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Gone are the days of the simplistic action/adventure film, and luckily Journey to the Center of the Earth was of the last treats this genre has given us. The plot and characters are simple, and don't offer a lot, but their simplicity allows for the viewer to be engaged into this world more. Each character is likable, and while the dialogue can be cheesy I find that's part of its charm. The pace is fast and the characters are in constant danger after falling through the Earth. A lot of the thrills and special effects hold up, some more than others, to make this a very enjoyable night in. Brendan Fraser is the king of screaming and being a badass. Plus you get to see him not only punch a plant but use his Hollywood muscles to tear it from the ground! I really enjoyed how Hannah, the main female character, wasn't the stereotypical girl in distress. She actually kicked butt more often than the boys and saved Faser's life on numerous occasions. The 3D in this film is great, if a bit dated. You can tell that some shots aren't as suitable for the 3D format, such as the quick editing in the beginning, but this was made at the beginning of the 3D resurgence so I'll give it a break. Especially since this 3D is better than most Hollywood movies today, because it actually dares to give you the pop out effect on many occasions, and on most of those occasions I found myself giggling with pure bliss in my heart, because the film along with the 3D made me feel like a kid again.
If you haven't seen this treat yourself it is a delightful adventure! It doesn't try to copy after the first movie it is its own individual story ! Has beautiful special effects and great actors. Adorable story appropriate for any age. Absolutely nothing gross and only a couple thrilling scenes that could possibly be scary to a small child there is a dinosaur T-Rex and some fish that jump out of the water but no one gets hurt no one dies.
Reviewed in the United States on February 13, 2012
My ratings are based mainly on the QUALITY OF THE 3D, not the video content.
OOS EFFECTS: There are about 25 out of screen effects that extend about 10% of the way, from the screen to the viewer, 44 effects between 25 and 30%, 6 at 40%, 3 at 50% and 3 more around 60%. If I had to pick just 3 of my favorite effects from this film, they would be the biting fish at up to 30%, the carnivorous plant around 35% and a glowing bird that flits around between 25% and 40% for about 20 seconds. There are lots of other nice effects for you to pick your own favorites from.
IN SCREEN / OBSERVATIONS: The depth is, for the most part consistent from scene to scene and is natural to SLIGHTLY exaggerated looking because the footage is so crisp and clear. In fact, the live action 3D is done so well that in some outdoor scenes, the fact that it is actually an indoor set or green-screened, becomes noticeable. (Did I just complain about 3D being done too well?? Must be a full moon or something. LOL)
This is a great action/fantasy film suitable for most family members (rated PG) and I will enjoy watching this movie many times in the future. It easily makes it into my top 10 (out of 100) blu-ray 3D movies. I should add that this is NOT a 2 disc combo set. The Amazon title is wrong, their "Product Details" are correct.
ACTIVE GLASSES USERS: On my system, in addition to some slight ghosting that most people shouldn't notice, 5 scenes had easily visible crosstalk. I'm not trying to scare you away from this title. It's not perfect but still well worth adding to your collection. (crosstalk varies from system to system)
*** This is a must see, Add it to your list ***
4 ½ star MY 3D RATING = VERY GOOD to EXCELLENT (poor, fair, good, very good, excellent)
Note: As far as the percentages go, everyone's eyes are different. What I see at 25% you may see at 15% or 35%. To fully realize how far something is out of the screen for you, pause on an effect and direct a partner with an extended finger to the tip of what you are seeing. You may be surprised.
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Reviewed in the United States on December 13, 2018
It’s not just the science in this movie is idiotic, but it is insultingly so. Still, despite the ineptitude of the writer and the bizarre occurrence of any studio actually greenlighting this project, the cast does a credible job and the sets look good. You’d be nuts to pay For this, as, unfortunately, I was, but if it is free at sometime in the future then it might be adequate to “kill time”. Considering that time is the one thing of value in our lives, killing it does not seem wise. But with this movie, you can kill time.
These Journey movies are some of the best in terms of 3D. At one point I actually jumped when something appeared to be flying at me; it was that good. The movie itself is cheesy, but...one should just sort of adjust expectations.
I do want to say, I knocked off a star for packaging and the condition in which the product arrived. Fortunately, the DVD remained safe, but the case was cracked front and back. The front was completely split.
Satisfied with order. Always pleased with Amazon. As for the product, it's worth it. Had previously owned the 3d version on dvd but this blu ray 3d is way better. Better picture and better sound. Highly recommend. The movie itself is pretty good, some humor, great 3d effects. Great 3d visual for something not too recent. Delivered on time as usual. Will purchase from seller in the future.
