Can there be a fate worse than being injected into the body of Martin Short? That's what happens to a miniaturised Dennis Quaid in the 1987 "Fantastic Voyage" update "Innerspace". Directed with witty flair by Joe Dante, he makes himself available for a commentary on this welcome DVD release.
Picture Many of the special effects remain good, and with this quality detailed DVD transfer they look better than on previous TV broadcasts of the film.
Sound The original stereo mix is given a 5.1 upgrade that adds bass enhancements to the music score, and creates some effective surround effects once we get into Short's body.
Audio Commentary Joe Dante is joined by producer Mike Finnell, actors Kevin McCarthy and Bob Ricardo, and special effects supervisor Dennis Muren, for a fun retrospective look at a movie that they all clearly enjoyed making. Executive producer Peter Guber had told Dante that he imagined the movie to work along the basis of what it would be like if you shrunk Dean Martin and put him into Jerry Lewis. With that firmly in mind, the crew set about finding their Dean Martin, and as Joe Dante reveals, Dennis Quaid wasn't in the picture, because they had someone older in mind. It was Spielberg who recommended Quaid, and as Joe Dante puts it, "he looks like he's lived".
In between a healthy slew of amusing anecdotes from the others, Dennis Muren fills in on describing how the special effects of the movie were achieved. The cinematography was designed to be hard edged, to give it a 60s feel, and it seems that many of the effects were created using 60s technology. A good example is the scenes with blood cells, which were in fact floating sesame seeds and lentils!
Additional Extra Features Also on the disc is a cast and crew list, awards list, and the original theatrical trailer.
Ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic)
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Technical Features: Scene selection, multiple languages and subtitles, and English and Italian captions for the hearing impaired.
This DVD was reviewed on a JVC XV-S57 DVD player.