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Mysterious Island

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It is 1865 and Union prisoners use a military balloon to escape a Southern prison camp near the end of the Civil War. The balloon drifts for days and finally lands on a mysterious volcanic island with very unusual inhabitants. Also landing, in a better aircraft, is Rulu, a visitor from Mercury. She seeks a radio-active material that will enable her to manufacture an explosive that will destroy the world or, at least, the portion known as Earth in this 15 Chapter Serial from the 1950s.

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  • Actors: Marshall Reed, Karen Randle, Ralph Hodges, Gene Roth Richard Crane
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: CHEEZY
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 252 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008I5OI02
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,410 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kid Klash on February 26, 2013
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If you enjoy the old serials from the 40's, you'll like this one. I had no idea that the studios were making serials in what appears to be the early 60's, but apparently they were! The acting is typical of the genre, as are the props (spray-painted silver plywood ray guns), costumes and sets, but this was a lot of fun to watch. The story is very loosely based on Jules Verne's "Mysterious Island", but it has some unique additions (aliens with ray guns and very embarrassed-looking volcano people)! I loved watching the alien lady running around on the island in her high heels! It has thrills and spills galore, and the cliffhangers make you want to see the next episode. So, if you're looking for great special effects and spectacular sets, this isn't for you. But if you enjoy watching what kids in the 50's and 60's watched at the Saturday matinees along with the feature film, this is for you! I loved it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Kohl; on June 23, 2013
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Well, almost, but the female character is from Mercury, and the island is somewhere in Simi Valley. A 1951 Columbia serial, "Mysterious Island" is in 15 chapters, directed by Spencer Bennet and starring Richard Crane, best known as television's "Rocky Jones, Space Ranger." While the titles claim it is based on Jules Verne's "L'Île mystérieuse," the story was "enhanced" for the screenplay by Lewis Clay, Royal K. Cole and George H. Plympton.

Captain Cyrus Harding (Richard Crane), of the Union Army Engineers gets captured, in the closing months of the U.S. Civil War, owing to the Confederates' use of an observation balloon. He manages to take over the balloon, with the help of his servant, Neb (Bernard Hamilton) and three fellow prisoners: sailor Jack Pencroft (Marshall Reed), Pencroft's adopted son Herbert 'Bert' Brown (Ralph Hodges) and journalist Gideon Spillett (Hugh Prosser). They get caught in a storm and are blown thousands of miles to the southwest, ending up on a strange uncharted volcanic island.

The castaways encounter pirates, led by Captain Shard (Gene Roth) and they also have problems with "Wild Man" Ayrton (Terry Frost), who appears to be insane. They are aided by a mystery man, who keeps his identity a secret, but Columbia's writers added "strange volcano people" who are initially hostile, possibly owing to their cheap costumes, and space aliens from the planet Mercury, led by Rulu (Karen Randle) searching for an element powerful enough to destroy the Earth. The island appears to have well-maintained trails, and "meadows" that look like picnic grounds, though at least there is some outdoor photography. The special effects are not good, nor is most of the dialogue, and there is little intentional humor.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Donald L. Davis on June 6, 2014
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This is a typical movie serial--a fast moving story with characters and situations cobbled together. Great fun but don't expect quality writing or acting. Cinematography surprisingly good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Winston E. Stakely on October 14, 2014
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About what I expected, I am just kind of a fan of old serials and Sam Katzman's sci-fi "B" movies. This serial just sort of meanders around, with the castaways (Civil War balloon escapees), pirates, natives with Z-shaped spears, invaders from MERCURY .. (no kidding), and Captain Nemo.. all with a constant musical score. The DVD I watched was a kind of poor quality video.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By aggie03 on June 10, 2015
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Mysterious Island: This is one of the most entertaining, larger-than-life serials I’ve ever seen, with more interwoven plot elements than you can shake a stick at—escaped Civil War POWs, blood thirsty pirates, a wild man, native Volcano People, Mercurian invaders and the mysterious Captain Nemo all thrown together on one island! True, as other reviewers have pointed out, if you bought this DVD expecting a faithful rendering of the Jules Verne classic, you’ll be disappointed; but if you bought this as a fan of classic cliffhanger serials, you’ll be extremely pleased. The print used for this Cheezy Flicks release is quite good, with clear sound and sharp image.

FYI, I bought this from Cheezy Distribution via Amazon along with several other titles because they offered the best price, and they refunded me more than 90% of the system-generated per-title shipping costs, only charging me what it actually cost to ship the DVDs. For the volume of titles I bought, purchasing them at a lower price from Cheezy and paying only five bucks to ship the lot was a far better deal than buying the DVDs at a higher list price from Amazon to get the free-shipping-over-$35 deal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tenorbone on May 17, 2015
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The copy I received is a good print and I finally got to see all of the chapters. However it should have been released back in the mid to late 1930s as it has much in common with the movie serials of that day. However I enjoyed it.Thanks for the speedy delivery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By raddi on August 7, 2014
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This is mainly to the reviewers who gave such a low rating. Did you expect great production values, a stellar cast with an award winning script and CGI special effects? I'm simply curious. I mean after all, it is marketed by CHEEZY Studios.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph A. McGranaghan on June 27, 2015
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About as cheesy as it gets. Invaders from Mercury, a wild man, Volcano People with lightning bolt shaped spears, a mystery man and flying saucers. Hard to take your eyes off of this one because you never know what's coming next.
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