When the audience is introduced to the voices of Roddy McDowall and Slim Pickens, portraying two robots, it’s hard not to feel that we’re in for a very watered down “STAR WARS.” “STAR WARS” it’s not! However, “THE BLACK HOLE” does have enough going for it to recommend it. The special effects, even though not up to today’s advanced CGI technology, is still impressive. The acting, including that of Ernest Borgnine and Anthony Perkins, is campy enough to be fun. Perhaps a bit too long for some of today’s younger audiences, but many will still find “THE BLACK HOLE” enjoyable and worth repeated viewings.
The original 2.35:1 aspect ratio is intact with 16:9 enhancement. Colors are solid and contrast is surprisingly much better than on the previous ANCHOR BAY release. Fleshtones appear natural.
A Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is included. While the mix is dated, there are some great, reverberating surround moments. Bass is used a great deal. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.