Around the World in 80 Days
Disney / Buena Vista (2004)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance
In Collection
Seen ItYes
IMDB   5.8
119 mins USA / English
DVD  Region 1   PG
Jackie Chan Passepartout/Lau Xing
Steve Coogan Phileas Fogg
Robert Fyfe Jean Michel
Jim Broadbent Lord Kelvin
Ian McNeice Colonel Kitchener
David Ryall Lord Salisbury
Roger Hammond Lord Rhodes
Adam Godley Mr. Sutton
Karen Mok General Fang
Howard Cooper Academy Member #1
Daniel Hinchcliffe British Valet
Cecile De France Monique de Grave
Ewen Bremner Inspector Fix
Arnold Schwarzenegger Prince Hapi
Kathy Bates Queen Victoria
Owen Wilson Wilbur Wright
Frank Coraci
Producer Bill Badalato
Hal Lieberman
Phyllis Alia
Stephen Barker
Jackie Chan
Writer Jules Verne
David N. Titcher
David Benullo
Cinematography Phil Meheux
Musician Trevor Jones

Jules Verne's famous novel of a daring man of science who takes on the greatest voyage in history is once again adapted for the big screen in this adventure comedy. In 1872, eccentric British inventor Phileas Fogg (Steve Coogan) has come up with any number of gadgets to help people travel with greater speed and ease, and is working on plans for a flying machine. In a lively discussion with Lord Kelvin (Jim Broadbent), the head of the Royal Academy of Science, Fogg states his belief that it's possible for someone to travel around the globe in a mere 80 days. Kelvin, who makes no secret of his belief that Fogg is a crackpot, challenges him to do just that, and adds a wager to the bargain to make things interesting: if Fogg can't circumnavigate the globe in 80 days, he'll give up inventing forever. Fogg takes the challenge, and teams up with his manservant, a former acrobat named Passepartout (Jackie Chan), and lovely navigator Monique (Cécile De France) to make the epic voyage — traveling by train, boat, balloon, horseback, or any other means at their disposal. However, Fogg and his companions are dogged along the way by the false accusation that the inventor took part in a bank robbery, forcing him to not only complete the journey but clear his name as well. Like the blockbuster 1956 adaptation of Around the World in 80 Days, this film features a number of major stars in cameo appearances and supporting roles as Fogg makes his way around the globe, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Cleese, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Kathy Bates, Sammo Hung, Rob Schneider, Richard Branson, Mark Addy, and more. — Mark Deming
Edition Details
Distributor Walt Disney Video
Chapters 20
Release Date 11/2/2004
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio 2.35:1
Subtitles French
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Discs/Tapes 1
Personal Details
Purchase Date 11/2/2004
Owner Thomas Eisenmann
Store Best Buy
Purchase Price $14.99
Condition Excellent
Current Value $2.50
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Includes a never-before-seen director's alternate opening; a 19-minute behind-the-scenes featurette "Discovering 'Around The World In 80 Days;'" a seven minute behind-the-scenes stunt choreography featurette "Around The World Of Jackie Chan;" deleted scenes; audio commentary by director Frank Coraci and actor Steve Coogan, which is only available for the alternate beginning version; and "Everybody All Over The World (Join The Celebration)" three-minute music video performed by Dave Stewart and The Sylvia Young Theater School Choir. Also includes upfront ads.
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Anamophic Yes
Reviewed Widescreen Review
Bit Rate 448 KB
Digital UV Not eligable
Digital Copy Claimed No
VUDU Purchase Price 17.99
Disk Type DVD
VUDU Export No

High-Def Review
Story Synopsis:
In the updated version of "Around The World In 80 Days" Phileas Fogg is now played by Steve Coogan and Jackie Chan stars as his wacky manservant Passepartout. The year is still 1872 and the story is basically the same as the 1956 film, but some added attempt at humor has been made, along with a few twists on the original. Based upon a book by Jules Verne. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture exhibits pleasing images that are sharp with satisfying detail and definition. Colors are nicely saturated, with rich hues, accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Edge halos can be a problem, as can pixelization, which contributes a “digital” appearance, especially in the darker scenes. Sometimes the picture can have a smeared appearance. (Suzanne Hodges)

The aggressive Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack sounds very natural and energized. Off-screen dialogue is directionalized well around the front hemisphere, with excellent separation even between the surround channels. Low bass is presented through each of the six channels, with effective use of the LFE. The entire soundtrack is incredibly enveloping. (Danny Richelieu)