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Unknown Island [DVD] [1948] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Virginia Grey, Phillip Reed, Richard Denning, Barton MacLane, Dick Wessel
  • Directors: Jack Bernhard
  • Writers: Jack Harvey, Robert T. Shannon
  • Producers: Albert J. Cohen
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 27 April 1999
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000ICHN
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,389 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bailes on 10 Aug 2009
Format: DVD
dont expect hi tech special effects but still a good story and a really enjoyable film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. W. Wilson TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 July 2010
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If you saw this as a kid, or read the story in "Boy's Cinema Annual, you must get this, good price and for it's age a good print. Story is old hat and SFX poor by today's standards, but it still works for me. Good old Barton Maclane steals the film and, yes, it's fun, if you like these old(er) "B" movies. Go for it.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Unknown Island 24 Dec 1999
By A Customer - Published on
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I first saw this movie around 1950, and in my opinion it still holds up well today. The dinosaurs are not up to computer generated standards, but at least they are not lizards. And the movie avoids my least favorite cliche, that of an exploding volcano. The movie does follow the template for a lost world story, with the deliberate buildup, being stranded, character conflicts, attacks by monsters, etc, but it has a good script within these limitations and the characters are well acted. I was also pleasantly surprised by the tape quality, the colors especially not being faded. All in all, a classic movie of its type.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A really fun island/jungle adventure! 5 Oct 2007
By Patrick W. Crabtree - Published on
Format: DVD
I really enjoyed this film, although I never saw it in my youth. It was shot in Cinecolor which, I think, must have been a "two-strip" process. As a result you see a lot of cheesy pastels but the skin tones are great. Now granted, the monsters are pretty hokey in this one and it's clear that the "beach" is a studio one... but, somehow, I still liked it. This flick is sort of a King Kong rip-off with no central monster to love or to hate. So, the principals shoot at darn near every one that they see. There are some cool weapons and the casting is near perfect, even though there are no big stars here. All in all, as a baby boomer and horror/sci-fi film nut, I find this film a nice nostalgic return to the good old days.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
my favorite movie as a kid 7 Nov 2000
By William M. Johnson - Published on
Format: DVD
This was the first dinosaur movie I saw as a kid. I still think it's a great flick. It helped kindle a life long interest in dinosaurs. So what if the monsters are fakey.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
First Color Dinosaurs 21 May 2006
By R. Christenson / Lunamation - Published on
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If you're a fan of Harryhausen, O'Brien, and movies like Mighty Joe Young, The Lost World, and Valley of The Gwangi, this one is a must to complete your collection. I'm not sure how the monsters were done - some look like men in suits, but better.

The plot's similar to King Kong - a sea voyage to a monster island. I believe it's the first feature film about dinosaurs in color. One of the monsters is a giant sloth that looks like a modified gorilla suit - certainly not as cute as the sloth in Ice Age. But scarier than many movie monsters.

The stars are much better than in the typical "B" monster movies - Virginia Grey, Richard Denning, and Barton MacLane were respected actors in their day.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
cheesy but fun. 31 Dec 2006
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This is your typical dinosaur movie. A lost island that time has stood still and prehistoric (most of the time dinosaurs) animals still roam this world. Several people get eaten by the dinosaurs. It's sort of predictable. The animals look very fake but it's still a good movie. There are four animals in the movie. A brontosaurus,dimetrodons,giant sloths (they look more like giant apes), and many t.rexes. I especally like the t.rexes. They look more like ceratosaurus than a t.rex but who cares! Overall it's a good movie to see. It's apporpreate enough for childern. No bad words but some violence. The violence isn't too intense but it's mild. By this movie with Lost Continent (the one with Cesar Romero). It makes a great double feature!
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