A scientist is nearly assassinated. In order to save him, a submarine is shrunken to microscopic size and injected into his blood stream with a small crew. Problems arise almost as soon as they enter the bloodstream.
The oceans during the late 1860-92s are no longer safe; many ships have been lost. Sailors have returned to port with stories of a vicious narwhal (a giant whale with a long horn) which sinks their ships. A naturalist, Professor (Pierre) Aronnax, his assistant, Conseil, and a professional whaler, Ned Land, join an US expedition which attempts to unravel the mystery. Written by
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This was Walt Disney's first feature using the new CinemaScope process, as well as one of the first productions outside of 20th Century-Fox use that anamorphic wide screen process. At the time, Bausch & Lomb had not been able to manufacture enough anamorphic lenses to meet the demand, so the Disney studios needed to lease the single available CinemaScope lens from 20th Century-Fox. This prevented multiple units from shooting at the same time, which not only contributed to the lengthy production schedule, but also--since Disney wanted the best possible value for the CinemaScope lens rental--explains the almost complete absence of close-up shots in the movie. See more »
When the Nautilus gets back underway after sinking from the New Guinea reef, Nemo states, "There are limits beyond which man and his puny efforts cannot survive, we exceeded them by 5,000 feet." Although not for another 100 years was any undersea craft built for such depth capability, and then only small research submersibles, the conceit of the film is that Nemo invented many advanced technologies far ahead of his time. See more »
One of the first movies, along with "Shane," that I ever saw as a young kid that I still watch and enjoy today is this one. One of the reasons I still enjoy it is the wonderful restoration job someone did in the latest DVD that was released in 2004.
Of course, it's not as exciting as seeing this on the big screen as a youngster, but it's still entertaining thanks to the intelligent dialog of James Mason, the humor (believe it or not) of Peter Lorre and the good special effects. The submarine is still neat to watch, particularly at night with the green glow to it. I haven't seen anything like it since. I haven't seen a giant squid attacking a boat, either, come to think of it. That still is pretty cool.
I don't find this movie "spectacular" as its reputation but it's still a very worthy addition to any movie buff's collection. It's one of the classics of the '50s that has been revived with this great-looking DVD which also has some interesting extra features.
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