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Not Great, but Not Bad.
A bit cartoonish, but it IS Disney, so - understandable. Should watch this and Event Horizon, as a double feature. EV is probably the better film, however, both have similar story lines. Shares a "mad scientist and robot" trope with Forbidden Planet, and again, FB is the better film. Yvette Mimieux and Robert Forster are credible, but, again, it's Disney. Enjoyable.
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Decent late 1970s Disney Si-Fi entry. The 1977 Star Wars is a better movie.
Decent movie from the late 1970s. The acting was pretty weak overall; and the special effects appear very dated today. This was the last move made by a major studio using their own "in house" art department. A lot of the wide screen shots were made using matt paintings in the background and those do hold up pretty well. The 1977 Star Wars release is a much better movie.
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My Hole Review on The Black Hole
This is, I believe the Only Disney movie in which actor Anthony Perkins ever starred or appeared. So, If just for that reason alone, it is unique. The rest of the cast is great as well, Ernest Borgnine and Maximillan Schnell for example. While the sci-fi technical issues are a bit "spacey", like how did such a fragile spaceship even make it to the event horizon of the Black Hole and why do robots need cute little, cartoon like eyes? The music, one of the first digital recordings done for a film, some of the concepts and theories, and especially the sets and special effects are interesting and well done. In fact they did get a nomination for their special effects for an Oscar that year in 1979. I have heard the ship alone cost $100,000 just to produce and develope for a quality film look. Overall, it is a fun, sometimes slow, but exciting entry into sci-fi, an area which Disney doesn't often venture. I would recommend it for family viewing with the exception of the younger age groups due to some of the more scary looking robots and violence involved. I often wonder if Anthony Perkins was proud of his work on this one. I guess we'll never know on that one. WFC
Disney's attempt at culling some George Lucas fans?
Keeping the PG rating in mind, this film brings the family wholesomeness, we have come to expect from Disney, home. Original music scores and an adventure through a Black Hole are marred, though, by similarities to Star Wars that are too obvious to ignore. Examples include the lovable swivel headed robot VINCENT who has lasers, a telescoping arm, and who repairs space ships in mid flight. They also include a deranged madman (played by Maximilian Schell), with a loyal enforcer (Maximilian the Robot) who remind us of The Emperor and Darth Vader. There are humans with psychic powers (the force) and robot armies. Holes in the script, such as how humans can survive in the vacuum of outer space, leave me wanting more. The kids that would not make these connections are likely too young, for the PG rating, to watch the film. Despite these failings there is enough original story to have kept me entertained.
Disney's star wars knock off~ still a fun watch 4 STARS
plot: 2130 AND a search for other life in the Universe ~ had an DARKENED space station close to a black hole with a Captain gone mad~ worth watching once~ STELLAR CAST~ oh bad pun~ LOL DISNEY KNOCK OFF ON STAR WARS MADE IN 1980~ every studio was making their space& movies in 1980 including Disney~ the USS Palamino is on a look for other life in the Universe mission and stumbles across the USS Cygnus perched on the edge of a HUGE black hole~ able to defy gravity the ship comes to life~ soon the Palamino crew (Robert Forester, Yvette Mimieux, Ernest Borgnine, Joseph Bottoms and Anthony Perskins are the unwilling Guests of the Cygnus captian MAXAMILIAN SCHELL ~ we see a ship full of humanoids who are at his back and call and a menacing HEAD robot in RED no less named MAXIMILAN we is obviously the BAD robot~ add a cutsie droid for the good guys named VINCENT~ (uncredited voice of Roddy McDowell) and you have the GOOD guys~~ the mad (Schell)plans to enter the black hole and space history~ the twist is the HUMANOIDS are the remains of Schells HUMAN crew~ some good special effects for the time~ SCENE STEALER HERE IS SCHELL whoS own moster head robot has him terrified~ worth watching once~ this DVD has some nice extras and is pristine~ I GIVE IT 4 OUT OF 5 FOR DISNEY FUN AND raised up from being 3 STARS by the actors~ which are top notch~ ADDED TRIVIA~ RODDY MCDOWELL is uncredited as the voice of droid Vincent and Chill Wills as the geezer droid~ and $20 million budget which was big for Disney at this time~ (1980)~ glad they finally released it on DVD~