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Mysterious Island (1961) WS R1 Retail DVD
Cy Endfield, Richard Schickel
Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Why? Because for the only time in the Harryhausen canon, the CHARACTERS in the film are solidly written, directed and acted. The five guys are, in fact, the real focal point of the film, an appealingly diverse group whose conflicts and comaraderie dominate the proceedings from start to finish. Gary Merill and Percy Herbert are particularly effective in their roles. Even the addition of the two shipwrecked women, the sort of thing which usually signals a decrease in plot involvement for most audiences, actually does the opposite here, so convincingly are they integrated within the story-linemore…. And the always impressive Herbert Lom, here creating a Nemo that is both noble and fatalistic, completes the excellent cast. One rarely encounters these fine qualities (which include a brilliant score by Bernard Herrmann) in what was essentially a "B" genre film, produced by Columbia at a time when the legendary Hollywood studio system was all but extinct.
I know it sounds blasphemous, but Harryhausen's four big stop-motion sequences almost feel like superfluous intrusions into the saga of this intrepid groups of survivors.
Too bad Columbia's dvd transfer is substandard; they really don't seem to care too much about visual quality. Ever think about preserving your
cinematic legacy, guys??
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