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Directed by George Pal
USA 1961

 

Rejoice, citizens of Atlantis! Princess Antillia, lost upon uncharted seas, has been guided home by intrepid Greek fisherman Demetrios. In a strange act of Atlantean gratitude, Demetrios is cast into slavery. He will endure the macabre House of Hell. Fight for his life before a cheering arena throng in the Ordeal of Fire and Water. And rescue the princess again as they flee the realm's volcanic doom. Welcome to Atlantis, the Lost Continent, where royal guardsmen wear uniforms that could easily be from the wardrobe of Ming the Merciless and where some unfortunate slaves are turned into bovine-headed beasts. Yes, that kind of movie: popcorn-worthy and spearheaded by legendary fantasy film producer George Pal (The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine).

  

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Broadcast date: May 3rd, 1961

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Distribution Warner Archive - Region 0 - NTSC Endless Classics (Alive) - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:30:09  1:30:09.237
Video 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.20 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
1.78:1 - 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 21,847,285,008 bytes

Feature: 20,248,971,264 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.89 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate:

Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital mono) DTS-HD Master Audio German 1690 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1690 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1573 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1573 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Subtitles None None
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Release Information:
Studio: Warner

Aspect Ratio:
Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• None

DVD Release Date: November 23rd, 2010

Keep Case i
Chapters: 24

Release Information:
Studio: Endless Classics (Alive)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78:1 - 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 21,847,285,008 bytes

Feature: 20,248,971,264 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.89 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Trailer

DVD included

Blu-ray Release Date: December 2nd, 2016
DigiBook
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 12

 

 

Comments:

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

 

ADDITION: Endless Classics (Alive) - Region FREE - Blu-ray (October 2017): The 1080P seem to be from the same source as the Warner Archive DVD - it has the same marks.  The Warner bare-bones DVDs (made-on-demand) is no match for the higher resolution with over 3X the bitrate. Both are in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio where the film was 1.85:1 originally. The HD is brighter, richer colors, higher level of detail, more layered contrast and looks smoother in-motion. I see no manipulation in either release, but the improvement is easy to discern even in the static, resized, captures below.

 

The Endless Classics (Alive) Blu-ray offers a German DUB, as well as the original English option - both in DTS-HD Master mono (16-bit). There are plenty of effects and a score by Russell Garcia (The Time Machine, a few The Fugitive and Perry Mason episodes.) Neither offer subtitles and both are region FREE - playable worldwide.

 

The Blu-ray has a few more extras - with trailers and the package is a digibook with German text and photos - plus a second disc PAL DVD.

 

I have very fond memories of George Pal's fantasy Atlantis: The Lost Continent - I distinctly remember seeing it on a Saturday afternoon and marveling at the battle with Demetrios and 'Andex the Giant' with the undisclosed underwater fighting - as well as Paul Frees' fascinating opening narration. It fits perfectly in our 50's 60's fantasy BD list. What a rush. I may not have thought it at the time but Joyce Taylor (Twice Told Tales, Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, 13 Frightened Girls, The FBI Story) was quite the babe. The film is pretty contrived, but nostalgia value is HIGH! Recommended to the few who remember it... fondly.    

Gary W. Tooze

 


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