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Crack in the World [Blu-ray]

Dana Andrews , Janette Scott    Unrated   Blu-ray
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Studio: Olive Films Release Date: 07/05/2011 Run time: 85 minutes Rating: R

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rollercoaster Ride Feb. 21 2011
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"Thank God it's only a motion picture," the caption on the box reads. Dana Andrews stars as Doctor Steven Sorrenson, head of Project Inner Space, an initiative to bring magma to the surface under control. When the lowest layer of the Earth's crust frustrates his efforts to penetrate it, Dr. Sorrenson seeks permission to use an atomic device, convinced the heat of the blast will easily burn its way through to the mantle. His project's geologist and young wife's ex-flame, Doctor Ted Rampian (Kieron Moore from "The Day of the Trifids") develops the 'Rampian theory,' the belief that the crust has been so weakened by years of underground atomic testing, that this bomb might open a crack in the Earth's crust. Finding out he's terminally ill, Dr. Sorrenson overrules his geologist and successfully fires the warhead. But soon after both scientists investigate strange seismic phenomena, and it becomes apparent that the Rampian theory no longer is a theory: a nearby fault has opened up and is threatening to circumnavigate the globe. Released in 1965, the movie enjoys some rather impressive special effects, and I like the way the music emphasizes the action. I personally think very highly of this film, and it's my belief that it must have become the inspiration for the Doctor Who episode "Inferno."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid "B" scifi March 19 2011
By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Crack in the World Dana Andrews, pilot of many research projects and spacecraft is a familiar figure as the leader of the plan to utilize geothermal energy by tapping into the magna at the earth's core. Two familiar themes: search for limitless energy and the effects of hydrogen and nuclear bomb testing leading to the destruction of the planet, serious concerns for many in the 60's (think, Godzilla w/ Raymond Burr). This movie is a cross betweeen and "A" and a "B" scifi flick, but with Dana Andrews rather than a "star" performer it has to fall into the "B" classification. The colour is vivid and the special effects are above-average for the '60's. The acting is hokey and the story predictable, but the action carries the film forward and keeps the viewers attention. This DVD is reccommended for 50's and 60's scifi affectionados.

Humanity destroys the world w/ reckless atom bomb testing theme is dropped in the '70's in favour of an uncontollable element, a meteor, destroying the world, for example "Meteor" w/ Sean Connery, Natilie Wood, Karl Malden and a cameo of Henry Fonda. Meteor falls into the A catagory and starts a new theme. If you like Crack in the World, you'll like Meteor.
DVD: Paramount Pics, 1964 rlease. 96 min. No extras.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A cracked love story Aug. 1 2011
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
In an attempt to harness the world's magma core for heat and elements by a top scientist, Dr. Stephen Sorenson (Dana Andrews), a sort of surprise creates a crack in the world. Meantime Dr. Maggie Sorenson (Janette Scott) the scientist's wife is torn between two powerful men the scientist and his number two, Dr. Ted Rampion (Kieron Moore) also divided by the crack.

Can they join forces and save the world? They better get cracking.

This film has all the elements of 1965 science fiction. Aside from Dana Andrews you will had fun trying to remember where you have seen the actors before.

As with most sci-fi if the time let this be a warning against being impetuous.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another "Chiller Theater" gem released on DVD May 22 2010
By David Alianiello - Published on Amazon.com
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Every Saturday night @ 11:30, I'd settle down on the couch for 3+ hours of horror and/or sci-fi on TV courtesy of Pittsburgh, Pa's "Chiller Theater" hosted by "Chilly Billy" Cardille. Among my many favorites was "Crack in the World," about a scientist who, through underground testing of some sort, creates a mammoth fissure in the earth that keeps getting bigger and bigger, threatening to tear the earth apart. I've always loved this movie, especially the uncompromising ending, and I'm happy to see it finally being released in DVD. Check it out.
64 of 69 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sure the science is outdated, but it's a fun movie nonetheless. July 25 2010
By Teresa E. Tutt - Published on Amazon.com
Interesting story about a dying scientist who plans to tap the geothermal energy beneath the Earth's crust, with dire consequences. Andrews, Scott and Moore, as well as Alexander Knox, all give excellent performances. Special effects are superb and very believable. I remember seeing this on TV when I was little, and it scared me to DEATH. Seeing it again as an adult, it is not quite as scary, but is still fast-paced and entertaining.

