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Directed by Eddie Romero
Philippines | USA 1973

 

A band of adventurers on the search for a reported fortune in buried treasure, investigate many islands to the south of the Philippines and discover an unknown civilization that may be descendants of the lost continent of Atlantis. These half human, half fish creatures, have pearlized eyes and are able to stay underwater for great lengths of time... a bonus because all of their important rituals, including love-making, take place on the sea bed. But this lost tribe needs outsiders for mating and when they capture the greedy band of fortune hunters, the adventure becomes a fight for treasure!

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A few treasure-seekers try their luck on a tropical island and find a lost--well undocumented, anyway--civilization that has interesting marine capabilities and an unusual way of life.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: September 1973

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Review: VCI - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Distribution VCI - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:31:22.852        
Video

1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,383,610,010 bytes

Feature: 20,886,614,016 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Commentary:

LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit

Subtitles English (SDH), None
Features Release Information:
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VCI

 

1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,383,610,010 bytes

Feature: 20,886,614,016 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

2018 Commentary by writer and filmmaker, Howard S. Berger and Pinoy film historian Andrew Leavold
Liner Notes/Essay by Howard S. Berger
Video Interviews conducted by director Mark Hartley featuring Eddie Romero, Sam Sherman, Patrick Wayne, Peter Tombs, Eddie Garcia, Gloria Hendry, Sid Haig, Jan Merlin and others…
John Ashley Remembered (13:35)
Original Theatrical Trailer (2:15)
30 & 60 second TV Spots (1:26)
Photo & Press Book Gallery (2:53)

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Blu-ray Release Date:
March 12th, 2019
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 13

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

VCI have transferred the 1973 adventure Beyond Atlantis to Blu-ray. It's on a single-layered disc in 1080P with a middling bitrate. The image has a decided green bias throughout (sometimes the result of a weakening Telecine.) It is also soft and flat with only the occasional close-up showing some anticipated HD-level detail. It is in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio showing a few vertical scratches and marks but is, for the most part, clean and watchable for thoise with very modest expectations. 

The audio is transferred via linear PCM 2.0 channel (16-bit) and, like the video, has some weaknesses. There appears top be a bit of a sync issue although this may be accurate to the original production and there isn't much depth in the few aggressive effects. The unremarkable film features an awkward score by Ed. Norton - who has only done two other feature film compositions. The audio quality is only passable but dialogue is mostly clear and audible. There are optional English (SDH) subtitles on this Region FREE
Blu-ray.

VCI include the 2018 commentary by writer and filmmaker, Howard S. Berger and Pinoy film historian Andrew Leavold and they discuss a lot of the Filipino Film industry up to the 70's and production details of Beyond Atlantis, the stars, director Eddie Romero and much more. It's a decent listen. 'John Ashley Remembered' runs almost 1/4 of an hour and offers short interviews, conducted by director Mark Hartley for his 2010 documentary 'Machete Maidens Unleashed'. We get sound-bytes from Eddie Romero, Sam Sherman, Patrick Wayne, Peter Tombs, Eddie Garcia, Gloria Hendry, Sid Haig, Jan Merlin and others… There is also an original theatrical trailer, 30 & 60 second TV Spots and Photo & Press Book Gallery. There is a second disc DVD included and liner notes with an essay by Berger.

Beyond Atlantis is a total dud of a film but has the 70s nostalgia cache and works to some extent even as a flawed effort with, generally, hammy performances and no effects. It approaches the realm of the 'it's so bad it's good' genre. The
Blu-ray transfer is, almost appropriately, weak but it has an educational commentary. A 'B' popcorn'er that some can appreciate for what it is.

Gary Tooze

 


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