Fantastic Voyage

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Overview

Richard Fleischer's Fantastic Voyage (1966) was originally released on DVD paired up with Irwin Allen's Voyage To the Bottom of the Sea (1961), in a version without any extras. Not so this special edition DVD, which comes in a squared-off slipcase that allows it to be shelved like a book. THe two transfers weren't available to compare, but the film-to-video transfer on this edition, letterboxed at 2.35-to-1, is more-than-satisfying, with a range of color and tones that were only hinted on the old laserdisc ...
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Overview

Richard Fleischer's Fantastic Voyage (1966) was originally released on DVD paired up with Irwin Allen's Voyage To the Bottom of the Sea (1961), in a version without any extras. Not so this special edition DVD, which comes in a squared-off slipcase that allows it to be shelved like a book. THe two transfers weren't available to compare, but the film-to-video transfer on this edition, letterboxed at 2.35-to-1, is more-than-satisfying, with a range of color and tones that were only hinted on the old laserdisc version (which was on hand to look at). The main bonus feature is a pair of commentary tracks, connected to the standard playback of the movie and the playback of the film with just the music-and-effects track, by film and music historian Jeff Bond. He's good enough at what he does, though one wishes that he had a little more humor in his approach to the film -- he's too straight and also a little too mono-toned in his speech, and loses opportunities, both in dealing with observable information and holding the audience. The accompanying documentary short on the film's special effects is entertaining and informative, and the availability of the story-boards for the whirlpool scene is precisely the sort of material that serious fans of this film will devour. The movie opens automatically to a highly clever and easy-to-use menu that plays off the images and sounds from a key section of the movie.
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Special Features

Commentary by film & music historian Jeff Bond; Isolated score track with commentary by film & music historians Jeff Bond, Jon Burlingame and Nick Redman; Lava Lamps & Celluloid: A tribute to the visual effects of Fantastic Voyage; Storyboards-to-scene comparison: Whirlpool scene; Original prop stills; Behind-the-scenes stil galleries; Original theatrical trailer and more!
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Editorial Reviews

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Sporting cutting-edge visuals, and not as much leftover camp from the 1950s as you'd think, Fantastic Voyage was one of the more graphically innovative films of the 1960s, heightened by a tense cloud of Cold War paranoia. In the same year that Star Trek hit television, this film truly went where no man had gone before -- into the human blood stream -- with the help of a submarine shrunk to the size of a gnat. This tingling adventure into the unknown is certainly one of the factors that attracted genre director Richard Fleischer, who had helmed 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 12 years earlier, and he brought a real seriousness of purpose to a project that could have been laughably mounted with cardboard special effects. Instead, the film earned nominations in all Oscar categories pertaining to visuals, winning for both effects and art direction. Starting with the slick opening credits and continuing through an every-moment-counts narrative, which includes a thorough scene devoted to the machinery and process of shrinking the craft, Fleischer imbued the proceedings with a sense of immediacy. Yes, the ship and its miniature crew have to deal with a week's worth of insurmountable problems in a scant 60 minutes, but viewers willingly gave themselves over to it. The scene in which laboratory technicians must remain absolutely silent, in order not to reverberate the comatose patient's eardrum in a way that would be fatal to the crew, is especially taut. A slippery Donald Pleasance and Raquel Welch, in one of her earliest roles, are the most noteworthy acting performances.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2007
  • UPC: 024543440437
  • Original Release: 1966
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Wide Screen
  • Language: Fran├žais
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 6,022

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stephen Boyd Grant
Raquel Welch Cora Peterson
Edmond O'Brien General Carter
Donald Pleasence Dr. Michaels
Arthur O'Connell Col. Donald Reid
William Redfield Capt. Bill Owens
Arthur Kennedy Dr. Duval
Jean del Val Jan Benes
Barry Coe Communications Aide
Ken Scott Secret Service Man
Shelby Grant Nurse
James Brolin Technician
Brendan Fitzgerald Wireless Operator
Technical Credits
Richard Fleischer Director
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
Jerome Bixby Screenwriter
Art Cruickshank Special Effects
Saul David Producer
David Dockendorf Sound/Sound Designer
David Duncan Screenwriter
Bernard Freericks Sound/Sound Designer
Dale Hennesy Production Designer
Harry Kleiner Screenwriter
Emil Kosa Jr. Special Effects
Ernest Laszlo Cinematographer
William B. Murphy Editor
Ben Nye Sr. Makeup
Stuart A. Reiss Set Decoration/Design
Leonard Rosenman Score Composer
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Jack Martin Smith Art Director
Isaac Asimov Source Author
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Fantastic Voyage
1. Ambush at Night
2. Main Titles
3. Grant's Mission
4. C.M.D.F.
5. The Project
6. Preparations
7. Phase One
8. Phase Two
9. Phase Three
10. Phase Four
11. Inner Space
12. The Whirlpool
13. Off-Course
14. Through the Heart
15. Air
16. The Laser Problem
17. The Lymphatic Jungle
18. The Inner Ear
19. Attack of the Antibodies
20. To Save a Life
21. Saboteur
22. Killer Corpuscles
23. The Eye Has It
24. End Titles
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Fantastic Voyage
   Play
   Language Selection
      Language and Audio
         English Mono
         English Dolby Surround
         Spanish Mono
         French Mono
         Commentary by Film & Music Historian Jeff Bond
         Isolated Score Track With Commentary by Film & Music Historians Jeff Bond, Jon Burlingame and Nick Redman
      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
         None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Commentary by Film & Music Historian Jeff Bond: On
      Commentary by Film & Music Historian Jeff Bond: Off
      Isolated Score Track With Commentary by Film & Music Historians Jeff Bond, Jon Burlingame and Nick Redman: On
      Isolated Score Track With Commentary by Film & Music Historians Jeff Bond, Jon Burlingame and Nick Redman: Off
      Lava Lamps & Celluloid: A Tribute to the Visual Effects of Fantastic Voyage
      Whirlpool Scene: Storyboard-to-Scene Comparison
         Angle 1: Storyboards
         Angle 2: Storyboard/Scene Comparison
         Angle 3: Final Scene
      Original Props
      Trailer & TV Spots
         Theatrical Trailer
         TV Promo
         TV Spot 1
         TV Spot 2
      Galleries
         Deleted Scene: Script to Storyboard
         Storyboards: Pre-Miniaturization Sequence
         Production Art
         Production Stills
         Posters
         Lobby Cards
         Interactive Pressbook
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