By Nathan M Rose
Feb 19, 2007 12:47 PM EST

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea Theatrical Review

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea Theatrical Review
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A Classic Disney movie with special effects ahead of it's time. Based on the novel by Jules Verne and starring Kirk Douglas, James Mason, and Peter Lorre.

A sea monster is destroying ships in the south pacific, and no one knows where to find it. The US government sends out a war ship to investigate the rumors since all ships have ceased sailing in fear of the monster. The ship is sent out with three special passengers: Prof. Pierre Arronax (Paul Lukas), his assistant (Peter Lorre), and a master harpoonist, Ned Land (Kirk Douglas).

After months at sea with no sighting of the sea monster the ship is ready to complete it's mission. However, at the last moment they see a ship in trouble and go to rescue them. This in turn gets the ship attacked by the giant sea monster. The ship is incapacitated and sinks to the depths of the ocean with only the Profession, his assistant, and Ned Land surviving.

The three survivors discover that a magnificent submarine, The Nautilus, was a boat that the world had mistaken for a giant sea monster. They are taken aboard the submarine as prisoners/guests by Captain Nemo (James Mason), an eccentric driven man.

Aboard the submarine the characters are taken on many journeys, including a climatic battle with a giant sea squid.

This DVD is a must for any Disney fan or movie buff. The picture looks perfect, and boasts a 448 audio soundtrack. Also included on the DVD is the original Donald Duck cartoon short "Grand Canyonscope", which was shown in the theaters before 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.

The second disc of the DVD is the true treasure of this 2-Disc Special Edition. Disney has spared no expense in its Vault Disney archive material of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Every piece of Disney information pertaining to this monumental picture is contained on this disc, including a recently discovered making of, and the original giant squid battle entitled "Sunset Squid Sequence".

The movie is definitely a Disney Classic. The sets, acting, music, and story are superb and definitely stand the test of time. The special effects still look amazing today despite the fact that the movie is over 50 years old. If you want to see a classic science fiction adventure, "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" is the movie for you! I warn you though; you might be singing "Whale of A Tale" for a week straight after seeing this picture. I sure did.

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MPAA Rating: G
Running Time: 127 minutes
Distributed By: Walt Disney Pictures

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