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  • Actors: Chancellor Miller, Cameron Monaghan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005OK0YPW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,762 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

In the first adventure based on the novels about the world's most famous kid detectives, The Three Investigators follow an invitation to South Africa where they are sucked into a journey that has them risking their lives! This investigation finds them helping a young girl escape from dangerous Cape Town while they chase an evil treasure hunter through deserts and across mountaintops, and eventually leads them to a breathtaking showdown with a mysterious, horrific creature named “The Tokolosh.” Uncovering the true secret of Skeleton Island will prove to be the most adventurous – and dangerous – case The Three Investigators have ever had!

Customer Reviews

The movie is also great fun.
K.C. James
I grew up reading these books and enjoyed them much more than the more drawn out Hardy Boys.
Neal
Great fun movie for 11- 14 year old kids!
Felipe

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Daniel C. Storm on May 22, 2010
Format: DVD
When is this coming out in Region 1 dvd??? Haven't we waited long enough? Oh and while you're at it, release Terror Castle as well! The better of the two, though I enjoyed them both. If you're a fan, please join my facebook page at [...]

The movie gets started right away with a little suspense/action sequence in an elevator shaft that leads into another scene where the Investigators solve a mystery and introduce themselves. The title sequence then rolls and introduces the characters and then shortly after we're off to Skeleton Island. The story has very little to do with the book but I found it enjoyable, maybe because I hadn't read Skeleton Island since I was a kid. It had some fun "Indiana Jones" type action sequences, though I thought the movie could of used some more suspense and a little more action too. There were a couple small laughs and some fun *winks* referencing previous books for the fans that I thought were cool. They should of done a little more with that, but I thought it was great. The story was easy to follow and had some nice exotic locations. Though all the kid actors didn't quite fit the book descriptions, I thought they did a great job.

The movie cost about $17 million U.S. dollars to make, but I couldn't find out any box office numbers to see how the film did overall. They have made a second film based on Terror Castle but I know that this was a planned trilogy so I'm not sure if production was already under way before the first movie came out or not.

Overall I found the movie very enjoyable. If you're a diehard of the books you might find it less so, but if you just have fond memories of the books and haven't read them or even remember them much, I think you'll like this movie.
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Being a fan of The Three Investigators books since the 1970's, I was excited when I first learned that this German production was available on Region 1 DVD. The Three Investigators had become extremely popular in Germany, so much so that new Three Investigator books were written and published in Germany. Known as "Die Drei", the series was also adapted for radio dramas. The original series published by Random House, ran from 1964 through 1987, and produced 43 books. By comparison, the number of books published in Germany is reportedly upwards of 150!

Why a series about three teenage boys operating from a junkyard in Rocky Beach, California, captured the hearts of those in Germany, may be a mystery, but it is due to that phenomenon that the film The Three Investigators: The Secret of Skeleton Island (2007) came to be. This movie was followed by a sequel, an adaptation of the detectives' very first adventure, The Secret of Terror Castle, released in Europe in 2009.

In Skeleton Island, the film's producers incorporate some of the basic elements of the Three Investigators' mythology, but little from the original novel. After an introduction to Jupiter Jones (Chancellor Miller), Pete Crenshaw (Nick Price), and Bob Andrews (Cameron Monaghan), and glimpse inside their secret headquarters in the Jones Salvage yard, the setting shifts to South Africa, as the boys join Pete's father Al (Nigel Whitney), who is building an amusement park on Skeleton Island, for a woman named Miss Wilbur (Fiona Ramsay).

On Skeleton Island they meet Chris (Naima Sebe), a young girl who later hires the boys, after her father Gamba (Akin Omotoso), a native chief who opposes the construction of the park, is arrested for assaulting Miss Wilbur.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TK on June 1, 2013
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We liked this as a family movie. But be aware that there is a little bit of pre-teen love-interest and connection going on. Very mild.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AD on July 19, 2013
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The four kids all really enjoyed this movie. Wholesome and entertaining. After this movie my son figured out there were books, He has since read the book series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dane Kimber on May 10, 2013
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Great for the whole family. We love the books and my kids loved the movie! I hope they make many more T3I movies.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Movie Watcher on February 4, 2013
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I use to read these books when I was young and quickly became obsessed with the adventures of The Three Investigators. I stumbled upon this video and watched it expecting it to be as good as the books. Now, if I were to rate this movie in comparison with the books, then I must rate it a lot lower. However, to be fair, no movie is near as good as its written counterpart... am I right? Putting the movie into a more proper perspective, I imagined how I might have reacted if I were a kid again. I then had to reconsider my adult critique and realized a more justified approach.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thom Foote on April 1, 2013
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Solve the riddle before they do, it's harder than it seems. You may need pen and paper to help solve the mysteries.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 10, 2012
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My seven and eight year old boys loved this movie. Clean and family friendly. I hope they make more movies from this series.
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