While the science is now dated, thanks to the discovery of plate tectonics (the Earth's crust is divided into may separate "plates", and therefore already has many "cracks"), the story is still entertaining. The interaction between Dr. Sorenson (Andrews), an aging scientist trying for one last victory; his young wife Maggie (Scott), a scientist in her own right; and Dr. Rampion (Moore), the project's geologist and an old flame of Maggie's to boot; works very well, even if it is a bit formulaic.

All in all it is a fun movie, and definitely worth the time to see it. Especially now that it is finally being released on DVD in its original 1.85:1 widescreen format. A worthy addition to any classic sci-fi film collection.

(PS: *I* wrote that summary listed on the back cover when I was in college! They just added a few extra words. Don't believe me? Look it up on IMDB!!)
36 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crack in the World....Excellent July 26 2010
By G. George - Published on Amazon.com
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I too am a great fan of this movie. I spent years looking for it, and about 3 months ago, I found a very watchable version at a site when I Googled it. The disc only cost $10....but. About half way through, down in the lower right hand corner the symbol "AMC" popped up and I realized that it was just a good copy made from the American Movie Classic channel.

This version that is now being released should be far superior....and I look forward to it.

If you have not seen this movie, by all means give it a try. There is not a single wasted minute in the whole film. Excellent!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Early 1960s SCi-Fi July 12 2011
By tuatara - Published on Amazon.com
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I haven't seen this film in many years but the new Blu-ray version from Olive films is surprisingly entertaining. Its your basic early 1960s end of the world cautionary tale where messing around with mother earth could destroy the planet. Dana Andrews plays a scientist who plans to exploit the planets subterranean mineral resources by detonating a nuclear bomb miles below the earth. The results of this detonation leads to the films descriptive title and the mad rush to come up with a method to save the planet. The special effects are not bad at all for a low budget 60s film and the dvd transfer is very good with vivid colors which add to the overall sense of heat since the catastrophic scenes involve lots of fire imagery. Besides Andrews, who fantasy film fans will recognize from Jacque Tourneur's classic 1956 film Curse of the Demon(aka Night of the Demon), there is Janette Scott and Kieron Moore who both appeared in The Day of the Triffids a few years earlier. Sci-fi trivia buffs will also recognize Eugene Lourie's name in the opening credits. Lourie directed three of the 1950/early 60s 'dinosaur on the rampage' films, The Giant Behemoth, Gorgo and most importantly The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms. Last but not least, the film's ending is quite unique though the science is a little/a lot dubious! If you enjoy this film, you might want to checkout the British film The Day the Earth Caught Fire which was made around the same time but is actually more ominous.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-RAy is an improvement Sept. 13 2011
By Glen A. Gill - Published on Amazon.com
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This will not be long. This is not a review of the movie, but of the Blu-Ray release.

For some reason there is very little difference in the pricing of the DVD and the Blu-Ray (BD). In which case, here it is worth the option of going for the BD.

The print is not perfect. But it does appear that it is the same one they used for the DVD release. Fortunately, there is an improvement over the DVD. Not a big one, mind you. But a definite improvement. Everything appears more clearly defined and focused. Even the stock footage that was used for some scenes appeared clearer, though they generally still looked like stock footage. Happily, the appearance of artifacts like film grain were not particularly noticeable like it has been in some BD releases.

I always thought that this movie had great sound effects. For the BD, the audio is still excellent, though the overall level appears to be lower than the DVD. I didn't have to raise the level of my center channel like I have to for some movies. Even though the original audio was mono, this movie delivers plenty of sonic impact. I found the opening to still be quite impressive. This is a movie with big explosions (the world is being torn-apart afterall) and the audio delivers; even in mono.

So, if you have the TV for it, it is worth the couple of extra bucks. This is a fine disaster flick.
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