The Bermuda Depths

1978

Adventure / Fantasy / Sci-Fi / Thriller

5
IMDb Rating 5.9 10 696

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Uploaded By: FREEMAN
March 30, 2021 at 09:58 AM

Cast

Connie Sellecca as Jennie Haniver
Burl Ives as Paulis
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891.93 MB
1280*964
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 37 min
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1.62 GB
1424*1072
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 37 min
P/S 1 / 3

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by TVholic 8 / 10

A minor cult classic of doomed romance

SPOILER: Those of us old enough to remember the ABC Movies of the Week in the '70s remember more than a few science fiction, horror and fantasy pickings. Among them were "The Stranger Within," "Satan's Triangle," "The Last Dinosaur" and Irwin Allen's "The Time Travelers." On a cold, dark winter night of January 27, 1978, Rankin and Bass -- best known for their cheerful Christmas stop-motion cartoons -- took us on a two-hour trip to tropical climes with "Bermuda Depths," featuring lush locations filmed in where else but Bermuda.

In recent years, I obtained first a poor-quality copy of the movie and later the DVD. The first time I played it was with some trepidation. Would it be better left in the past? After watching it, I'm still ambivalent. It was good to see it again, but some parts were definitely B-movie quality, something an older but not necessarily wiser me finds less easy to forgive than 22 years ago.

This movie was an uneasy blend of science fiction and mystical fantasy. It appears the writers couldn't decide on which kind of movie to do. Sometimes, it's a supernatural story with the devil's servant - a gigantic turtle with glowing eyes - and a forever young "imaginary friend" who only appears to men about to drown or to be lost at sea. Then it turns around and both can be wounded by nothing more than spear-guns and harpoons. If only the writers had chosen one or the other, it would have been a stronger story.

One can't help but note the similarities with 1984's "Splash." A young man returns to a place of happiness from his youth. He finds a mysterious young woman, also with ties to his past, who is far more than she appears. Determined to ferret out the truth is an obsessed researcher. The biggest difference is that this story has the kind of ending Hollywood would never allow today. Not a single character is left happy. Not even bittersweet. "Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer," this wasn't.

The main musical theme was a delicate, somewhat melancholy piece composed by one of the masters, Antonio Vivaldi. It's the Largo movement from the Concerto for Lute, 2 Violins and Basso Continuo in D Major. Vivaldi composed in the early 18th century, the time of Jennie Hanniver. The Concerto also made several appearances in Georges Delerue's Academy Award-winning score for 1979's "A Little Romance." The first three minutes, an extended flashback to Magnus' days as a boy on the island, were the highlight of the movie as the lyrical concerto wended its way through scenes of childhood innocence.

The special effects were dead ringers for ones from Japanese "kaiju" giant monster movies, complete with blatant miniatures in the water tank shots. The giant turtle even looked a lot like Gamera in some shots. This is understandable as the effects actually were done in Japan, as with the previous Rankin/Bass monster effort, "The Last Dinosaur."

The young leads did what they could, but were hampered by their inexperience and the material. This introduced a lissome Connie Selleca. Leigh McCloskey fared somewhat less well as his character's motivations were never really clear. Nor was it ever explained why Jennie appeared to Magnus twice - first as a little girl and later as an adult - when he was not about to drown or be lost at sea either time, as the legend demanded.

A single U.S. production run of the videocassette was done in the '80s. With no promotion from the company, most of the tapes went into video rental stores. It took decades, but at long last, Warner is offering a manufactured on demand DVD with some decent picture quality. It's not perfect, but certainly no worse than our TV reception back in 1978.

Reviewed by jaxmetal 10 / 10

Haunting definitely seems to be "the" word to describe The Bermuda Depths!

This movie had a very profound effect upon my brother and I. We saw it in 1979 when I was 11 years old, and my brother was 7. I spent the next 20 years trying to tell people about the movie with the "Giant Turtle". Virtually nobody knew what I was talking about, and they thought I was nuts - but I knew that both my brother and I had seen it.

I caught part of the end of it in the late 1980's, probably on WGN or TBS late at night, and actually called one of my friends and made him turn it on, because he thought I was making the movie up. So there was another person to verify it's existence! LOL!

I wish that this movie would be released on DVD; I found it every bit as haunting as the 1974 film GARGOLYES. (Which I just happened to get today for Christmas on DVD! Thank God my Brother understands and loves these old movies as much as I do! Thanks Bro!!)

All I can say is, this Movie Rocks. IF it's on and you have to go to work, call in sick! If they won't let you have off -then Quit! Jobs are available all day long, "The Berumuda Depths" isn't!

Tim

Reviewed by no_caps 8 / 10

weird

I'm just going to agree with what everyone else here has said, must have been 9 or 10 when I saw this (based on the '78 air date), and it has stuck with me since. What is the deal with this movie? I was reminded of Bermuda Depths while watching Whale Rider last night, and the scene where the girl begins to ride the whale into the depths -- that scene in Whale Rider reminded me of the end of Bermuda Depths (of course Whale Rider had a happier ending), where the guy gets dragged down by the turtle, and the carvings on the turtle, ooh boy has that stuck with me. Did a Google search for "giant sea turtle movie," expecting to find a bunch of links about Gamera, but what do you know, I find this whole community of people on IMDb who were just as affected by that movie, all these years later -- weird. We're kind of like the people in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, inexplicably making mashed potato mountains of Devil's Tower, only to discover we're not the only ones.

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