OK, I have made my YouTube playlist for this public.
I don’t think Fox will do a takedown of this; you never know, however.
This is obviously a DVD rip in fair nick. The highest resolution is SD, 480p. Segments are between 5-8 minutes in length.
This was a Canadian production with completion funds from the National Film Board of Canada and released by Twentieth Century Fox.
The actual movie is OK, if unexciting. It was sold as an SF film but it’s more of a submarine rescue picture. A corporation is doing undersea research on the Muir Seamount, a real underwater volcano in the Atlantic Ocean, just north of Bermuda. According to WikiPedia, the area is seismically active and the rescue deals with an earthquake that traps three crew members in an underwater lab. In this, the movie is slightly prophetic as an actual earthquake occurred there in 1978.
After much hemming and hawing, Ben Gazzara is called in with his DSRV, the Neptune, to effect a rescue of the trapped men. The science fiction part comes in when, in the depths, the Neptune encounters giant fish and other forms. Crazy giant. They see mammoth anemones, angler fish, sea horses, coral, and Moray eels. The explanation is that the heat from the volcano has grown these fish to behemoth proportions.
This wouldn’t be so bad if the optical effects could keep up with the story. To get giant fish, they built several different sizes of the Neptune. One in particular looks 2 inches long and appears to be moved around on a stick in a glass tank while indifferent fish swim around it. Fortunately, they don’t do this too much.
The acting is pedestrian at best. I believe Ben Gazzara used his salary from movies like this to help him fund films made by his friend John Cassavetes, although I have no proof of that. Gazzara’s character is a former navy commander from the south, so he uses a southern accent. He kind of walks through this one, as it was probably a good payday and exposure for him.
We also have Yvette Mimieux as the eye candy. She is mainly on the Neptune to get yelled at by the men. Oh, and to get rescued from rapture of the deep, probably reminiscent of Raquel Welch’s anti-body problem in Fantastic Voyage (there’s a double entendre there someplace). Raquel’s rescue is far, far better than Yvette’s, IMHO.
Walter Pidgeon is in it as well, if for no other reason than to utter his signature line, “Good God man!” He also gets the older folks into the theater.
Ernest Borgnine. What can I say. The guy with more screen time on this project than the lead. He is listed on the credits as “and Ernest Borgnine as ‘Mack’”. He even gets to dive. He gives it his all, as usual, and elevates the material.
Daniel Petrie, who would go on to some better things, (Sybil, The Dollmaker, Eleanor and Franklin, and the Showtime remake of Inherit the Wind) directs. There is no information but I suspect that the location parts were difficult to film. Not nearly as bad as Jaws, but they probably went over time and budget from a logistical standpoint. Petrie and his DP know where to put a camera, but most of the last half of the film takes place in the Neptune, so there are lots of shots of bemused actors looking out of portholes.
According to IMDB, the film was released on 8/3/1973, in a year that, for the directors renaissance, is like 1939. 1973 featured such little known films as The Sting, The Exorcist, American Graffiti, Mean Streets, Serpico, Enter the Dragon and Soylent Green. It only made $2.75 million in rentals (it cost $2.5 million to make) and was re-released with The Poseidon Adventure for double bills to second runs and drive-ins.
You should catch it if you like subs, Borgnine, or bad FX.
Mister Miracle No. 1. My contribution to Jack Kirby’s birthday.
JACK KIRBY IN CONTEXT
Two years ago, Jack Kirby’s granddaughter Jillian launched Kirby4Heroes, a campaign to raise funds for the Hero Initiative, which helps comic artists in need. On the Kirby4Heroes Facebook page, Jillian posted several vintage pictures of her grandfather.
I thought it would be illuminating to provide a guide to what Kirby was working on at the time of each photo. Sometimes we forget that personal and professional lives don’t exist in vacuums.
(1) July 1941: Only months after the introduction of Captain America, Kirby and Joe Simon would soon leave Timely Comics. Jack and Roz Kirby spent a day at Brighton Beach.
(2) May 1961: Fantastic Four #1 was in development. It would hit newsstands on August 8. Bar Mitzvah for Neal Kirby.
(3) December 1963. Avengers #4, featuring the return of Captain America, was on newsstands. Tales of Suspense #52, featuring the first appearance of Black Widow, was at the printers. The growing Kirby family celebrated Hanukkah.
(4) July 1965: The debuts of the Inhumans (in Fantastic Four) and the Sentinels (in X-Men) were in production.
(5) June 1966: The fully-Kirby-scripted S.H.I.E.L.D. story in Strange Tales #148 hit newsstands (along with all of these). “I [did] a little editing later, but it was [Jack’s] story.” Lee said in an interview. Neal Kirby graduated.
On July 12, after Joe Simon began efforts to claim sole ownership of Captain America, Martin Goodman persuaded Jack Kirby to sign a deposition stating that Captain America, and all the work he’d done for Timely in the early 40s, was done with the understanding that it “belonged to Timely.”
(You can read much more about this in Marvel Comics: The Untold Story.)
All images ©2013 by Connie, Neal and Jillian Kirby.
These are great. Jack and family lived in Thousand Oaks, CA and I lived in Simi Valley, CA in the mid-seventies. I wish I had the guts back then to visit and introduce myself, as it was said, Jack and Roz (Mrs. Kirby) were very friendly and inviting.
After my reinstall of Linux Mint (more later) I have re-thunk my stance on Firefox. As an engine for Tumblr it seriously lacks. The one thing I can’t do smoothly is complete a tag, as the Tumblr tag engine appears to be HTML5 with a little Java Script thrown on as sauce. Chrome does this much better.
Happy 97th Birthday, Jack Kirby.
Kids, please marvel (no pun) at the work of the king of the two page spread.