This 3D blu ray should not be sold on Amazon Prime in U.S. It's a Region B disc that won't work in the U.S. Description doesn't say this. U.S. buyers should avoid the version with U.K. stickers on front and find the one with no stickers that is less expensive and will play in the U.S. Amazon groups all reviews of a film together, so they don't always describe the actual product you're buying.
UPDATE: Returned, got refund and bought the $14.99 U.S. version.
5.0 out of 5 starsThis film was ONLY meant to be watched in 3D, and is regarded as the best 3D film ever made. In normal 2D it loses everything...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 13, 2017
This is still known to be the best 3D movie in terms of showing off 3D effects ever made. It's a shame it was initially released to DVD in 2D (Blu-Ray hadn't been released as a format yet!), where it earned all of it's negative criticism. In 2D the film loses all of it's impact and it becomes a standard, not so good adventure film. But in 3D it opens up an incredible immersive world which is how the film is truly meant to be watched.
I know its crap. I know its cheesy. I know its mocked by some. But I love it! I don't know why, but it just makes me smile. Natural acting, fast paced, fun story, bit of adventure, and the 3D is awesome with things flying out of the screen and making the most of the tech. Seen it many times, and enjoy it every time I do!
There's a lot to be admired and enjoyed with the special effects and scenery (particularly in blu-ray 3D) in this take on Jules Verne's classic novel. The technical team and artists can take all the kudos for most of the films worth and the imaginative effort they put into creating some rather special images and set pieces. Effectively, if it had had no input from dialogue, hammy acting (from Brendan Fraser in particular) and mismatched lets play it silly (appalling) side by side with dead serious (non-deserving) this might have been a film lasting around 45 minutes, but instead here we are having to endure and curse the other 45 minutes of predictable, cringing, excruciating dialogue and situations that even five year olds must have found a bit obvious. As some have said in support that it was "fun" and "entertaining" (the non-stop roller coaster sequence might well have been without the inane conversation that the adventurers seem to be able to carry on with each other, back and forth!) I say no, I really didn't think it was and that this is a classic no-brainer and the ones that wrote and approved the script and all those concerned knew it!!
5.0 out of 5 starsJOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH 3D [2007 / 2008] [3D Blu-ray + 2D Blu-ray]
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 18, 2014
JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH 3D [2007 / 2008] [3D Blu-ray + 2D Blu-ray] Same Planet, Different World!
Director Eric Brevig's adaptation of the classic Jules Verne adventure story is the first live-action feature to be shot in digital HD Blu-ray 3D. His scientific theories rubbished by his eminent colleagues, Professor Trevor Anderson [Brendan Fraser] sets off on a backpacking trip to Iceland to get away from it all with his nephew Sean Anderson [Josh Hutcherson] and local guide Hannah Ásgeirsson [Anita Briem]. Stumbling across a previously unknown cave system, the explorers soon find themselves journeying deeper and deeper into the earth's core, on a rollercoaster ride into an unknown world populated by man-eating plants, lava lakes, and some seriously hungry dinosaurs.
Cast: Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson, Anita Briem, Seth Meyers, Jean Michel Paré, Jane Wheeler, Frank Fontaine, Giancarlo Caltabiano, Kaniehtiio Horn and Garth Gilker
Director: Eric Brevig
Producers: Alex Schwartz, Arni Hansson, Beau Flynn, Brendan Fraser, Cale Boyter, Charlotte Huggins, Don MacBain, Douglas Jones, Evan Turner, Michael Disco, Mylan Stepanovich, Toby Emmerich, Tripp Vinson and W. Mark McNair
Screenplay: Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin, Michael D. Weiss and Jules Verne (novel "Journey to the Center of the Earth")
Composer: Andrew Lockington
Cinematography: Chuck Shuman (Director of Photography)
Image Resolution: 1080p
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish: 5.1 Dolby Digital and English: 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo Audio
Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish
Running Time: 92 minutes
Region: Region B/2
Number of discs: 1
Studio: New Line Cinema
Andrew’s Blu-ray Review: Jules Verne once said “Anything one man can imagine, other men can make real.” And director Eric Brevig has done just that, as he has made the fantastic world that Jules Verne imagined come into a near-reality in his film ‘JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH 3D.’ He was able to do this through technological advances made in stereoscopic 3D filming. I believe this was the first live-action film to be shot in 3D during the infancy of 3D’s return. While having the obvious intent of introducing us to what 3D can do and paving the way for the success of the 3D ‘AVATAR,’ and this film also tells an enjoyable story that does well on its own even without 3D.
