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5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated and neglected: A 1950's classic reborn on DVD
First of all, "Around the World in 80 Days" is one of the best of the 1950-1960's grand epics. It may not have the character depth of Giant or the scale of The Ten Commandments, but it's still one heck of a fun movie.
Mike Todd set out to make 3 hours of crowd-pleasing entertainment and he reached his goal, ten-fold (literally... the $6,000,000 film earned...
Published on May 24 2004 by Patrick J. Mccart

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1.0 out of 5 stars A 2 disk set containing only Part 1 ….
Today we opened our Xmas present and to our great dismay found that the box contains only one of the 2 specified disks!! i have photographed the item (box opened but both CD compartments are sealed but one is empty!!!! what's the catch??? How are we supposed to obtain Part 2 when it has already been paid for??

Annoyed….and disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated and neglected: A 1950's classic reborn on DVD, May 24 2004
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Patrick J. Mccart "pjmccart" (Georgia, USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Around the World in 80 Days (DVD)
First of all, "Around the World in 80 Days" is one of the best of the 1950-1960's grand epics. It may not have the character depth of Giant or the scale of The Ten Commandments, but it's still one heck of a fun movie.
Mike Todd set out to make 3 hours of crowd-pleasing entertainment and he reached his goal, ten-fold (literally... the $6,000,000 film earned over 4 times its cost at the box office). The cast is wonderful (it's definately Cantinflas' show, though) and the Oscar winning cinematography is breathtaking. Also, one of the best musical scores (also an Oscar winner) and a witty screenplay (Oscar winner) make it a real joy to see.
Sadly, for the last 18 years, the only version on home video has been a pan & scan one. "80 Days" was shot in the Todd-AO 70mm format, so the crisp, ultra-detailed, and wide image is totally mangled in that format. It doesn't help that the P&S tape also used a mono track rather than the full stereophonic surround sound that Todd-AO (and even many general release 35mm prints) offered.
Warner Home Video's DVD of the film is nothing short of a triumph. The film's original negative has been in awful condition since the 1950's (not Warner's fault, mind you), thus making a watchable print is more or less impossible. Thankfully, Warner has remastered "80 Days" from scratch. The result is a stunning 2.20:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, with the Todd-AO mix adapted to Dolby Digital 5.1 (448 kbs, too!) While the image occasionally has gooey splices and some specks on the image, the film has a level of crispness and color vibrancy that rivals 1940's Technicolor films. The 5.1 track is wonderful and keeps a lot of the directional sound of 6-track magnetic sound from 70mm presentation.
What is really amazing is that Warner managed to make one of the most perfect digital transfers of a film, ever. Not one hint of edge enhancement pops up, no pixelation, no macroblocking. While the film source isn't perfect, Warner didn't add any sort of imperfections when adapting the 65mm film to NTSC video. The switch to 448 kbs (Warner usually uses a lower bitrate for 5.1 audio) gives the audio a certain warmth that is in line with the ultra-high fidelity of 6-track mag sound.
The extras are great, too. The Robert Osborne intros, outtakes, Brian Sibley commentary, original "Trip to the Moon" short, and roadshow program book (on DVD-ROM) makes this an excellent presentation of a Best Picture Oscar winner.
Whether you're collecting the Best Picture winners, a fan of the classic 1950's epics, or just looking for a fun movie to watch, Around the World in 80 Days is worth a purchase. "80 Days" hasn't lost its luster due to age, it's because of poor presentation. Now that Warner Bros. has released the film in widescreen, people can now discover what is one of the most underrated and neglected films.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, July 6 2014
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1.0 out of 5 stars A 2 disk set containing only Part 1 …., Jan. 2 2014
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Today we opened our Xmas present and to our great dismay found that the box contains only one of the 2 specified disks!! i have photographed the item (box opened but both CD compartments are sealed but one is empty!!!! what's the catch??? How are we supposed to obtain Part 2 when it has already been paid for??

