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Mysterious Island
Director: Cy Endfield, Richard Schickel
Screenplay: Richard Schickel, Crane Wilbur, Daniel B. Ullman, John Prebble, Jules Verne
Producer: Anna Sofroniou
Cast: Michael Craig, Joan Greenwood, Michael Callan, Gary Merrill, Herbert Lom
Genre: Action & Adventure

Running Time: 100
Aspect Ratio:  1.85:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Studio:  Sony Pictures DVD Region:  99 Unrated
DVD Release:  Oct 2002 Discs:  1 (DVD) []
Reviews:  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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