Robert Forster (Capt. Dan Holland), Maximilian Schell (Dr.
Hans Reinhardt), Anthony Perkins (Dr. Alex Durant), Joseph Bottoms (Lt. Charlie Pizer), Yvette Mimieux (Dr. Kate McCrae), Ernest Borgnine (Harry Booth)
Following the success of Star Wars, Disney produced this
sci-fi movie which was incredibly expensive for it's time but has dated incredibly badly. The production values were pretty good for 1979, but considering this is two years younger than George
Lucas' classic it looks no better than sci-fi hokum of the 1960's.
The story is pretty thin. A group of astronauts find a ship
drifting in space on the edge of a black hole and discover it's occupied by a mad scientist and his cohort of robot servants.
The rest is standard Disney fare and it would probably be best
enjoyed if seen through the eyes of a child, otherwise it just seems like another movie in a long list which tries and fails to generate what Star Wars achieved for cinema.
Did You Know:
To film the special effects, Disney originally wanted to
rent the Dykstraflex camera system, the first computer-controlled camera, created for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), from Industrial Light & Magic. The price and rental terms
were unacceptable, so Disney created its own version. The result was Disney's A.C.E.S. (Automated Camera Effects System, which was radically superior to the Dykstraflex system), the Mattescan
system, which enabled the camera to move on a matte painting, and a computer-controlled modeling stand.