra Saloon Pianist
Red Skelton Drunk
Ronald Squire Member
Basil Sydney Club Member
Harcourt Williams Hinshaw
Richard Wattis
Ronald Adam
Richard Aherne
Philip Ahn
Frank Baker
John Benson
Theona Bryant
Robert Cabal
Patrick Cargill
Fred Cavens
Campbell Cotts
Ashley Cowan
Roy Darmour
Anna de Linsky
Amapola Del Vando
Leslie Denison
Carli Elinor
Walter Fitzgerald
Frances Fong
Raoul Freeman
Tommy Fujiwara
Ava Gardner Spectator
Cameron Hall
Chuck Hamilton
Chester Hayes
Roddy Hughes
Paul King
Walter Kingsford
Frederick Leister
Weaver Levy
Richard Loo
Manuel Lopez
Keye Luke
Casey MacGregor Engineer
Maria Monay
Jack Mulhall
Robert Okazaki
Manuel Paris
Satini Puailoa
George Russell
Bill Shine
Bhogwan Singh
Philip Van Zandt
Dick Wessel Train fireman
Robert Whitney
Kathryn Wilson
Arthur E. Gould-Porter
Tim McCoy Commander
Max Reid (uncredited) extra
Laura Lamb
Technical Credits
Michael Anderson Director
Ken Adam Production Designer
Lew Borzage Asst. Director
Ross Dowd Set Decoration/Design
John Farrow Screenwriter
Paul Godkin Choreography
Joseph I. Kane Sound/Sound Designer
Lionel Lindon Cinematographer
William Cameron Menzies Associate Producer
Gus Norin Makeup
S.J. Perelman Screenwriter
James Poe Screenwriter
Gene Ruggiero Editor
James Sullivan Production Designer
Michael Todd Sr. Producer
Ivan Volkman Asst. Director
Paul Weatherwax Editor
Miles White Costumes/Costume Designer
Victor Young Score Composer
Lee Zavitz Special Effects
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1
1. A Trip to the Moon Prologue [4:35]
2. How the Earth Looks [1:59]
3. The Reform Club [3:02]
4. Man for the Job [5:23]
5. The Wager [5:11]
6. Unpacking and Packing [2:35]
7. Paris [2:53]
8. Bought: One Balloon [2:51]
9. Aloft Over France [6:18]
10. Spain [3:56]
11. Cave of the Seven Winds [4:07]
12. Achmed Abdullah's Request [3:18]
13. Master Bullfighter [4:09]
14. Passepartout Triumphant [6:14]
15. Inspector Fix [4:46]
16. Fogg Fix-Ation [3:55]
17. Bombay By Dawn [1:54]
18. No Place to Fight a Bull [3:38]
19. India Countryside [3:37]
20. Via Elephant [4:33]
21. Princess in Distress [4:09]
22. Scandalous Rescue [3:00]
23. Kindred Spirits [3:42]
24. This, That and T'other [1:50]
25. Follow That Ostrich [3:22]
26. Farewell Drink [5:31]
27. Yokohama-Bound [3:08]
28. Alone in Yokohama [4:06]
29. Circus Reunion [3:10]
30. Intermission [1:31]
Side #2 -- Disc 2
31. Entr'Acte [3:16]
32. Latest News [2:11]
33. Frisco Spectacle [2:45]
34. Star-Spangled Saloon [3:32]
35. Ornery Specimen [1:38]
36. Way out West By Train [3:53]
37. A Bridge Too Rickety [3:11]
38. Redskins! [3:22]
39. Rescuing Passepartout [7:13]
40. Prairie Sail Car [2:44]
41. Disquieting Information [3:54]
42. The Henrietta [2:20]
43. Stripping the Ship [4:45]
44. Arrested and Freed [2:43]
45. Sympathetic Spirits [4:22]
46. Saturday! [1:56]
47. Race to the Club [2:35]
48. The End [1:06]
49. End Credits [6:25]
50. Exit Music [5:05]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Disc 1
   Introduction By Robert Osborne
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Introduction By Robert Osborne
      Commentary By BBC Radio's Brian Sibley
      Around the World of Around the World
         Introduction to a Trip to the Moon By Robert Osborne
         A Trip to the Moon
         Outtakes
            Introduction By Robert Osborne
            Play All
            San Francisco Street Fight
            Newton and Cantinflas
            Newton and Niven in Jail
            Newton, Niven and MacLaine on Ship
            Niven, Carradine and Keaton on Train
            Niven and Carradine on Train
            Keaton on Train
            Indians Attack Train
            Train Roof
            MacLaine and Niven Extended Close-Ups
            Process Backplates
         Stills Gallery
         1956 Theatrical Trailer
         1988 Re-Release Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
Side #2 -- Disc 2
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Commentary By BBC Radio's Brian Sibley
   Around the World of Michael Todd
      Introduction to Around the World of Mike Todd By Robert Osborne
      Around the World of Mike Todd
      Introduction to the Los Angeles Premiere By Robert Osborne
      Highlights From 12/23/1956 Los Angeles Premiere
      Introduction to the Academy Awards® By Robert Osborne
      Highlights From 3/27/1957 Academy Awards® Ceremony
      Introduction to Around the World in 90 Minutes By Robert Osborne
      Highlights From 10/17/1957 Playhouse 90 Broadcast Around the World in 90 Minutes
      Spain Greets a Lovely Envoy
   Cameos
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Star-studded Trip Worthy of a 2-Disc Special Edition

