Journey to the Center of the Earth
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Journey to the Center of the Earth

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Director: Eric Brevig

Cast: Brendan Fraser, Anita Briem, Josh Hutcherson

     
 

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Academy Award-winning visual effects artist Eric Brevig makes his feature directorial debut with this adaptation of the classic Jules Verne fantasy starring Brendan Fraser. When an ambitious science professor (Fraser) develops a decidedly unconventional hypothesis, the mere mention of his name is enough to elicit laughter within the

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Academy Award-winning visual effects artist Eric Brevig makes his feature directorial debut with this adaptation of the classic Jules Verne fantasy starring Brendan Fraser. When an ambitious science professor (Fraser) develops a decidedly unconventional hypothesis, the mere mention of his name is enough to elicit laughter within the academic community. However, during a subsequent excursion to Iceland, the professor and his nephew make a major scientific discovery that sends them miles beneath the surface of the Earth, where they discover not only strange new worlds, but also encounter creatures so alien they appear to be from another world entirely.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
A scientist and his nephew travel to Iceland in order to explore some unusual seismic activity, and instead stumble into the adventure of a lifetime in this family-friendly summer blockbuster that has the distinction of being the first full-length live-action feature shot in digital 3-D. The result is a harmless tale of family bonding that isn't too intense for the youngsters, but still feels rather generic, despite a few memorable action set pieces and some truly dazzling 3-D effects. Compare it to something like vintage Spielberg and you're bound to be disappointed, but take it as a typical summer blockbuster with the added benefit of being presented in 3-D, and odds are good that the kids will be happy and you'll at least walk out of the theater feeling as if you've gotten your money's worth. Things are a bit slow to start, as we learn that scientist Trevor Anderson (Brendan Fraser) has been carrying the torch of his missing brother's research ever since his brainy sibling disappeared on an Icelandic exhibition several years prior, and that his lab is about to close down due to lack of funds. When his teenage nephew, Sean (Josh Hutcherson), arrives for a scheduled visit bearing a box of his father's old belongings, Trevor discovers a copy of his brother's favorite book -- Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth -- with some most unusual notes scribbled in the margins. Those notes may finally verify the controversial theories that made Trevor's brother the laughing stock of the entire scientific community, and in no time, the eager scientist and his nephew are on a plane bound for Iceland. From that point on, the adventure begins to quickly pick up steam. Journey to the Center of the Earth is a special-effects-heavy adventure film for the entire family, and as such it succeeds rather admirably; the action never gets so intense as to be genuinely frightening, potentially touchy themes of death and familial loss are handled with restrained honesty, and Fraser's portrayal of a heroic scientist is endearing in its cartoonish innocence. Screenwriters Michael D. Weiss, Mark Levin, and Jennifer Flackett display a skillful knack for undercutting moments of high tension with playful humor, their deft handling of a hair-raising repelling scene and a treacherous trek across some magnetic rocks serving as two prime examples of how to keep viewers in suspense without putting them through too much punishment. Crafting a rousing adventure film that's entertaining for the little ones while staying safely in PG territory is no easy endeavor, and while the filmmakers behind Journey to the Center of the Earth walk this precarious tightrope with relative confidence, such compromises don't go entirely unnoticed in action scenes that may have otherwise had much more bite. Behind the camera, special-effects artist-turned-director Eric Brevig proves himself a competent first-time feature filmmaker by handling such action sequences as a turbulent mine ride and a toothy T. rex encounter with energy and a fair sense of visual flair. Of course, some of this flair will no doubt be diminished when the film is viewed in standard "flat" format -- as opposed to experiencing it in a theatrical setting in dynamic RealD 3-D -- but for parents in search of a summer blockbuster that isn't too intense for the kiddies and doesn't drag on too long for the adults, Journey to the Center of the Earth is a consistently entertaining adventure romp once the action gets flowing...and who knows, it might even encourage that little one to lay down the PSP and crack open a book for once as well.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/28/2008
UPC:
0794043123429
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
PG
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen, 3D]
Time:
1:32:00
Sales rank:
3,711

Special Features

Commentary by Brendan Fraser and director Eric Brevig; A World Within Our World: various historical "Hollow Earth Theories" about what lies beneath our planet's crust; Being Josh: profiling 12-year old costar Josh Hutcherson; How to Make a Dinosaur Drool; Adventure at the Center of the Earth challenge; Limited Time Only: Standard Version Side A (2-D), Widescreen Version Side B (Both 2-D and 3-D)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brendan Fraser Trevor Anderson
Anita Briem Hannah
Josh Hutcherson Sean Anderson
Cale Boyter Actor
Michael Disco Actor
Douglas Jones Actor
Alex Schwartz Actor
Mylan Stepanovich Actor
Evan Turner Actor

Technical Credits
Eric Brevig Director
Cale Boyter Co-producer
Mario Davignon Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Disco Co-producer
Toby Emmerich Executive Producer
Jennifer Flackett Screenwriter
Beau Flynn Producer
Brendan Fraser Executive Producer
Charlotte Huggins Producer
Douglas Jones Co-producer
Michele Laliberte Art Director
Mark Levin Screenwriter
Lindsay Fellows Musical Direction/Supervision
Andrew Lockington Score Composer
W. Mark McNair Executive Producer
Steven Rosenblum Editor
Elisabeth Rudolph Casting
David Sandefur Production Designer
Chuck Schuman Cinematographer
Alex Schwartz Co-producer
Paul Martin Smith Editor
Mylan Stepanovich Co-producer
Evan Turner Co-producer
Tripp Vinson Executive Producer
Michael D. Weiss Screenwriter
Dirk Westervelt Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Journey to the Center of the Earth [2-D]
1. Pulling the Plug [3:20]
2. Family Visitors [3:52]
3. Notes for a Journey [4:42]
4. Fellow Vernians [5:54]
5. Buried Inside [4:30]
6. Going Down [5:48]
7. Runaway Rides [5:25]
8. Long-Haul Fall [5:21]
9. Glow Birds [3:19]
10. Center of the Earth [3:05]
11. Father's Farewell [5:56]
12. Setting Sail [5:12]
13. Batting Cage [3:48]
14. Lively Plant Life [4:59]
15. Flight Stones [3:35]
16. Dinosaur Danger [5:13]
17. Dinosaur Bait [1:48]
18. Tight Spot [3:07]
19. Extreme Steam [2:57]
20. Now We're Even [4:04]
21. End Credits [6:25]
Disc #1, Side B -- Journey to the Center of the Earth [3-D]
1. Pulling the Plug [3:20]
2. Family Visitors [3:52]
3. Notes for a Journey [4:42]
4. Fellow Vernians [5:54]
5. Buried Inside [4:30]
6. Going Down [5:48]
7. Runaway Rides [5:25]
8. Long-Hauk Fall [5:21]
9. Glow Birds [3:19]
10. Center of the Earth [3:05]
11. Father's Farewell [5:56]
12. Setting Sail [5:12]
13. Batting Cage [3:48]
14. Lively Plant Life [4:59]
15. Flight Stones [3:35]
16. Dinosaur Danger [5:13]
17. Dinosaur Bait [1:48]
18. Tight Spot [3:07]
19. Extreme Steam [2:57]
20. Now We're Even [4:04]
21. End Credits [6:30]

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Journey to the Center of the Earth 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're a fan of special effects you'll probably like this DVD even though it uses the old 1950's 3D technology. If you can put up with the cardboard and red and green cellophane glasses that come in the package,and if you turn out the lights, this DVD may provide you with some retro 3D enjoyment. HOWEVER,,, If your expecting 21st century 3D, as was used in the theatre version, you may be disappointed.
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Mikarabians More than 1 year ago
Journey to the Center of the Earth was an amazing movie even when it wasn't in 3D. The plot revolved around 3 main characters but it was never boring. I HIGHLY reccommend this movie to anyone who loves adventure.
bloodhound More than 1 year ago
This was a movie that our whole family enjoyed. It was kind of corny and lots of fun. I was able to watch it with my teenage boys with none of us being embarrassed over sexual scenes/innuendos. It was nice to find a movie that we all liked that didn't have a lot of guns/wars/killing. We highly recommend it!
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Himself More than 1 year ago
This movie is absolutely awful & boring except for the dinosaur chase scene which lasts all of 2 seconds! Brandon Frasier is wasted in this film compared to his contribution to the recent Universal, The Mummy sequels. I strongly suggest you invest in the earlier version:
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Director: Henry Levin Cast: Pat Boone, James Mason, Arlene Dahl, Diane Baker
Wide Screen / Stereo / Mono
UPC: 024543050094Original Release Date: 1959Label: 20TH CENTURY FOX
Sales Rank: 1,102 Rating: *****