There's a lovely visual gag in ‘JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH 3D’ that sums up what's good about it. We're trapped in a chasm 20 minutes in, and Trevor Anderson [Brendan Fraser] is dangling on the end of a rope in fear for his life, where he must be cut loose, or he'll pull everyone else down with him. Snip goes the rope, and he plummets about six inches, getting a light bump on the floor of an old disused mine. It's a big laugh, and such a simple, retro one it leaves you smiling for minutes.
The story is centred on the adventures of the Anderson family. Max Anderson [Jean Michel Paré] disappeared while on an expedition; he was never found and is assumed dead. The story begins ten years later with Trevor Anderson [Brendan Fraser], Max Anderson’s brother. He is a geologist, and the university where he works is planning to close down his lab. He has become so focused on his own troubles he had forgotten that he had agreed to spend time with his nephew Sean Anderson [Josh Hutcherson] before he moved away to Canada with his mom. So when Sean arrives, the house is a mess and Uncle Trevor is caught off-guard, having made no plans. Sean Anderson, who didn’t want to be there in the first place, is not impressed. Trying to connect, Trevor Anderson decides to go through the box of Max Anderson’s belongings that Sean Anderson’s mum had left for him. Amongst other nick-knacks and gadgets, they come across Max Anderson’s copy of Jules Verne’s “A Journey to the Centre of the Earth” in which he had documented his final research prior to the expedition that lead to his disappearance. The information they find leads them to believe that Max Anderson had disappeared in Iceland while searching for a passage to the centre of the earth.
They decide to make their own way to Iceland and investigate what happened to Max Anderson. Together with newly met Hannah Ásgeirsson [Anita Briem], the daughter of a scientist Max Anderson knew, they discover that he was searching for what most thought was only a fictitious story, the passage to the centre of the earth "documented" in Jules Verne's famous novel. They recruit Hannah Ásgeirsson as a guide and head into the mountains to search for any signs of Max Anderson and his research. A wicked lightning storm forces them into a cavern to shelter them from the storm, but the storm in its ferocity causes the entrance to collapse behind them. So having no other options the group starts their journey into the earth.
After finding their way to the bottom, or should I say falling their way down to the centre of the earth, they discover a world within the world just like Lidenbrock, the character from Jules Verne’s book, had described. It is filled with an assortment of prehistoric creatures and plants, and covered with lakes and rivers. To reach the escape passage they seek, they must battle the harsh environment that surrounds them and all the monstrous creatures that call it home. Will they prevail or will their discovery die with them? To find out, gather your family and join the journey on this great family-friendly adventure, and don’t forget your 3D Glasses!
Eric Brevig has hit this one out of the park, as his direction of the cast brings out the chemistry between the characters that plays out well on screen. Brendan Fraser is always a joy to watch on screen and I think the selection of this cast, especially for the three primary cast members, was extremely well done. I really enjoyed watching Brendan Fraser compete with Josh, who's just a teenage boy, for the attention of Anita, and while this could easily turn out to be a little creepy, they aligned the actor's and characters ages and personalities up just right so that it seemed natural. Eric Brevig also found a lot of ways to add to that third dimension of this film without sacrificing the story or character development. The show moves along at a great pace and does a good job of keeping your attention ‘JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH 3D’ is very loosely based on a classic work of literature, but at no point does it take itself too seriously, it will keep you laughing from start to finish. This film is one that you can enjoy by yourself or for a family night, as the show is good clean fun with little to no language.
Blu-ray Image Quality – Both versions of the film are here in full 1080p encoded image quality, with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Depending on which version you're watching, the video tends to be a mixed bag. The 3D video image is outstanding and is also good in the standard 2D versions. Detail was really sharp and the cinema photography was choreographed very well. Director of photography Chuck Shuman deserves recognition for creating such a masterful piece of art work. I do have to complain about the lighting at times where they added some glow to the image in different shades of colour. That just didn't seem to look very natural to me, although it was the intended effect by the director. Other times they took short cuts on set and to me those were noticeable as well. The lighting works somewhat better in the 3D version and looks like a more natural presentation.
Blu-ray Audio Quality – I hope nobody has their pitchforks around when I say this, but there's no 5.1 Dolby TrueHD track for this release. Instead, we're given an amazing awesome 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. This is a film that takes a journey to one of the most beautiful and bizarre places (literally) in the world, so it's no surprise that the audio representation for this release gives your whole system a pretty decent workout. There's a nice dynamic range that leaves voices easy to hear, and increases the volume during the action to a loud level that won't make your kids cry thinking their eardrums had burst. There does appear to be a little distortion once in a blue moon, which is kind of disappointing. You'd have to really listen for it, as it's nothing that's consistent by any means, but a high definition audio track should have been available for this release.
