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The U.S.S. Cygnus is perched precariously at the edge of a black hole -- the vast, empty nothingness where space and time end. Anything that crosses its border enters a universe of the complete unknown. And so begins a story that only Disney's film magicians could tell. A story of robots and humanoids. Of human genius and madness. And a spectacular descent into nature's ultimate mystery -- The Black Hole.
Disney's foray into big-budget science fiction, close on the heels of Star Wars, had some of the most impressive special effects to grace theater screens in the 1970s. Graced by handsome production design--most notably a glass and latticework interstellar craft that looks like a battleship crossed with a modern skyscraper--The Black Hole is in many ways the most beautiful science fiction film of its era. Unfortunately, the graceful and gorgeous picture is jarred by dialogue that wouldn't pass muster in a comic book and a silly conclusion that plays like a murky, dime-store knockoff of 2001. Too bad, because the visual realization of the film is a veritable haunted house of futuristic phenomena, from the cloaked zombie-like drones shuffling through corridors to the devilish, crimson robot Maximillian, the strong arm of the mad scientist played by Maximilian Schell (a kind of wild man Captain Nemo with an even more ruthless temperament). Only the way-too-cute robot V.I.N.CENT (voiced by Roddy McDowall), a merchandising gimmick that looks like a Fisher-Price toy, mars the technological landscape. Robert Forster is the quietly authoritative captain of an exploration ship that stumbles across the seemingly derelict ship, and Anthony Perkins, Yvette Mimieux, Ernest Borgnine, and Joseph Bottoms fill out his crew. This is one case of a triumph of art direction and special effects over story--it's worth sitting through it to see the magnificent scene of the fireball rolling through the ship's enormous hull alone. The rest is just atmospheric gravy. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I play this for my class & then played Interstellar. Then we compare what we knew then to what we know now. Wow, have we JUMPED in understanding Einstein's Law of Relativity.Published 2 days ago by John Mezzavilla
"The Black Hole" came out in a period when science fiction was making a big comeback. "Star Wars: A New Hope" had come out a year or two before, "2001: A Space... Read morePublished 5 months ago by EA Solinas
This 1979 Disney film The Black Hole is notable for its stunning visuals. The story is so-so and the actors are forgettable, except for Maximilian Schell who played Dr. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Alan Rivière
What can be said but love it. Its all old school efffects mixed with a bit off the new for that time.Published 14 months ago by stuart taylor
Not quite as I remember it, but the last time I saw it was in theaters as a kid. Not the 'action movie' of today's standards and a bit dry at times...but overall still very good. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Kevinn Ess
I had fond memories of this movie and used to own it on VHS. I had seen online it was available on DVD but could never seem to find a copy. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Brent L
The Black Hole(released Dec/79)is a totally weak scripted,talent laden juggernaut that should have gone into that black hole and never appeared again. Read morePublished on June 30 2011 by Robert Badgley
Put it bluntly, BUY it if you are a TRUE sci-fi guru or wanna be.
The overall acting was crude in some parts, well most parts, but the plot is sound and very intriguing. Read more
I finally bought the DVD to replace my aging VHS tape and got to watch it in WIDESCREEN for the first time ever. Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2011 by Robert Bennett