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Matt Reed
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Posted: 25 November 2018 at 2:32am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I was nearly going to say the "40th Anniversary" but it's just the 39th. Released December 21, 1979.   What are your thoughts on this film?  It's nearly forgotten in the Disney catalog, available on the cheap on iTunes.

I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed it when I saw it in the theatre, but hold my overall rating until I see it again.  Haven't done so in nearly 35 years, but just recently bought it on digital which is the only way to get an HD copy of the film.  The knock on it holds true: it's slow.  It was decades ago and it certainly is now in a way that ALIEN and STAR WARS, made at the same time, are not.   That said, I still have a fondness for the film and am looking forward to revisiting it.  

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Posted: 25 November 2018 at 5:10am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

There was a good, serious movie there, but it got Disney-fied (when that was not a good thing), and thus lost.
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I was still just young enough to enjoy the "Disneyfication" aspect. And after seeing STAR TREK: TMP a couple of weeks earlier THE BLACK HOLE seemed to be moving at break neck speed.
I liked it so much that I'm scared to death to rewatch it nowadays.
Let me know how it holds up Matt!
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I won't call myself an uber-fan, but I could be the biggest BLACK HOLE nerd around these parts.  I caught it at just the right age in the theaters, and I've loved it ever since, flaws and all.

I always go back to Edgar Wright's "Trailers from Hell" entry... I agree with every word of his summation 1000%:




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That was a fun look at the trailer. And, hey, I had some of those action figures, too. Never had a V.I.N.cent or a B.O.B., but I made my own. I used to have Dr. Hans Reinhart and Dr. Zarkov from the Filmation Flash Gordon have long discussions together.

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Posted: 26 November 2018 at 12:19am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Iíve never seen the movie all the way through. I tried once when I was a kid and got bored. But I did own the Disney Read Along Book and Vinyl Record, and I have a weird, nostalgic attachment to /that/. 



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A (potentially) deep movie with a metaphysical ending.
That was then marketed at kids.
When I saw it as a 10 year old I thought its tone was all over the place - exposition here, deep discussion here and then an ending where Max and what's his name may have descended in to hell and merged, but who really knew
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Posted: 26 November 2018 at 5:14am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

It's a movie I've heard a lot about, but I can't actually remember having seen it. I doubt watching it for the first time now would do it any favours.
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Some terrific model work in it, as I remember - the kind
of Jules Verne look to the ship really stood out. The
black hole effect itself was an achievement for the
period too.
But as a child I found it boring and talky... and that
ending? Pretty out there for a kids film!
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Posted: 26 November 2018 at 9:04am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

TCM showed it on their last Disneyfest. It really shone when paired with THE CAT FROM OUTER SPACE and THE FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR. I liked it enough to record it, I haven't liked it enough to buy a DVD. Maybe if they do a special edition like they did for TRON, with intensive "making of" features.

V.I.N.CENT gets points above R2D2 in that all his Swiss-Army appendages are visible, rather than kept behind doors as a surprise. Although why he carries two laserblasters is a puzzlement.

The planned remake or sequel has apparently gone the way of more JOHN CARTER now that Disney has the actual Star Wars. That lowers the possibility of reissues of the model kits, which saddens me.
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I'll echo JB above. The movie *could* have been pretty cool, but it got mismanaged somewhere along the line and ended up a junkfest with semi-outdated effects and acting that went full cheddar.
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Here's a theory from back when I was a kid, '80 or '81, whenever it would have stopped on cable before going to regular TV. Showtime got ST:TMP and THE BLACK HOLE, and some other sci-fi movies to make a theme month, including FORBIDDEN PLANET, which their listing hyped as "the movie that started it all." I took this as critical consensus and applied it everywhere, in particular to THE BLACK HOLE.

Disney has played up similarities to their 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA: the burial "at sea" and the well-appointed dining salon, and they all do cont, ain the story of an expedition that finds an isolated scientist who wants to stay isolated and to study, and whom we find has killed, and may kill again, but the story shows more elements of FORBIDDEN PLANET. Dr. Reinhart has his Id Monster, as the last few images show, but the Palomino crew had to bring along the friendly robot and the daughter of the expedition.
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