3D Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:
Audio Commentary with Director Eric Brevig and actor Brendan Fraser: They provide for a jovial atmosphere joke session and quip their way through an otherwise thorough commentary, covering everything from Journey's development to its characters, visual effects, 3D shoot, and scenes that proved more difficult than either man anticipated. As audio commentaries go, this one is decidedly non-essential listening for anyone to be honest, but only for the most pumped-up of fans of this 3D film.
Special Feature: A World Within Our World  [1080p] [1.78:1] [10:08] An ironically shallow look at several leading theories about what lies deep beneath the surface of the Earth. It is the best feature, giving an overview of relevant historic scientific theory regarding the "hollow earth" used as the basis for Jules Verne's novel. Narrated by Anita Briem.
Special Feature: Being Josh  [1080p] [1.78:1] [6:00] A day in the life of young Josh Hutcherson's experiences on set. We follow Josh in his trailer and on the set of the film. It's not really a fun watch, but your children might enjoy seeing someone closer to their own age behind the scenes.
Special Feature: How to Make a Dinosaur Drool  [1080p] [1.78:1] [2:47] Features Josh Hutcherson, Eric Brevig and the men responsible for the horrible goop in question, explaining how they made and employed T-rex spittle. Finally, the set includes access to a digital copy of the film, so kids on the run can continue to enjoy the fun.
Finally, the 3D effects are definitely the icing on the cake and if your idea of a treat is having a woodlouse poke its antennae into your near vision, and then you are in for a real treat. But the best news is a nicely judged script that doesn't come off too aggressive – more gently joshing – and three actors doing the best they can to give it some personality. Brendan Fraser (who also produced) is an impressively unflappable stalwart by now at this running and screaming business, and his relaxed professionalism gives you the instant feeling of being in safe hands. When he tosses Josh Hutcherson some tome about Atlantis at the end, paving the way for another adventure rich with peril and pointy things, and it is a type of 3D film that is an enjoyable repeat viewing. I thought I might hate this film, as I have always been a massive fan of the original 1959 ‘Journey To The Centre Of The Earth’ film, but I was totally won over and so pleased I have now added this to my Blu-ray Collection and if you want to impress people with a stunning 3D, then this is a very good 3D reference Blu-ray disc. Highly Recommended!
Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Aficionado Le Cinema Paradiso United Kingdom
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 28, 2017
I've had the normal dvd 3d film for a few years now using the cardboard glasses which took all the colour out of the film. This new blue ray 3d edition is a 100 percent improvement the colours are bright and the 3d is brilliant. The film is suitable for all ages although it does warn of scary scenes but they do add to the excitement of the story. All in all a good film with excellent 3d effects.
I have seen this film on television on a number of occasions and I love it so much that I decided to buy the DVD. I remember going to the cinema in the 1960s to see the original version of Journey to the Centre of the Earth, which I still like to watch. I was fascinated with the concept, and still am, even 'though I know it is science fiction!
However, this version of the journey has so much more humour, as well as having a slightly different storyline. It might be a somewhat puerile film for some people's tastes, but if you want a good film to watch on a rainy winter's afternoon, then this is the one. I love the fluorescent birds!!
Film was ok I suppose but I bought it to try out the 3D effects. I recommend viewing the 3d version before the 2D because I found myself completely absorbed in the 'perilous heights' and 'falling' scenes. My palms got sweaty as hell.
There were two sets of glasses, as others have pointed out, magenta and green. Not up to IMAX standards, but it worked for me. I have found another use for the 3D glasses for when one has grown bored with this film.
I discovered that if you went to any of the Mars Space Probe web sites and viewed the 3D images of Mars these glasses worked rather well despite not being cyan/red anaglyphic. I found I had to turn the glasses upside down so that the colour filters over each eye were reversed, and that made for some great 3d Martian panoramas. The glasses worked well with fine detail like rocks, pebbles and distant hills but not so well with close range clearly defined spacecraft parts. Because the colours weren't quite matched, the red bled through the green disturbing the image, so cyan/red glasses are still required if you're a 3d Mars freak. Great fun.
3.0 out of 5 starsDon't buy as your first 3D Blu Ray!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 5, 2014
I've been really happy with my 3D TV, much better than I expected and I actively seek out 3D versions of films now. I remember this one was quite good fun having seen it on TV so bought the 3D Blu Ray. What a disappointment, firstly the picture quality seems very soft, with a washed out colour palette and the 3D effects are hit and miss. Yes, some of the effects are great, but there are more that just don't hit the mark. The film is still a reasonable way to pass 90 minutes, but f I'd bought this as my first 3D movie, I may have been left wondering that all the fuss what was about.
