Mysterious Island 1961

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Ray Harryhausen's adaptation of Jules Verne's sequel to '2000 Leagues Under the Sea'. During the American Civil War a group of captured soldiers make a daring air balloon escape, only to end up on a strange island where they meet two shipwrecked English ladies and are harassed by giant animals and birds.

Starring:
Gary Merrill, Herbert Lom
Runtime:
1 hour 40 minutes

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Mysterious Island

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Action & Adventure
Director Cyril Endfield
Starring Gary Merrill, Herbert Lom
Supporting actors Joan Greenwood, Michael Craig, Michael Callan
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Universal, suitable for all
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By websurfer on 22 May 2004
Format: DVD
This 1961 picture was a box office hit not only because of his special effects but most of all because it's great fun.
Loosly adapted from Jules Vernes Book, this picture offers one hour and a half of fantasy and entertainment that will appeal to everyone that's young at heart.
With a classic Bernard Herman score, great color photography and sequences like the one of the giant Crab this is truly a classic 60ths adventure film!
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By MR PAUL S BADHAM on 12 Jan 2003
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Any fan of Ray Harryhausen should have this DVD in their collection. Although probably overshadowed by his other films like "Jason and the argonauts" and therefore not as well know, "Mysterious Island" offers the viewer with more excellent special effects - especially as it was filmed in colour. Ray Harryhausen brings to life a giant crab ,a pre-historic bird and bees in this Jules Verne story. The final part of the film is excellent where the shipwrecked survivors dressed in bizarre diving equipment help Captain Nemo destroy a giant gastropod kind of monster and try and save the "Nautilus" submarine. Great fun!!! - They dont make Sci fi / fantasy like this anymore - sadly its all computer generated images now. Ray Harryhausen's models were the best. There is a very interesting extra on the DVD all about Ray Harryhausen's life and films over the years which is narrated by Leonard Nimoy - of "StarTrek" fame.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Dobey on 4 July 2012
Format: DVD
Afrer watching blu rays like 'rio lobo' and others where the color is not corrected and they just sling it out on blu ray this is quite a treat. It shows what a blu ray of movie from five decades or more can look like if someone cares enough to blean it up. This is cleaned up. And it comes with a nice booklet. The movie is one of the line of really cool movies that Ray Harryhausen worked on. He did the effects and that's a cool type of stop motion animation mixed with larger models including giant crab claws that grab people. The story is from Jules Verne and it concerns Captain Nemo as he sets about to solve the worlds food crisis by enlarging animals in giants. It's a classic tale because Nemo just wants to be left alone really. The acting in this one is first rate as this was a A movie and you'd expect no less. Unfontunately this company only does limited runs on movies. Which means that this is more expensive than a normal blu ray these days. ALthough this price was normal back in 2006 , a reason that blu rays first had trouble selling! but they later learned their lesson and many are cheap these days. However this is remastered and awesome. The way I would want all older movies on blu ray to be treated. I paid about the same price for this from the distributer. So the seller on here is not gouging you at 40.00. Unlike 'fright night' which is also limited but they are trying to sell it to you for 124.00. I love movies , old ones and new and this fits in well with my Ray Harryhausen boxset and jason and the argonauts' which looks great on blu. Sadly "clash of the titans' looks not so good on blu , but it's better than the dvd version. So if you love Ray or these old fantasy movies , you may want to grab this one in spite of the price. every movie should look as great as this does on blu.Read more ›
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Aug 2007
Format: DVD
This is a nice, satisfying telling of the Verne story, with special effects by Ray Harryhausen and a good score by Bernard Herrman. Escapees from a Civil War prison camp are blown way off course in a balloon they stole. They find themselves on an apparently deserted island somewhere in the Pacific, are joined by two women who were shipwrecked, and eventually come face-to-face with Captain Nemo and the wrecked Nautilus.

They have to deal with pirates, an erupting volcano and Harryhausen's creature threats. These include very large versions of a hungry red crab, an aggressive chicken, a bee and an unhappy squid. Some of the creatures turn out to be very good boiled or roasted.

The movie holds up well because of a strong story, good action, and fairly well-defined characters. It features Herbert Lom, in my view an under-rated actor, and Joan Greenwood. By this time Greenwood was taking character parts and doing a lot of stage work. But from the mid-Forties to the mid-Fifties she was, I think, one of the sexiest, smartest and funniest star actors Britain has ever produced. Her plummy, smoky voice is inimitable. She is coy and slightly lascivious in Kind Hearts and Coronets, sexy and brave in The Man in the White Suit.

The DVD transfer is just fine.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Close Range. on 13 Oct 2009
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This was fun to see again after so many years,but it was not as action-packed or as filled with the many wonderful Harryhausen creations as many of his other films.
If you are hoping for a Clash of The Titans-type of experience,this will disappoint you. An extra feature though that I highly recommend (worth the purchase price alone) is The Harryhausen Chronicles, a well researched and put together documentary on the interesting life of Ray Harryhausen,and the stories behind some of his creations. He seems to be such a nice,humble man,judging by this.Really a top quality extra feature.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 5 Nov 2004
Format: DVD
There was a woefully bad 15-part serial version of Jules Verne's "Mysterious Island" released in 1951 that stupidly gave away the big surprise by listing Captain Nemo's name in the credits. Fortunately a decade later the release of this version of "Mysterious Island" replaced that one in the public's consciousness. The team that put together "Mysterious Island" consisted of producer Charles Schneer, special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen, and composer Bernard Herrmann, which is important because it puts the film more in the tradition of their earlier collaborations, "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad" and "Jason and the Argonauts," than it does Verne's novels. Obviously the 1954 Disney film version of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" had an influence on this 1961 film by director Cy Endfield ("Zulu") as well.
During the American Civil War, Union Captain Cyrus Harding (Michael Craig) is being held prisoner in a Confederate prison camp along with young Herbert Brown (Michael Callan), cynical "New York Herald" reporter Gideon Spillett (Gary Merrill), and a former slave named Corporal Neb Nugent (Dan Jackson). During a massive hurricane the group escape by stealing an observation balloon and sailing over the palisade, taking with them a Confederate soldier, Sergeant Pencroft (Percy Herbert). The storm is so fierce that it blows them to an uncharted (and dare I say, mysterious) island somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean, where the balloon crashes.
Harding is pulled from the water by unseen figure and the group decides to put the war behind them and work together to survive (I was going to say this is sort of like "Survivor," after the merger, which Nemo playing the Jeff Probst role, but clearly the more relevant television analogy today would be to "Lost").
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