Journey To the Center of the Earth

Directed By: Eric Brevig Starring: Josh Hutcherson Brendan Fraser

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Wonderful 3-D at home!

by Judy on 12/30/2008

We were so pleased with the effects of the 3-D movie! It does take just a couple minutes for your eyes to adjust to the glasses and the split-colored lenses, but once you do, it is fantastic. Read More

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Product Overview

On a quest to find out what happened to his missing brother, a scientist, his nephew and their mountain guide discover a fantastic and dangerous lost world in the center of the earth.


Studio New Line
SKU 209389931
UPC 794043123429
UPC 14 00794043123429
Format DVD
Release Date 7/24/2012
Rating Rating
Based On A Novel
Family (General)
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note This 2008 movie update of Jules Verne's classic sci-fi/fantasy novel uses the 1864 tale as a template, with its hero, scientist Trevor Anderson (Brendan Fraser), referring to his missing brother's notes on the novel. His nephew Sean (Josh Hutcherson) in tow, Anderson travels to Iceland to investigate his sibling's theories, enlisting a fellow scientist's daughter, Hannah (Anita Briem), as a guide. Soon the trio's Icelandic mountain trek descends into a cave and, then deeper still to, naturally, the center of the earth, where dinosaurs and other strange prehistoric creatures still dwell. After many dangerous encounters with the native flora and fauna, Trevor, Sean, and Hannah must find a way back to the surface or face being stranded miles below the earth's crust.^Directed by Eric Brevig, a veteran Hollywood visual effects supervisor (MEN IN BLACK, THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW), JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH clearly delights in unveiling eye-catching CGI creatures and landscapes. Presented in some theaters in 3D format, the film features lunging beasts and vertigo-inducing visions, which are effective even in 2D, while Fraser, working in the same amiable vein as the MUMMY movies, provides a human focus amidst the special effects. For fans of the ever-likable Fraser and/or the JOURNEY story, there is plenty to enjoy in this effects-heavy adventure film.
USA Today "JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH is not so much a movie as an amusement park ride..." 07/11/2008
Los Angeles Times "[Y]ounger viewers may enjoy the trip's visual tricks and gentle jolts." 07/11/2008
Sight and Sound "[T]he digital technology is impressive, and there's fairground fun to be had..." 09/01/2008 p.64
Empire 4 stars out of 5 -- "Brendan Fraser gives an open-hearted, adventurous performance as a genuinely daring scientist..." 09/01/2008 p.64
Wall Street Journal "[An] entertaining update of the Jules Verne classic....Anita Briem, as a beautiful Icelandic guide, reveals a bright spirit and a gift for comedy..." 07/09/2010
Eric Brevig
Josh Hutcherson
Brendan Fraser
Cast & Crew
Jane Wheeler - Star
Jean-Michel Paré - Star
Seth Meyers - Star
Josh Hutcherson - Star
Frank Fontaine - Star
Brendan Fraser - Star
Anita Briem - Star
Tripp Vinson - Executive Producer
Michael D. Weiss - Screenwriter
Tobias Emmerich - Executive Producer
Mark McNair - Executive Producer
Brendan Fraser - Executive Producer
Jennifer Flackett - Screenwriter
Chuck Schuman - Director of Photography
Beau Flynn - Producer
Charlotte Clay Huggins - Producer
Andrew Lockington - Composer
Mark Levin - Screenwriter
Eric Brevig - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2008
Catalog ID 1000040482
UPC 00794043123429
Number of Discs 1
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen/Standard  1.85:1/1.33:1 [4:3]
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Journey to the Center of the Earth is the first live-action feature to take advantage of the new digital 3-D technology. However, in generating what amounts to a 90-minute theme park ride, the filmmakers lost track of the need to tell a compelling story to supplement the eye candy. Despite taking its name from one of the most famous science fiction novels of all time, Journey to the Center of the Earth is as weak when it comes to "fiction" as it is when it comes to "science." This movie is an overlong gimmick, an opportunity for special effects whiz-turned-director Eric Brevig to "wow" an audience with his technical bravura. With 3-D, a little goes a long way and, in the absence of a legitimate script with credible characters, the fun dries up long before the running time has expired...Ten years ago, I can recall standing in line at the Universal Studios theme park in Florida to see Terminator 3-D, a twelve-minute sequel to Terminator 2 that was projected in 3-D. Technology has advanced so that now it's possible to have essentially the same experience in any theater equipped with a digital projection system. However, as with any visual effects tool, 3-D should be applied in service of the overall production, not vice versa. And that's where Journey to the Center of the Earth goes wrong. Like the virtual roller coaster ride we go on mid-way through the proceedings, there's something critical missing. Seeing, even in 3-D, is not the same as feeling.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
Review Eric Brevig's Journey to the Center of the Earth would play great at a drive-in, if drive-ins still existed...Characters wave tape measures at the screen for no reason other than to make an audience bob and weave. Goofy Brendan Fraser spits toothpaste in our general direction. Fanged fish leap into our virtual laps. When a yo-yo springs from Josh Hutcherson's hands, we jump in our seats...Though available everywhere in the standard, everyday, two-dimensional presentation (read: flat as a board and about as interesting), Journey makes excellent use of modern 3-D technology and actually harkens back to campy sci-fi of the 1950s...Geologist Trevor Anderson (Fraser) and his nephew Sean (Hutcherson) follow clues left in a tattered copy of Jules Verne's novel Journey to the Center of the Earth that they hope will lead them to Sean's missing father, Max (Jean-Michel Pare)...Journey makes about as much sense as a National Treasure film and moves as rapidly. For a film that gleefully apes Steven Spielberg with rampaging dinosaurs, hurtling mine cars, and a distracting father/son complex, Journey actually equals this summer's Indiana Jones sequel on the assembly line of escalating dangers...The rattling calamity is obvious, sure, but surprisingly effective. On normal screens, though, Journey will lose its added visual dimension (pun intended), subtracting most of its fun.
Reviewer Sean O'Connell
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Actor Fraser,Brendan
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post Terrific family entertainment, an action comedy on a par with "Night at the Museum" and "National Treasure."
Chris Kaltenbach, Baltimore Sun It's a thrill ride not to be missed.
Eric Riddle, NBC-TV This movie redefines 3-D. A thrilling journey for the whole family!
Kim Newman, Empire ...everything an 8-12 year-old could want. Older siblings and parents will have nothing to complain about either.
Lou Lumenick, New York Post The most entertaining 3-D movie I've ever seen.

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