20,000 Leagues Under The Sea - Special Edition
Buena Vista (12/23/1954)
Adventure, Drama, Family, Sci-Fi
In Collection
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IMDB   7.2
127 mins USA / English
DVD  Region 1   G (General Audience)
Kirk Douglas Ned Land
James Mason Capt. Nemo
Paul Lukas Prof. Pierre Arronax
Peter Lorre Conseil
Robert J. Wilke First Mate of the Nautilus
Ted de Corsia Capt. Farragut
Carleton Young John Howard
J.M. Kerrigan Billy
Percy Helton Coach Driver
Ted Cooper Mate on 'Lincoln'
Fred Graham Casey Moore, second speaker (uncredited)
Charles Grodin Drummer (uncredited)
Harry Harvey Ticket Agent (uncredited)
Eddie Marr Shipping Agent (uncredited)
Laurie Mitchell (uncredited)
T. Monaghan Crewman (uncredited)
Gloria Pall Blonde Girlfriend (uncredited)
Jack Pennick Carson (uncredited)
S. Tarnell Crewman (uncredited)
Herb Vigran Reporter for the Globe (uncredited)
John Rhys-Davies
Earl Felton
Peter Ellenshaw
Elmo Williams
Vincent Di Fate
James Mason Captain Nemo
Paul Lukas Prof. Pierre Arronax/Narrator
Richard Fleischer
Charles A. Nichols
Producer Walt Disney
Writer Jules Verne
Earl Felton
Cinematography Franz Planer
Musician Paul J. Smith

The swashbuckler genre bumped into science fiction in 1954 for one of Hollywood's great entertainments.
The Jules Verne story of adventure under the sea was Walt Disney's magnificent debut into live-action films.
A professor (Paul Lukas) seeks the truth about a legendary sea monster in the years just after the Civil War. When his ship is sunk, he, his aide (Peter Lorre), and a harpoon master (Kirk Douglas) survive to discover that the monster is actually a metal submarine run by Captain Nemo (James Mason).

Along with the rollicking adventure, it's fun to see the future technology that Verne dreamed up in his novel, including diving equipment and sea farming. The film's physical prowess is anchored by the Nautilus, an impressive full-scale gothic submarine complete with red carpet and pipe organ.

In the era of big sets, 20,000 Leagues set a precedent for films shot on the water and deservedly won Oscars for art direction and special effects.

Lost in the inventiveness of the film and great set pieces including a giant squid attack are two great performances. Mason is the perfect Nemo, taut and private, clothed in dark fabric that counters the Technicolor dreamboat that is the beaming red-and-white-stripe-shirted Kirk Douglas as the heroic Ned Land.

The film works as peerless family adventure nearly half a century later. --Doug Thomas
Edition Details
Edition Special Edition
Chapters 12
Release Date 3/2/2004
Packaging Custom Case
Screen Ratio Theatrical Widescreen (2.35:1)
Subtitles English; English (Closed Captioned)
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital 5.1 [English]
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 2

Disc 01 Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby