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directed by James Hill
USA 1969


Oscar-nominee Robert Ryan ("The Wild Bunch," "Crossfire") plays Captain Nemo, the infamous submarine captain. The Captain rescues six shipwreck survivors and brings them to his underwater fortress, where they may be trapped for the rest of their lives. Nanette Newman ("The Wrong Box") and Chuck Connors ("Soylent Green," "Old Yeller") co-star in this fantasy-adventure. Enjoyable for the entire family. Directed by Oscar-winner James Hill.


Theatrical Release: December 19th, 1969

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:45:40

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.51 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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


Audio Dolby Digital 1.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer (:59)

DVD Release Date: March 23rd, 2009
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Captain Nemo and the Underwater City holds more of those childhood memories that I am always attempting to recapture. The film has a super adventure concept that isn't pulled-off as well as hoped for. It does retain that Sunday afternoon innocence and magic though.

It's standard single-layered and, unfortunately interlaced (see last capture 'combing' example). It is anamorphic in the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio and looks decent enough though. Sharpness exists and the effects are murky but passable for the era. Colors are acceptable with some surprising golds and underwater blues. It is more suitable to CRT viewing.

The mono sound is acceptable for discerning the dialogue but overall unremarkable and there are no subtitles offered. The only supplement is the film's trailer - looking a bit rough.

This is all personal indulgence. It is not at the level of some of the classic of this sub-genre but there is still a lot to enjoy. Those who are keen may wish to indulge - but those without that leaning should probably pass.  

  - Gary Tooze



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