Fantastic Voyage

Fantastic Voyage

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Director: Richard Fleischer

Cast: Richard Fleischer, Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch, Edmond O'Brien


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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 theSee more details below


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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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Bruce Kluger
A decade before Star Wars proved that movies could triumphantly transport us beyond the province of our own physical universe, a unique film had its engines in reverse, charting an excursion not into the great beyond, but within the mysterious confines of the human body. So inventive are the premise and execution of Fantastic Voyage that fans continue to regard it as a milestone of cinematic sci-fi, both in terms of its commercial success and its universal appeal. Part adventure tale and part thriller, the story concerns a group of scientists (led by Stephen Boyd) who are miniaturized -- along with their high-tech submarine -- and injected into the bloodstream of a dying scientist in order to save his life. Among Boyd's intrepid scientific team are sci-fi favorite Donald Pleasance (Escape From New York) and Raquel Welch, at the time moviedom's newest bombshell. An Oscar-winner for Cinematography, Art Direction, Sound Effects, Visual Effects, and Editing, perhaps the film's greatest achievement is in the way its story remains riveting despite all the eye-popping visuals. If high school anatomy classes were anywhere near this fascinating, we'd be a nation of doctors.
All Movie Guide
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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20th Century Fox
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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!

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 Special Effects
Ernest Laszlo Cinematographer
William B. Murphy Editor
Ben Nye 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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