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Mysterious Island

2.9 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews

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ESCAPING FROM A CONFEDERATE PRISON CAMP BY BALLOON, 5 SURVIVORS LAND ON AN UNCHARTED ISLAND IN THE PACIFIC. FAR FROM BEING A SANCTUARY, THE ISLAND IS HOME TO CARNIVOROUS MONSTERS, BLOODTHIRSTY PIRATES & THE MAD GENIUS, CAPTAIN NEMO, WHO INHABITS THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND FOR HIS OWN STRANGE ENDS.

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  • Actors: Kyle MacLachlan, Danielle Calvert, Gabrielle Anwar, Patrick Stewart, Jason Durr
  • Directors: Russell Mulcahy
  • Writers: Adam Armus, Jules Verne, Nora Kay Foster
  • Producers: Chris Lowenstein, H. Daniel Gross, Kevin Bocarde, Larry Levinson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 17, 2006
  • Run Time: 172 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BYY0UQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,356 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mysterious Island" on IMDb

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Being a big fan of the original 1961 version of "Mysterious Island," I HAD to see this 2005 TV remake. Despite the somewhat lackluster reviews, a few things perked my interest, like Patrick Stewart (aka Star Trek's Captain Picard) as Captain Nemo, Gabrielle Anwar and the long runtime of 170 minutes, just ten minutes shy of 3 hours (!). What compelled me to seek out this DVD more than anything is the simple fact that I'm a sucker for lost-in-the-wilderness type adventures.

THE PLOT: A handful of people, including a nurse and her daughter, escape in a balloon from a Confederate prison in Virginia. Storm winds ludicrously take them West into the South Pacific where they land on an uncharted island. There they discover numerous huge animals and two men living as recluses, the master being the mad genius Captain Nemo, who hates war so much he's trying to invent the atomic bomb in order to stop it altogether. Add to this mix a ship of pirates seeking a chest of treasure hidden somewhere on the island.

Despite the film's full title "Jules Verne's Mysterious Island," the story is based on the 1961 movie rather than Jules Verne's book. All the elements of the 1961 version are here with a few notable changes: The story is switched around so that Captain Nemo is revealed right away rather than near the end and the castaways don't search the island and make their home in the cliff until the second half of the story. Also, there are way more gigantic creatures -- a mantis, rat, scorpian, ant, eagle, spiders, octopuss, etc.
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Some viewers may get the mistaken impression that the movie just ends half way with a "to Be Continued" screen, and you get ripped off on the rest of the story. NOT TRUE. It was a miniseries, and it was produced in two parts. To see part two, wait for the credits to complete rolling by at the end of the movie, and part two will start. Also, once you are watching part one, return to the menu, and you will find the link to part two. So the menu system is weird, but the film is complete.
For a television miniseries it was not too bad at all. The computer animated monsters were very impressive, and the actors were not bad, an it has Patrick Stewart. I think it is a great deal for a blu-ray disc. While I am partial to the classic version of the movie with it's Ray Harryhausen effects, this new version was fun too.
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I very much enjoyed this film due primarily to the appearances of Kyle Maclachlan and Patrick Stewart. Most of the main actors were very good in this. The photography was beautiful, especially the long shots of the island, and the balloon shots at the beginning. The bugs and other CGI effects were a bit chintzy. The DVD has a little bit more on it than was seen on Hallmark Channel. On TV it was presented as a single 3-hour event including commercials. Without even a thorough viewing of the DVD, I was able to spot additional sequences, many of them being additional beautiful photography. Of course, additional beginning and end credits for the 2-part miniseries lengthens it somewhat, but clearly there must be at least 20 minutes additional footage here. Plus the interviews and featurette on the set were very interesting. While some of the pirate ship antics were predictable and not well-acted, people who enjoy this sort of thing will like this film. I'm not crazy about the big bugs in general, so I skim through them to get onto the dialogue of the real people. Enjoy.
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Escapees from a Civil War prison camp have their balloon blown to the Pacific where they find refuge on an island. But it is a dangerous island where giant animals run free and man is on the dinner list. But safely hidden away is a recluse and his manservant. The recluse is Captain Nemo. He offers aid to the refugees if they help him with his work. Nemo is creating a bomb that can destroy an entire city. The idea being that when men see how destructive war can be they will stop practicing war altogether because the consequences are to high. Needles to say the refugees refuse to help and they are sent out into the dangerous jungle.

But once in the jungle there are other dangers waiting. A legendary pirate treasure lures deadly pirates to the island. Nemo does not like the pirates but he refuses to help though the manservant does not agree. Finally the forces of good unite to repel the pirates and things pretty much work out.

This is not true to the book or even other film versions and many reviewers will point it out and complain that the story should be true to the original. Of course the original was a sequel to 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA and it was not true to that so even Verne is at fault. But there are worse things wrong that not being true to the book. The balloon is blown over 6,000 miles against the trade winds. The characters survive with a single canteen and no food (that must have been a super-fast balloon). Arial shots show the volcano on the back side of the island but it is usually down the beach in ground shots. It is said the island is uncharted by any man. I am sure Nemo knows where it is. Plus, the pirates have no problems finding it and other survivors have brought out tales of monsters.
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