'20,000 Leagues Under the Sea'
(Michael Caine, Patrick Dempsey, et al / DVD / NR / (1997) 2006 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: The year is 1886, when New England's fishing harbours are the scene for a "creature of unknown origin" destroying ships at sea. It is the job of Professor Pierre Aronnax, a marine expert, and Ned Land, the iron willed sailor, to learn the truth of the "monster" roaming the seas. The great novelist, Jules Verne, described this perilous journey to the darkest depths of the sea with Captain Nemo aboard the Nautilus.
DVD Verdict: This mini-series may not be as popular as "The Odyssey" or "Merlin". In fact, many people may not recall it because it recieved a poor rating. But this version of '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' is the first mini-series I can remember sitting all the way through and enjoying it. I think part of the reason it was rated so poorly is because it was compared to the Kirk Douglas film of the same name. I am one of those people who are strongly against comparing so called "remakes". Pretend you have never seen the original and just enjoy the movie for what it is. Michael Caine ('Batman Begins'), Patrick Dempsey (from the hit TV show "Grey's Anatomy"), and Mia Sara ('Legend') are three good reasons to at the very least give this mini series a shot. I am not saying that everyone will like this movie, but how will you know if you don't try it out? It may be a future addition to your DVD collection. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) and comes with the Special Features of:
Subtitles: Spanish, French
Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)