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Black Hole
     

Black Hole

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Director: Gary Nelson

Cast: Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins, Robert Forster

 

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Art Cruickshank and Gary Nelson's sci-fi cult film The Black Hole comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original aspect ratio of the film. The English soundtrack is solid. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence on this Anchor Bay

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Art Cruickshank and Gary Nelson's sci-fi cult film The Black Hole comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original aspect ratio of the film. The English soundtrack is solid. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence on this Anchor Bay release, but the widescreen image should be enough to satisfy the many fans of this cult favorite.

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Barnes & Noble
Red-hot meteors, sharp-shooting robots, and skin-tight polyester abound in The Black Hole, a campy trip down memory lane for science fiction fans. Made in 1979 with a retro sci-fi look, the film follows Anthony Perkins, Robert Forster, and Joseph Bottoms as space travelers in search of "inhabitable life in the universe." They end the search, however, battling the wild-haired Dr. Reinhardt (Maximilian Schell), a mad scientist intent on taking the space travelers with him into the oblivion of a black hole. Disney pushed the family fare envelope for their first PG-rated release: Incredible set design, a smart-talking sidekick robot, and the lovely foil-wrapped Dr. Kate (Yvette Mimieux) are just a prelude to the final journey into the black hole, which couples overt religious allegory with inadvertent sexual innuendo. In the end, the film is enjoyably quirky piece of sci-fi film history that has assured a spot on many a fan's shelves. Movie buffs should listen for the voices of Roddy McDowall (Planet of the Apes) and Slim Pickens (Dr. Strangelove) as the do-good robots who help in the battle against Dr. Reinhardt. Jennifer McCreery
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This Disney project, an attempt to challenge Star Wars, is too uneven for its own good but has earned a cult following thanks to its extraordinary look and willingness to take unusual chances. The most amazing thing about The Black Hole is how dark it is for a Disney production; it is full of horror-film-styled shocks, like the scene where Dr. Hans Reinhardt attacks one of the film's crew, and the surreal climax avoids the typical Disney happy ending. Unfortunately, the script doesn't live up to its ambitious aims; the story hints at dark avenues that it never truly commits to, and the characterizations are distressingly flat. The cast does the best they can with their mediocre roles, with Maximilian Schell turning in the most attention-grabbing work as Reinhardt and Yvette Mimieux doing the most emotionally affecting work as Kate. Behind the camera, director Gary Nelson creates some memorable set pieces (the best being a nerve-janging meteor attack), but lacks the style necessary to overpower the script's lack of substance. Despite these shortcomings, The Black Hole remains worthwhile as an experience in sight and sound. The goregously designed sets and spaceships are nothing short of stunning and the old-fashioned optical effects remain impressive even in this post-CGI era. The film also boasts an almost Wagnerian score by John Barry that could very well be his finest work outside the James Bond films. Ultimately, The Black Hole is too inconsistent in its storytelling to be truly satisfying, but its look and its unexpected surprises make it a worthwhile choice for patient cult film fanatics.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/23/2002
UPC:
0013131231397
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
PG
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:38:00

Special Features

Original theatrical overture; Extended theatrical trailer; Still gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Maximilian Schell Dr. Hans Reinhardt
Anthony Perkins Dr. Alex Durant
Robert Forster Capt. Dan Holland
Joseph Bottoms Lt. Charles Pizer
Yvette Mimieux Dr. Kate McGraw
Ernest Borgnine Harry Booth
Tom McLoughlin Capt. S.T.A.R.
Roddy McDowall V.I.N.CENT
Slim Pickens Bob

Technical Credits
Gary Nelson Director
Bob Barbash Original Story
John Barry Score Composer
Art Cruickshank Special Effects
Gerry Day Screenwriter
Peter Ellenshaw Production Designer
Richard Landau Original Story
Eustace Lycett Special Effects
John Mansbridge Art Director
Frank R. McKelvey Set Decoration/Design
Gregg McLaughlin Editor
Ron Miller Producer
Frank Phillips Cinematographer
Al Y. Roelofs Art Director
Jeb Rosebrook Screenwriter
Robert J. Schiffer Makeup
Roger M. Shook Set Decoration/Design
Bill Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Program Start/Overture [2:32]
2. Opening Credits [1:37]
3. The Palamino [6:08]
4. Exploring the Cygnus [2:06]
5. Close Call [7:28]
6. Dr. Reinhardt [12:35]
7. Unauthorized Exploration [10:06]
8. The Shooting Contest [9:03]
9. Secrets Revealed [3:23]
10. The Truth Exposed [10:56]
11. Rescue Kate [4:32]
12. Shoot Out [2:48]
13. Betrayed [3:35]
14. Meteor Shower [3:44]
15. Death of Reinhardt [2:49]
16. To the Probe Ship [4:17]
17. The Black Hole [7:29]
18. End Credits [2:31]

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