Around the World in 80 DaysDirector: Buzz Kulik
Pierce Brosnan stars as adventurer Phineas Fogg in this adaptation of Jules Verne's classic story, in which to win a wager he must travel around the globe in 80 days or less. However, Fogg has been blamed for the theft of a large amount of money, and a detective (Peter Ustinov) is hot on his trail trying to catch him before he reaches the finish line. The supporting cast includes Eric Idle, Lee Remick, Roddy McDowall, and Christopher Lee.
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Cast & Crew
|Pierce Brosnan||Phileas Fogg|
|Eric Idle||Jean Passepartout|
|Peter Ustinov||Detective Fix|
|Jill St. John||Actor|
|Paul Baerwald||Executive Producer|
|Billy Goldenberg||Score Composer|
|Emma Porteous||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Michael Porter||Production Designer|
|Renee Valente||Executive Producer|
|Ian Watson||Art Director|
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I tell you, the quality of this DVD is cheap. I bought this thinking it would be !!! but it was BLAH! The lighting is bad obviously cheaply done. THe dialec is poorly written and it is hard not to fall asleep watching this because it is not entertaning.
This is a wonderful story with a stellar cast. However, this DVD presentation stinks. First, the sound track is exceedingly uneven, and that fact coupled with the lack of close captioning and/or subtitles compounds the problem. Second, the spacing of the film on two discs is screwed up. Somewhere BEFORE the end of disc 1, there's an intermission followed by subsequent credits, which are then followed by credits again BEFORE the last few chapters on disc 1. Overall, it's a real lousy presentation.
Pierce Brosnan and Eric Idle were delightful in this series funny moments and tender moments are nicely paced. Ustinov, as the detective, mugs shamelessly. However, the transfer to DVD is the worst I have ever seen: all repeats of logos and credits, etc., are included. Color is bad obviously cheaply done. Better to create your own video direct from the TV reruns, which are done without interruption.
This DVD is very poorly made. The picture quality is very bad. Unfortunately, it is a great version of Around the World in 80 Days ... Wish I had read the previous reviews of this DVD purchased through Barnes and Noble prior to purchasing.
For years this film buff has had a special place in his heart for the 1956 version of Around the World in 80 Days, Produced by Michael Todd, starring David Niven, Cantinflas, Robert Newton, and Shirley MacLaine, with a host of Hollywood's brightest stars in cameo appearances. The film was in the new super wide screen Todd-A-O process, with an expansive score by Victor Young. Alas, it has never made its way to DVD, and languishes in a cropped off full-frame VHS version only. It will never reach the theatres again in its full glory. Now along comes Pierce Brosnan, aided by Eric Idle, Peter Ustinov, and Julia Nickson, with an equally star-studded cameo cast. The film was produced for television, so no image area is lost in the transition to DVD. The stereo sound is not the same as the surround sound from 1965, but the score by Billy Goldenberg holds up very well along side the Victor Young version. The photography is spectacular, the period detail is impeccable, and the acting first rate. The humerous interplay between Brosnan, Idle and Ustinov is an especial joy. Julia Nickson quickly wins our hearts as the Western-educated Indian princess. In short, while the Mike Todd film is still at the top of my wish list, the new 1989 version starring the future James Bond is firmly established in my repeat viewing list.