    'Around The World in 80 Days' is producer, Mike Todd's lasting tribute to divine decadence circa 1950's super kitsch. Keeping in mind that the decade produced one lavish, eye popping spectacle after the next in an attempt to win audience away from television, 'Around the World in 80 Days' is a star-studded, over produced and overblown retelling of the classic story by visionary author, Jules Verne. Having stated the obvious, this film is also quite a lot of fun. The story - in brief - concerns a bet made by Phileus Fogg (David Niven) to members of his men's club, that he can circle the world in 80 days and be back in England in time to collect their handsome wager. On this occasion, Fogg is ably aided by his man servant, Passepartout (Cantinflas) to whom Fogg entrusts most of the seemingly benign duties on their journey. Everyone from famed Flamanco dancer, Jose Greco, to sultry Marlene Dietrich make cameo appearances, which is part of the fun of this gigantic travel log with an attitude. Shirley McClaine plays a key role as an Arabian princess, whom Fogg befriends and brings back with him to England. Over all, good humor, great fun - if a bit stuffy at times - and carried off with overwhelmingly 'splendiferous' showmanship. The transfer is quite marvelous. 'Around the World In 80 Days' was filmed in Mike Todd's patented Todd-AO widescreen format. Superior to Cinemascope in just about every way, novices to the process may find the fish eye warping of vertical and horizontal lines a bit problematic to watch but this is as Todd envisioned the film to be seen. Warner Brothers gives us a near pristine print. After some unstable color during the film's overly lengthy introduction (delivered by no less of an M.C. narrator than Edward R. Murrow), and a rather faded montage of a rocket ship blasting into space, the rest of the film exhibits a stunningly pristine, vibrant and solid color scheme that is in keeping with the high resolution of the Todd-AO film process. Colors are rich, well defined and nicely balanced. Shadow, black and contrast levels are magnificently rendered. Several outdoor scenes exhibit a slightly soft characteristic, but this too is in keeping with the original photography. Edge enhancement is rarely present. Pixelization and shimmering of fine details is never an issue. The audio is remixed to 5.1 and offers a marvelous spread - particularly in the music. Dialogue is directionalized in several scenes to good advantage. Truly, this is one heck of a good visual presentation from Warner and it is to be commended on every level. The film is divided into two parts across two discs, but, as the original road show engagement had an intermission, this break is forgivable. Both discs contain a very thorough and engaging audio commentary. As well, on disc one we get to see George Melies' A Trip To the Moon (also based on a Jules Verne novel) in its full and uncropped version. The film elements have dated badly but over all, the image quality on this short film is to be expected. On disc two we get several extra features including an hour long documentary on Mike Todd that was produced in 1968 and narrated by Orson Welles. The color balancing on this documentary is POOR, with orange flesh tones and a considerable amount of grain, dirt and scratches throughout. We also get some edited clips from Playhouse 90 and the Academy Award ceremonies that are in poor condition but interesting to view from a historical perspective nevertheless. 'Around The World in 80 Days' is the sort of grandiose production that became a main staple of the 1950s. It's loaded with kitsch, glamour, exotic locations and appearances by nearly every major star of the day. Although one could argue there were far more deserving candidates for the BEST PICTURE OSCAR, this film continues to live up to all the hype one has come to hear over the years, regarding its lengthy and lavish production. Warner's 2 disc special edition should be on everybody'

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  • Posted July 25, 2012

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    great old time family fun...Niven is charming

    great old time family fun...Niven is charming

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Groundbreaking, great movie

    As a teenager I saw "Around the World in 80 Days" soon after its premier. What a treat; a large, gorgeous theater, Todd-AO was brand new and exciting, etc, etc. Also, so many familiar performers, even in "cameo" roles. Over fifty years later, the film is still a treat. The two disc set includes a wonderful analysis by Robert Osborne, and many other features.

    Younger audiences may not appreciate the significance of the participation of many of the cast. Edward R. Morrow, famous for his WWII broadcasts, and later a pioneer TV newscaster, introduces the film. Cantinflas in his first American film, Frank Sinatra in a non-speaking role, Robert Newton in his last role, early Shirley McLaine, great British character actors, Fernandel, Charles Boyer,Jose Greco-- the list is endless, and impressive. David Niven IS Philias Fogg, and has rarely been better. This was Victor Young's last film score, and a great one. The theme should be familiar to most viewers. In all--a rare, glorious entertainment!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    good

    good video

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Widescreen 'Around the World' at last!

    Mike Todd's 'Around the World in 80 Days' was inexticably bound to the marvellous Todd AO widescreen process in which it was filmed. It was never meant for Pan and Scan viewing or the miniaturization of the TV screen. Home theater buffs should jump for joy that this sumptuous visual feast can at last be seen in its original format. Many shots were cut to a length that gave the eye time to wander over the scenic glories and cast-of-thousands sequences that adorn the light-hearted romp that is its story. In a pan-and-scan version, most of this dazzling splendor is utterly lost. Through all the years of Beta, VHS and Laserdisc movie releases, it was an unfathomable omission on the part of the industry that this 'Best Picture' Oscar winner never came out in a widescreen edition. Those with good home theater gear will rejoice that the film is finally available again in the only format suitable for its proper appreciation.

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