5.0 out of 5 starsThis is how 3D films ought to be.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 26, 2015
The film is a lot more silly than it ought to have been, with far too much greenscreen artificiality and an annoyingly physics-defying ending BUT the 3D is outstanding, with plenty of excellent in-your-face gimmick shots. It's one of the strongest 3D movies made and deserves five stars for that alone. Just make sure you see it in real 3D and not the anaglyph 3D version with the green and purple glasses.
4.0 out of 5 starsIsn't gonna win any Oscars but still fun!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 14, 2008
I won't go into the story but basically it's based on the Jules Verne novel of the same name and it had that fun action adventure feel to the movie like National treasure or Indiana Jones.It certainly kept me and my boys glued to the screen and has done at least 5 or 6 times now. All in all it was a fun family film which we all enjoyed and I was more than happy to pay out for the Dvd. I'm going to get it on Blu-ray at some point in the future though as I think it will look great in HD. The Dvd itself is satisfactory, there are several special features, nothing fancy and of course the 3D version which is ok, it gave me a bit of a headache though and the colours aren't that good but it's a novelty and it was worth a watch but I'll be sticking to the 2D from now on.
I really enjoyed watching this film in 3D. It is a shame you only get two pairs of glasses, you should really get four. And wish they had been better made (eg plastic and not card).
Anyway, really enjoyed the film and watching it in 3D is a whole new experience. The 3D effects are really good, and of course will depend on the size of the screen you are watching it on. Yes, the colour isn't really there when you are watching the 3D version, but the 2D version is also on the disc.
Don't know about anyone else, but I was seeing green and red for about five minutes after I took the glasses off!
Would recommend getting this film, and as more films are coming out in 3D hopefully they will start bringing out better quality glasses.
2.0 out of 5 starsPretty awful film...3D a bit experimental...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 12, 2014
Not Brenden Fraser at his finest... (California man is, if you were wondering). The acting and plot are both pretty dire in this film...Not a good translation from the classic novel. I bought this to mainly try out the 3D effect as I don't have a 3D tv. It would seem there was a reason why 3D tv's were invented though, as this type of glasses-only anaglyph 3D is pretty poor. Lots of ghosting and very washed out (colourless). I suppose for £3 one can't complain...but think about how many mix-ups I could have bought with that?!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 25, 2010
This item was a 'very good value for money buy' but because of the much improved 3D effect now released at the cinema we thought it would be good to have a 3D movie. The movie gave us a headache and we could not enjoy the film. Included in the box was an ordinary DVD which was much better to watch. We bought the DVD because of the 3D effect and were disappointed but this was not the sellers fault especially as we paid such a low price making it an extremely good buy. We would not hesitate to buy from the seller again but would not buy a 3D film again as we have been told by a retailer that to enjoy a movie at home in 3D we would need equipment to the value of around £5000 which is available apparently! The film storyline itself is awful but we just thought we would enjoy the effects having said that it does have a couple of good 3D moments but it does make you feel bad!
4.0 out of 5 starsA modern day setting for this 1864 Jules Verne classic with great 3D on BluRay.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 28, 2016
While the 1959, James Mason - 'Journey To The Centre Of The Earth" Directed by Henry Levin is still my favourite (probably because it is the first version I saw in the early 1960's); this modern day setting version directed by Brad Peyton is a must; particularly if you are a fan of Blu Ray 3D or Brendan Fraser. It has some very good 3D 'pop out' sequences and few dull moments. An enjoyable and excellent 'family' movie. If you want to see what other directors have done with this classic Jules Verne tale, there is a version also released in 2008 directed by Davey Jones and Scott Wheeler and a 4th version directed by George Miller released in 1999 which are out on DVD. There are others listed in IMDB but this Brendan Fraser 3D version and the 1959 James Mason versions I can thoroughly recommend.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 24, 2010
I loved this movie i thought this was a great all round movie that all the family could enjoy. Plot:Frazer's characters brother has been missing ten years, while trying to prove that there is a world inside the world. Frazer's character is trying to deal with everyday life while trying to cope with the loss of his brother. His sister-in-law leaves her son (his nephew) with Frazer's character while she goes off to find them a new home. While spending time with each other they find some his brother's old notes they decide to follow them and with this brings a whole new adventure.
It's got loads of great laughs as Frazer always delivers and also from the rising star who plays Josh.