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20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
Genre: Fantasy Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 74 (July 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas & Peter Lorre

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 5
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Special Features
Disc One of this two-disc Vault Disney Special Edition set includes audio commentary with Richard Fleischer and Rudy Behlmer and the seven-minute Donald Duck cartoon Grand Canyonscope. Clicking to the left of the opening menu on Disc Two takes you to an 88-minute behind-the-scenes documentary; a 16-minute comparison between two creative men from two different centuries Jules Verne & Walt Disney: Explorers Of The Imagination; and a seven-minute introduction to The Humboldt Squid: A Real Sea Monster! Moving on to the right side of the menu, you are given the opportunity to see Lost Treasures: The Sunset Squid, the originally conceived squid fight that was rejected for use in 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (three minutes). Behind the production archives door, you will find step-through Galleries of stills, art, and biographies; a Production Gallery montage of images; an 11-minute featurette on the Musical Legacy Of Paul Smith; a Touring The Nautilus montage of stills, movie footage, and conceptual diagrams; storyboard-to-scene comparisons for two scenes used in the film (seven minutes); a seven minute Monsters Of The Deep vintage Walt Disney promotional program for the release of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea; meet two avid fans of the movie and see their collection of merchandise (nine minutes); see some unused animation created for the movie (three minutes) and nine minutes worth of 16mm trims (without audio); as well as the theatrical trailer. Finally, the Audio Archives Jukebox has radio spots, Peter Lorre

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Walt Disney Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 27327
(MPAA Rating): G
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Two-Disc Set: DVD-9 x 2
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 127
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1954
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 05/13/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

 Credits Information

(Director): Richard Fleischer
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DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.55:1 DVD exhibits a picture that has a dated appearance with colors that can appear a bit subdued at times. However, the furnishings inside the Nautilus can be nicely saturated with bold reds. Images can be quite sharp, but have a bit of an undefined appearance with slightly low contrast. There is some minor edge enhancement noticed at times, as well as some pixelization. The source element is quite clean, with a few flecks of dirt and minor film grain. (Suzanne Hodges)

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