Annoyed….and disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars R, April 17 2013
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A Classic! This is the Original! A must see!
Great price for the Watch!
Received in good condition, could have been better... one disc floating in case
and not secured.
6 stars for Amazons shipping
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great classic, Feb. 2 2012
This review is from: Around the World in 80 Days (DVD)
I really enjoyed watching that movie. The intermission was welcomed; over 3hours long. You have to put yourself in the context that has been shot in the 50's. Great classic to own
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good News for all of you!, June 27 2003
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Stephen J. Teller (Pittsburg, KS USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Around the World in 80 Days (VHS Tape)
According to the Digital Bits, Warner Brothers will be releasing AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS in a 2-disc SE. The exact date is not known, but Warner representatives have said it is coming soon, with the prologue, intermission, etc. I will try to give you more details when I can!
J.T.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must, July 6 2004
This review is from: Around the World in 80 Days (DVD)
Superb release of the star-studded Michael Todd venture. The film looks great. But what makes this special is the feature-length commentary by Brian Sibley. He not only gives a run down on all the actors (including, helpfully, those whose stars have faded -- how fleetingis fame) but gives an extraordinary wealth of information about the music, costuming, back lots, writers and, especially, Michael Todd. Anyone weary of commentaries with tired directors and vapid actors who tell nothing more than what's going on on-screen, will find Sibley's commentary not onlyl informative but a lot of fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRAVO MICHAEL TODD!, June 20 2004
By A Customer
This review is from: Around the World in 80 Days (DVD)
One of the LAST GREAT INNOVATORS ~ this pristine restored DVD gives the viewer a hint of what it was like to see the original in '57.
It runs more or less like a circus act [intentionally] with a miriad of Guest Stars - which makes it even more fun to find them and point them out!
Niven is deliciously droll, Cantinflas [somewhat like Chaplin's little chap from South of the Border] admirably enhances the trio of globe-trotters - with the Young and Glam Shirley MacLaine as the East Indian Princess [!] Fun casting.
Possibly one of the most satisfying DVD experiences to date - the picture quality is superior to some of the current new releases! A THX treatment of the sound [not too bad] would have been preferable.
Something for the neophyte and avid collected!
[Stunning Elizabeth Taylor is featured as narrator in part of the extras!]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very fine, entertaining extravaganza, June 17 2004
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Joseph H Pierre "Joe Pierre" (Salem, OR USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Around the World in 80 Days (DVD)
Format: Color
Studio: Warner Home Video
DVD Release Date: May 18, 2004
Cast:
David Niven ... Phileas Fogg
Finlay Currie ... Whist Partner
Cantinflas ... Passepartout
Robert Morley ... Ralph, Reform Club Member
Ronald Squire ... Reform Club Member
Basil Sydney ... Reform Club Member
Noel Coward ... Hesketh-Baggott, Employment Agent
John Gielgud ... Mr. Foster, previous valet to Mr. Fogg
Trevor Howard ... Denis Fallentin, Reform Club Member
Harcourt Williams ... Hinshaw, Reform Club Attendant
Martine Carol ... Tourist
Fernandel ... French Coachman
Charles Boyer ... Monsieur Gasse, Travel Agent
Evelyn Keyes ... The Flirt
José Greco ... Flamenco Dancer
Luis Miguel Dominguín ... Bullfighter
Gilbert Roland ... Achmed Abdullah
Cesar Romero ... Achmed Abdullah's Henchman
Alan Mowbray ... Consul
Robert Newton ... Mr. Fix
Cedric Hardwicke ... Sir Francis Gromarty
Melville Cooper ... Mr. Talley, Captain of the 'Rangoon'
Reginald Denny ... Police Chief
Ronald Colman ... Railway Official
Robert Cabal ... Elephant Driver-Guide
Shirley MacLaine ... Princess Aouda
Charles Coburn ... Steamship Company Clerk
Peter Lorre ... Japanese Steward
George Raft ... Saloon Bouncer
Red Skelton ... Drunk in Saloon
Marlene Dietrich ... Saloon Hostess
John Carradine ... Col. Proctor Stamp
Frank Sinatra ... Saloon Pianist
Buster Keaton ... Train Conductor
Tim McCoy ... Colonel, U.S. Cavalry
Joe E. Brown ... Stationmaster
Andy Devine ... First Mate of the 'Henrietta'
Edmund Lowe ... Engineer of the 'Henrietta'
Victor McLaglen ... Helmsman of the 'Henrietta'
Jack Oakie ... Captain of the 'Henrietta'
Beatrice Lillie ... Revivalist
John Mills ... Carriage Driver
Glynis Johns ... Sporting Lady's Companion
Hermione Gingold ... Sporting Lady
Edward R. Murrow ... Himself/Prologue Narrator
A.E. Matthews ... Club Member
Ronald Adam ... Club Member
Walter Fitzgerald ... Club Member
Frank Royde ... Club Member
Roy Darmour ... Featured player
Plus over 150 extras
This film was made by the late Michael Todd, one of Elizabeth Taylor's many husbands, who attracted many of the star-studded cast by coining the phrase (now widely used) "cameo appearance." Stars of such lofty reputations would almost certainly not have agreed to "bit" parts, but "cameo" had a much more palatable ring to it. And this one does, indeed, have a cast of stars.

The late David Niven, one of filmdom's truly outstanding great actors with unmatched panache, has the starring role, as Phineas Fogg, an eccentric Englishman who wagers that he can circumnavigate the globe in only eighty days, to the disbelief and even derision of other members of his exclusive London club.

Accompanying him is his personal servant, Passepartout (Cantinflas, playing his first English speaking role), whom hw has just hired that very day. The movie is excellent in its depiction of various parts of the world that the pair experience, including 19th century America.

The plot is complicated when a British detective, Mr. Fix (Robert Newton), suspects Fogg of robbing the Bank of England and dogs his tail throughout.

This is a fine film, made in 1957 originally, at great expense and with a hugely talented staff. Truly an extravaganza, very entertaining. It was the "Picture of the Year" when it was released. Very entertaining.

Joseph (Joe) Pierre

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More than worth the wait!, May 24 2004
By A Customer
This review is from: Around the World in 80 Days (DVD)
For over a year, I have awaited the release of the DVD of Mike Todd's epic travelogue AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS. At long last, it is here. Watch the 181 minute roadshow version with the intermission (at the 112 minute mark) and 5 minute exit mus restored.
But it gets better.
LIsten to Brian Sibley's fascinating and personable commentary which covers the entire film.
But it gets better.
View the expansive and relevant extra features, which give an idea of how big the film was.
But it gets better.
Look at it, restored and in widescreen for the first time in 40-odd years.
But it gets better.
Feel it in your hands, and savor the feeling that it is finally yours.
It doesn't get better than that.
Jamie Teller
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