The Black Hole

The Black Hole

Maximilian Schell
Director: Gary Nelson Cast: Maximilian Schell
Maximilian Schell
, Anthony Perkins
Anthony Perkins
, Robert Forster
Robert Forster
Gary Nelson


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The Walt Disney classic space adventure head-trip The Black Hole comes back to DVD, this time not from Anchor Bay, but from Disney DVD themselves. While the disc is nowhere near a special edition, the presentation is still a class act, and there are still a few juicy extras to sink your teeth into. The film itself looks fantastic in all its anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen glory, and the Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track does fair justice to both John Barry's score and all of the intense laser-blasting robot action. On the extras front, there's a 16-minute "Through the Black Hole" featurette that includes an interview with matte effects supervisor Harrison Ellenshaw as he talks the viewer through the various old-school effects techniques that the film employed. Being one of the last productions to champion that style of filmmaking, it's a fascinating world that's presented and one that many computer effects artists working today could learn a thing or two from. Also interesting is Ellenshaw's mention of a crazy alternate ending and the admission that even he doesn't know what the robot-worshipping hell sequence really means! For any fans of the film that don't already own it, this is a slim but fine release that, at the very least, will instantly deliver the whacked-out goods whenever you need them.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/03/2004
UPC: 0786936234213
Original Release: 1979
Rating: PG
Source: Walt Disney Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:38:00
Sales rank: 11,205

Special Features

"Through the Black Hole" featurette; Extended trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Maximilian Schell Dr. Hans Reinhardt
Anthony Perkins Dr. Alex Durant
Robert Forster Capt. Dan Holland
Joseph Bottoms Lt. Charles Pizer
Yvette Mimieux Dr. Kate McGraw
Ernest Borgnine Harry Booth
Tom McLoughlin Capt. S.T.A.R.
Roddy McDowall V.I.N.CENT
Slim Pickens Bob

Technical Credits
Gary Nelson Director
Bob Barbash Original Story
John Barry Score Composer
Art Cruickshank Special Effects
Gerry Day Screenwriter
Peter Ellenshaw Production Designer
Richard Landau Original Story
Eustace Lycett Special Effects
John Mansbridge Art Director
Frank R. McKelvey Set Decoration/Design
Gregg McLaughlin Editor
Ron Miller Producer
Frank Phillips Cinematographer
Al Y. Roelofs Art Director
Jeb Rosebrook Screenwriter
Robert J. Schiffer Makeup
Roger M. Shook Set Decoration/Design
Bill Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles/USS Cygnus [11:10]
2. Pulled Aboard [10:49]
3. Dr. Hans Reinhardt [11:28]
4. The Brink of a Great Discovery [9:04]
5. Reinhardt's Research [11:26]
6. Genius or Madman? [11:55]
7. No Escape [10:55]
8. Meteor Storm [8:33]
9. Into the Black Hole [9:46]
10. End Credits [2:32]

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