|The Island at the Top of the World DVD 1999 Standard and Letterboxed Anchor Bay|
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My dad took me to see this one in the theater back in 1974 when I was 7 years old. It blew me away and helped fuel a lifelong love for adventure/fantasy. Hey, who doesn't like a cool adventure? The story is set in the early 1900's and concerns a rich Englishman who leads a rescue party deep into the Arctic in search of his missing explorer son. They track him to a mysterious lost colony of Vikings that has been cut off from the outside world for centuries. The plot is a fairly typical "Lost World" format: 1/3rd of the movie is spent searching for the lost world, 1/3rd is spent exploring the lost world, 1/3rd is spent being chased around/from the lost world. It's all fairly exciting, but not deep enough to impress an adult veiwer. (However, with some deft tweaking this could be GREAT remake material for Disney.)
I bought the dvd recently to take a trip down memory lane and I wasn't disappointed. It held up well to my memory. Yes, the effects are dated and some of them are downright terrible, but others are surprisingly good, and overall the film has a wonderful pre-CGI charm. You'll also get vibrant outdoor shots and some of the best matte work you'll find in ANY movie. It's not a bad choice for adventure/fantasy fans looking for family-friendly fare. Probably your only chance to see this film anymore is on DVD. Be sure to get the 30th anniversary edition as it has the extras.
This thrilling adventure takes place in the winter of 1907. An English tycoon hires an American archeologist and a French airship captain to go with him in search of his son who disappeared in the arctic two years earlier. Their voyage leads to a volcanic island with a lost Viking settlement ruled by a fanatical high priest of Odin. There is also an exceptionally beautiful heroine played by Sweden's Agneta Eckemyr. The Viking costumes, weapons, settlement and temple are like something right out of a history book. Even though this movie was released in 1974, the props and visual effects are excellent even by today's standards. The original music by Maurice Jarre is exciting and fits perfectly with the scenery and action. I would highly recommend this movie to lovers of high adventure, fans of Jules Verne, and anyone who admires the Vikings.
Another great movie on the part of Disney and company. Although they did not have special effects as they have now they certainly did produce great family entertainment. Top movie this one..
A classic oldie with a high end of adventure and not strong acting. Is a really cool story with lots of old science and curiosity. Miniature scale was the top notch at that time and you will see it all through the movie. Not a bad Sunday movie.
FANTASTIC OLD MOVIE BRINGS BACK ALOT OF GOOD MEMORIES GOOD ACTION ADVENTURE WITH A GOOD MYTH STORY A GREAT MOVIE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY TO WATCH