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Atlantis: The Lost Empire
     

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

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Director: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise, Michael J. Fox, James Garner

Cast: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise, Michael J. Fox, James Garner

 

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Although the film was something of a disappointment in its initial theatrical run, Atlantis has been given a loving two-disc release by Disney. The film is presented in a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1, while a French soundtrack has

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Although the film was something of a disappointment in its initial theatrical run, Atlantis has been given a loving two-disc release by Disney. The film is presented in a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no subtitles, but the English soundtracks are closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include information on the actual legend of Atlantis, a making-of featurette, deleted scenes, virtual tours of some of the film's locations, tons of promotional materials, a featurette on how to speak the Atlantean language, and many other production materials. This is a superb disc that offers quality extras that should interest children, parents, and film enthusiasts.

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Disney takes another plunge under the sea for its most exciting animated extravaganza in years. No pop-fueled soundtrack. No cute animal sidekicks. No Broadway-bound song-and-dance showstoppers. Instead, Disney's 40th animated feature is a thrilling throwback to the studio's grand tradition of live-action adventures such as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. It is also another awesome leap into uncharted realms of the imagination and state-of-the-art animation. (Disney recruited the services of famed comic book artist Mike Mignola to help design the production.) Michael J. Fox heads the voice cast as Milo Thatch, who repairs boilers in a museum basement while yearning to continue his grandfather's quest to find the legendary lost empire of Atlantis. He gets his chance when one of his grandfather's long-lost journals surfaces. An eccentric benefactor (voiced by Frasier's John Mahoney) funds an expedition crewed by a rogues' gallery of colorful characters serving under the imposing Commander Rourke (James Garner). The story may become a bit hard to follow for youngsters once Milo and company reach Atlantis (something to do with an ancient energy source); but they'll get the big picture when Rourke's true nature surfaces, Atlantis is threatened, and mild-mannered Milo gets in touch with his inner Indiana Jones. Atlantis earned a PG rating for its explosive action set-pieces, mildly risqué humor, and provocative character designs (most notably the bombshell Helga, Rourke's right-hand woman). As folksinger Donovan once sang, "Hail, Atlantis!"

Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/2002
UPC:
0786936163872
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
PG
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:36:00

Special Features

Disc 1: Audio and visual commentary with the Producer and directors; "DisneyPedia Atlantis" collection of facts and theories. Disc 2: Deleted scene (a Viking prologue); "How to Speak Atlantean" featurette; 3D interactive tour of the Ulysses submarine; production featurettes; making-of history notes; abandoned sequences; character, music, and sound design and development.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Fox Milo James Thatch
James Garner Commander Lyle T. Rourke
Cree Summer Princess Kidagakash "Kida"
Leonard Nimoy Kashekim Nedakh "King of Atlantis"
Don Novello Vincenzo "Vinny" Santorini
Claudia Christian Helga Sinclair
Jacqueline Obradors Audrey Ramirez
John Mahoney Preston B. Whitmore
Corey Burton Gaetan "Mole" Moliere
David Ogden Stiers Fenton Q. Harcourt
Jim Varney Jebidiah Allardyce "Cookie" Farnsworth
Florence Stanley Wilhelmina Bertha Packard
Phil Morris Dr. Joshua Sweet
Natalie Strom Young Kida

Technical Credits
Gary Trousdale Director,Original Story
Kirk Wise Director,Original Story
Matthew Jon Beck Casting
Matt Codd Production Designer
Ricardo Delgado Production Designer
David Goetz Art Director
Kendra Haaland Associate Producer
Don Hahn Producer
Mary Hidalgo Casting
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Ellen Keneshea Editor
Igor Khait Production Manager
Ruth Lambert Casting
Jim E. Martin Production Designer
Mike Mignola Production Designer
Tab Murphy Original Story,Screenwriter
Gary Rydstrom Sound/Sound Designer
Marlon West Special Effects
Joss Whedon Original Story
Bryce Zabel Original Story
Jackie Zabel Original Story

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Atlantis: The Lost Empire
1. Opening Title/Prologue/OT [2:31]
2. Milo's Presentation [4:45]
3. A Most Intriguing Proposition [:38]
4. The Expedition Begins [:32]
5. The Lair of the Leviathan [5:14]
6. Convoy [2:49]
7. New Friends [2:14]
8. Fire! [:35]
9. Welcome to the City of Atlantis [3:17]
10. Questions [3:46]
11. The Missing Page [1:29]
12. The Heart of Atlantis [3:36]
13. A Change of Heart [:50]
14. "Save Atlantis, Save My Daughter" [3:53]
15. The Right Thing to Do [4:36]
16. Saving Atlantis [2:47]
17. Proof [3:14]
18. A Place Among Kings [4:11]
19. End Credits [2:45]
Disc #2 -- Atlantis: The Lost Empire
1. Introduction [1:29]
2. The Journey Begins [9:04]
3. Creating Mythology [8:21]
4. Finding the Story [11:19]
5. Designing Atlantis [11:19]
6. The Voices of Atlantis [11:59]
7. Creating the Characters [26:15]
8. Setting the Scene [12:16]
9. Digital Production [10:16]
10. Music and Sound [8:58]
11. Atlantis Found [7:41]

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Atlantis: The Lost Empire 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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SuperGeekGirl More than 1 year ago
I remember being 14 and eagerly awaiting this movie's release. At the time, I had never seen anything like it, but it seemed from the trailers to be the stuff of my fantasies - an adventure with elaborate exploration vehicles, strange text, ancient mystery, and the most attractive protagonist Disney has ever offered (okay, your mileage may vary on Milo, but come on!). When the film was finally released, I loved it. But it seemed that others around me didn't. Everyone I talked to about Atlantis: The Lost Empire panned it for being strange and nonsensical. Now that the film has enjoyed a new moment in the spotlight with the rise of steampunk fashion, many who didn't like it in 2002 are re-watching it. Now Atlantis has its flaws. The story introduces so many characters that it would be better served being about a half-hour longer to finish their plot arcs without the sudden ending the film was given. The conflict between characters could have been played up a bit more than the rather trite external conflict of Kida being the last one able to save Atlantis. Still, the film is beautiful and fun and has a great collection of characters that appeal to both children and adults. I will continue to consider Atlantis: The Lost Empire one of Disney's best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie is awosome!!! it is definatly the coolest dismey animation... EVER!!! it only gets 4 stars because milo and kitah never make out.
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