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March 6, 2002
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Reviews by Matt Heffernan <matt@filmhead.com>

This week my picks are Hearts in Atlantis (2001 - ) and Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001 - ).

After a two-month hiatus, we have some new video picks this week, both of them new releases. The first is the second American film from Australian director Scott Hicks starring the great Welsh actor Anthony Hopkins and Russian newcomer Anton Yelchin. OK, so maybe I'm pushing the internationalism of the production; Yelchin has lived in America since he was an infant, but he is still a remarkable actor at a very young age. Based on a Stephen King novel, Hearts in Atlantis tells the story of one summer in the life of Bobby Garfield (Yelchin) and his relationship with a mysterious psychic named Ted (Hopkins). The brilliant performances by the leads make the film a must-see, even if the odd screenplay by William Goldman may seem questionable. (Does he really think kids speak that way?)
Full review by Eugene Kopman from October 4, 2001

The second film is completely unrelated to the first except for its title. Whereas the first film only makes a fleeting reference to the mythical lost continent, Atlantis: The Lost Empire actually takes place there. Of course, this is made much simpler thanks to the remarkable talents of Disney's animators. Michael J. Fox provides the voice for a linguist who joins a pre-WWI-era submarine expedition to find Atlantis. He is the only one who can read their supposedly dead language, which helps a treasure hunter (James Garner) find his way to the legendary Atlantian power source. The great cel animation (remember that?) and the lightning-quick pace of the film make for a thrilling family adventure. There are no Elton John or Randy Newman songs in this one, only an instrumental score by James Newton Howard. There is a Diane Warren song (sung by Mya) over the closing credits, but at home you can simply mute the sound and just read the names of the talented people who made this film. It may not have been a big box office success, but hopefully Disney will continue to make films in this style.
Full review by Eugene Kopman from June 16, 2001


For more information, visit the Internet Movie Database:
Hearts in Atlantis (2001)
Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)

Here's some merchandise for sale at Amazon.com
Hearts in Atlantis (2001) -- VHS
Hearts in Atlantis (2001) -- DVD
Hearts in Atlantis, a novel by Stephen King -- Hardcover
Hearts in Atlantis, a novel by Stephen King -- Paperback
Hearts in Atlantis, a novel by Stephen King -- Audio Cassette (read by William Hurt)
Hearts in Atlantis: Original Motion Picture Score -- Compact Disc
Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) -- VHS
Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) -- DVD
Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) -- DVD Collector's Edition (2 discs)
Atlantis the Lost Empire: The Illustrated Script -- Hardcover
Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire: The Junior Novelization, by Tab Murphy -- Paperback
Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire: The Essential Guide, by David John -- Hardcover
Atlantis: The Lost Empire: Soundtrack -- Compact Disc
Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire - Trial by Fire -- Game for Windows 95/98/Me
Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire -- Game for Game Boy Color
Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire - The Lost Games -- Game for Macintosh, Windows 95/98/Me


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