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Mysterious Island (Sous-titres français)

Michael Craig , Joan Greenwood , Cy Endfield , Richard Schickel    DVD
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Jules Verne's classic adventure is perfectly matched with Ray Harryhausen's timeless movie magic in Mysterious Island. Based on Verne's sequel to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, this rousing Civil War-era fantasy begins when a band of Union war prisoners (and one Confederate straggler) escape in a hot-air balloon, which crash-lands on the titular island of mystery. Verne's novel doesn't include any gigantic creatures, but Harryhausen's version--under the capable direction of genre specialist Cy Endfield--features giant oysters, bees, a prehistoric Phororhacos (a giant chickenlike bird!), an undersea cephalopod, a giant crab, and enough danger to keep its resourceful ensemble on constant alert. Captain Nemo (Herbert Lom, ably filling James Mason's shoes) is a third-act hero, pursuing an ill-fated dream to save humanity from hunger and war. The action may be too intense for younger viewers, but Endfield's pacing and Harryhausen's stop-motion mastery make Mysterious Island a wondrous precursor to Harryhausen's follow-up classic, Jason and the Argonauts. --Jeff Shannon


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1.0 out of 5 stars Does not Work in North America June 27 2014
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BEWARE. This dvd cannot be played in North America, only Europe. They do not say this nor do you they say where the dvd is coming from. After I received it and could not play it, I contacted the seller and they refunded my money very fast.
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1.0 out of 5 stars good luck May 3 2014
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Too expensive. Bought it from Wal-Mart for $ 9.95. Should check your partners more often as they sometimes increase prices for anyone who puts items on wish list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but a Goodie March 9 2014
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This was purchased for a friend. It's one of his all time favs! Love they old time movies, Great Pick
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good family type movie Dec 22 2013
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This movie was well made, (no sex & no violence). The moral of the story was good, complete with an interesting ending.
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3.0 out of 5 stars changing vhs to dvd Aug. 31 2013
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husband loves old old classics... got it for him...really enjoyed it, been awhile since he had seen it, now in his collection
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4.0 out of 5 stars Movie as remembered. Aug. 26 2013
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Remember this movie from growing up. It still has the same appeal to me. Thanks for making this available to me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mysterious Island. Nov. 19 2012
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I just finished reading the book and since I have never seen the movie, thought I would by it.
I enjoyed it very much, although it was a little different story line then the book.
I am glad I purchased it for my collection. Delivery was very fast and DVD was in excellent condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No, it wasn't faithful to Verne... July 4 2004
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However, what movie versions of literature usually are? Instead of criticizing the liberties taken, let's just look at the points of merit of the film: great special effects by way of the stop-motion master Ray Harryhausen, a stirring score by legendary Bernard Herrmann, superb scenery, a tale of survival, and lots of action.
Of course the acting is a little wooden but there are decent performances from Herbert Lom as "Captain Nemo", Joan Greenwood as "Lady Fairchild", and Gary Merrill (the former MR. Bette Davis) as "Mr. Spillet".
The real highlight for this viewer upon the film's release was the inclusion of a pivotal character portrayed by a black man, Dan Jackson as "Neb". The character is in the novel but he is younger and a bit too "subservient," reflecting the times of the book's publication. In 1961 it was notable to see a black man in a fantasy film, portraying an "equal" to his fellow castaways.
The DVD extras, including the documentary "The Harryhausen Chronicles", are adequate but the film holds its own as a wonderful excursion into the fanciful and makes for a fine family film.
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